For a customer project, which includes o2 Xda II Pocket PC Phone Editions, where I'm the technical project manager, I've tested several Bluetooth car kits during the past 2 weeks and the experiences might be something you are interested in.
In more and more countries it's forbidden now to make phone calls while driving and the penalties can be pretty expensive. Therefore a car kit is always a good idea for several reasons:
- Penalty-free phone calls
- Convenient use
However, there is a downside with device-specific car kits: if you change the device your current car kit isn't working (in most cases) with your new device, at least not without changing the holder. Therefore Bluetooth car kits might be an interesting alternative solution.
While I will follow with some detailed reviews, here the first experiences I've collected. All the car kits we've tested should be used with an O2 Xda II. For testing we've used:
- Motorola HFW8000 Bluetooth Car Kit
- Parrot CK3000
- Parrot CK3100
- Sony Ericsson HCB-300 Bluetooth Car Kit
From left to right: Motorola HFW8000, Parrot CK3000, Parrot CK3100, Sony Ericsson HCB-300
These car kits are selected for a simple reason: they support the Bluetooth headset profile. While the typical Bluetooth profile for car kits is the hands-free profile, the Xda II (and all other HTC Himalayas) doesn't supports this profile. Therefore you will not get the full features some of the car kits above might support with hands-free profile but at least the basic functionalities are supported with the Xda II:
- Accept an incoming call
- Hang up
- Reject incoming calls
- Support for up to four different Bluetooth mobile phones (not at the same time)
- Radio mute
- Volume adjustment on the car kit (Parrot CK3100, Sony Ericsson HCB-300 Bluetooth Car Kit, Motorola HFW8000 Bluetooth Car Kit only)
- Use of car Hi-Fi speakers instead of a separate car kit speaker (Parrot CK3000, Parrot CK3100)
As mentioned above, all these car kits support the headset profile and therefore they work fine with the Xda II. However, what I've noticed during the tests is that you should have the latest ROM version for your HTC Himalaya (version 1.72.xxx which should be released by most carriers and OEMs now).
Also the Motorola MPx220 and the Orange C500/T-Mobile SDA worked fine with all the car kits above.
More about every car kit with the separate reviews.
Cheers ~ Arne
Related Links : [More Info Motorola] [More Info Parrot CK3000] [More Info Parrot CK3100] [More Info SonyEricsson]