I was talking on my iPhone in my car a couple of years ago. My daughter was with me and she pointed out that my speed slowed by six miles per hour as soon as I started talking. Since I was on the highway at the time, this was not a good thing. I’ve since become much more responsible about using my phone in the car, and one way I do that is to use a speakerphone if it is absolutely necessary for me to talk in the car. Keeping them charged can be a nuisance. Griffin’s new SmartTalk Solar Speakerphone is not only bluetooth capable, it is solar powered, so the more you use it, the more it powers up.
Griffin’s SmartTalk Solar Speakerphone with case
The SmartTalk can be paired with two different smartphones at the same time and both can be used at the same time. Once a phone has been paired with the unit the SmartTalk will auto-connect each time you enter its range with your phone turned on.
The SmartTalk, which has an MSRP of US$69.99, works with iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, and 4S. It also works with the phone’s voice command features.
Back view with power cell
Using the product
Before using the first time, the unit must be fully charged. There is a charger and cable included with the SmartTalk or you can choose to leave it in the sun to charge. If you choose this second option it will take nine hours for the unit to fully charge. You can also do what I did and just plug it into a USB charger in the house and charge it.
It is very easy to pair the SmartTalk with the phone. Select Settings > Bluetooth on your iPhone and make sure Bluetooth is turned on. Press and hold SmartTalk’s Multi-Function button for about three second until the blue and red LEDs flash. Select Griffin from the Devices list. Connected will appear, and it’s done.
Using the SmartTalk is just as easy as the pairing. You can answer calls, redial the last number, use voice control, and disconnect, all using the one Multi-Function button. You can also deal with call waiting, mute, and easily switch from the unit back to your handset. The instruction booklet that accompanies the unit has text that is actually big enough to read, has useful images, and contains all the information you need to quickly start using the SmartTalk.
The SmartTalk fastens to the car window with a plastic frame and two suction cups. They grab tightly and hold in place. Two extra suction cups are included with the package.
The first time I used it, I punched up Siri, told it to call someone in my address book. The call immediately switched to the SmartTalk while Siri informed me that she was placing the call. The voice quality on both ends of the call were excellent. There was no road noise on either end and I was able to increase the volume by pressing the plus button.
Do I recommend it?
I do. It is easy to use, has good quality sound, and it works perfectly with my iPhone 4S. And it is easy to use. I know I already said that, but it is a big deal to me.