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

Yada YD-V1 Bluetooth headset with phone holder

Antuan Goodwin Reviews Editor / Cars
Antuan Goodwin gained his automotive knowledge the old fashioned way, by turning wrenches in a driveway and picking up speeding tickets. From drivetrain tech and electrification to car audio installs and cabin tech, if it's on wheels, Antuan is knowledgeable.
Expertise Reviewing cars and car technology since 2008 focusing on electrification, driver assistance and infotainment Credentials
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Antuan Goodwin
3 min read

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).


Yada YD-V1 Bluetooth headset with phone holder

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.

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.

Next, when the unit senses an incoming call, removing the YD-V1 from the charger automatically answers it. So there's no need for multiple button presses to pick up a call while driving. Also, fitting the unit is as simple as sticking it into your ear.

Once the call is over, simply remove the YD-V1 and replace it in the charger to end the call. Again, there are no button presses.

The YD-V1 will also automatically power down if it doesn't sense a connected device after an hour. The combination of always -vailable charging and a reasonably long 6-hour talk time and 105-hour standby time mean that the YD-V1 will pretty much always be ready to go.

While we like the YD-V1's simple design and ease of use, its performance leaves much to be desired.

Bluetooth transmission power is lacking and we found that our call quality suffered when the YD-V1 was more than a few feet from the paired phone. Obstructions created even more interference, such as when the paired phone was in a pocket on the opposite side of our body, resulting in spotty audio quality.

Wind also acts as a foil to calls made from the YD-V1. There are no noise reduction measures present, so be sure to roll up your windows before taking that call.

Even in the best of conditions, callers complained that our voice sounded hollow and tinny. Incoming voices, on the other hand were quite clear, although underscored by a noticeable static hissing.

In sum
The YD-V1 represents a great deal of potential, with a simple, aesthetically pleasing design and a well-thought-out control scheme that requires almost no button presses past the initial pairing.

However, all of that means nothing if the call quality isn't up to snuff. The YD-V1 needs a drastic improvement in both audio quality and Bluetooth signal strength before we could seriously consider recommending it.


Yada YD-V1 Bluetooth headset with phone holder

Score Breakdown

Design 8Features 5Performance 3