Sunday, February 06, 2011

Car Bluetooth

Annoying, I just bought a car Bluetooth transmitter so that I could use my car's stereo system for my phone music and in-car phone calls.  Well, it's a great thing in concept but, at least in my case, there are some major oversights.  I mean, in order to start to use the thing I have to basically press three to ten buttons every time I get in the car, and each button takes a few seconds to actually do anything, so you have to watch each of them.  First I have to turn on the Bluetooth on my phone, wait for it to actually turn on (take a few seconds).  Then I press the Bluetooth settings button and press the connect button for my Motorola T505.  Well, this is already annoying enough, but it usually doesn't work even that well.  Usually, I have to press down the power button for a couple seconds on my T505 in order to get it to turn on and actually be connectible. Then once I hear the sound I press the Bluetooth buttons again on my phone and it will finally connect up.  But, then I go to the thing I actually wanted to do, like go to the music player or click the call button or whatever.  Then I have to press the radio transmitter button a bit in order for the transmitter to actually go through my radio.  I then have to make sure my radio is tuned to the proper station.  By the time I do all this, I've wasted much more time than I would have had I just turned on my phone and used its own speaker system.  Then let's say I get to my destination and want to stop using my car's system for sound and such, well, I can't just leave, I have to turn off the Bluetooth on my phone, and wait for a few seconds, monitoring all the while that it actually does what I ask., then I can go ahead and use my phone like normal.   Obviously the whole system should work much differently.  I should be able to get in my car and not have to do anything.  The phone should recognize I'm in the car and sync up to the sound system using setting and connections I've already setup, I shouldn't have to connect up manually every time, my goodness!  Also, when I leave the vehicle, or turn off its sound system, it should obviously no try to use it anymore, and should automatically go back to normal phone use.  I shouldn't have to now wonder why there is no sound coming out of my phone and then have to turn off the Bluetooth, just to deal with the consequences later again.

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