Monday, October 10, 2011

Review: Jabra Freeway

In general, Daniel tends to express only a moderate amount of enthusiasm regarding the products I get to review.  But occasionally, I get something that he loves, and I have to spend a great deal of time reminding him that he needs to share, so that I can actually do the review.  The Jabra Freeway is definitely one of those products.  Before I get into our opinions about this product, here's a bit about it, from the Jabra website:

  • Rich and crisp sound with 3 speakers and Virtual Surround sound
  • Use your voice to make and take calls completely hands-free
  • Announces the name of the incoming caller
  • Voice Guidance gives spoken battery level, paring instructions and connection status
  • Multiuse - Connects to 2 Bluetooth® devices at the same time
  • A2DP streaming for playback of music, podcasts and directions from GPS applications
  • Up to 14 hours talk time and up to 40 days standby time
Okay, so our opinion? This thing is seriously cool.  When it first arrived, I paired up my iPod with it and used it as a speaker. I thought the sound quality was really great, and I enjoyed using it to listen to my podcasts while I tidied up our home.  Then Daniel arrived at our home and commandeered the Freeway and that was the last I saw of it for quite some time :)  We both thought that the process of pairing up our devices was simple.

There are a couple of features that I particularly like about the Freeway.  First off, it remembers your Bluetooth-enabled devices and will automatically connect with them when they're in range.  Also, the Freeway is motion-activated, so when you get in the car, it turns itself on and connects with your devices automatically.  I am usually trying to get myself, two kids and all of our stuff in and out of the car, and I frequently used to forget to connect my phone with our hands-free device. Now it's all done for me! And once I get out of the car, the Freeway turns itself off. Very handy.

I also really like that I can have my phone and my iPod connected to the Freeway at the same time, so it's both a safety feature and provides access to my music and podcasts while driving.  And, as mentioned above, the Freeway has features that allow you to dial/accept incoming calls using your voice (as long as your phone has the features to make this possible).  In addition to the speakers putting out good sound for my phone calls and music, I've also been pleased with the quality of the sound when Daniel has used it to call me while he's driving.

If you're in the market for a hands-free device for your car, I'd highly recommend taking a look at the Jabra Freeway. Daniel and I are both big fans and are enjoying using it immensely.  In fact, I had to use a rental car this weekend and Daniel took the Jabra in our car, and I missed it a lot! The holidays are just around the corner, and I think that this would be a great gift idea.

Disclosure: I received this product to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.