When I moved into my apartment my mother bought me an answering machine as a house warming gift. Since I don't have a cellphone or caller ID an answering machine is perfect for me becasue it insures that I don't miss any important calls.
The greatest feature of the machine is its user friendly set up. To program your personal out going message all you have to do it press and hold the button and speak into the microphone. Likewise to set the time and date all you have to do is press and hold the buttons and everything is easy to manipulate. Everything about this answering machine is simple and easy which is a comfort to someone who is not great with technology.
I've never had a problem with the recording time on the machine, I've come home to 15 messages and still had room to spare. While the answering machine doesn't have any special features and its nothing fancy to look at for a university student it does exactly what it is suppose to do.