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Autovoice BTHF009D Handsfree Car Kit - Mobile Accessories Autovoice BTHF009D Handsfree Car Kit

10 February 2006
Reviewed By Albert Malik



Sales package (should contain):
  • 1x Autovoice BTHF009D Unit
  • 1x AC charger
  • 1x Car charger
  • 1x Sun-visor mounting hook
  • 1x Wired earphone
  • 1x Earphone holder
  • 1x User guide

Introduction

The Autovoice BTHF009D is a step up from the simpler car handsfree I reviewed not so long ago. This device is battery powered, features an LCD display for caller ID and mounts conveniently on the sun-visor of your car. With minimal configuration and up to 10 hours talk time, the BTHF009D promises much. I received the opportunity to test one of these devices, and test I did.

Road-testing

Physical aspects
This rectangular-shaped device is fairly compact but a little on the heavy side, measuring 108 x 57 x 31 millimetres and tipping the scales at 129 grams. The design is modern, with contrasting black and silver colours while being slightly curved in shape. A multi-function button with two adjustment buttons and a monochrome LCD adorn the front of the device, with a retractable microphone able to extend from the top right corner. On the right hand side are the sockets for a charger and earphone, while on the back is the socket for the mounting hook. The mounting hook clips on to the back of the sun visor, so that the BTHF009D is hanging from there and just above your field of view from the driverís seat.

Audio quality
The audio quality of this device was very good, and with it being very close to you in the car, you can hear the caller clearly while he/she should be able to hear you clearly as well. I didnít ever find myself thinking Iíd need to use the included portable earphone because of voice quality issues, so the only reason I can think of is if you want to take a call privately in a crowded car. The BTHF009D supports voice activated dialling, and itís done by pressing the multifunction button once and saying the voice tag. If you have a compatible phone, the call will be dialled, and it worked for me without a problem using my test Motorola RAZR V3. Volume can be set fairly loud, although volume adjustment takes up to two seconds to adjust between each notch, even if you push the buttons quickly.
 

Connectivity and compatibility
Here the BTHF009D is complaint with Bluetooth 1.2 and supports the headset and handsfree profiles. The device is permanently in discoverable mode, so pairing with it is a simple task of finding the device with your phone, entering the 8888 passcode and completing the process. The handsfree profile is used by default as it supports caller ID, voice dialling and other features, although the headset one is available as a fallback (with core voice call support only Ė no bells and whistles). Pairing with the V3 and my Sharp 903 yielded no problems.

Battery life
The official battery life figures for the BTHF009D are 200 hours standby and 10 hours talk time. I found that with about 30 minutes of calls each day, the device lasted for five days before needing a recharge, which can be done from a power point or car charger socket.

In Summary...
The BTHF009D represents a step up in non-permanent car handsfree devices. With caller ID and the convenient mounting position (under the sun visor), the Autovoice BTHF009D has it all. Good voice quality (and microphone sensitivity), an information display and itís easy to access during driving. It lasts for a good few days before needing a recharge and can be moved between any car, and at the price of $149, itís affordable too. This device is highly recommended if you travel often and want to know whoís calling you without opening your phone.

Arico is the distributor of this product in Australia. For more information contact them at info@arico.com.au or visit them at their website here - http://www.arico.com.au.

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