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Parrot Minikit Smart (photos)

The Parrot Minikit Smart combines an easy-to-use Bluetooth speakerphone with a sturdy smartphone windshield mount and charger, making it useful for both hands-free calling and turn-by-turn navigation when paired with an app.

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The Parrot Minikit Smart combines a Bluetooth speakerphone with a car cradle and charger.
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A spring-loaded arm holds a smartphone or other mobile device in place while driving.
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The Smart's cradle can be rotated into a portrait or landscape orientation.
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Phones as large as the Droid X should fit in the Minikit Smart's cradle. Here we have an iPhone in a case.
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The Smart connects to its mounting arm with a magnetic point and friction clips.
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There's only on point of articulation on the arm: a ball joint at the unit's neck.
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The backside is also home to the Minikit Smart's loudspeaker.
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The unit features two USB connections. One is for charging the Minikit itself, and the other sends electricity to the paired phone.
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A selection of USB pigtails are available for connecting to phones that support Micro-USB, Mini-USB, or Apple's dock connector.
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The Minikit features a small microphone on its base.
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This microphone can be removed and repositioned to be nearer to the driver's head.
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A visor clip is provided in the box, as is a small adhesive mounting point.
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Power comes from this 12-volt-to-USB adapter. However, the Smart features an internal rechargeable battery with up to 10 hours of talk time.

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