|BlueAnt Supertooth 3 Bluetooth Handsfree Kit|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Phones | Handheld|
|Written by Hank Tolman - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 19 October 2009|
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Supertooth 3 Bluetooth Handsfree Kit Detailed Features
The BlueAnt Supertooth 3 Handsfree Kit comes with an impressive feature set. The folks at BlueAnt really wanted to keep the name they had made for themselves and didn't skimp in the least on the Supertooth 3. The list starts off with the text to speech feature, which actually came in very handy. The Supertooth actually announces your caller if they are in your contact list. If not, it'll read off the number of the incoming call. This makes the Supertooth 3 not only handsfree, but like it advertises on the box, eyesfree as well. You don't have to take your eyes off the road at all to see who is calling.
That brings up another really handy feature, the contact list importation feature. To pair a phone to the Supertooth 3, you just need to turn it on. The first time it turns on, the Supertooth goes into pairing mode. Then it will ask you to pick from its six language options, American English, British English, Spanish, French, German, or Italian. Then it will give you a code to input when you find the Supertooth under your Bluetooth devices in your phone. After that, the Supertooth 3 will automatically connect to the phone's contact list and download it. If your phone doesn't support the automatic contact download, you can do it manually. Some phones don't support phonebook transfer at all, in which case the text to speech will only say the incoming number.
Another great feature is the voice answer feature. This is yet another feature that makes the Supertooth 3 is completely handsfree and eyesfree device. Instead of pushing a button to answer the call, you can simply say "Answer", "Accept", or even "OK" to answer the phone. Be careful, though, you have to wait for the beep after the Supertooth announces your caller. I made the mistake the first few times of speaking too early and the call didn't pick up. So here is the sequence, you'll hear the ring, the Supertooth will announce the call then it will beep. After that you can answer the call by saying any of those things listed above. Other words might work as well, but I haven't experimented with that yet.
Another nice feature of the Supertooth 3 is the automatic reconnection feature. The device senses vibrations from the car door opening and closing and automatically goes into pairing mode when you get into the car. While this is a great feature, and very useful, it is also about the most annoying part of the device. As soon as it is paired, the Supertooth 3 says "Connected to phone" in an extremely computerized and monotone voice. My wife and I laugh about it each time the device pairs with the phone. It's certainly not a deal breaker, but with a handsfree kit this feature rich, there has to be something to complain about.
The microphone on the Supertooth 3 claims to provide noise and echo cancellation. I can't prove that its true, but I can certainly say with conviction that the voice quality talking on the Supertooth 3 is far superior to any Bluetooth device I have used before, including headsets. It doesn't completely get rid of the sounds of the road or the wind, but it does reduce them. In fact, I was better able to hear my wife talking through the Supertooth 3 than through either the speakerphone function on her iPhone or through the handset itself. I've experimented various times while calling people. I will change from the Supertooth 3 to my speakerphone function, then to the handset function during the call. Each time the feedback I get is that the best voice quality is while using the Supertooth 3. They also say the wind and ambient noise is louder with the Supertooth than with the handset, but voice quality is still better. And ambient noise is not as bad as with the speakerphone in any event.
The speakers on the Supertooth 3 also provide surprisingly clear and loud audio output. I haven't had any trouble hearing or understanding the people on the other end of the call. Many of the Bluetooth devices I have used end up garbling or blurring the other caller, making a conversation nearly impossible. Not so with the Supertooth 3. It was relieving that I didn't have to switch back to handset mode a few seconds into an important call.