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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 2013
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Works great love to talk on this unit sound quality very good, the battery last a long time. Just remember if you are anywhere close I mean even if you park in the drive way and go in the house and still have the sonic rider on the blue tooth is so strong that all calls go to the sonic rider which makes you think your phones not working but it is because the phone is still paired up with the sonic rider. Example I get home go inside see my phone ring can't hear it but i see it I press answer and can't hear anyone on the phone this is because the phone is speaking through the sonic rider in my truck. Also I go to make a call and nobody answers me on my phone in the house, this is because I'm still paired up to the truck. hope this helps, And this a very good hands free device I would recomened it to anyone.
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59 of 68 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2013
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I got this as a replacement for the Jabra Tour that was not compatible with my Nexus 4 phone. Since Motorola mobile is a Google company I thought that the Sonic Rider would pair nicely to my Google Nexus 4.

The Sonic Rider is a very basic speakerphone. It is not going to read your text messages, stream to your FM radio, or turn on automatically when it senses your presence. It has an on/off switch, buttons to mute, increase/decrease volume, and a button to activate phone calls. That's it. I knew this was a very basic speakerphone when I purchased it. What is most important is the device's performance. Lets see how it stacks up:

Pros
* Battery life - Motorola claims 45 hours of usage and 5 months standby time. I have used the device almost daily for 2 months and the battery is still going strong.

* Car charger - you get a simple but nice Motorola car charger. It's the same model as the #1 best seller in Amazon car chargers listed as "Motorola Vehicle Power Adapter micro-USB Rapid Rate Charger".

... and that concludes the pros.

Things that are "OK" - neither pros or cons
* Reconnecting to phone - to reconnect you must push the "receiver" button twice. As I had mentioned, the Sonic Rider will not automatically sense when you have entered the car and reconnect. You must do this manually. Every time. It doesn't bother me as my Jabra Tour had the auto-reconnect feature but it didn't work 50% of the time.

Cons
* Speaker audio quality - spoken words are a bit muffled and there is definitely a lack of audio range. Similar to listening to a Skype call on tiny laptop speakers with the treble turned down. The speaker distorts when the volume is set high.

* Microphone performance - In my opinion this is the most important. What use is a speakerphone if the party you are talking to cannot understand you? The microphone is useless when traveling over 35 mile per hour. On the receiving end people complain of muffled and clipped words and high amounts of background noise. I have a hard time getting voice commands to work due to the poor microphone. I have tested in a Subaru Legacy, Toyota Camry, and Toyota Rav4. Unless you have a very quiet vehicle or only talk while driving really slow, the microphone is a dud and completely ruins the device for me.

* Buttons - the four primary buttons all feel the same. This forces me to take my eyes of the road and look at the buttons to use them. Dangerous! Motorola needs to brush up on ergonomics.

* Power-off ping - when sliding the on/off switch to "off" the Sonic Rider emits a very loud "ping!" chime. The chime volume is not adjustable. The first time I powered down the unit I discovered the chime is loud enough to wake sleeping children in the car.

* Voice prompts - The audio for the digitized voice prompts are low resolution which makes the prompts sound fuzzy. This is more of an annoyance than anything. It makes the device sound cheap.

* No support - The Sonic Rider is not listed on Motorola's support website.

Overall the Sonic Rider is a disappointment and I would not recommended it. I think Motorola has the ability to create great devices but with the Sonic Rider they really dropped the ball.

(Tested with an LG Google Nexus 4 running Android 4.3)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2014
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Got this unit because my state requires 'hands-free' use of cellphones when operating motor vehicles; as well as the fact that, I do not like either the look or feel of those devises that you hang from your ear in order to communicate.

This is the first device of this type that I've used and it serves my purpose. It's easy to operate, goes a good period of time between battery charges, has decent speaker quality on both ends of the conversation, etc.

Bottom line… no complaints and it does what I wanted it to do.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2013
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This is a GREAT Bluetooth Car Kit. It was so easy to set up with the voice to tell me what to do. Then I didn't have any issues pairing it with my phone. The voice activated dialing is wonderful. It is the PERFECT Bluetooth Car Kit. You won't be sorry if you purchase this item. It is also small and not big and bulky so it doesn't get in the way of raising and lowering the visor.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2013
I found this in Wal-Mart by accident for 10.00 cheaper, but I would have bought it here if I seen it, since I always check and buy it on Amazon. This is a great device for us older people who want things simple, very easy to use and the speakers are very clear and louder then most units out there.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 21, 2014
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I needed something that had better tone than an ear piece and didn't echo. I was leery when i purchased it but it has been the best money spent. No echo and it can really pick up your voice. I also can hear all my calls. It's wonderful!
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2013
For the price, this is a really solid unit. I needed a hands-free set-up for my car, but would never use an earpiece. For my money, this is a great alternative.

The speaker is crisp, sufficiently loud, and less tinny than I expected given its size. There's no noticeable echo. It doesn't have much in the way of bass (as you might expect) but since I use it primarily for phone calls, GPS, and audiobooks, that's not an issue. Don't misunderstand me - it's certainly capable of playing pandora and the like, and the sound's not bad, it's just not a replacement for your car stereo sound-wise (and if it were, it would cost 4x as much). People on the other end of phone calls report very good sound quality, which is consistent with my experience with Motorola mics and speakerphones.

Setup and use are very easy. Battery life seems to be good.

The only weirdness I've experienced is that Siri sometimes has a harder time understanding me than when using the phone alone (iPhone 5). In those instances, it's very easy just to revert to the handset while I'm talking to "her" and then return to this device afterward.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Illinois's new hands free law required me to buy this. Disappointed in the reception/call quality. The volume levels were too low for me.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2014
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I had Jarba which worked very well with my old phone, when that phone went bad, I replaced it with a new phone. The new phone had no problem pairing with the Jarba, but when I tried to pick up a call, it hung up the call. So I bought a Motorola ear piece, it work well but after I dropped it on concrete ground, that was it. After researching, I bought this one, and it works just like the in-ear one. Voice command works really well too.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2014
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Love this item. Once you pair it with your phone, it remains connected when you get in and out of your car. I gave it as a gift to our daughter and she just loves it. What a great "no hands" safety tool while driving and especially useful for older cars
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