Motorola Roadster 2 – Product Review


Easy Peasy Hands Free Talking

Motorola Roadster 2 Universal Bluetooth In Car Speakerphone

Motorola Roadster 2

Motorola Roadster 2


Let’s talk about the Motorola Roadster 2 Universal Bluetooth In-Car Speakerphone – a Bluetooth hands free device for your car.

I am one of those people who enjoys a life free of a car payment, and when I bought it I didn’t splurge on the extras like Bluetooth. Seriously, when I bought the car, I still had a per minute phone plan and I’m not sure it even had Bluetooth. Fast forward 8 years, and there isn’t anything I like better than yapping to friends and family when I am driving. I have tried the Bluetooth headsets that wrap around your ear, but I never seem to be able to hear clearly, and the dumb thing normally flaps around on my ear just waiting to be flung across the car when I check a blind spot. Holding the phone isn’t legal, and sitting it in the cup holder on speaker wasn’t practical.

 

Just as I had started to get new car fever – mainly for the silly perks of having Bluetooth and Pandora access I found the Motorola Roadster 2 Universal Bluetooth In-Car Speakerphone. It’s an easy to use Bluetooth device that allows me to talk on my cell phone hands free. It clips to the visor above my seat, so the buttons are easy to reach, and the calls are pretty clear. It connects automatically with my phone when I unlock the car door and will disconnect automatically when I lock the door and walk a few feet from the car. It even will broadcast to an FM station so I can stream music from my phone (did I mention Pandora) through my car speakers. It’s pretty handy dandy, but there are some things I love, and some things I hate.

Things I love and hate about Three Core Features

 

  1. Hands free dialing – This is super handy and very accurate. You press a button on the top right of the device and wait for the prompts. It’s very clear what you need to do, and it confirms with you every step of the way. What I don’t like is that it seems very slow – I press the button and I just start to wonder if I pressed it hard enough when the prompting starts. Then it says ‘Say Call… blah blah blah’ and I have to wait for it to go into listen mode so I can activate what I want. I know I have to say Call! I shouldn’t have to be told every time. Another thing that happens is sometimes after I get through the prompts to call someone, noting happens – then I start to hear the person talking – through the phone. For whatever reason it dials through the Motorola Roadster 2 but doesn’t connect the call.
  2. Connecting to the FM radio – The setup for this is so easy. You press the FM button and it activates the FM transmitter. Pressing the +/- button will move the transmission to a new frequency. Tune your radio to that frequency and you are set.   This is a great feature for streaming music through the phone to the car letting you have better sound than you would from the phones speaker, or the Roadster speakers. It also interrupts when a call comes through – playing that over the FM frequency as well. What I don’t like is that I have to work pretty hard to setup the frequency. When you press the +/- to set the station it goes up one point – it would be so much easier if it would scan for an available (and clear) frequency. I end up self-tuning to a frequency that seems like it’s not getting much interference from other stations and then move (slowly) to that frequency with the Motorola Roadster. It’s a little tedious, and not possible to do when driving – but once its setup you normally don’t have to reset it until you move into a new range of broadcasters.
  3. Call Clarity – This is really important, there is nothing worse than not being able to keep up with a conversation because the microphone or speaker do not work properly. I don’t have any problem with this at all. The people I call can all hear me very well (though they cannot hear the people in the passenger seat well) and I can hear them very well through the speaker. The noise cancellation feature is exceptional on this product. What I don’t like is that I seem to set the speaker a little loud, and the sound can become distorted some because of the setting. If I can’t turn it up that loud and have it clear- then it shouldn’t be able to turn up that loud!

 

All in all I am really happy with the purchase. I can now happily chat my way around town with no inconvenience. The purchase price recommended by Motorola is 99.99, and that is what the price was for it when I saw it in an AT&T store, but you can find it for less on Motorola Roadster 2 Universal Bluetooth In-Car Speakerphone. If you are looking for an economical way to add Bluetooth hands free to your car, this is the way to go.

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