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Review : Jabra Freeway

on October 6, 2011 – 11:00 amNo Comment

Jabra is well known for its bluetooth audio systems. Recently the brand launched a new car hands free system dubbed the Freeway. We’ve had a chance to put it through its paces over the past few days. The Jabra Freeway is one of those gadgets which you don’t realize that you need till you actually use it. The speaker system is on the larger side but never feels obtrusive. The understated design definitely helps in this regard.

Some of the unique features of the Jabra Freeway are :

  • Rich and crisp sound with 3 speakers and Virtual Surround sound
  • Use your voice to make and take calls completely hands-free
  • Announces the name of the incoming caller
  • Voice Guidance gives spoken battery level, paring instructions and connection status
  • Multiuse – Connects to 2 Bluetooth devices at the same time
  • A2DP streaming for playback of music, podcasts and directions from GPS applications
  • Up to 14 hours talk time and up to 40 days standby time

The front of the Freeway has four hard buttons which give very good tactile feedback. This is imperative as buyers will be using this device in their cars while driving and the buttons must have a reassuring feel.

The clip connecting the Freeway to the visor is very strong and we’re confident it would not break off anytime soon.

Coming to the actual voice quality , the Freeway is worth every penny spent on it. The Freeway manages to output crisp and clear audio from its three speakers. Not just voice calls but music played back through the speakers sounds quite decent as well though you probably won’t be using the Freeway as your primary audio system in the car anytime soon !

A cool feature of the Freeway is its integrated FM Transmitter. This lets you enjoy music from your own phone or internet streams like Slacker Radio over your car’s audio system. The feature is genuinely useful and  much appreciated.

As advertised , the Freeway can connect to two different devices at once. You can program up to 7 different devices to work with the Freeway but it’ll connect to only two at once. The speaker system also automatically shuts off when the phone moves out of bluetooth range. The reverse is also true as the Freeway will automatically connect to your phone when it comes in the range.

Charging up the pair on opening the package , we didn’t need to charge it again over a week of intense usage. Battery life is definitely one of the strong points on the Freeway however Jabra bundles in a car charger port adapter. The port is of the microUSB variety which means that you should be able to charge your phone as well with the same adapter.

All in all , the Jabra Freeway is a highly recommended car bluetooth speaker system. It does everything it advertises and does it well. Priced at approximately Rs. 7,500 , the Freeway is a must buy if you are looking to get hold of a feature packed car bluetooth speaker system.

 

 

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Dhruv Bhutani is a technology enthusiast who is always in sync with the latest and greatest in tech. He is currently using a Nokia Lumia 1020, HTC Butterfly S and whatever device he is reviewing at the moment. Suomirock ftw! . Catch him on Twitter @DhruvBhutani , you can also reach out on Facebook or .