Blueant S1 Sun Visor Bluetooth Car Kit for iPhone 3GS- Reality Review

Do you use a Bluetooth headset while driving? A lot of us do. How would you like to do the same thing, but hands free with nothing in your ear? Now you can! The Blueant S1 stereo Bluetooth headset is awesome for the iPhone! you can get it in the TiPb accessory store for $59.95. Now, why would you want to do that? Because this hands-free headset rocks!

I have been using the Blueant S1 for a while now and I have to tell you it is great for so many reasons. First of all the speaker is really lightweight and small. It has a detachable clip that allows you to slip it on to a window visor in your car. if you don't want the clip, it easily pops right off. There are only three buttons on the Blueant S1; Green for power on/off as well as activating the iPhone's Voice Control. Green also answers your calls. Red ends a call and if you hold it down, it will dial the last phone number from the phone app.

Using Voice Control with the iPhone could not be simpler; press the green button and wait for the Voice Control prompt from the iPhone. this works like a charm. You can call anyone or play music all from the press of the green button.

Blueant S1 ButtonsSpeaking of music, you can use the Blueant S1 as a standalone speaker in your car. You can use the Blueant S1 for making calla but plug in your iPhone to your csr stereo and enjoy the freedom of Apple's Voice Control.

Outside of using the Blueant S1 as a car-based hands-free device, you can also just slip it in your bag and use it as a desktop Bluetooth speaker, or as I have, use it as a portable speakerphone! During the last month I have been away from my desk at work and have been working in random meeting rooms across campus. Not all of these rooms had phones and some of the rooms were quite large. As an iPhone owner we all know our speaker phones are not very loud, problem solved with the Blueant S1! This little guy came in handy in many of my meetings!

Personally I could not be happier with the Blueant S1. The only improvement I could suggest is a more robust speaker. The audio when playing music is tinty, but sounds great with spoken words. This device has come in handy on many occasions and I know it will for you too!

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Chad Garrett

Software trainer, blogger and mobile technology enthusiast living in the suburban Midwest.

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Blueant S1 Sun Visor Bluetooth Car Kit for iPhone 3GS- Reality Review

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If it were a paid advertisement, it would say so IN BIG HONKING LETTERS (like our sponsored posts do). TiPb Store provides products for our writers to review, but has NO input in (and never sees before publication) the reviews/test drives/looksees, whatever.

madonna??? Really? What do you think rene? I know I know it was nothing to do with the video. Anyways I have one the blueant's I picked it up last week on line for $62. My only beef with it is I wish the speaker was a little louder. But it works better than the motorola T305 I had.

@rene or any one else. What kinda of stereo bluetooth headphones would you recommend that would work well with my 3gs. I want light,comfortable and good sound.

Hey Chad...what kind of car do you have and what set up do you have for your music to car stereo? I have a 07 Honda accord and wanted to do a bluetooth setup like this, and all I was finding was Parrot installations that would run me $350+
Any ideas guys? I was thinking about just getting a ipod installation from bestbuy and getting this accessory.

@Mitch
I have an 06 Honda Accord. I use the Griffin iTrip to play my music through the stereo, it works great. The Accord's radio does not have a headphone jack, so I am in the same boat as you are. Best Buy sells a bluetooth kit for $150, but also has installation costs.

Chad,
How well does the voice control work with road noise? I've been debating about buying this or the TomTom car kit which has the microphone and speaker built-in. With TomTom I'd have to mount the phone close enough to push the button for voice control, but I'd get the wired power rather than battery and improved GPS. Do you guys have a TomTom car kit review coming? Please?

@Franz
Good question!I should have mentioned this piece in my review. To test the phone call "on the road" I called a friend of mine with the window down going 55mph... worked like a dream! My friend said there was some background sounds (the wind perhaps?) but he could hear me just fine. So voice control+phone call worked great!
I have not used the TOM TOM, so I will have to ask Rene :-)

If you guys do a full review of the TomTom car kit and evaluate GPS, hands-free calling, sound quality, and voice control you will get tons of site hits. Nobody has done this yet - only GPS evaluation.

This is barely a review. Sounds more like an advert. You couldn't be happier with it "tinty" speaker and all? How about a little more depth beyond "Liek OMG this iz fluffykittentastic!"

Kind of a crappy review, no? Reads like an ad, riddled with obvious spelling mistakes, and marginal pictures.
Besides, the Motorola T501/505 is a better speaker anyways. Smaller, loud and clear speaker, and a bonus FM transmitter.

I have a BlueAnt and am very very impressed (ps this is not a paid advertisement either). I set it up without even reading the directions and it worked immediately. It has good sound and the pickup might be too good - so turn off your radio/fan. It is unobtrusive. I am impressed.

Started out checking this site to see if I should exchange the BlueAnt S1 my husband gave to me today for an ear piece only to find out that it can be purchased for half the price he pa of $150. Do you think they are the same product? Hate to suggest that he return it and don't even know if they accept returns but why the big price difference?