BlueAnt Supertooth 3 Bluetooth Handsfree Speakerphone ReviewThu, Aug 07, 2008 - 12:00 AM
Supertooth 3 Real-World Performance
The Supertooth 3 came out of the box already charged, but we went ahead and fully charged the Lithium Ion battery. While our ST3 was charging, we took one of the metal clips and attached it to our visor. I can only assume BlueAnt included two of these clips to keep in multiple vehicles. The clips and magnets are pretty strong so don’t worry about the Supertooth 3 flying out of your window or convertible as you round the corner in your sports car.
After turning on the Supertooth 3, there is a loud voice that prompts you for your language of choice. We chose “American English”, even though the “British English” voice reminded me of “007”. After selecting the language we were able to pair the device to our first mobile device. Each step of pairing was indicated by not only the LED indicator, but the very loud and sometimes annoying voice: “Pairing successful to phone. Loading phonebook. Please wait. Please wait. Please wait.” Okay! I’ll wait!!
For the 200 or so contacts that we had in our iPhone, it took the Supertooth 3 no more than 4-5 minutes to load the contacts. When we would get a call, the ST3 would announce, “Call from Nate!” If there was no name associated with the incoming number, the voice would announce, “Call from 800-555-1212!”
The speaker driver on the Supertooth 3 was roughly the same size as the driver on the Supertooth Light, but the volume output on the newer Supertooth 3 was much greater than that of the older version. We had no problem whatsoever hearing our caller. Then again, I think the cars next to me could hear the conversation as well. Let’s just say, after a while we actually turned down the volume “Speech prompt volume” Thank you, ST3.
Call transfer and notification from the Supertooth 3 was not exactly instantaneous, but it didn’t lag very much and didn’t affect any of our conversation causing us to miss a call. While not the fastest transfer, notification – even with the name or phone number of the incoming caller announced – gave us more than adequate time to decide whether or not to answer the phone.
BlueAnt gives Supertooth 3 users a couple of ways to answer incoming calls. You can simply press the Multi-Function Button or you can use the Voice Answer function. After the incoming caller is announced, you hear a beep. After this beep, you can talk to the Supertooth 3 and say “Answer” or “Accept Call”. The call is then answered automatically and you will be on the phone with the party. The system works pretty well, although we had to practice a bit to get our timing correct.