TopTenREVIEWS - Gold Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

The Motorola 89556N Roadster 2 Bluetooth car kit is touted as "the ultimate car kit" and that description is no exaggeration. This sleek communication device offers a generous set of features, provides outstanding compatibility with smartphones and mobile phones alike and is highly user-friendly. Its sleek and modern design also looks great. This Bluetooth car kit easily wins our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award.

Compatibility
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Compatibility is key with these kinds of consumer products, and in this area, the Roadster 2 does not disappoint. This multi-faceted in-car speakerphone is designed to work smoothly with Bluetooth technology-enabled smartphones as well as with other devices, such as mobile phones and music players. You can stream music using a 2-watt speaker or listen to it through car speakers by using the FM transmitter.

With the Roadster 2, your spoken wish really is your phone's command. You can download a free app, called My MotoSpeak, which lets you listen to any text messages you have received thanks to its text-to-speech option. To start a new text in response to one you have received, you simply push the device's smart button and then speak aloud. The Roadster 2 also provides caller ID and voice alerts for calls as well as for the status of your battery.

Ease of Use
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This top-notch Motorola Bluetooth car kit is extremely easy to use. In fact, once it is set up and in place, you really have very little to do. Just get into your car and it automatically turns on and links with your phone. When you get out, it turns off automatically. This feature also prolongs the battery. If you want, you can turn it on and off manually.

Since the Roadster 2works via the sound of your voice, your hands are generally always free to drive safety, park carefully and do things like unhook child safety seats – all while talking on the phone, getting texts that have been turned into audio messages or responding to any messages you have gotten simply by dictating your reply.

Setting it up also is easy since, once again, you use your voice. The device prompts you and gives instructions on such things as how to link it with a phone. To make a call, you do have to use one hand briefly to push the voice command. Then you announce the name of the person or place you want to call. To get an incoming call, just say out loud “Answer” or “Ignore.” You can dial through your phone to make calls if you choose, but with the Roadster 2, that is unnecessary since voice commands will do the work for you. You also can call Bing 411 for weather, traffic, sports and other information.

Features
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This device has not only the basic functions that every business professional and busy parent will use on a daily basis, it also has advanced features that will no doubt please the most discerning consumer.

The Roadster 2 is equipped with CrystalTalk technology, which Motorola boasts will provide crisp and understandable phone calls for both you and the person on the other end. You also get noise cancellation and echo control settings on the microphone in the phone’s speaker that are designed to block background noise.

This Bluetooth car speakerphone supports the A2DP profile, which is a popular audio streaming feature that appeals to music lovers. If you get a call while a song playing, don’t worry; the device will automatically silence the music, let you take the call and then get back to your song without missing a beat or a lyric.

You can link to two phones at the same time, which is a helpful feature.

One nice perk is an available Android app called the Motorola Car Finder App. No more scanning a vast parking lot trying to spot your vehicle in a sea of cars. If you buy this app, it will note your car’s location on your phone. Unfortunately, this app does not work with an iPhone.

Design
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The Roadster 2 is attractively designed with a silver appearance and black frame. Its muted tones will blend perfectly with nearly any car interior. You simply clip it onto the driver's side visor using the metal clips on the back. The speakerphone remains neatly out of the way, but it is conveniently positioned so you have optimal control over your calls and music. The controls located on a panel along the top are backlit so they are easy to see. These controls include the mute, hang up and dial buttons.

There also is another control panel that runs across the bottom of the device that handles music.

The bottom panel includes the music play button, the volume up and volume down buttons and an FM button to switch between the internal speaker and the FM radio. There also is a small, unobtrusive battery indicator light that shows green if things are good and red if the battery needs charging.

The trim Roadster 2 is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and weighs just 3.53 ounces. It is 3.54 inches high, 2.76 inches wide and 0.56 inches deep.

One drawback is that you get only a car charger with this device. Most consumers would no doubt benefit from a USB charger to use at home.

Help & Support
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You get exceptional help and support options for the Roaster 2, including a helpful user manual that describes the kit's features as well as information about the warranty, safety concerns and legal matters.

On the manufacturer's website, you can access a FAQs section and a forum that allows you to pose questions to others who own this device or to Motorola specialists who can provide answers to any questions you might encounter. You also have access to live chat for quick responses. There is an email form on the website and a list of toll-free phone numbers.

If you're delving into the Bluetooth world for the first time, the Roadster 2 is the perfect device because of all of the help and support options that can assist you in getting the full value of this product.

Motorola Roadster 2 Summary:
10/10

The versatile and attractive Motorola 89556N Roadster 2 is well suited for professional and personal use. No matter what your destination, this easy to use Bluetooth car kit can help you enjoy a safer and more convenient drive while still managing phone conversations and texts, not to mention relaxing and enjoying some music as you roll along.

 
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Motorola Roadster 2

Pros
The Motorola 89556N Roadster 2 is extremely easy to use, provides excellent sound quality and lets you hear and send texts using text-to-speech and speech-to-text options.

Cons
There is no USB charger included. Additionally, two useful apps specifically designed for this device are Android-based and therefore not available for iPhone.

The Verdict
: 10/10

Because this versatile and attractive Bluetooth car kit operates primarily with voice prompts, it's a safe and convenient way for you to manage calls and texts on the road.