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      07.03.2011 19:55
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      Finally I can let people know when my drive is taking too long!

      So regularly driving a 2 hour journey each way each week, as a minimum, I decided that a hands free would be useful as people seem to always phone while I'm driving and my timekeeping is rubbish so its also useful to be able to phone whilst I'm trying to progress my journey.

      I bought this handsfree set to go with my new phone (Samsung Genoa ) which had decided to totally ignore my other (Nokia) hands free ear piece. I paid around £15 for it in a well known mobile phone retailer but I've fond it elsewhere for £12.50 (repeat to myself always shop around!). The handsfree earpiece proclaims Bluetooth 2.0 technology. It is one of the hook over the ear type of hands free devices, and with a bit of simple twiddling with the hook it is possible to make fit either your left or right ear.

      A quick read of the instructions, a brief hold of the breath when introducing the earpiece to my fussy phone, and the linking oof the two devices was quickly and easily achieved. It was then connected to its wall charger. I do have a slight issue with the charger, a bit of a silly one but, it requires a totally different charger to my phone so now I need to lug around my phone charger and my hands free charger when I go away (not to mention the chagers for all my other electricals!).

      The controls on the earpiece are simple a strip button on the front for on/off and answering the phone and a volume button on the side, which I have easily managed to find and use whilst driving and not able to see it. The device seems robust enough, its been shoved in bags, full pockets, glove boxes and my central console junk pot without any ill effects. Althought the hoook is fairly thin flexible plastic so it may not stand up to really rough handling.

      The hook fits comfortably over my ear but you do need to push it firmly into your ear else the slightest nudge can knock it out of your ear. If it's in firmly then I have also managed to wear a pair of sunglasses with this earpiece with no snags. It fits my little ear ok but I have noticed that it starts to make my earhole ache a little after wearing it for 3 hours non-stop. You can angle the microphone bit of the earpiece as you desire to pick up your conversation.

      I've used this with female and male callers, young and old and not had any problem hearing the conversation, in actual fact I've had to turn it down a little. I've been asking all callers how it is for them and on the whole they can hear me though it has been a little muffled briefly, although it was admitted it may have been picking up road noise. It proclaims a week of battery on standby and I'm happy to confirm this after leaving it switched on accidentally in my car for a week between journeys. Call time battery life is advertised as 8 hours, I haven't had long enough phone calls to e able to question this but then again I also haven't had it cut out during a journey yet.

      All in all I'm pleased with this earpiece, it fits much better than I expected and is easy and effective in use. I'd recommend this to anyone (once they've shopped around!)

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