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Drive safely with your HTC smartphone.
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Drive safely with your HTC smartphone.

P1050167Even if you are driving the latest model automobile loaded with all the whistles and bells, the smartphone in your pocket s probably still the most powerful media and navigation device in the car. Trying to harness all that power can however, be distracting.

b230298-1HTC has the answer with its line of car accessories. There are kits for most models of HTC smartphones but we will be looking at the kit for my HTC One X. The key to safely using the phone in your car is the mounting kit which allows you to attach the phone to your windshield or for jurisdictions where that is illegal to the dash of your car. The advanced car cradle auto launches the Car App when you insert the phone and it also includes a charging cable you can plug into your car’s accessory outlet.

b230207-1That Bluetooth Audio Streamer gives you the best of both worlds..access to all the powerful media apps on your phone as well as the benefits of using the audio system in your car. Now if you have a car that doesn’t have built in Bluetooth Hands Free Calling HTC’s car accessories include a small and compact, all-in-one Bluetooth car speaker. Sync it with your mobile via Bluetooth and clip it onto your sun visor to make and receive phone calls without having to touch or look at your phone. Its compatible with Bluetooth enabled phones not just HTC devices and will work with iOS or Android smartphones. It has two microphones for better voice clarity, noise cancellation to reduce background sounds and a loud speaker. It also has text-to-speech ability. On the sides of the device are the power, mute answer/end and volume buttons. The part I like is that it gives you access to your phone’s contact list so you can call anyone hands free.

I found the entire kit to work very well. The Bluetooth speaker provided accurate voice recognition and good volume. The Bluetooth Streamer produced excellent quality sound through the car’s speakers and gives you access to all the music on your phone. Each component sells for about $60 and are available wherever HTC products are sold. A really good buy if you want to harness the power fo your HTC Smartphone and still drive safely.

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Bob Benedetti

<p>Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal</p>

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