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Yada YD-V1 Bluetooth headset with phone holder review: Yada YD-V1 Bluetooth headset with phone holder

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The Good The Yada YD-V1 features a simple, understated design and a control scheme that eliminates most button presses for ease of use while driving. Its built-in phone holder keeps the phone's screen visible for reading caller ID info.

The Bad Call quality is pretty bad, with prominent static and hissing. The YD-V1 has a very short Bluetooth signal range as well.

The Bottom Line While it's easy to answer calls using the Yada YD-V1 with phone holder while driving, the quality of those calls needs much improvement.

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5.3 Overall
  • Design 8
  • Features 5
  • Performance 3

The Yada with phone holder is one of two Bluetooth hands-free kits that feature the YD-V1 Bluetooth headset (the other is the Yada with direct chargers).

Packaged with a cradle that both charges the headset and holds the phone, the YD-V1 is billed as a "car-centric" headset. With a design that all but eliminates fumbling with buttons and power cords, we can see how the YD-V1 could be easy to use in a vehicle in motion.

However, the convenience of the YD-V1's design and its neat charging system are outweighed by the device's lackluster performance.

If the YD-V1 has one thing going for it, that thing is design.

The attractive Bluetooth headset is both small (just less than 2 inches long) and simple. A single button on the unit's face controls answering and ending calls, as well as manual control of the power. On either side of the device are buttons for volume up and down. The tip is where the pinhole microphone is located.

The headset fits into the ear snugly and is packaged with three ear gels for different-size ear canals. For short calls, we found the fit to be quite comfortable. However, at the end of calls lasting longer than 15 to 20 minutes, we experienced a slight soreness. Again, your mileage will vary depending on your ear's unique shape and ear gel choice.

The included phone holder attaches to the vehicle's vents or dash with either clips or adhesive. Along with keeping your phone where it can be easily seen with adjustable arms that expand to hold handsets up to 3.3 inches wide and 0.95 inches deep, the holder also charges the headset when not in use. We found it quite easy to place and remove the YD-V1 with a single hand while driving, much to our sore ear canal's relief.

The phone holder does not charge your phone, but leaves the bottom of the handset exposed, if you want to bring your own charger.

What we liked best about the YD-V1 is how it interfaces with the 12-volt charger.

First, the YD-V1 automatically powers on and connects with the last paired device when it senses power. So when you crank up your car, the headset will automatically spring to life and connect to your phone. No action is required on your part past the initial setup.

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