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Package contents of the HTC StereoClip
The HTC StereoClip charges up via standard microUSB (a cable is included too) and it last me at least a week since I listen to podcasts and audio for about 30 minutes a day in the car. The stated playback time is 5 hours and that seems about right. Standby time is advertised at 120 hours. There is a small indicator light on the end next to the microUSB port that shows you the status of the device. It uses green lights for telling you it is on and when it is in pairing mode. The light blinks red when it needs a charge and glows red for a second when you press and hold the control button to turn it off. The control button is used to turn it on and off and enable pairing mode.
It was simple to setup and pair the HTC StereoClip with several HTC and non-HTC smartphones and all you need is Bluetooth to connect. The StereoClip features Bluetooth 2.1+EDR with the aptX codec for even higher quality audio output. I used it with an HTC Droid DNA, HTC 8X, Nokia Lumia 920, and Samsung Galaxy Note II. If you have a selected HTC device with the HTC Car app (the Droid DNA does not have this for some reason), then you can even setup your phone to auto-pair with the StereoClip.
Audio sounded fantastic with the HTC StereoClip, advertised as CD quality, and MUCH better than when I used to use a FM transmitter. The device is rather expensive at $60, but it is quite convenient for me as I can now place my smartphone inside my console where the USB charging station is located and then play audio without a wire running around the vehicle and getting in the way. This accessory is pretty simple and really should be priced at around $30 to make it a must have. I see it is available on Amazon and Best Buy and am surprised the price hasn't yet dropped since it has been around now since last summer.
Like many of these HTC accessories, such as the HTC Media Link HD, HTC fails to even have it up on their site. They release these handy accessories and then rely upon 3rd party retailers or carriers to sell the accessories. HTC should at least have links from their site to retailers. If you go to the HTC accessory site you can see a photo of the HTC StereoClip in the car accessory section, yet when you click the link to Shop Now it doesn't appear anywhere. It is details like this that frustrate me and may have an effect on their success.
microUSB port for charging the StereoClip