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BlueAnt Supertooth 3 Review

New High-End BlueAnt Supertooth 3 Bluetooth Speakerphone for Treo & Centro Offers Text-To-Speech in Six Languages with Contact Name or CallerID Voice Announcements + Voice Answer + Full DSP Noise & Echo Cancellation With 15 Hours Talk Time & Up to 800 Hours Standby Time

As you may know, for nearly a year now my Editor’s Choice Bluetooth Speakerphone has been the Jabra SP5050 (see my review) – a superbly designed product that offers great sound, terrific value and which has consistently been a bestseller in this category.

BlueAnt Supertooth 3

Having said this, the recently released BlueAnt Supertooth 3 (pictured above) has now claimed the #1 position as the bestselling Bluetooth Speakerphone thanks to a rather complete set of exciting unique features.

 BlueAnt Supertooth 3 - Side 1 BlueAnt Supertooth 3 - Side 2

For starters, the BlueAnt Supertooth 3 (ST3) is the first Bluetooth Speakerphone that I’ve had the opportunity to review which includes Text-To-Speech (TTS) technology.  TTS offers a voice to announce various events such as: the name of a Contact calling, CallerID, Bluetooth device status (volume up/down for example) and other instructions in 6 languages (British English, American English, French, Italian, Spanish and German).

The voice announcement for CallerID is straightforward and just audibly tells you the number of your caller (for example: One, Two, One, Two, Six, Five, Seven, One, One, Four, Five).  The voice announcement for a specific Contact works a little bit differently and requires that you first upload your contacts via Bluetooth to the ST3.

BlueAnt Supertooth 3 - Size Comparison

The BlueAnt Supertooth 3 is extremely compact and light (barely large than a Centro and weighing only 115 grams) while offering excellent audio quality.  With full duplex and full DSP Noise Cancellation + Echo Cancellation as well as Digital Volume Control most of my callers were impressed to hear that I was calling them from a Bluetooth speakerphone as the quality was so good.  Additionally, the ST3 can be paired with up to 8 devices and offers up to 15 hours of talk time and 800 hours of standby time.

The Supertooth 3 also offers a Voice Answer Mode which when activated allows the user to accept a call by loudly and clearly saying “Accept Call”, “Accept”, “Answer” or “OK”.  The ST3 will disconnect if your phone goes out of range for longer than 20 seconds (exiting your car for example) and BlueAnt has an interesting “Automatic Vibration Sensor Reconnection” which automatically reconnects your phone when the unit feels vibration (like your car door opening).

BlueAnt Supertooth 3 - Kit

Last but not least, the BlueAnt Supertooth 3 offers a complete accessory kit including two metal clips for your sun visor, a miniUSB wall charger and miniUSB car charger.  You can also charge the unit via a miniUSB cable (not included) from any available USB port on your PC.

Overall the BlueAnt Supertooth 3 offers an impressive set of features and functionalities as well as excellent call quality.  The Text-To-Speech and voice announcements are also a welcome bonus.  As long as you have fewer than 2,000 entries in your phonebook the audio announcement of your Contacts is fun as well as the audio CallerID.

Important Tip to Upload Your Treo or Centro Phonebook Contacts to BlueAnt Supertooth 3

  1. Make sure the BlueAnt Supertooth 3 is turned OFF.
  2. Press+Hold the Volume Up button and then also press the green button to reset the unit.
  3. After completing the above reset, turn the ST3 OFF again and wait at least 10 seconds.
  4. Turn unit back ON and select language when prompted.
  5. Follow the voice prompts and pair the ST3 with your Treo or Centro smartphone as normal.
  6. After pairing has completed you will hear the ST3 announce “loading phonebook – please wait”.
  7. When the automatic phonebook transfer has failed do not press the red key key on the unit but instead immediately (without touching any buttons on the ST3) go to your Contacts, select your "All" pull-down category and then select "Send Category" from the Menu (see screenshots below).

 BlueAnt Supertooth 3 - Contacts BlueAnt Supertooth 3 - Contacts 2

Please Note: 1) if the Supertooth 3 fails to upload all of your contacts on the first try you will need to unpair it and then restart the above process and 2) you will unfortunately not be able to upload any other category than the “All”.  [In my own case, I was able to upload my entire 3,000+ contacts on my second try].

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Posted by Andrew on August 8, 2008 at 08:23 AM
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by Joel Hassell | Aug 9, 2008 3:10:11 PM

I have a Treo 700p and a BlueAnt st3. If I install voice dial software on my treo will I be work with my blueAnt st3?


by Jim | Sep 10, 2008 7:53:34 PM

Hey Andrew. Just picked up the supertooth 3 and having trouble with the phonebook contacts despite following your directions for my treo 680. It either stops at 40 after a reset or if I try again it'll go up to 120. I have about 200 contacts. Any suggestions?


by SJ | Oct 7, 2008 4:09:52 AM

Has anyone seen a problem where the speaker is not loud enough when driving on freeway. Seems like there is too much background noise. When I travel around town, it is much better but not perfect.

This is also true for those on the other end trying to hear me.

by Bob Hudson | Nov 5, 2008 11:50:25 PM

I hate Bluetooth earpieces and have fumbled with a wired earpiece for handsfree in the car with my 700P. After reading this review I got the Supertooth 3 and after a few days of use I love it: it's always nice to find and use technology that does what it's supposed to do. I'm now thinking about one for wife to use in her SUV with her Blackberry so we tried mine and when we called her mom, my son - who was sitting in the third row of seats - was easily understood even though the Supertooth was clipped to the front visor. The volume is quite loud if you turn it up, but there are two volume settings: raising the volume when you're not on a call turns up the device's voice, but to increase loudness on calls, turn it up when you're on a call. It's just too bad Palm Treos do not support voice dialing through Bluetooth. I listen to a lot of Internet radio in the car and it would be nice to be able to hear that through the Supertooth.

by Christine | Dec 27, 2008 1:03:50 PM

When trying to pair our second phone we get a message on the phone "pairing failed" Why?

by Kerry | Dec 29, 2008 1:01:04 AM

bought one of these supertooth3 units , have treo 650

cannot get the contacts to transfer, have tried the above procedure
keeps saying ,"no contacts"
my treo does not have "send catagory " drop down

have tried individual contact sends, fails, says it has no contacts
have been on internet searching everything to try and get this to work

phone paires to supertooth3 no problem

any help would be appeciated

by Kerry | Dec 29, 2008 1:26:33 PM

this is a update to the above post

Phoned BlueAnt support
they advised me that the Treo 650 does not support contact transfer to the supertooth3 unit, which is dissappointing for the phone,

I have checked that the phone has the latest software for it, and as far as i can tell on Palm home site it does

the customer support person said that it will announce incoming calls as "number only", which it does do, and i have to push the "Treo's" side button to activate the voice dialing feature

so the Supertooth3 may be a fine product , but the Treo 650 is a dissappointing match to it

by Robnik33 | Jan 8, 2009 2:25:07 AM

I have a Centro, followed the above procedure, and the phonebook download would abort as soon as it hit a contact when a picture was associated with the contact. Once I deleted the pictures, it worked as stated and downloaded all contacts.

by Harry Barracuda | Jan 15, 2009 1:56:20 AM

My Samsung Innov8 would not automatically upload the phone book, but you can pair it with the ST3 and manually upload, and it works fine.

Very nice device indeed, and I think it's great value.

by Dick99999 | Jan 22, 2009 2:49:04 PM

After some experiments I managed to transfer my Treo 650 PalmOS contacts reliably.
- the ST must be paired once withe Treo 650 beforehand, or execute the process below twice.
- choose the category in contacts on the 650 to be transferred.

now switch to the Super Tooth, leave the Treo on
- switch off the ST (Green, long press)
- press and *hold* green (switch on, but keep pressed)
- wait for the language choice question, release green
- choose the right language with green, as explained by the talking ST
- ST will start talking about the pairing procedure and four zero's, ignore that message's content

switch to the Treo 650, which displays the category to be transferred
- menu/record/send category
- Bluetooth
- nearby devices
- tag the ST's listing
- OK
The transfer of the category starts, as can be heard on the ST

Sometimes the Treo still asks for a Bluetooth pin code at this point. Enter four zeros. Tag trusted device on the Treo.
Most times, in this case, the transfer will not succeed after entering the pin, start again

I managed to get a consistent behavior of many good transfers, with some pin code question interference.

by Dick99999 | Jan 25, 2009 4:30:13 AM

Some additional remarks on loading a Treo 650 PalmOS contact category to the SuperTooth.
- The name of the category should not be to long. I could transfer my 'Biz' category but not a category named Business. Don't know what the limit is.
- If one gets an error on the Palm Treo after selecting and OKing the transfer to the ST bluetooth device, it's better to soft reset the Treo and start the procedure above again. This improves the rate of success. No need to redo the pairing though.
- I managed to transfer a 500 contact category reliably. A category with 1762 contacts hanged after 1990 contact-numbers had been sent. The SuperTooth kept saying 1990 contact, please wait. The treo hung at a window saying Sending Biz to ST Voice .....
- The transfer rate is about 1 contact per 0.8 second, also the initial bluetooth connection before the actual transfer of the first contact takes perhaps 10-20 seconds
- The number of contact mentioned by the ST seems to correspond to the number of telephone numbers, not the number of contacts

by Mike | Feb 2, 2009 8:36:13 PM

Thanks to these posts I was able to get my contacts from my 755p to load to ST3. This is after I called Blueant support and they said it could not be done.


Another question, however. The ST3 "voice" announces the number but not the name of the caller. I would rather have the name. Anyone know if there is a way to make this happen?

by Dick99999 | Feb 22, 2009 2:58:51 PM

Same here, when I finally could transfer all contacts out of my Treo, there was no name, just the number was announced.
I asked customer support what the exact riles for the phone book entries were, there was no real helping answer.

What I did is reducing my tel book into a special category called UNF (Unfiled is too long to get it transfered).

- The fields of this reduced phone book are
Last_Name Name Title Company Phone Mobile Main Fax Home

- I only filed out last company phone, mobile and main
left it blank if no number
- I used a 'local format' for phone numbers, but that might be country and operator specific. I used 020 123 4567 for every number in my treo(including spaces)

Then uploaded it and now at least one name is announced by name, I check it further during the week

B.t.w I can confirm that a Treo 680 does not need the special trick of the Treo 650 on the ST side. It can just transfer a phone book category when ST is ready. The category length restriction is still true for a 680.

by rxw | Aug 29, 2009 3:54:26 PM

Mike said that he was able to transfer his treo 755p contacts to the st3 by following the above post tips. I too have a 755p but it appears that I don't have the same options as shown on the screen shots above. Such as a send catagory. Actually, my treo 755p does not seem to have the screen shown in the above post at all.

Can someone advise if I can in fact transfer contacts from the treo 755p to the st3? If so what are the steps?

BTW, once contacts are transferred from the 755p, do you hear the name announced, or just the number? If you only get the number why bother to transfer when the st3 annoubces the incomingg number to begin with???

Oh, btw again, does the st3 know to i.d./transfer name and phone number entry lines only and leave address, emails, etc. entry lines alone. My contact files has a lot of info on each.

Lastly, I've had the st3 in my Harley Truck for about 4 hours now, and so far I think it is way cool and I like it a lot! The British english voice is a nice touch.

by Michael | Jan 8, 2010 8:31:02 PM

Does anyone have any issues of people telling them they can hear themselves? If so, can anyone help me resolve this. Should I turn it down? Return it for a new one? I'm getting numerous people tell me they are hearing an echo of themselves.



by Sharron | Jan 25, 2010 3:37:19 PM

I have the BlueAnt Supertooth 3 and the Samsung Intensity SCH U450. Both are paired, my contact #s and names have been transferred and I like and use the feature of voice command on the SA for outgoing calls.
However .... I can't get it to announce incoming names or numbers ... can you please help. Thanks

by Dennis | Sep 26, 2011 12:44:01 AM

Michael, I have also had issues of people telling them they can hear themselves. Not learned of a fix so far, unfortunately. People tell me they are hearing an echo of themselves. I'm connecting to a Blackberry Bold, but I don't think I had these issues with my old LG phone. Did you ever figure it out?

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