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Review: SuperTooth Crystal in-car speakerphone

- October 2nd, 2012

Supertooth PIC

 

Want to legally take calls in your vehicle, but don’t want to wear a Bluetooth earpiece while driving? Or perhaps while in the car, there’s a call for the family? In either case, you certainly need a gadget that can be placed within earshot that you can use hands-free. One solution is the new SuperTooth Crystal ($69.99). It’s a wireless speakerphone that connects to your iPhone or Smartphone via Bluetooth 3.0.

If you’ve heard of this one before, it’s been updated. The SuperTooth Crystal works in almost any car and requires no special installation as it conveniently attaches to your car’s visor with its clever magnetic clip. It looks like a case for your eyeglasses, measures 49mm x 130mm x 14mm and weighs a mere 113g, less than 4oz. with the clip.

Supertooth Battery

The SuperTooth Crystal has a built-in lithium-ion battery rated at 20 hours of talk-time and offers over a month of stand-by time when it’s not in use. When the battery is running low, the LED indicator will turn red, and you’ll be alerted by a beep telling you it’s time to recharge. Its LED indicator turns orange during charging and changes to a steady green after about 3 hours when it’s done. There’s an added bonus for iPhone users; the battery level indicator also shows up on your display.

For charging, a micro USB port is located at the back of the unit. Not the best placement in my opinion as it’s difficult to access when SuperTooth is clipped to your visor. Similarly, depending on where your cigarette lighter is located, the cable may or may not reach but with its standby time you shouldn’t find yourself without power.

It pairs easily and can support up to eight devices (two  simultaneously) so you can easily switch between your personal and work phones, or his and hers phones. It also auto reconnects with ease when your SuperTooth Crystal is in range so you don’t have to reset or re-pair each time.

The built-in mic has 2-way noise cancelation although I found it offers limited benefit if it’s really noisy in the vehicle’s cab. You may need to adjust your visor to find the mic’s sweet spot for your particular vehicle.

SupertoothWiPhoneA2DP

Turn-By-Turn Voice Navigation

One really valuable and truly handy feature is voice navigation support, which offers turn-by-turn instructions for compatible smartphones. Other features, again with compatible smartphones, are voice dialing as well as last number redial and call reject. The unit also supports A2DP music streaming, so you can wirelessly listen to tunes from your phone. The speaker is quite small and, while adequately audible, it has limited output capacity. It can at times sound tinny and also somewhat distorted when turned up too loud.

 

Bottom Line

Overall, the SuperTooth Crystal is a nice compact unit and does the job it needs to do. It’s particularly handy for voice navigation if you don’t have an in-car navigation system. It pairs easily to multiple phones and install is a no-brainer. It certainly doesn’t have high fidelity sound, especially for tunes, but of course a car is not an ideal listening environment. Besides, if you have a car stereo, why wouldn’t you use it to stream your tunes to anyway?

 

Can use anywhere

With that said, while it is marketed as an in-car device, it doesn’t have to be. Theoretically, it could be used virtually anywhere, even as a desktop speakerphone.

SuperTooth Crystal is available in 5 colours, retails for $69.95 and can be purchased in Canada at retailers like London Drugs and Best Buy.

 

Pros:

Compact, portable and zero-install

GPS friendly, voice navigation for supported phones

Easy multiple phone pairing

Remote Battery Indicator (iPhone)

 

Cons:

Inconvenient charging port

Average sound quality

Need to find mic’s sweet spot.

 

Rating: 3.5 / 5

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Greg Gazin is the Real Canadian Gadget Guy.

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3 comments

  1. Ed Lee | October 3, 2012 at 8:20 am

    I like the Motorola T-505 better, it has all the features you have mentioned above, and it will also re-broadcast in FM to your car stereo, so the sound quality of both your phone calls and your A2DP music streaming will not be limited to the little tinny speaker.

  2. Greg Gazin | October 3, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Ed, thanks for the heads-up on the Motorola!

  3. Poonam | September 25, 2013 at 6:03 am

    I am using Jabra Cruiser2 from last several weeks. thew most like part in this it can save contacts from mobile Phonebook and it always connected with my both mobile.

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