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A built-in car kit is probably the best option for using your mobile in your motor, but sadly, these are still not yet standard in most cars. Another option is a Bluetooth headset, but with their small buttons, they’re rather fiddly to use while driving. Probably your best bet then is to opt for a Bluetooth speakerphone like the Jabra Cruiser. The Cruiser is essentially an update of Jabra’s older speakerphone, the SP700, and like that model one of its key features is its onboard FM transmitter that allows you to send the audio from incoming callers or music streamed from your phone to your car stereo’s speakers.
As the Cruiser is designed to clip on to your car’s sun visor there’s a springy metal clasp on the rear that holds it firmly in place so it doesn’t move around while you’re driving. The speakerphone is actually relatively small and at 17mm is pretty thin too, so it doesn’t draw too much attention to itself once it’s in place. Nevertheless, the glossy black finish and chrome trim do make it look rather more attractive than Jabra’s previous efforts like the SP200 or SP700. Because the Cruiser is powered by a rechargeable battery it doesn’t have to be just used in a car, you can also use it in an office or meeting room for impromptu conference calls and in this type of environment the metal clasp on the rear acts as a handy stand.
Pairing a phone with the Cruiser couldn’t be more straightforward as the device itself gives you spoken instructions in a synthesised voice on how to do this when you first turn it on. In fact, this synthesized voice is used for a number of different functions. For example, it notifies you when a Bluetooth connection has been established or when it loses the connection, and announces the phone numbers of incoming callers. Like most speakerphones, the device can be paired with two phones at the same time so if you share your car with your partner you don’t have to constantly keep pairing and re-pairing your phones with it.
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