Top critical review
Good call quality, intermittent media
on 13 August 2014
The first thing to say about this product is that it is extremely easy to fit. I've never had to fit anything like this before, but the instructions were clear and easy to follow and I had this up and running within half an hour. For anyone concerned about installing this, don't be, it's a breeze to fit.
The call quality is fantastic. During calls on my way to and from work I've been able to hear people perfectly fine and they've had no issues with my microphone. Reports from those I've spoken to have been that the call quality at their end has been great, with very little background noise picked up.
Using the device for media proved to be a mixed bag. I've tried it with multiple phones, Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Windows phone was pretty disastrous, it paired and handled calls well, but audio was awful, constantly skipping throughout songs. My Android and iOS devices fared a lot better, but still the track skipping issues cropped up now and again. If I ever touched the volume controls on my phone then the track would skip for a few minutes unless I disconnected the reconnected bluetooth. The issues experienced were consistent across two Android devices and two iOS devices.
The USB is a nice addition, offering charging capabilities. One thing to note is that when using sat nav my phones discharged faster than the device could charge them, so if this is going to be your only means of charging I would be careful.
For the price it's pretty good, and when the device is working the way it should it's fantastic. My major gripe is how inconsistent it seems to be, it's almost as though it needs to warm up, taking a few tries to get the connection via bluetooth to stick. It's done the job I need, offering great hands free experience's, it's just a shame that the media is so hit and miss.