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BlueAnt Supertooth3 Bluetooth Handsfree Review

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For those of you who don’t like Bluetooth headsets hanging in your ear while driving, BlueAnt presents the Supertooth3.  It features a built-in speaker that communicates with you through voice prompts, easy installation, and incorporates 6 languages.

Read on to find out how it performed.

Many people don’t like wearing Bluetooth headsets for various reasons.  I personally feel it blocks some sound from my ear and affects my radio listening.  This unit has a speaker and microphone that make driving hands free.  And for those of you who like to check your caller ID before answering, BlueAnt has incorporated a nice solution.  Voice prompts tell you who’s calling.

Setup

This device was very easy to install.  Just press the green multifunction (MF) button for about 1 second, then, when connecting for the first time, it will ask you to choose one of six languages, American English, Spanish, French, Italian, German and British English.  The next time you connect, a voice will say, “Supertooth3 ready.  Connecting to phone.”   To power off, press the MF button for 5 seconds.  You will then hear, “Supertooth3 powering down.” 

Connecting to my Nextel i580 was a snap.  When connecting for the first time, the Supertooth3 will automatically download your phone’s contacts.  When one of your contacts calls you, the voice will announce their name, otherwise it will announce the incoming phone number.  It’s like having your own personal secretary in your car.  You then have the option of accepting the call by saying, “ok”, or pressing the green key.  To end the call, however, you must press the red “end” key.  Voice prompts won’t end the call.

Form

The Supertooth3 connects to your visor with it’s clip, which is held to the unit by a pair of magnets.  The unit itself, though made of plastic, is solid and well built. 

Front

It only has four buttons.  The top two, which are pictured above at the top right half of the unit, are volume up and down.  The green button on the face is the MF button, and the red is the end call button.

BlueAnt claims 15 hours of talk time and 800 hours of standby.  I haven’t had the unit for 800 hours, so I can’t attest to that, but I’ve used the unit for a couple weeks and have not had to recharge it.

The unit comes with an AC charger that plugs into the miniUSB connector on the side of the unit.  It also has a travel charger.

Rear

Side

Sound Quality

The Supertooth3 features a full duplex speaker, meaning both you and the caller can speak at the same time.  It also has full DSP noise & echo cancellation which must have worked well, because callers said the sound was good, even at high speeds with a fair amount of road noise.

Features

If your phone has voice dialing, then that feature will work with the Supertooth3.  Mine doesn’t, so I couldn’t test it.  The Supertooth3 can connect with up to 8 phones.  A nice feature is Automatic Vibration Sensor Reconnection.  If you have to leave the car, causing the bluetooth connection to terminate, when the sensor feels vibration (like a car door opening), it will search for and connect to your device.

Here’s a full list of the features:

> Bluetooth v2.0
> TTS Text to Speech – a voice announces incoming ‘callers’ name or Caller ID
> Announces device status, call status and setup instructions for use
> Voice Answer – answer calls with your voice. No button press needed
> Automatic Vibration Sensor Reconnection
> Choice of 6 languages (British English, American English, French, Italian, Spanish and German)
> Full DSP Noise Cancellation/Echo Cancellation
> Full Duplex, high performance speaker
> Automatic connection and reconnection with notification
> Digital Volume Control
> Can also be charged directly from a PC via USB Cable (not included)
> Fix to the sun-visor via a two sided magnetic clip – no installation costs
> Supports voice dial activation, redial and call reject
> Pairs with up to 8 Bluetooth devices

Conclusion

The Supertooth3 is a delight to use.  Having your callers announced when they call is an excellent and useful feature.  The sound quality was very impressive and the unit is easy to use and setup.  It also can be fairly loud, which helps if you listen loudly to your stereo.  I’ve tested the BlueAnt Z9i headset and loved it.  This is another great product by this wonderful company.  I highly recommend it.

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July 25, 2008 - Posted by | Bluetooth, Reviews

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