Motorola MOTOROKR T505 Speakerphone & FM Transmitter Review
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The new Motorola MOTOROKR T505 Bluetooth Speakerphone is the first high-end unit that I have come across that not only provides a powerful speakerphone but also incorporates a built-in Digital FM Transmitter which beams any audio (calls, music, GPS navigation) to your car or home/work stereo making it easier and much louder to hear through your car speakers.
Before I get started with this Motorola MOTOROKR T505 review however I need to point out an important fact. Namely, although the standard Speakerphone portion of the unit can be used with any Treo or Centro smartphone the Transmitter can for its part only be used with: 1) a Windows Mobile Treo 750 that features A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) and AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile); or 2) a Palm OS smartphone with the excellent Bluetooth audio streaming software solution Softick Audio Gateway installed. [My tests with v1.20 installed on my Centro performed flawlessly for both music and calls.]
The small (3” x 3” x 0.75”), slim and light MOTOROKR T505 offers a modern and elegant solution covered in gunmetal grey rubberized paint, silver accents for the volume Up/Down buttons on the side and large, easily accessible Call Answer/End + Play/Pause button at the front as well as indicator light coming through the Motorola logo.
Although the MOTOROKR T505 kit (below) includes a car charger and visor clip it is nonetheless lacking a wall charger. Having said this, thanks to a standard mini-USB charging port (above right) it proved very easy to use my SPE S&C Tips to power it directly from my laptop and naturally any other mini-USB cable will also do the trick.
In terms of functionality the MOTOROKR T505 will for example turn off automatically after 30mins in “Idle” state to save battery life but it can also be turned off manually by pressing the Power button at the back. You can quickly Answer/End a call by tapping the large Call button at the front, reject a call by pressing either of the side Volume button or redial the last call by pressing + holding the Call button until you hear a voice prompt saying “Redialling last number”. You can also mute or unmute a call by tapping the Play/Pause button.
Setting the FM Transmitter proved quick and easy as well. You simply press the FM button at the back of the unit and you’ll hear an announced station such as “93.9”. Just set your car or home stereo to this station and if it works well you can save it as a “preferred” station by simultaneously pressing and holding both the Play/Pause and FM button. To continue searching for a better reception on another station just press the FM button again until you find a satisfactory one.
Once I had found a clear station, getting music playback using the Digital FM Broadcast from the MOTOROKR T505 proved to be near flawless with clear and interference-free audio transmitted. I also liked the convenience of the front Play/Pause button and the side Volume buttons which also double as a means to skip to next track (volume up) and skip to previous track (volume down) with a single tap.
Finally, in terms of audio quality for making and receiving calls the Motorola MOTOROKR T505 Bluetooth Speakerphone proved to be very good but perhaps not quite as good as the Jabra SP5050 that I had tested a while back. Having said this, thanks to its excellent built-in Digital FM Transmitter I have to admit that the MOTOROKR T505 has rather quickly managed to win me over…
Treonauts are always transmitting something new…