Parrot 3200 LS Color review: Parrot 3200 LS Color

To activate the 3200 LS Color's voice command functions, users must record a series of voice tags.
To activate the 3200 LS Color's voice command functions, users must record a series of voice tags.

On the subject of tagging, the 3200 LS Color goes one better than the CK3100, as it enables users to assign a photograph to each of the contacts in the phonebook. To do this, users have to select the "associate photo" option in the Contacts Management menu. The Bluetooth connection is then suspended temporarily as you search for the desired image on the phone and then send the file via Bluetooth to the Parrot device. After about 15 seconds, the file transfer complete and the Bluetooth connection is resumes. The next time you either call that contact from the phonebook or receive a call from them, the relevant photo shows up on the color display--a very cool feature in our opinion. Also very cool is the capability of the 3200 LS Color to accept software updates via Bluetooth. To do this, users must download the relevant upgrades from Parrot's Web site and then transfer them to the device using either a computer with built-in Bluetooth or via an external Bluetooth dongle.

For incoming calls, the 3200 LS Color automatically mutes the car's stereo with a choice of four ringtones, and can also be set to autoanswer. In our test of the device, we found incoming call quality via our test car speakers to be clear, although at higher volumes the audio can become distorted. On the other end of the line, call quality via the single microphone was equally clear thanks in part, presumably, to the mic's built-in echo cancellation technology and background noise reduction. We expect the outgoing audio to be even better on the top-of-the-range Parrot 3200 LS Color Plus, which makes use of two integrated microphones (with one dedicated to monitoring background noise) as well as Parrot's proprietary digital signal processing to reduce echo and background interference.

In sum
With a price tag somewhere between $150 and $200, the Parrot 3200 LS Color is a good-value Bluetooth hands-free calling system. It manages to combine a basic, easy to use control interface with great voice-recognition functionality and nice-to-have features such as phototagging.

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