The Parrot MINIKIT Plus is a great little Bluetooth device allowing you to be hands free while talking on your Bluetooth equipped smartphone or mobile phone. You can use up to 2 phones with the dual mode feature and select which is the main phone. This is great for when we are both in the car and want to use hands free. It can be updated with different languages and works with a large number of mobile phone including Android smartphones and iPhones. This kit required no professional installation and is easy for anyone to install and setup.
In many states, including ours of Oregon it is illegal to talk while handling your mobile phone while driving. The only way this is legal is by having either an in the ear headset or a speaker phone system. Having experience with another maker of speaker phone the biggest problem I had was the volume of the speaker. It made it very difficult to listen to what was being said. The MINIKIT+ has a volume control, but the maximum volume is very loud.
What else is nice about the Parrot MINIKIT+ is the vocal hands-free setup. It has a feature called magic words allowing the user to answer or decline phone calls by voice command. So when you’re getting a call, you can say accept or reject to answer and decline the call. This can be turned on and off.
The MINIKIT+ can store 2,000 contacts into it and you can use the MINIKIT+ to call contacts, while keeping your hands off your phone. When incoming calls are received, if the caller is in your contact list it will announce the callers name. To make out-going calls you can manually scroll through your contacts by using the dial knob or you can push the speak button and say the contacts name and it will dial it for you, real hands free. If you want to program your own voice recognition for your contacts it is possible, but by default the MINIKIT+ will use its own voice recognition system
The Parrot MINIKIT+ is easy to setup with your smartphone. With most smartphones it will import your contacts automatically, and if it doesn’t it is easy to import your list. We did have a problem with one of our phones because it kept pulling entire contact lists from Facebook and Google contacts. So if this is the case you may have either remove those programs or just not use the contacts or just make sure that you speak the correct name. The MINIKIT+ has the ability to connect up to 10 phones but only 2 will be in use when in proximity. If your using the MINIKIT+ and you get a call on your other phone, the second phone will ring and not interrupt the initial call.
Other options include vocal service for SMS and email access. This means you can listen to text messages and emails via the MINIKIT+, allowing you to multitask and keep your eyes on the road. To be honest I only recommend using these types of devices for calls and as needed.
You can also listen to your music playlists through the Parrot (good for outings if you want a small loud speaker), along with GPS applications to listen to the turn by turn directions, much better than using your smartphones weak speaker. When you get an incoming call, the GPS will stop and start again after the call.
The Parrot MINIKIT+ has a vibration sensor which activates the unit when you get into your car and will connect to whatever phone you have on you. So depending on who is using the car, that phone will connect automatically upon entry. The MINIKIT+ is a loud, yet little device that makes taking and placing calls easy. The Parrot MINIKIT+ has voice canceling technology, long a battery life (12 hours of talk time, up to 6 months in low power mode) thanks to the Parrot P6i 416MHz processor, and compatibility with many makes and types of smartphones and Bluetooth equipped mobile phones. It is easy to update when needed.
Looking for a slim, yet loud and clear speaker phone, the Parrot MINIKIT+ is a good choice. No need for a ear piece and the voice commands make it simple and very safe to use.
TIPS for driving while talking:
- Warn people when you’re driving to keep calls shirt.
- Do not get involved in complicated or emotional conversations.
- DO not hold your mobile phone while talking in the car, hence the reason for the MINIKIT+.
- If possible park your car in s safe area, not on shoulders.
- Keep your hands on wheel and use voice commands.
- NEVER text (SMS) while driving.
We have one Parrot MINIKIT Plus Speaker Phone to also give away!
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Giveaway ends 5-1-2012