TomTom iOS Hands Free Car Kit review

  • £80
  • $150

Is this car mount cradle for TomTom wielding iPhones really worth £80?

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For

  • Echo-cancellation
  • Improved speaker
  • Extendable mic

Against

  • No additional GPS circuitry
  • Speaker not powerful enough for music
  • Bluetooth reconnection issue
  • Price

The new TomTom Hands Free Car Kit replaces the original Car Kit - and that's ultimately a bit of a shame; it's bulkier and sticks more out more.

On its own, it's £20 cheaper than its predecessor, or you can opt for the Navigation Pack that includes the Western Europe version of TomTom's excellent sat-nav app; the £50 price tag of the app is just added to the £80 of the cradle, however.

We'll have to spend some time with the new TomTom-powered sat nav in iOS 6 to see whether it's a reasonable alternative to the full TomTom app, but regardless, there's no financial benefit to buying the bundle.

There's no dedicated GPS circuitry in the Hands Free Car Kit - TomTom says that the new generation of iPhones don't need this boosting. This might be a little premature though, the same iPhone 4S used in both models seemed to be less certain about positioning and slow to update when in this new model.

It has a boosted speaker, echo-cancellation and an extendable mic. But while yes, calls are more intelligible for both parties, the louder, slightly richer speaker is still too weedy to be used to listen to audiobooks or radio at motorway speeds.

Worse, the Bluetooth seemed to need to be manually reconnected if you leave your car and then come back. Ultimately, we'd consider buying a cheaper, simpler cradle.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeCar Hands-free Kit
BluetoothYes
Connectivity TechnologyWireless
Brand NameTomTom
Built-in DevicesSpeaker
Speaker IncludedYes
FeaturesCall Answer, Call Reject, Echo Cancellation, Noise Cancellation, Voice Memo, Charging, Speakerphone
Compatibility
  • Apple iPhone
  • Apple iPhone 4s
  • Apple iPhone 4
  • Apple iPhone 3GS
  • Apple iPhone 3G
ManufacturerTomTom International BV
Product NameHands-free Car Kit for iPhone
Manufacturer Part Number9UOB.001.08
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.tomtom.com
Marketing Information

Hands-free Calling
Bluetooth® connects your phone and car kit so you can make and answer calls safely while driving. Hands-free calling uses the car kit speakers and microphone. And it works even if your phone's not docked.

Extendable microphone
Clip the extendable microphone to the sun visor or a-pillar in your car to bring it closer. With less background noise, your conversations will be even clearer.

Sound Boost
A built-in 2 watt speaker brings quality audio to your car. Hear hands-free calls and navigation instructions loud and clear with Sound Boost.

Package Contents
  • Hands-free Car Kit for iPhone
  • Microphone Sun Visor Clip
  • 3 x Adhesive Cable Clips
  • Adhesive Disk
  • Microphone Extension Wire
  • Microphone A-pillar Clip
  • Fast Car Charger
  • Installation Poster
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)195 g