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Latest iTrip - very good
on 9 September 2011
I've used a previous iTrip with my iPhone4 and found it to be very effective - however the previous model that I used required the phones charging cable AND an audio connecting cable to be connected to the phone. This new model uses only the wide "charging" connector in the bottom of the phone (or iPod Touch) and doesn't required a separate audio lead which is much more useful. You now also don't need the Apple USB lead and can leave that in the house.
The cigarette lighter unit is small and compact and has illuminated buttons on the top for "Last Track", "Next Track", and "Play/Pause". Helpfully once it's all connected up you can start music playing by pressing "Play/Pause" on this unit rather than having to wade all the way through to iTunes on the phone.
When using it as an FM Transmitter (which you need to do if your car stereo doesn't have an "Aux In" socket - and if you're using it this way you can completely disconnect the audio cable which is shown in the picture of the device) a free App on the iPhone/iPod is used to find and select a broadcast frequency - this works really well.
I've knocked a star off because the design of the plug which goes into the cigarette lighter socket caused me to short-out the socket and blow a fuse in my car - £2.69 at Halfords for a packet of replacement fuses I had it all working. The plug has its side contacts very close to the bottom, much closer than the similar plug for my SatNav for example, and if you push it in too far and are unlucky it'll short out. It could just be the particular design of the socket in my vehicle - who knows!