I have tried the Blueant S1 Sun Visor for a few months now and I really do enjoy it. Recently, the popular hands-free laws have taken effect in Ontario, making devices such as this much more needed than ever before. The Blueant S1 Sun Visor features:
- Multipoint: connect 2 phones and answers the one that rings
- Full DSP noise and echo cancellation
- Voice dialing (if supported by your phone)
- Bluetooth 2.0 Headset and Handsfree Profiles
- Stream music from A2DP Bluetooth phones
- Operates up to 10 meters from the phone
- Up to 15 hours talk time; 800 hours standby
When you first turn on the device it will flash red and blue waiting to be paired. You can also begin the pairing by holding the green button to the left for 5 seconds. The battery life in my opinion was underrated. In fact, I got almost double the 30 day standby life with moderate use and simple battery saving techniques such as simply turning it off when I left the car. Overall, the setup process was a breeze and I paired the Blueant S1 with my Blackberry Bold 9700.
Another great feature of this Bluetooth device is that you have the ability to pair more the one phone at the same time. I carry two phones, one for work and one for personal use, so this feature came in really handy. Both are Bold 9700s and they paired up seamlessly. One feature that this device lacks is the ability to read the caller ID. There is a very notable tone so the call never goes unnoticed; however, you have no idea who is on the line unless you pick up your phone prior to answering.
When it comes to being truly hands-free, this device does it all. Even with most Bluetooth headsets you have to push the button on your earpiece to answer the call. With the Blueant S1 all you need to do is say the word “answer”. After the ring from an incoming call there is a high pitched tone which is your queue to say “answer” if you wish to answer the call. I found that if you say “answer” too late, or too soon before the tone, the notification is repeated until it’s activated properly. After I realized this, I had no issues answering calls hands-free.
The one thing that really disappointed me was the voice dialing. Often the device would be told to call a person in my address book and I would get confirmation that it was dialing, only to realize that the phone wasn’t dialing anyone at all. Even after a few attempts with voice dialing I found myself having to pick up my phone and hit the call button.
Overall, this is a great device that I would recommend to anyone in need of a good hands-free solution. It worked well enough that I purchased an S1 for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) to use on the road with our On-call kit which includes a Blackberry, laptop with USB modem, and now an S1. The team absolutely loves it.
- Excellent battery life
- Easy to set up
- Hands-free answering, just by saying “Answer”
- Can connect 2 phones at the same time
- Voice dialing doesn’t always work; it says dialing but nothing happens.
- Doesn’t understand numbers very well
- Streaming audio from a cell phone isn’t the best quality