As hands-free driving laws go into effect around the nation, many people are looking to Bluetooth solutions for use in the car. Headsets are a good choice, of course, but not everyone wants to fiddle with a tiny headset, especially when on the road. The other choice would be a Bluetooth speakerphone, which can be easily attached to a car's visor. BlueAnt Wireless has launched several of these speakerphones, the Supertooth Light being one of their more popular models released last year. However, they have come up with an even better solution this time around, dubbed the Supertooth 3. The Supertooth 3 has the same excellent sound- and noise-cancellation technology as the Light, but it also features advanced voice recognition software, so you can answer and end calls simply by speaking to the speakerphone. It will also read out incoming caller ID to you, so you can keep your eyes on the road. The Supertooth 3 currently retails for around $119 but you can get it cheaper if you shop around.
The Supertooth 3 looks a lot like the Supertooth Light. It has the same rectangular body shape, with the round speaker on the left and the Multifunction/Talk and End/Reject buttons to the right. It measures around 4.8 inches long by 2.4 inches wide by 0.8 inch deep, which is ever so slightly bigger than the Light. At 4.05 ounces, it's quite lightweight and portable, making it easy for you to switch the Supertooth 3 between different vehicles, or to carry it around in the office.
On top of the device are two volume keys, while a charger jack sits on the right spine. Two LED lights indicating battery life and Bluetooth connectivity sit underneath the End/Reject button--the Bluetooth indicator flashes blue when connected to a phone and the battery light glows red when it has a low charge. The microphone is on the bottom right. On the back of the Supertooth 3 are two strong magnets that attach easily to an included metal clip, which you can then attach easily to a car's visor.
We paired the BlueAnt Wireless Supertooth 3 speakerphone with the RIM BlackBerry Pearl. The process is pretty easy--the Supertooth 3 goes automatically into pairing mode the first time it starts up. Then it asks you to confirm the language selection by speaking in a variety of languages (you have a choice of six languages; American English, British English, Spanish, French, Italian, and German). Next, the Supertooth 3 will ask you to pair your phone, which is as easy as finding the Supertooth 3 under Bluetooth devices, and entering the pin code, just like any other Bluetooth device.