Bluetooth Speakerphone Review: Supertooth HD Voice Bluetooth Speakerphone Review
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4
What's Hot: Great sound, great range, great build quality, great battery life.
What's Not: Voice feedback and hands-free software are not as good as Siri.
Reviewed by Tom Slayton
The Supertooth HD Voice is a top-of-the-line Bluetooth Speakerphone. It features excellent hardware and build quality, but the baked-in software is better left alone.
The HD Voice is about the size of a small smartphone. It will sit nicely in a cup holder or attached to a sun visor, and won't get in the way of your vision or driving.
Features and Quality
Whenever I test-drive something like this, I always try to use it without first reading the instructions (although I always peek at the pairing instructions). This is an excellent test of the device's usability and design. In this regard, the HD Voice fared quite well, due to fact that it has only 3 buttons. Once powered-on and paired, I was able to do everything I wanted with just the single, large multifunction button/dial. With it, I could answer/end calls, access SIRI, and adjust the volume. That last part was particularly enjoyable for me, as it was accomplished by turning a dial rather than pressing buttons. Personally, I hate fiddling with volume buttons, especially when I'm driving, and the volume knob on the HD Voice is easy to find without looking, and has a great feel to it.
Hardware-wise, the HD Voice is the nicest Bluetooth Speakerphone I have ever used. It's substantial without being heavy, and the controls have a satisfying feel to them. Better still, the HD Voice has twin speakers and twin microphones. If you drive a large sedan or SUV, you may not appreciate or even notice how good the speakers and microphones are. However, as I drive a convertible Mini Cooper, I was absolutely thrilled to find that I could make/receive phone calls in that noisy little roadster, even with the top down. The device's noise-cancelling hardware may also deserve some of the credit. While the hardware is excellent, unfortunately, the Handsfree Assistant software isn't. In order to use it, you will need to copy your contacts onto the device, which didn't work for me due to its apparent incompatibility with iOS contact formatting. The only possible advantage I can think of to using it over whatever your smartphone uses is that it supports more languages.
The matte black ABS plastic body and aluminum faceplate would be at home in even the nicest vehicle. The HD Voice is not flashy, but it's certainly classy.
The HD Voice is a great Bluetooth Speakerphone. Featuring a maximum volume that is likely louder than you'll ever need, double microphones, and a large, friendly volume control knob, I can almost forgive it for its unsatisfactory voice control software.