We’ve come across a great product for those of you smartphone users who do a lot of driving. Defined as a wireless stereo FM transmitter, this mobile gadget isn’t just another piece of useless junk, rather it’s a very practical device that has some great features.
There are many similar devices on the market but the GOgroove FlexSMART X2 seems like a real winner because of its long list of functions, its main one being to connect to android phones through Bluetooth, and then transmit hi-fi audio to your car’s sound system.
Setting things up is easy. The device plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter socket. It has a flexible neck (that’s the “FlexSMART” part of the name) allowing you to easily position the device so that it’s within reach.
The next step is to search for the device with your smartphone’s Bluetooth interface. This only takes about 5 seconds. The fact that there isn’t a physical connection in the form of a dock or cable has two main advantages. Firstly, the device is compatible with a wide range of phones such as the HTC EVO 4G, the Motorola DROID X, the HTC Aria, and almost all android-based phones. Secondly, the quality of the transmission is much higher than with products that use physical connections.
Once set up is complete, the GOgroove FlexSMART X2 lets you stream internet radio or podcasts, and transmit them to your car’s stereo. The sound quality is great, and makes listening to audio a really fun experience (that’s the “GOgroove” part of the name).
This mobile product is not only an entertainment device, but also has some great practical elements. Using the provided connectors, you can charge your phone, or any other mobile gadget. It also makes your mobile communication hands-free so that you can keep your eyes on the road and your hands upon the wheel.
Overall, we think that this is a high-quality practical device, but we do, however, have one major issue with it… its clumsy triple-barreled name makes it sounds like it should be a fitness product from an infomercial! Oh well, what’s in a name, really?