Q & A Buyer’s Guide to Bluetooth Car Kits

Q: What is a Bluetooth Car Kit?
A: A Bluetooth Car Kit is a hands free Bluetooth device that allows cell phone users to talk on their cell phones without holding on to their devices, thus making the cell phone users concentrate more on their driving. With Bluetooth enabled phones you can receive/make calls through the Bluetooth Cat Kit.

Q: What kinds of Bluetooth Car Kits are there?
A: In the Bluetooth Car Kit market, there are two kinds. (1) Installed Bluetooth Car Kits and (2) Portable Bluetooth Car Kits.

Q: What is the difference between Installed and Portable Bluetooth car kits?
A: Installed Bluetooth car kits are the type of car kits which have already been pre-installed into the cars when you buy them or the type that you buy an aftermarket car kits and getting it installed professionally by experts. The advanced car kit models are connected to the car stereo system so you can hear phone calls through the car speakers and some providing automatic muting of the stereo for incoming calls. Installed Bluetooth car kits also tend to be twice or more expensive to portable Bluetooth car kits.

Portable Bluetooth Car Kits can vary. Most are plugged into the car’s cigarette lighter or power outlet. Some can be speakers look-a-like that can be placed somewhere visible in the car or on the visor. Portable car kits can be moved from vehicle to vehicle, more affordable and offer great sound quality.

Q: What is A2DP?
A: A2DP technology is a new music revolution allowing you to send CD quality stereo music from one device to another without wires. A2DP is stereo music sent over Bluetooth without the hassle of plugging cables. Bluetooth Wireless Technology with A2DP technology makes mobile phones, pda’s and computers capable of streaming music directly to products such as the X5 Stereo Headset or the Sonic Portable Speakers. The Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) is just one of the modes available for Bluetooth technology.

Q: How do I know which Bluetooth car kit is fit for me and my life style?
A: Here we have listed Pros, Cons and recommendations’ below for Bluetooth Car Kits. Also visit our handsfree car kit bluetooth page for more choices.

Motorola T305, 98783
Motorola MOTOROKR T505
BlueAnt Supertooth Lite
BlueAnt Supertooth 3
Nokia HF-33W Wireless Plug-in Car Kit
Parrot MINIKIT Speakerphone
Kyocera Bluetooth Rearview Mirror Car Kit

Motorola T305, 98783

  • Quick and easy to set up EasyPair™ for Bluetooth wireless technology hands-free system
  • Latest echo and noise cancellation technology for Clear sound
  • Loud sound optimized for the vehicle, with high speaker output
  • Portable, just clip and you are ready to go. Visor clip and vehicle power adaptor included in the box
  • Use phone’s voice dial capabilities to easily place calls
  • Mini-USB connector for easy charging
  • Up to 14 hours talk time; 14 days standby time
  • One convenient multi-function button for multiple operations

Motorola T305 PROS:
What catches attention first is the Motorola icon imprinted on a checker-type background. The Motorola T305 makes it quick and easy to set up with phones using EasyPair. And the size of the Motorola T305, 98783 is surprisingly fitting since it is about the size of your palm. Motorola had designed the T305 for minimal physical distractions with multiple operations by using a single multi-purpose button.

With the latest echo and noise cancellation technology, you can be sure on receiving clear sounds with loudness optimized for the vehicle with a high speaker output. And with it being portable, you can just clip it using the visor clip and go. It also includes voice dial capabilities so you can easily place calls without reaching for your cell phone and with 14 hours of talk time/14 days of standby time, you are assured to get all the talk time you want and need in the car.

The Motorola T305, 98783 has no installation needed and can be charged anywhere due to its compact size. It is also the most affordable speaker solution to use when you are driving in the car and since it’s by Motorola, you can be rest assured to have the highest quality only when it comes to them.

Motorola T305 CONS:
The cons of this compact Motorola T305, 98783 are the sound quality/volume control and no ear phone plug. The bright blue light which is located on the top of the car kit can be distracting at times during usage. The single multi-button can be confusing at first, but like all things, it takes time to get used and learn the controls.

Motorola T305 User Recommendation:
The Motorola T305, 98783 would be strongly recommended for first time users who have yet experienced Bluetooth Technology. So if you are a first time Bluetooth user, the Motorola T305 is for you. If you have already experienced Bluetooth technology, but is looking for a affordable Bluetooth alternative, the Motorola T305 is the way to go.

Motorola MOTOROKR T505

  • Talk Time: Up to 18 hrs
  • Standby Time: Up to 14 days
  • Battery: 1150mAh
  • Weight: 88gr
  • Dimensions: 76mm X 78mm X 22.8mm
  • Speaker: 2 Watt
  • Digital FM Transmitter (no RDS)
  • Bluetooth Version 2.0 (w/out EDR), Class 2

Motorola MOTOROKR T505 PROS:
The latest Motorola MOTOROKR T505 offers a more powerful innovation in the Bluetooth Car Kit market. It lets you take your calls, listen to your music and is all hands free. The Motorola MOTOROKR T505 lets you listen to music and enjoy calls with clarity and loudness of your car stereo system. It has a built-in digital FM Transmitter so you can make/take calls, listen to music and will instantly mute/pause if you take an incoming call. You can hear calls loud and clear and the caller will hear you loud and clear thanks to the advanced echo and noise reduction technology. Also with the StationFinder technology, it will find and announce the best FM station for you to tune to.

The volume of chats and music is all under your control so use the powerful internal speak or even louder volume by routing music and calls to your car stereo via the built-in Digital FM transmitter. You can wirelessly link music to the car stereo from a compatible Bluetooth device (phone or music device).

The MOTOROKR T505 had Audio CallerID to let you hear the number of the person calling you and Easy Pairing simplifies connecting Bluetooth compatible devices to the T505. Also being completely portable, the Motorola MOTOROKR T505 can be clipped to the visor of any car so you can take it car to car. The best part is it comes with the convenience of wireless hands-free and music without any need for installation.

Motorola MOTOROKR T505 CONS:
The only con about the Motorola MOTOROKR T505 is the price you will be paying for the Bluetooth device. But with the powerful and pioneering features coming with the T505, the price is paid in full so you know you are getting your money’s worth with Motorola.

Motorola MOTOROKR T505 User Recommendation:
The Motorola MOTOROKR T505 is recommended for those who want to control both music and conversations all hands-free with a single device.

BlueAnt Supertooth Lite

  • Digital Sound Processor (DSP) for noise & echo cancellation
  • Fully portable, sleek design with zero installation costs
  • Full duplex & high performance speaker
  • Mounts on a sun-visor using a two sided magnetic clip
  • Easily switch sides when moving sun-visor up or down
  • Sliding microphone shaft retracts when not in use
  • Supports voice dial activation, redial & call reject
  • Supports multi-pairing to 5 devices
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Up to 15 hrs talk-time or 800 hrs / 33 days standby

BlueAnt Supertooth Lite PROS:
The BlueAnt Supertooth Lite currently is the most powerful speaker Bluetooth car kit in the market today. It has been incorporated with the very latest technology from Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR) and superior audio quality is easily achieved with the integration of Clear Voice Capture (CVC) Digital Signal Processor (DSP) technology.

With real-time audio, you get clearer sounds with it processing any and all echo or background noises in the car ensuing improved sound quality of your voice even if the car is stationary or traveling. The BlueAnt Supertooth Lite will also adjust accordingly to the sound levels compensating the engines loud noise or external noises created.

Being portable, the BlueAnt Supertooth Lite can be moved from car to car and is easily mounted on the car’s sun-visor. It can be paired up to five devices, supporting voice dial activation, redial/reject call and a retraceable sliding microphone. The BlueAnt Supertooth Lite is easy to use/set up, good battery life, voice clarity and no installation needed at all.

BlueAnt Supertooth Lite CONS:
The buttons for the BlueAnt Supertooth Lite are a bit small, making it hard to press a button. However like all electronics, it will take time to become accustomed to such a thing and in no time will you know which button is for what action.

BlueAnt Supertooth Lite User Recommendation:
The BlueAnt Supertooth Lite is also another affordable alternative when it comes to Bluetooth car kits. It is great experience for first time Bluetooth users who have yet discovered the joys of Bluetooth technology.

BlueAnt Supertooth 3

  • 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

BlueAnt Supertooth 3 PROS:
The BlueAnt Supertooth 3 offers a safer and legal alternative when it comes talking on your cell phone while driving. It has voice prompt providing assistance to help you connect the device to your phone and uploading your address book. The Supertooth 3 lets you know who is calling by announcing the name or ID of the caller. There are no buttons to press to answer. Simply say, “OK” and the call will be accepted.
It comes with TTS (Text-to Speech) Software and is the very latest Bluetooth in the sun-visor speakerphone market. With DSP noise and echo cancellation, you will get outstanding audio quality and a full duplex high performance speaker. The volume is easily controlled with Digital Volume control, supporting voice dial activation, redial and call rejection. You will also be notified of automatic connection and reconnection.

BlueAnt Supertooth 3 CONS:
The price of the BlueAnt Supertooth 3 can be a bit pricey for some cell phone users looking for a Bluetooth, but the many innovating features it comes with, you can be sure that you are getting your money’s worth and more. BlueAnt is one of the leading brands in the Bluetooth market, so you know you can truth them with their marvelous technology.

BlueAnt Supertooth 3 User Recommendations:
BlueAnt has made the Supertooth 3 simplistic enough that it could be used by almost anyone and everyone looking for a Bluetooth car kit. If you have a budget when it comes to shopping for a Bluetooth cat kit, then it is best to shop around looking for what you want at a certain price, but the BlueAnt Supertooth 3 is one device you would not want to pass up on.

Nokia HF-33W Wireless Plug-in Car Kit

Nokia HF-33W Wireless Plug-in Car Kit PROS:
The Nokia HF-33W is a hands-free Bluetooth that looks great and has great sound quality. It’s great to spend time with on the road to hold conversations hands-free with all your personal and business contacts. It’s stylish with no installation needed. Simply plug it into the car’s cigarette lighter or power outlet.

With a compatible Bluetooth phone you can accept/reject/end calls safely using the HF-33W’s simple interface. It has a flexible hinge to position the device in the vehicle lighter socket. You can enjoy clear sounds with the built-in digital signal processing technology which cancels out echo and reduces noises. And it’s never easier to make calls in the dark with bright back light illumination.

Nokia HF-33W Wireless Plug-in Car Kit CONS:
Users using the Nokia HF-33W tend need to speak at a louder volume than normal, but a reminder that this is a speakerphone. The light indication connection visibility is not as strong as it is at night.

Nokia HF-33W Wireless Plug-in Car Kit user Recommendations:
With simple buttons and a simplistic design, the Nokia HF-33W is great for first time users new to the Bluetooth technology.

Parrot MINIKIT Speakerphone

  • High-definition 2W speaker
  • Omnidirectional microphone
  • Parrot DSP2 signal processing
  • Bluetooth HSP 1.1, HFP 1.0 and 1.5 OPP profiles
  • 3-button interface
  • Built-in voice recognition with voiceprints
  • 10 hours’ talk time and over one week’s standby time
  • Updates via Bluetooth
  • Mini USB charger
  • Weight: 104 g / 3.5 OZ
  • Dimensions: 110 x 63 x 28 mm / 4 ¼ X 2 ½ X 1 inches

Parrot MINIKIT Speakerphone PROS:
The Parrot MINIKIT Speakerphone is a brand new phenomenon from Parrot. It sports elegance, a sober design and a compact weight about 100 g/3.5 oz. With 2W speaker and a whole new signal processing algorithms specially designed for speakerphones, you are sure to get unrivalled sound quality. It also comes equipped with voice recognition so it can be used to call contact via voice tags.

The Parrot MINIKIT Speakerphone is extremely easy to use and it clips to the sun visor. Since it is portable, you can take this Parrot MINIKIT from car to car and with up to 10 hours of talk time, you can chat away and drive.

Parrot MINIKIT Speakerphone CONS:
The only con from the Parrot MINIKIT Speakerphone is the cost of the headset. However, with the brand new features from Parrot and it being the brand new bright star in the Bluetooth car kit market, you can be sure that you will be getting your money’s worth and more.

Kyocera Bluetooth Rearview Mirror Car Kit, TXCKT10136

  • Allows for handsfree use of your phone in your vehicle
  • Provides safety and convenience while driving
  • Compatible with any Bluetooth-enabled phone, regardless of manufacturer
  • Voice announcing for incoming telephone numbers (3 ring sounds, 1 voice)
  • 12 Digit Caller ID
  • Changeable ring tones
  • Noise and Echo Suppression

Kyocera Bluetooth Rearview Mirror Car Kit, TXCKT10136 PROS:
The Kyocera Bluetooth Rearview Mirror Car Kit is a great way to talk on the phone while keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. It works with Bluetooth compatible phones and provides the ultimate convenience and safety when it comes to driving and talking. It can even double as a rearview mirror with safety anti-glare mirrors and it comes with DSP technology for echo and noise cancellation. This way you can get clear sound quality.

There is no need for any kind of installation or removal. Just simply clip the Bluetooth device on the vehicle’s existing rearview mirror and you will be able to answer/eng/reject/redial/place calls easily or you can adjust your speaker volume with an easy push of a button.

Kyocera Bluetooth Rearview Mirror Car Kit, TXCKT10136 CONS:
The price of the Kyocera Bluetooth Rearview Mirror Car Kit can be a bit pricey for those looking for a more reasonable budget price. However, the Kyocera Bluetooth features is marvelous and can double as a rearview mirror car kit.

Kyocera Bluetooth Rearview Mirror Car Kit, TXCKT10136 User Recommendation:
For a first time starter type Bluetooth, this device does not seem like the type, but if the portable Bluetooth car kits which you place on visors or plug into the cigarette socket is a bothersome to you, then this would be a good choice. It’s not hard to move it from car to car, but if you are the only driver using Bluetooth car kits, then it would be another reason to get this Kyocera Bluetooth Rearview Mirror Car Kit, TXCKT10136.