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BlackBerry Visor Mount Speakerphone VM-605 review

Niall Magennis

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BlackBerry Visor Mount Speakerphone VM-605
  • BlackBerry Visor Mount Speakerphone VM-605
  • BlackBerry Visor Mount Speakerphone VM-605
  • BlackBerry Visor Mount Speakerphone VM-605
  • BlackBerry Visor Mount Speakerphone VM-605
  • BlackBerry Visor Mount Speakerphone VM-605
  • Blackberry VM-605 Hands-Free Speakerphone

Summary

Our Score:

8

With the law in the UK stipulating that to use your mobile in your car you must have a hands-free kit, you'd think most cars would now come with Bluetooth hands-free functionality built-in as standard, but sadly that's still not the case. It's not surprising, then, that you see many people driving around with a headset hanging from their lughole, fiddling with its miniature controls that can be surprisingly distracting to use. That's why we reckon a visor-mounted speakerphone like the VM-605 is a better option. The question, though, is whether the VM-605 manages to match the likes of the Jabra SP700 and Parrott Minikit Slim in terms of features and usability.

First things first. Although this is a BlackBerry branded piece of kit, under the hood it's essentially a standard Bluetooth speakerphone so there's nothing to stop you from using it with any other type of handsets. We carried out our testing mainly using a BlackBerry Curve 8900, but we also tried it with an iPhone and an Acer X960 and it worked without any problems with both.

The VM-605 is actually around the same height and width as a standard mobile phone, but it's surprisingly slim and light, weighing in at just 86g. As its name suggests, its designed to be clipped onto the driver's side sun visor using the sturdy metallic spring clip on the rear. This holds the speakerphone tightly in place so it doesn't move or rattle around while you're driving. Also, as the device itself is so slim, measuring a mere 16mm thick, the VM-605 is pretty inconspicuous once it's in place.

Naturally, the VM-605 has an internal battery so it doesn't have to be kept plugged into your car's power socket. The battery is a 1100mAh Li-Polymer unit and is charged via the micro-USB port hidden behind a flip-out rubber flap on the left-hand side of the speakerphone. BlackBerry provides a 12v car charger in the box or if you have a recent BlackBerry phone you can charge it using your phone's wall charger. Either way, it takes two hours to fully charge the battery from empty, which will give you around 10-13 hours of talk time.

MikeWilliams

September 16, 2009, 10:14 pm

Please excuse a stupid question. Does it operate through the RDS? In other words, can I listen to the radio/MP3 player/CDs most of the time, and have the Speakerphone interrupt only during calls?

Niall

September 17, 2009, 3:49 pm

No, it doesn't work this way. Once you press the FM button it starts transmitting on the set frequency and remains on. You can listen to music through it from your handset, though.

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