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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: March 8, 2011 @ 9:16 am

    Tech Tools: Parrot Minikit Smart

    Ciara O'Brien

    As handsfree kits go, the Parrot Minikit Smart is an all-rounder. Not only does it give you handsfree capabilities in your car, it will also charge your device.

    It’s compatible with virtually all smartphones, and doesn’t require drilling holes or dismantling your dash board, meaning you can easily take it with you if you change car, even if only temporarily.

    The Minikit Smart can store up to 10 different phonebooks in its memory, and uses voice recognition to access the contacts. And you can even use your phone’s navigation facilities handsfree, as it’s compatible with Android, iOS, Windows Mobile, Blackberry, Symbian and Bada. The device has about 10 hours of talk time and a week of standby power, and can be recharged through a cigarette lighter.

    It’s also a handy way of stopping your MP3 player/mobile phone from bucketing around the car while you drive, even if you have no intentions of taking calls.

    €99, from O2 stores.