BlueAnt Supertooth II

The Supertooth II works merely as a wireless speakerphone without offering advanced hands-free features, such as voice recognition.


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The Supertooth II is basically a wireless speakerphone for your Bluetooth phone and not a true hands-free device. Its lack of native voice recognition means relying on your mobile phone's voice dialing, which may not recognise words spoken through the Supertooth II's microphone. Styling is a little disappointing, but the large, simple controls make it easy to use when on the road. Pairing is simple and fast, and it can be done with two phones. Battery life is good, with a promised 20 hours of talk time and 200 hours of standby time. The sound is decent but not as clean as we would have liked. There were a few minor quibbles, such as having to wait for the Supertooth II to ring before using it to accept a call, even though our mobile phone had been ringing for several seconds.

Larger than a mobile phone
The Supertooth II is by no means a small device, especially for a mobile phone accessory. Measuring 60 x 138 x 25 mm, it's two to three times larger than most of the phones it's likely to be paired with. The oversized controls and the large speaker also don't do anything to minimise the feeling of bulk, and when combined with the silver and matte-black finish, the unit has a bit of a toylike feel. However, the large volume knob and call-pickup button make it easy to use when driving.

The Supertooth II attaches to the sun visor with a clip that is held on by two strong magnets located on the back of the unit. As this unit is likely to be occasionally transported in the confines of a purse or a briefcase, we are a bit worried about how these magnets might affect any magnetically sensitive items such as credit cards.

In keeping with the simple controls, there is no On button on the Supertooth II. Instead, there is a microphone arm, which also holds the call-answer button, and you can lift this to either a 55- or 210-degree position to activate the system; this also makes it easy to tell when the device is on or off. Also, the two microphone positions provide for driving with the sun visor either up or down. Unfortunately, with the visor down, the volume control and the call-reject button (located under the microphone arm) both become awkward to use.

Limited features
Although a bit short on features, the Supertooth II does sport a long-lasting lithium-ion battery, which should yield 20 hours of talk time or 800 hours of standby time and can be recharged in approximately 3 hours. Depending on the phone, the unit can be used in either hands-free or headset mode, as well as paired with two different phones but connected to only one at a time; this makes it easier to share.

Unfortunately, the Supertooth II has no built-in voice recognition, so we hesitate to call this a truly hands-free device. Since our Sony Ericsson T610's built-in voice recognition didn't work very well with the Supertooth II -- the phone requires recording voice tags directly through the phone, so it doesn't seem to understand words spoken from a distance -- we found ourselves using the keypad to make nearly all our outgoing calls. The kit also includes an earpiece for keeping conversations a bit more private, as well as an A/C adapter and a car charger.

Good sound on the go
Connecting is very easy with the Supertooth II. Our test phone required the hands-free mode, so we just had to push two buttons simultaneously for several seconds until we heard a beep and saw the lights change. We then had to follow the instructions for the phone, and we were done -- the total time was less than 30 seconds. We did notice, however, that the unit showed up as an HCC-200, not as a Supertooth II.

The Supertooth II's 2-inch speaker is powerful enough to be easily heard at speed -- even with the sun visor down so that when the speaker faced the windshield, we didn't need full volume. We did feel there was a little more distortion than we would have liked, but the sound was more than acceptable. To the person you might be calling, the system sounds much like a normal speakerphone, thanks in part to the DSP noise cancellation and echo suppression that eliminated many of the extraneous cockpit sounds. However, if you sit too far away from the unit, your voice can sound a bit weak to the person on the other end of the call, so proper microphone placement is important.

One of the more annoying things about the Supertooth II is that our mobile phone rang for about 3 seconds before the system began its Twilight Zone ring. If we tried to use the Supertooth II to pick up a call before it started ringing, it didn't, plus it would lock out from picking up that phone call. This meant we had to pick up our phone and answer it manually; fortunately, we were able to transfer the call to the Supertooth II for hands-free talking.

The Supertooth II's multilanguage manual is a bit thin, with only 8 pages in each language, but a more detailed 73-page manual (English only) with phone-specific instructions is available on the manufacturer's Web site as a PDF. Tech and warranty support can be accessed via e-mail or phone.

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lorikeet
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lorikeet posted a review   

The Good:Everything I got it for.

The Bad:Absolutely nothing.

Extremely happy with this product - would recommend it to anyone and everyone if you are not after voice recognition. Have used it for a year and not had one single problem. Probably keep an eye out for another one to keep as a spare.

 

Rodders posted a comment   

The Good:Easy to use and cheap to buy 2nd hand

The Bad:Nothing

I have just purchased the Supertooth 11 on Ebay for £14 and it is superb despite being some 5 years or so old now. It replaced my Parrot CK31 which cost a bomb, especially the fitting. This is a great piece of kit and I will be looking for another one to keep as a spare. Great !

 

Umair posted a comment   

how can i connect Blue Ant bluetooth with my Nokia 3110 Classic? please give me any idea about it... i'll be very thankful to you

John
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John posted a review   

The Good:Great pricepoint-QUality unit-

The Bad:The Supertooth 3 is now available

The device is very suitable for sudo-handsfree communication. Like all devices, electronics have quirks and usually the problems result from the phone and not this device. Pairing is extemely easy as well as the intuative magnetic back for placement on the visor. Most people think the speakerphone has land line quality. Only a little echo is recognized when talking with people whom have the I-Phone-I use the HTC 6800.

ken
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ken posted a review   

The Good:easy to use with nokia 6280.

The Bad:a bit heavy for some sun visors

excellent safe way of communicating whilst driving

inkagneato
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inkagneato posted a review   
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The Good:Great sound...Very Solid and well built.

The Bad:none so far

I was able to use voice recognition with my razor V3m phone with no issues whatsoever...I just hit the button on my phone after its connected and it does voice recognition through this device perfectly.

Harry_one_4
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Harry_one_4 posted a review   

The Good:Excellent product, good sound easy to use and reliable.

The Bad:Should be marketed better. Wish I had found this before I was conned into buying the expensive Nokia Handsfree model that does not even come close.

I replaced my nokia unit with the Supertooth II and cannot believe how superior to the Nokia it is. It connects perfectly with my Nokia E70 phone and gives me trouble free handsfree use all day in my car.

Abo Yamam
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"Clear voice, and easy to use"

Abo Yamam posted a review   

The Good:clear voice, easy to use and to configure

The Bad:no voice recognition though its not important to me.

i strongly recommend

john
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"great as an affordable hands free easy to use"

john posted a review   

Anonymous
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"fantastic car kit"

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User Reviews / Comments  BlueAnt Supertooth II

  • lorikeet

    lorikeet

    Rating9

    "Extremely happy with this product - would recommend it to anyone and everyone if you are not after voice recognition. Have used it for a year and not had one single problem. Probably keep an eye ..."

  • Rodders

    Rodders

    "I have just purchased the Supertooth 11 on Ebay for £14 and it is superb despite being some 5 years or so old now. It replaced my Parrot CK31 which cost a bomb, especially the fitting. This is a gr..."

  • Umair

    Umair

    "how can i connect Blue Ant bluetooth with my Nokia 3110 Classic? please give me any idea about it... i'll be very thankful to you"

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