It is a very rare occasion when I will use my phone while driving. In fact, the only time I really do it is if someone calls me and I’ll only answer it if it is a family member calling me or the doctor’s office. Although I don’t always drive with both hands on the wheel, I believe your focus should be on the road and if you are holding a phone then you are doing too many things at once.
That’s why I love Jabra products. They have so many great hands free devices and their latest is the Jabra Tour, which is an in-car speakerphone that works with any Bluetooth enabled device. With a push of a button you activate the voice control to the Tour and you can make a phone call.
But how does it sound, you ask!
I actually made my first phone call using the Jabra Tour while driving home from work earlier last week. I called my mom, who pretty much lives out in the boonies and doesn’t get much cell service. In fact, she had a phone at one time that pretty much never worked when she was at home. I pushed the answer/end call button and used the voice command to call my mom based on how she is listed in my phone. I talked on the phone with her just about the entire time I drove home, which is about 30 minutes. There was very little feedback during the call and pretty much the only time I really noticed it was while I was on the freeway. My mom was able to tell I was on a speakerphone but she had no problems hearing or understanding me during the call. To end the call I just pushed the answer/end call button and the Tour told me my call had ended.
Connecting the Jabra Tour to your phone is pretty much just like connecting any of the Jabra products via Bluetooth. Just push a couple of buttons on both the speakerphone and your smartphone and follow the voice commands. You will know when you are connected because Jabra products always tell you they are connected and/or disconnected.
The only problem I have with the Jabra Tour is that it is not completely hands free. Besides having to push the button to make, end, or answer a call you will find times where you will have to make a selection on your smartphone. For instance, when I tried to call a few different people who I have multiple phone numbers for I would be prompted to select which phone to call, even though I have the numbers set up under different labels. For instance, if I said to call my husband on his cell or mobile I would still be required to select which phone to call in his profile.
Features and Specifications
- Features: Answer/end calls, reject calls, Auto On/Off motion sensor, volume control, three-way calling, last number redial, mute button, auto paring, call transfer, caller name announcement (PBAP)*, status light for call, battery and connection status, advanced multiuse, end-user upgradeable SW
- Designed for great HD sound* with XL, 40 mm speaker
- HD Voice* mic. for enhanced noise cancellation
- Voice Control – activate your Android or Siri voice engine
- Control Jabra Tour with your voice including “Answer/Ignore”, “Pair New Device”, “Battery” and “Phone Command” voice commands
- Built-in motion sensor for Auto On
- Transfer your music, audio from a GPS application or any other type of audio from your Bluetooth device to Jabra Tour using A2DP
- Voice guidance for easy pairing
- Easy to set up. Pair to your phone and place on your sun visor
- Clear sound with Bluetooth 3.0 + EDR & eSCO
- L 4 x W 3.25 x D 1.28 in (L 102.3 mm x W 82.7 mm x D 32.6mm)
- In-car charger with additional USB cable so you can also charge it from your PC
- Up to 20 hours talk time and up to 60 days of standby time
You can purchase the Jabra Tour from AT&T.