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Swissvoice ePure BH01i Bluetooth Station for iPhone review

£149.99 (Available for £99 from Amazom

Manufacturer: Swissvoice

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Several iPhone accessories rolled into one: A speaker, a charging dock, a Bluetooth handset and more. Read our Swissvoice ePure BH01i Bluetooth Station for iPhone review.

Swissvoice's ePure Bluetooth station is several iPhone accessories rolled into one. It's a speaker, a charging dock, a Bluetooth handset and a way to access Siri without picking up your iPhone. See all audio reviews.

So, first things first, and probably the most obvious feature, is the Bluetooth handset. The ePure can connect to your iPhone via Bluetooth to act as a separate handset, designed to provide more comfortable use and also to reduce the amount of radiation absorbed by your brain during a phone call. Take a look at iHome D9 review.

Our iPhone 4S paired easily with the handset, and we found that we could use the handset to take phone calls from an impressive 20 metres away from our iPhone. The sound of our caller's voice was clear and crisp and the handset was comfortable to use for prolonged periods of time. Visit iPhone 5 review.

Once paired, your device will automatically reconnect with the ePure when it is in range of the device, so it's not even necessary to take your iPhone out of your pocket if you choose not to. You can turn off this setting if you wish.

If you have an iPhone 4S or iPhone 5, you can use the ePure to control Siri. One tap of a button on the handset activates Siri, and you can use it to make calls, play music, find out information, and carry out all of Siri's other functions.

The handset can also become wireless speakers. Simply pair the ePure with your iPhone and play audio to hear it through the handset. You can rest the handset on a table or surface while sound is playing.

The ePure's speakers have an impressive maximum volume, which can be controlled using volume keys found on the handset. The overall sound quality is rich and a vast improvement over the speakers built in to an iPhone.

If you happen to receive a phone call while you are playing music or other audio through the ePure, the sound will fade out and be replaced by your ringtone. The ePure uses the ringtone you already have set up on your iPhone. Once you have finished the phone call, the music will resume playing.

Finally, the ePure has a retractable dock that acts as a charger for your iPhone. We weren't able to test the iPhone 5 with the ePure BH01i, but Swissvoice has told us that the new iPhone will be able to sit in the dock and charge via Apple's 30-pin to Lignting adapter.

We loved the calming sound effects programmed into the ePure to let you know when the handset it charging, when it's being turned on or off, and when the handset is paired to a Bluetooth device.

It's matte black finish and simplistic design says style and sophistication, and suits Apple devices well.

Although the ePure Bluetooth station is first and foremost an iPhone accessory, it can be used with iPads and iPods, though phone call features will, of course, not work with those devices.

Swissvoice ePure BH01i Bluetooth Station Expert Verdict »

1000mAh Lithium Polymer rechargeable battery
Micro USB connector for charging
2 x 2 Watts loudspeaker
Bluetooth 2.1 EDR multi point technology for simultaneous connection to 2 devices
Bluetooth Class II with up to 20 meters reception range in line of sight environment
Bluetooth profile : Hands Free Profile
Bluetooth profile : A2DP for music listening
Bluetooth profile : AVRCP for music control
Supported audio codec : AAC and SBC
Tailpipe e?ect acoustic chambers
High end rubber finish
Talk time : 6 hours
Standby time : 300 hours
Music listening time : 3.5 hours
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

Overall, we think the ePure BH01i is a beautifully made and well thought out product that would suit an office environment or someone that finds using an iPhone for long phone calls uncomfortable. If you're just looking for a speaker dock, however, and aren't interested in the handset functions it has to offer, there'll be a different product out there to suit your needs.

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