Gear4 BluEye review: Gear4 BluEye

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Testing with a Sony Ericsson K8010i and a fifth generation 30GB video iPod, the music paused and caller number appeared on the iPod's screen as promised when a call came through. While Gear4 say instant number recognition and answering should be available on production models due in November, our test prototype took almost three rings for the number to appear.

Instead of the mobile's (MP3) ringtone, a rather old-fashioned chiming ring also came through, though changing the phone's ringtone to a standard tone fixed the issue.

As soon as the caller ID appears on the iPod, pressing the BluEye's play/pause button lets you accept and disconnect calls. The music resumes without hassle from where you left off when you disconnect the call.

The sound quality was fine -- as good as can be expected from the Bluetooth standard even with the unit dangling, however callers experienced a stonger connection when the BluEye was firmly clipped onto some clothing.

There are two ways to make calls from your iPod via the BluEye. The simplest is to press and hold the unit's Bluetooth button to scroll though the last nine received/made calls. The same button connects and disconnects calls.

If you have set up voice tags on your mobile phone, up to 15 voice activated contacts can be called through the BluEye by pressing the Bluetooth button and saying the contact name when you hear the tone. We had to try this a few times and speak directly into the unit, but while it was not a seamless process, it did eventually work.

A nice touch is that the BluEye can connect to the net via its tiny USB connection (cable not included) for firmware updates as the interface improves.

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