Although we approve of speakerphones in theory, we realise that their audio quality isn't perfect. It's not exactly the mobile phone’s fault -- usually the speakers are just too small. But that doesn’t make it any less annoying when you’re trying to make a hands-free call. But for Bluetooth handset users, Jabra now has a nifty alternative to the scratchy speakerphone. Primarily designed for car-bound commuters, the SP100 Bluetooth speakerphone can be used anywhere there’s a Bluetooth mobile. Measuring 125mm by 73mm by 34mm and weighing just 170g, the black-and-silver device can be attached to a sun visor or stuck to a dashboard or windshield. The large speaker reflects the oval shape of the SP100 itself while a noise-cancelling microphone rests on a slender arm that rotates as much as 90 degrees. Next to the speaker is a multifunction button, while a phone-shaped LED indicates the unit’s status. Other controls consist of a dedicated power switch, a volume scrollwheel and a Mute button.
We tested the SP100 with a Motorola V600. Since no installation in the car is necessary, we had no problem pairing the devices, and we established a connection in just a few seconds. Audio quality was very good overall in both the car and the office. We enjoyed full volume and could hear our callers quite clearly. To them, we occasionally sounded a bit muffled, but it nothing proved especially troublesome. Jabra promises 12 hours of continuous talk time and up to 20 days of standby time on a single charge. Jabra conveniently includes both a car and standard charger in the box, so we never had to worry about a low battery. The SP100 costs around £60 (inc. VAT) from a variety of online retailers.