HTC One Car Kit brings its sleek design and functionality to the road: Review

HTC One Car Kit brings its sleek design and functionality to the road: Review

Summary: T-Mobile USA is giving away the HTC Car Kit with an HTC One purchase, and after spending a couple weeks with it, I find it to be an essential accessory. It works well and is priced right, at just $60.

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    Speak utility powered by Nuance

    You should not use the buttons to dial while driving, but instead use the slick Speak functionality. Speak launches a voice-recognition utility powered by Nuance Communications.

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    Choose a radio station

    Speak functions include call (name/number), Play (album, artist, song, playlist), Radio toggle, and listen to (speak your station to search). The audio is clear, and this functionality works well.

    There are several settings within the HTC Car app to customize your in-car experience, including some auto launch and play settings. Beats Audio can be toggled on or off; I like it on, myself. You can even have your HTC One set to read out notifications and allow voice commands to react to them (reply, listen, call, etc.).

    I don't have any vehicles with Bluetooth car kits, but understand that you can link the HTC Car Kit with these to have audio play through your vehicle speakers. With the HTC BoomSound and front-facing stereo speakers, I am pleased with the experience even without an in-car system.

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    Car app dialer

    The Dialer is different to the default HTC One dialer as well, with recent calls and a large button dialer.

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  • Bluetooth...

    Last Christmas took the family on vacation and, because I'm probably the cheapest human being alive, rented the smallest car that the local no-name-rental company offered. It was a Toyota Corolla, with very basic amenities and a very basic radio. I did notice, to my surprise and delight that the radio had bluetooth. And once I paired my phone I was further delighted to discover that the radio also featured A2DP. So not only was I able to take calls, I was able to play music through the stereo and use Google maps for navigation, with turn prompts muting my music.

    The future is here and it is awesome.
    dsf3g
  • Doe it fit a HTC One with a case on it?

    I really like the look and functionality bit I have a care on mine.
    Is there any adjustments or adapters to use the kit with a case on the phone?
    cliff@...