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Motorola MOTOROKR T505 - Wireless phone integration for your car

Rear Controls of the T505
By Joseph Holder on 1 Aug 2011 02:08 pm EDT
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One lucky reader will win a MOTOROKR T505! Read on for details.

If you've caught any of my other Bluetooth device reviews (even back to my very first CrackBerry Idol review), you know that I have a certain... dislike of wires. They tangle. They limit and tether your device. Any technological thingamajig that can take the place of those wires is a good one in my book, and the MOTOROKR T505 is a welcome addition to my car.

Motorola MOTOROKR T505 is, for whatever reason, difficult for me to say, the words don't trip lightly from the tongue. The device itself though couldn't be easier to use. After a simple and standard pairing with my BlackBerry, music; podcasts; and phone calls come over the speakers of my car.

Like many newer cars, I can now stream music from my phone - even web services like Pandora - over the speakers in my car, free from the tyranny of wires.

FM Transmitter

The T505 works like any standard Bluetooth speaker phone. The device connects to your phone via Bluetooth and indeed has a speaker within the unit. It's not a great speaker, but it does the job. That speaker is really not meant to be used that often. After all, the T505 has a much better feature up its sleeve.

Connecting the device to your car's stereo is done by using the device's short-range FM transmitter. The transmitter uses a good bit of power to function, so it's turned off by default. A quick press of the button in the back changes that, and the device announces the FM radio station it will use.

The T505 is sometimes good at picking a good radio station to use, and sometimes it is not. You need a frequency that doesn't already have a radio station using it. Even weak signals can cause static and hissing in your speakers as two transmitters (one nearby and the other far away) battle for the frequency. A touch of the button on the back of the T505 changes the frequency in use. Longer car rides will require more frequent adjustment.  I wonder if the unit would be better suited with a more powerful transmitter, but I imagine that the relatively weaker signal makes for better battery life.

A2DP and phone

Front Controls of the T505 

Like all of my favorite Bluetooth devices, this one supports A2DP. This Bluetooth profile allows the T505 to control media functions on your smartphone. Using the controls of the device clipped to your sun visor, you can play; pause, and skip tracks forward and back. The buttons are large enough and well placed to be used in the dark and without taking your eyes from the road.

Phone features are, of course, a big part of what the device can do. A simple press of the large button on the left starts the phone's voice commands (and answers incoming calls). Voice commands have been a part of BlackBerry smartphones for a long while now; chances are, your phone supports it. Through the built in voice recognition in your phone, you can make any number of calls completely hands free.

Incoming audio from your call is piped through the car's speakers, letting you hear your caller in exquisite detail. The audio pickup for your voice is through a tiny port at the top of the T505's enclosure. Listening to the audio of a test call, the microphone seems to pick up audio from a limited area, acting like a condensing microphone. This is a very good thing in the noisy environment of a car.

In Conclusion

What was once possible only through expensive receiver units and professional installation, I can now achieve with this small box, the Motorola MOTOROKR T505, clipped to my sun visor. With the press of a few buttons on the device, I get streaming stereo sound beamed out from my BlackBerry to the T505 which then plays it on my car's audio system. Phone calls are routed to the car's audio as well. All in all, the T505 allows your phone to integrate with your car. All without a single wire in sight.

Contest: Want to get one of these for free from ShopCrackBerry.com? Just leave a comment to this review and tell us how you would use the MOTOROKR T505 in your life. Contest ends this Sunday at midnight PST. Please only leave a single comment. One lucky winner will have this device shipped directly from ShopCrackBerry.com. 

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Motorola MOTOROKR T505 - Wireless phone integration for your car

307 Comments

I get TONS of phone calls for work while I'm on the road - safe driving would be great with this!

With all the crazy drivers out there driving like they're going to a fire that doesn't exist, my attention needs to be totally focused on defensive driving. I have been in several accidents that have left me disabled. I would put this device to use in my car for making and answering calls as well as listening to music...hands free is the way to go of course. I wonder how many people have gotten into accidents trying to mess with their radio, you don't hear about those incidents. I am all about safety in the car, the minute you look away, or try to do something other than driving is the moment that could change your life forever!!

Thanks Crackberry for the awesome contests and for what you guys do to help us out, and to the promoters too. Good luck everyone!

This device would be very useful to me because I currently have no other way to connect my Torch wirelessly to my car stereo.

I would use it to listen to the music I have on my Torch which would help me to stay awake while I'm driving home to check on my elderly parents each weekend.

Thanks for the chance....

peace...

I make quite a few calls while on the road but tend to forget my ear piece from time to time. This would come in handy!

Good luck everyone!

It sure would beat using a cassette shell to play music from the phone and would allow phone calls too.

I had no idea I needed one of these until I read your review! Now I am excited to think I can be so portable and hip! Can't wait to win!!!!

I would love to win this. I drive an old car so all i can listen to is the radio. Having this will improve my car rides a lot! lol you have no idea

I will make a gift of it to my son-in-law since the speaker on his Bold 9700 blew AGAIN. He could really use it. Plus I owe him a cool birthday present.

this would be amazing! I travel for work and most states are going to hands-free laws for safety issues. While I completely agree, it does put a damper on how much I can get done on the road!

Can't remember if I entered this one yet or not, so please forgive me if this is a double post, but I would love to get my hands on this... Thanks CB !!!

My gosh .... I can think of all the time this accessory would have been usefull. Maybe my contest luck will improve with this give away... hope hope hope.

I'm always driving kids here and there. hands free would be great plus being able to use it for music would be a bonus !!!

would love this!! thanks CB!
been wanting one of these for a while now! The handsfree thats built in to my jeep is garbage! Keep disconnecting and reconnecting and the voice is annoying!!

This would be great for when I caravan (separate cars) around clients in my real estate business. Too much looking through home-tour paperwork for having my hands on the phone!

Owning this device would mean a safer drive for me - berry addicts are prone to phone usage on the road even when exercising maximum tolerance to the itch. And it would mean safer roads for everyone!

Would love to own one!

I am a sales rep. for a large company and I pretty much spend most of my day in the car. Having something like the MOTOROKR T505 would make my job so much easier. Hands free, being able to hear the callers over the stereo, not forgeting to mention streaming some tunes from my Blackberry. Sounds like a fantastic product!

A motorola fan. Help me not to drive safely home. The life you save may be a fan for eternity. Do me the motorokr a favour and call my name call my name. Love you moto!

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