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Cracking bit of kit.
on 7 September 2013
After reading some of the reviews on here and in other places I was a bit hesitant at buying this item. I have just upgraded my phone to a Nokia Lumia 925 and wanted to make use of the built in Satnav. So after looking at various options I decided to go with the Parrot Smart.
All I can so far is that it is an excellent piece of equipment. Once out of the box I panicked a little because the unit started to talk to me in Dutch. The manual thankfully comes in various languages and the straightforward instructions explained how to go onto the Parrot site and download the latest software update for English UK. You will need a USB stick for this because the update is downloaded onto the stick. You then plug the stick into the unit and follow the instructions. The update took all of 2 minutes, then a lovely English Female Voice informs you that the update was complete. So very easy and effortless.
My phone fitted very snuggly into the unit and was held in tight, no way would it slip or vibrate out, the cushion pads really do hold it in tight. Just a word of warning, anything larger than a Lumia 925 will just not fit into the unit, so please check the size of your phone first.
After a bit of tinkering I soon learned how to use the controls. Red button switches on, off and ends calls, Green allows you to make calls and to confirm any actions you have asked the unit to perform. You scroll through the various actions with the control wheel, then confirm with green button or just push the scroll wheel in to confirm. The instructions in the manual are a little basic but it does tell you this in the manual. If you want the full blown instructions just simply download them from the Parrot site.
I won't go into too much detail about how to fit the unit into the car it really is very simple. I had to use the suction cup method on the windscreen in my car because the dashboard is just too curvy to allow me to place it with the stick on foot. Once secure and everything fully tightened up it will just not move, which is exactly what you want.
Pairing the unit and the Phone was a breeze, just activate blue tooth on the phone and wait for it to find the Parrot. Once it's found, just confirm and put the default code of 0000 in. You will then be asked to download your contacts list, just hit yes and then within seconds it's done.
I can only comment on the Satnav software that is on my phone but I have to say that it is amazing. It all works very well and the voice commands are very clear and loud enough to hear. I tried the phone option while I was out and that also works very well " I haven't tried the voice control option yet" My family back home said that they could hear me very clearly and that there wasn't any distortion etc in my voice. I could also hear them very well and it came through loud and clear.
The unit comes with a variety of cables, in car charger, various phone chargers and a small Allan Key to allow you to tighten the unit once you have it set up in the position that you want.
In summary, I am so please with the item. It works very well and I can't wait to start using it on the long car journeys that I tend to make. Try it out for yourself and see what happens. At the end of the day you have nothing to lose, if you are not happy with it then simply send it back using Amazons returns Policy.