Mobile Home Siri remote review: The Mobile Home is a simple Siri remote control

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CNET Editors' Rating

2 stars Mediocre

Average User Rating

2.5 stars 1 user review
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The Good The Mobile Home activates Siri on a Bluetooth connected iPhone, giving access to messaging, navigation, and music requests while on the road.

The Bad The Mobile Home lacks music skip or pause buttons, or its own microphone, which would enhance its use as a Siri remote.

The Bottom Line The Mobile Home's access to Siri is convenient, but its price and lack of features don't make it the best buy in its niche category.

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The promise of Bluetooth in cars means never having to take your phone out of your pocket for either hands-free phone calls or audio streaming. However, if you want to use the iPhone's Siri feature, you'll find yourself with one hand on the wheel, and the other dangerously fumbling through a purse or pocket trying to find that all-important button.

Beanco Tech attempts to solve this problem with the generically named Mobile Home device, a Siri button you can clip to a car's sun visor.

When setting it up, it took me a moment to wrap my head around how exactly it works. I first had to pair my iPhone to the Mobile Home, then to my car. With both Bluetooth connections active, I merely had to press the main button on the Mobile Home device, and Siri piped up from my iPhone, ready to field my requests.

Design

The black plastic Mobile Home device measures 3 inches long, 1.375 inches wide, and 0.25 inch thick. It includes a metal wire clip that embraces the Mobile Home device and holds it onto a car's sun visor, making access easy for the driver.

There are two buttons on the Mobile Home's surface, one to activate pairing and one to start Siri. The pairing button is a translucent thin strip that also shows a status light. Following the instructions to pair my phone, I was amused how Beanco Tech advises pushing the pairing button and observing the status light to check the progress.

Mobile Home
The Mobile Home clips to a sun visor, offering quick access to Siri. Josh Miller/CNET

With my big thumb over the pairing button, I could hardly see the status light. The button is also a bit difficult to use, requiring me to push it with my thumbnail. Trusting that the status light said all was good, I checked my iPhone's Bluetooth settings and saw that the Mobile Home was, indeed, connected.

The Siri button on the Mobile Home is big and emblazoned with a white square matching that on the iPhone's own main button. Beanco Tech better hope Apple hasn't patented that square.

On the back, a sliding panel hides a large watch battery. Beanco included an extra battery in the box I received.

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Where to Buy

Beanco Tech Mobile Home

Part Number: BTMOBILEHOME

MSRP: $79.00

See manufacturer website for availability.