SuperTooth Buddy review
Excellent audio quality coupled with sensible design – a high-quality speaker unit for your high-end smartphone
Review Date: 5 May 2010
Reviewed By: Jonathan Bray
Price when reviewed: £43 (£51 inc VAT)
Features & Design
Value for Money
If you spend a lot of time on the road, a hands-free kit for your car is a must. It allows you to keep your hands on the wheel, and your eyes on the road, and a good one works seamlessly. The SuperTooth Buddy, daft name aside, is one of these.
Its speaker is loud and distortion free, and the microphone picks up clearly. Sound quality is exceptional, and we also used it as a remote speaker for Nokia Maps on an N97 handset, with excellent results.
It's not just about quality audio, important though that is. The Buddy is also crammed with other neat features. First, it's just about the easiest Bluetooth product we've come across to pair. All you do is make sure your phone is visible, bring it close to the Buddy and hit the green phone key once, and it will take care of pairing automatically.
Second, as it supports Bluetooth 2.1, the Buddy can be paired with two phones simultaneously; great for travelers who carry a work and personal handset with them on the road. And third, although not the most compact speaker system around, the mounting system is elegant and practical. The speaker unit attaches to the metal sun visor clip via a strong magnet, allowing you to quickly remove it and stow it out of sight.
Battery life is good too, with a claimed 20 hours of continuous use and 1,000 hours in standby – enough for weeks of use between charges. When you do need to charge it, there's a USB cable and charger unit supplied in the box. And there are a host of other useful touches, including large, easy to press volume buttons, plus voice recognition dialing for phones that support the feature.
The SuperTooth Buddy isn't the cheapest hands-free speaker kit at a comparatively pricey £43 exc VAT, but it’s the best we've used. If you take a lot of calls on the road, it's well worth paying the extra.
Author: Jonathan Bray
And I just spent 22,000 on a new Bluetooth hands-free kit! :-S
I could have saved myself a few quid if I'd know about this! :-D
By big_D on 7 May 2010
super tooth buddy
so why don't you tell us where to buy one? so frustrating. PeterD
By pdymock on 21 May 2010
Buddy and iPhone
I bought one of these on PC Pro's recommendation, and am very happy with it, except for one thing. Sadly, it is not possible to route the Navigation software voice instructions to it (Navigon on iPhone). It exclusively works only with phone calls. I emailed their tech support, and they confirmed this won't work, this is what they said: "With Nokia phones, you can stream navigation audio via the Buddy. With the iPhone, you can't hear them via the Buddy, you need a kit with the A2DP Bluetooth profile like the Supertooth One.". I'm a little confused by this, are they implying Nokia phones use a different protocol to communicate with Bluetooth devices, or is this the iPhone's shortcoming?
Regardless, apart from this little niggle, an excellent device!
By vladman on 22 Jul 2010
If you have a Walmart near by, that is where I purchased mine.
By nbboy2002 on 14 Mar 2011
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