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Elite I
Krypto
Posts: 6,657
Registered: ‎01-14-2009
My Device: BlackBerry Z10

BlackBerry Visor Mount Speakerphone Review

[ Edited ]

I've had a chance to play with the new BlackBerry Visor Mount Speakerphone for the past few days and thought I'd start a bit of a review.  I'd like to encourage others who've had a chance to play with it to add to this.

 

Initial impressions

 

After pulling the BlackBerry Visor Mount out of the packaging it came in, I took a look.  One button on one side, a +/- button on the other side, and a single main button on top of the unit.  There was also a microUSB plug in on the side as well.  Overall, it makes for a very simplistic design that looks sharp.  On the back side of the unit is a clip which can be used to attach the BlackBerry Visor Mount to your car's visor (makes sense :smileyhappy:).  Simple design but effective.

 

Initial Connection

 

My Visor Mount did not come with instructions, which left me scratching my head for a second... how was I going to learn how to use it, and would I make any major mistakes???  Good news, it's incredibly intuitive to use.  To turn the unit on, press and hold the main power button until it tells you it's on.  The first time it turns on, it'll go into pairing mode.  Just search for it with your BlackBerry device and as with most other bluetooth headsets, enter 0000 as the passkey.  After that, the friendly voice will let you know that the unit has paired.

 

Call Quality

 

To make a phone call, just press the main button for a second and the voice activated system will prompt you for your instructions.  Just be careful not to hold the main button for too long or the device will turn off (I've done this a few times already).  It's also an easy disconnect - press the button again and you're done.  To answer a call, press the button once and you're connected.  Call clarity was actually very impressive.  According to family members and boyfriend, it's much better than when I have them on speakerphone, and the speakerphone on my Storm was already pretty decent, so that's a good sign!  So far, I've used the Visor Mount as a speakerphone only (i.e. not connected to my car stereo) and I've had no problem hearing the other parties through the device.  The only instance where the other person was unable to hear me is when I went over a section of road with several bumps.  Other than that, no problem.  (Note, to change the volume of the speakerphone, use the same +/- button that changes the FM stations - this only works in the non-FM mode). 

 

Another really neat feature?  When you receive a call, the friendly voice tells you the phone number of who is calling you (requires Caller ID is enabled on your phone)!

 

FM Transmitter

 

I tested the FM transmitter on my home stereo and had no problems getting it to work.  Just press the FM button and you're up and running.  If you need to change the station to get a clearer signal (default is 88.1), just press the +/- button to change the station.  The friendly voice tells you what station you're on so you can change your stereo to the correct station.  Sound was generally pretty clear (some moments of interferance) and overall, I'd have to say this is one of the better FM transmitters I've used (and I've tried a few over the years - the next closest was a Sony one).  One of the big problems I used to have with FM transmitters is that I usually had to crank the volume, and I didn't have as much of an issue with the Visor Mount.  The only time I did notice a decrease in volume was when I tried watching a movie on my BlackBerry Storm, but regular audio worked just fine.  To go back to regular speakerphone mode, just hit the FM button again to turn it off.

 

Overall Quality

 

I have to admit, I'm pretty impressed.  The BlackBerry Visor Mount does the job it's supposed to do, at least for me, and at a lower cost than some of it's competitors.  It's also really nice that I don't have to hold my phone while I'm talking and driving (much safer) and I'm not always trying to put my bluetooth headset back in my ear because it's falling out yet again.  And I now finally have yet another reason to set up my extensive music library collection into playlists!  When I'm done, I just hide the unit so no one steals it and it turns itself off when I walk out of bluetooth range of the car.

 

At this point in time, I'm not sure that the BlackBerry Visor Mount/BlackBerry Storm combination will be used to replace the 20GB hard drive in my car, however it'll definitely work if I'm in other people's cars!  Or for when I replace my precious VW Golf!  But it now gets used every time I get in my car.  I just put it on the car visor, turn it on and I know I can safely leave my BlackBerry Storm in my bag/purse where it belongs.

 

Rating

 

I'm going to give this a 9/10.  It's an excellent accessory for BlackBerry owners, but hey, we can always leave a little room for improvement!  :smileytongue:

 

Good job RIM :smileyhappy:

 

EDIT:  Added link and image.

Message Edited by Krypto on 06-09-2009 12:29 AM

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Elite I
Krypto
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Registered: ‎01-14-2009
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Re: BlackBerry Visor Mount Speakerphone Review

Oh, and before I forget, although I don't personally use navigation software on my BlackBerry, supposedly the BlackBerry Visor Mount Speakerphone can transmit instructions for you, so you can always keep an eye on the road ahead.

 

If anyone has a chance to test this, please let us know about your experience!


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Xandrex
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Re: BlackBerry Visor Mount Speakerphone Review


Krypto wrote:

Call Quality

 

(...) Another really neat feature?  When you receive a call, the friendly voice tells you the phone number of who is calling you (requires Caller ID is enabled on your phone)!


I am curious, why does it say the phone number instead of the name of the contact ? In my case, I absolutely do not know by heart any phone number apart from mine.

 


Krypto wrote:

Overall Quality

 

(...) It's also really nice that I don't have to hold my phone while I'm talking and driving (much safer) and I'm not always trying to put my bluetooth headset back in my ear because it's falling out yet again.


You need Mr. Spock's ears.or Elfic ears like in Lors of the Rings.Will you do a review of thatBluetooth headset too?

 


Krypto wrote:

EDIT:  Added link and image.


Could you be so kind to :

  • post pictures that you take of the device
  • record the friendly voice so that we can know if it's really friendly or if it's just your personal sensitivity (I know a friend who thinks Austin Powers' voice is so gorgeous)

 




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Bifocals
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Registered: ‎07-23-2008
My Device: Torch 9850/ Playbook
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Re: BlackBerry Visor Mount Speakerphone Review

I also was able to test the The BlackBerry® Visor Mount Speakerphone VM-605.

 

I agree that the device does everything advertised and does it well.

 

I have two areas I feel it could be improved;

1) increase the volume of the speaker phone, I have trouble hearing the commands.

2) increase the transmitter. There are very few "dead": channels in a major city and

    and It would be helpful if the transmitter could have a stronger signal.

 

Otherwise the device is a very valuable and useful addition to the Blackberry line of accessories.

Thanks,

 

Bifocals

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cathlabnurse
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Re: BlackBerry Visor Mount Speakerphone Review


Bifocals wrote:

 

I have two areas I feel it could be improved;

1) increase the volume of the speaker phone, I have trouble hearing the commands.

2) increase the transmitter. There are very few "dead": channels in a major city and

    and It would be helpful if the transmitter could have a stronger signal.

 

 


 

I have tested The  BlackBerry® Visor Mount Speakerphone VM-605.

 

Krypto, excellent detailing of the device.  Bifocals I agree with you about the need to increasing the volume on the speaker phone and increasing the transmitter. 

 

I love being able to hear through the speakers of the car and having both of these improved on would be AWESOME! 

 

I do wish as Xandrex pointed out, that the name of the person calling would be said outloud as I too do not know numbers that are saved in my contact list! I do good to remember the names! :smileyhappy:

 

Overall, it is a great device to have added to your BlackBerry!


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Re: BlackBerry Visor Mount Speakerphone Review

I have also tested The  BlackBerry® Visor Mount Speakerphone VM-605.

 

I hate putting head sets into my ear. Only elbows go there. This device is very slick and did the trick for what I wanted to do. Pair it, set your station, use it for calls and music streaming. What more could you ask for?

 

My only issue was with the FM transmitter. My old tired 99 Toyota Tacoma radio would get lots of static when listening to music from a smart phone. I have since run the charging cable to the Visor Mount Speakerphone instead of using the battery and the static is reduced drastically. I have not tested it in another vehicle yet to rule out my radio being the issue.

 

The other fun part (not a device issue) was finding a frequency that was not in use from home to work. I never realized how many weak stations there are around me that affected the music streaming quality.

Other thought: 

I will never have to remember to turn the Visor Mount Speakerphone off with its nice auto shutoff feature.

 




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Re: BlackBerry Visor Mount Speakerphone Review - UPDATE

[ Edited ]

Bifocals wrote:

I also was able to test the The BlackBerry® Visor Mount Speakerphone VM-605.

 

I agree that the device does everything advertised and does it well.

 

I have two areas I feel it could be improved;

1) increase the volume of the speaker phone, I have trouble hearing the commands.

2) increase the transmitter. There are very few "dead": channels in a major city and

    and It would be helpful if the transmitter could have a stronger signal.

 

Otherwise the device is a very valuable and useful addition to the Blackberry line of accessories.

Thanks,

 

Bifocals


My truck is setup for four wheeling, and sits 6'5" . While removing the device I fumbled. During the ensuing "tip drill"

I managed to get a hand on it twice. Unfortunately the second tip knocked it out of the truck higher than the roof, and provided

a 7ft fall to the concrete below. Amazingly not a crack anywhere, just a slight scratch where it hit.

 

Apparently I didn't think that was through enough of a test. While putting the speakerphone back...well you guess it, I dropped

it again. This time it bounced off the floor and back onto the concrete. This time, not even a scratch.

 

After closing the truck door, rolling up the window, and using BOTH hands, it is back on the visor, where it will live out it's life.

 

One other thing that impressed me?

 

"She" is tough as nails. Never screamed or yelled for help, and not a tear afterwards.

:smileyvery-happy:

 

 

 

 

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Re: BlackBerry Visor Mount Speakerphone Review - UPDATE

Now THAT does need to be put on the packaging!! :smileyhappy: 

 

 


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Re: BlackBerry Visor Mount Speakerphone Review - UPDATE

Wow, I'm highly impressed!  I was curious how "she" would handle things like that!

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Re: BlackBerry Visor Mount Speakerphone Review - UPDATE


Krypto wrote:
Wow, I'm highly impressed!  I was curious how "she" would handle things like that!
I'm stopping you right now. Put an invisible shield on her first.



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