Griffin SmartTalk Solar review: Griffin SmartTalk Solar

An automatic standby function turns the unit off after 2 minutes when no phone is paired and reactivates the SmartTalk and pairs with your phone again when its accelerometer-based motion sensor detects that you've reentered the car. The ideal way to use the Griffin SmartTalk Solar is to mount it on a discreet corner of your windshield and just leave it there, always charging.

Griffin SmartTalk Solar
The Griffin SmartTalk Solar attaches its solar panel to your car's windshield with an included suction-cup-mounted cradle. Antuan Goodwin/CNET

Basic hands-free calling

Outside of the solar-charging gimmick, the SmartTalk Solar is a fairly basic Bluetooth speakerphone. It features no voice command, text-to-speech, or audible caller ID of its own. Incoming calls are announced with a cutesy version of Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" and answered by tapping the large multifunction button.

Initiating a call must be handled by the paired phone. Fortunately, you can tap the SmartTalk Solar's multifunction button to trigger the handset's native voice dialer (if such a function is supported by the paired phone). Additionally, a double-tap of the multifunction button will redial the last number called.

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