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Gear4 BluEye review: Gear4 BluEye

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The Good Compact. Convenient. Caller ID appears on iPod screen. Good radio reception. Updatable with Firmware as interface improves.

The Bad Voice activated calling is not seamless.

The Bottom Line Finally, a device that connects your iPod to your phone. This compact gadget boosts Apple's headphone-bound remote unit capability with Bluetooth for receiving and making calls. Those who have already bought iPod radio receivers will not be so pleased, as BluEye also bundles an FM radio receiver.

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iPod owners will be familiar with the scenario. You're jogging away or just lost in the music when a faint repetitive noise or vibration tells you someone is calling you. Then it's a race to find your mobile, get the headphones off and see if you actually want to take the call. Or worse still, you realise later you've missed a call you would have quite liked to take.

This problem now has a solution in the form of BluEye, a Bluetooth dongle that ties your iPod to your phone. While UK consumers have had a first generation BluEye MP3 player/Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone adaptor for almost a year, this more streamlined radio-integrated BluEye, licensed by Gear4, is limited to iPod users.

Design
Remarkably similar to Apple's iPod remote in design and size, the BluEye links your headphones to your iPod and connects firmly to your clothes with a spring-loaded, vertically aligned clip on the back.

The front of the device sports an iPod Shuffle-like circular control. The central button plays and pauses music, mutes radio, and answers and disconnects calls; while a four-way switch in a wheel around it controls volume, lets you scroll through received calls and skip back and forth through the songs in your library/playlist.

On the left-hand side sits a hold switch and a key to toggle between music and the integrated FM radio receiver.

A Bluetooth button below the familiar wheel recalls the last nine numbers called/received and activates voice dialling, as well as initially pairing the device with your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone.

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