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So Close, but 2 Major Shortfalls. I bet V2 will be perfect
on February 21, 2011
This device is really close to being a great product. The small adapter with a USB port is great, and the single button/mic operation is a clean and attractive design. This works for playing music from your phone via a bluetooth connection without any wired connections, and it works as a handsfree device as a relatively cheap option to factory-installed bluetooth in your car. The main reason I bought this was to act as a handsfree bluetooth device so I could talk/listen on my phone through my car speakers when a call came in. Sound quality is acceptable, echo cancellation works, but there does not seem to be any other noise suppression. So, if you are driving on a highway, placement of the microphone/button is critical.
The first major shortfall is that it does not autoconnect-- you need to press the button so your phone connects. That means I need to press the button every time I start my car. That may not seem like a big deal, but autoconnect on bluetooth headsets has been around for many years and should be standard on this device. Because it does not autoconnect, I rarely remember to hit the button when I get in the car. Whenever a call comes in, I can't answer since I forgot to manually connect my phone. Also, every time I press the button to connect, it starts playing music on my iPhone, that isn't a big deal, but it is worth noting.
The 2nd major shortfall is that it can only pair with one phone. If my wife ever wants to drive my car, she won't be able to use the bluetooth handsfree from her phone. Again, this is another standard feature with current bluetooth headsets and should be standard on this device.
I'll bet that they fix these two problems on V2, and that may make it a perfect device.
One other note for people who are thinking about buying this-- if your cigarette lighter does not turn off when you turn off your car, you will constantly have to unplug it so it does not drain your battery. My lighter turns off, so I don't have that problem.