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5.0 out of 5 stars Jabra cruiser 2 vs Motorola Roadster, March 11, 2011
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After reading all the reviews, I initially went with the Motorola Roadster. I liked that it had the ability to read text messages (my teenage sons favorite way to communicate with me) and that it turned on automatically when I got in the car. Once I had it, it works basically as stated but the sound quality was so poor and the fm transmitter was poor. I bought the Jabra 2 and have been using it for the past few days. I was so surprised when the voice came on reading me a text message! Motorola doesn't tell you this but the app MotoSpeak works with other units! Not only that but the quality of speech is far superior on the Jabra unit. So far, I'm really happy with it. Both units pair with 2 devices, both have FM transmitters, both use voice commands.

Based on my primary uses, here's my list of pros/cons for each

Jabra: Pros
Voice dialer is accurate
Display lights are easy to see.
Connects very quickly with my phone.
Good sound from the unit itself
Better FM transmitter (Washington D.C. area airwaves are packed but I get clear sound all around town)
Nice loud sound from unit, can use it if FM station isn't available.
Announces name of caller/texter
When using with GPS, it is clear and uninterrupted.

Cons:
Doesn't turn on automatically, easy to forget
can't dictate a text response

Points for Motorola roadster: Pros
Automatically turns on when I get in the car
Uses motospeak to play texts
More voice commands. Can just say "answer" or "ignore" for incoming call.
Can dictate a text response

Cons:
Voice dial is very inaccurate
Display lights aren't visible, don't know if it lost the connection
If unit is turned off, once turned on, it doesn't connect to phone unless it is first plugged into charger. Could just be a defective unit but a very annoying quirk
sound from unit too low to use in place of FM transmission
Poor FM transmission. Constantly having to change stations which makes it very hands on!
Cuts off the first part of sentece when using phone GPS
only gives phone number not name even though the phone book was downloaded.

I'm keeping the Jabra Cruiser 2 and sending the other back to amazon. Although the ability to dictate a text response is nice, I find it just as easy to call someone back instead. I don't mind having to turn the unit on when I get in the car. If I forget, the unit pairs so quickly that I can do it before I answer a call and not miss the incoming call. Hope that helps!!
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Initial post: Oct 19, 2011 8:13:59 AM PDT
Hello Mam,

Where can I find the MotoSpeak app to buy? I assume it works for iPhone, correct? Tried iTunes but vould not find it.

Thank you for your time,

Renata

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 19, 2011 8:29:55 AM PDT
busymom says:
I had it on my adroid phone at the time I reviewed the jabra. I just looked in the iPhone store and don't see it. I now have the iPhone 4s with SIRI and it does voice to text through the Jabra very well. I guess this is one thing that apple doesn't have an app for!

Posted on Oct 29, 2011 9:54:11 AM PDT
L. Blue says:
Great review...thanks

Posted on Mar 9, 2013 5:52:54 PM PST
Peter K says:
Hi,
Thank for a very informative review. What do you mean by 'Motorola doesn't tell you this but the app MotoSpeak works with other units' ? Does it mean that the Motospeak app would work with Jabra Cruiser 2 as well? Just wondering, since I'm deciding which unit to purchase. Thank you!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2013 6:00:07 PM PDT
busymom says:
The MotoSpeak app worked for me on my android phone at the time I reviewed the Jabra 2. The limitation was the in ability to dictate a text response. For me, it wasn't an issue because I would just return with a voice call. I now have an Iphone and still have the Jabra Cruiser 2. It works well with my phone and does announce the name of the caller and reads texts to me. With the iPhone, I can dictate a response to the phone through Siri so I don't lose any functionality. If you buy from amazon, there isn't any risk. I'd suggest just buying the unit and if you're not happy, they'll send UPS to your door to pick it up. It's not a perfect device but I'm still happy with it after 2 years!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2013 4:47:44 AM PDT
Peter K says:
Thank you for your response. It was very helpful. I have just ordered Jabra Cruiser 2!

Posted on Apr 6, 2013 6:44:35 PM PDT
ReviewReader says:
Can you control the music player on your phone with this Jabra unit?
Controlling pause, fast forward/rewind etc.
Or do you still need to do this from the phone?
Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2013 4:28:06 AM PDT
busymom says:
No, you can not control the music from the Jabra. You use your phone's controls for that.

Posted on Jun 4, 2013 12:29:41 PM PDT
I just ordered my Jabra Cruiser and watched the video presentation and looking forward to it's arrival. Thanks for the demonstration.

Bill Rockwell

Posted on Aug 7, 2013 12:14:47 PM PDT
Busymom, the Motospeak app does not pair with all bluetooth devices. It would not pair with my Jawbone headset even though the headset pairs with the cell phone. Motorola has a short list of Motorola devices in which compatibility with Motospeak is guaranteed.
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