Blueant Supertooth 3 Bluetooth Speakerphone

Being safe while driving is pretty darn important. Distracted drivers are such an issue that the NTSB wants all cell phone use to be banned while driving, and even y'all, our faithful readers, admit to texting while driving. While a Bluetooth speakerphone certainly doesn't mitigate all of these issues, it can certainly help to alleviate some of them. Today, we're taking a look at the Blueant Supertooth 3 Bluetooth Speakerphone.

 

Small and discreet, the Blueant Supertooth 3 Bluetooth Speakerphone aims to bring a big sound in a small package, all while offering a stated 15 hours of talk time and 800 hours of standby time. Blueant uses some "Digital Signal Processing" to give incredibly clear call quality and microphone, but in my experience, the quality isn't anything to phone home about. It's not bad, but it's not mind-blowing.

The microphone has a little niggle in that it cuts off the very beginning and end of your phrases. This makes total sense to me (since those are typically the softest parts), but even with the windows rolled up and​ the stereo off, the issue persisted. The promise of eliminating noise, even while the car is traveling, has loud engine noise, or while the windows are down seems unfulfilled.

Touching the green button while you're all paired up gives you the option to choose your favorite voice dialer on your phone, and surprisingly enough, the stock voice dialer worked better than both Vlingo and Vlingo InCar. This is mostly because voice dialer goes straight to listening for your command, whereas Vlingo and its InCar variant both open the full app, then​ want you to touch a button onscreen, before they'll listen for a command. With the stock voice dialer, I had no misdials, so I can say the microphone picked up names quite well.

The Supertooth 3 attaches to your visor using a metal clip and magnets attached to the actual speakerphone. I'll admit, this is pretty brilliant. The metal clip is small and unobtrusive, giving you enough flexibility with placement. The magnets on the back of the speakerphone are strong (it won't come unlatched, even if you're driving over bumps), and when you've parked, you can easily remove it from the clip to hide (if that's your thing).

Overall, the Blueant Supertooth 3 Bluetooth Speakerphone is good. It's not bad, but it isn't great, either. If you're looking for a solid Bluetooth microphone, this one won't steer you wrong, but for the price, there's probably some higher quality devices you could pick up.

We've got a picture gallery after the break.

 

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Blueant Supertooth 3 Bluetooth Speakerphone [accessory review]

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How is the roadster 2 compared to 1, i want to get it for the wife for the voice texting abilities, but read the 2 wasnt worth it

Best safety feature....just stay off the phone entirely while driving. Never understood all this hype when it's the conversation that distracts most people not the actual holding of an object... Texting while driving is a different ball game and you're an ass if you do it.

So are you saying having a "conversation" with the person in the passenger is also dangerous and should not be done?

When two people are in the car together, conversation ebbs and flows based on driving conditions.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/12/01/chatty-driving-phones-vs-passen...

“Passenger conversation is much safer than conversation on the cell phone,’’ said David Strayer, professor of psychology at the University of Utah and the study’s lead author. “When you’re in the same physical environment, you tend to adjust your discussions to the difficulty of driving. If driving becomes difficult, they stop talking or they point out hazards.’’

I've owned this since January 2009 and I think your spot on with the review. I've used there customer service one time when I was having issues pairing it with my old Palm Pre. Works great with my Evo. I've been thinking of getting a BlueAnt S4. Anyone have anything to say about that?

Get it. Now.

Complete handsfree, especially with the app. I have it setup in the settings of CarHome Ultra to automatically enable CarHome when my phone connects to it.

"We've got a picture gallery after the break."

It's not showing up for me. Definitely wanted to see the clip/magnet setup. :(

You should definitely do a review of the Blueant S4. I had one of the older Supertooths, but I am loving the S4, which I think is newer than the Supertooth 3. It actually has direct voice commands, so I never have to touch a button except when I am turning it on and it is supported in the Blueant Android app, so texts can be read directly through it and it can sync with your contact list.

Much better option in my opinion.

I use the Blueant T1.

The best $80 I ever spent.
Phone book syncs with headset, A2DP, 3.0 Stereo Bluetooth, and a Android Application for my phone.