Motorola's Motorola MotoRokr T505 is an in-car speakerphone that works great and is well designed, but may have limited utility for many users.

Even if you haven't done it yourself, you've witnessed other drivers doing it: reaching across the front seat to answer a mobile phone. It's a bad habit, one that could land you in trouble with the law, and one you can easily rectify using a reliable in-car speakerphone such as the Motorola MotoRokr T505.

Slightly bulkier than a garage-door opener, the Motorola MotoRokr T505 features a giant clip that attaches to your car's visor. It's a speakerphone, not a Bluetooth headset, so it's not intended for walking around or for individual listening.

The Motorola MotoRokr T505 pairs with any Bluetooth mobile phone, allowing you to chat hands-free while cruising down the M1.

You're not limited to using the Motorola MotoRokr T505 for phone calls, either. If you have a phone (or MP3 player) that supports stereo Bluetooth, you can also stream music to the device or to your car's stereo via the built-in FM transmitter.

Once you pair the Motorola MotoRokr T505 with your phone, the device dependably reconnects the next time you get into the car.

When someone rings you up, a cool-sounding female voice announces caller ID information. To answer, you press the big call button on the front left; although you must reach overhead, you can easily do it by feel. To initiate a call, you can redial the last number by pressing and holding the call button, or if your phone supports it, you can dial with voice commands.

We tried the Motorola MotoRokr T505 with an iPhone and a Razr2; in our tests voices came through loud and clear on the T505's internal speaker, with just a hint of fuzziness. On the other end, callers said that conversations sounded lucid, though as with most speakerphones, voices seemed slightly distant.

While streaming music through your stereo via the FM transmitter, you can control tracks by using the play/pause button on the front right of the T505, or skip between songs with the volume controls. Finding a station to tune in is a breeze. Press the FM button on the back, and the Motorola MotoRokr T505 suggests a frequency.

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Motorola's Motorola MotoRokr T505 is an in-car speakerphone that works great and is well designed, but may have limited utility for many users.

You can also stream phone calls to your car's stereo; when you receive a call, the music pauses so you can have a coherent conversation. Calls sounded great over our test car's upgraded stereo system, but your audio quality will likely depend on your sound system.

The Motorola MotoRokr T505 comes with a car charger that plugs into your cigarette lighter. Motorola says the device can provide up to 18 hours of talk time when using the FM transmitter. When you need to juice the device, unclipping it from the visor is best - otherwise the cord ends up stretching awkwardly across your windshield. You can purchase a wall charger for a few pounds.

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Motorola MotoRokr T505: Specs

  • Talk Time: 18 hours (using the FM Transmitter)
  • Standby Time: Up to 14 days
  • 1150mAh battery
  • 88g
  • 76x78x22.8mm
  • 2W
  • Digital FM Transmitter (no RDS)
  • Bluetooth Version 2.0 (w/out EDR), Class 2
  • Talk Time: 18 hours (using the FM Transmitter)
  • Standby Time: Up to 14 days
  • 1150mAh battery
  • 88g
  • 76x78x22.8mm
  • 2W
  • Digital FM Transmitter (no RDS)
  • Bluetooth Version 2.0 (w/out EDR), Class 2

OUR VERDICT

At around £65, the Motorola MotoRokr T505 may be more than you want to spend on a phone accessory, especially if your mobile phone lacks stereo Bluetooth. In fact, the biggest bummer is that the Motorola MotoRokr T505 can't play music from an iPhone. If it could, the product would have far more appeal. As it stands, though, this is probably more speakerphone than many drivers need right now.

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