Gadget Preview: Nokia & Parrot Bluetooth
So we had two different Bluetooth Handsfree kits installed in our vehicles, provided by the Yellow Hat auto accssories superstore in Dubai. As previously announced, they are going to install various low-budget car-related gadgets for us to review over the course of the year. This here is a brief preview of the Bluetooth handsfree phone kits we’ve been driving around with and getting used to.
For our 2000 BMW M Roadster, we had the Parrot CK3100 installed, while our 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee V8 got the Nokia CK-15W. Due to some wiring issues, Yellow Hat always recommends the Parrot for European cars and the Nokia for American ones, although we didn’t get into the specifics. It has to do with a clean install, since Yellow Hat prefers not to cut any stock wires within the car’s dashboard.
The Parrot kit in the BMW cost a bit under Dhs 800 (US$ 218), including installation. It is the simpler of the two kits, with a monochrome screen and a built-in rotary controller. Other pieces include a microphone, various types of stands and the electronic module.
The Nokia kit in the Jeep cost almost Dhs 1000 (US$ 272) with installation, and comes with a little full-colour screen, a speaker, a microphone and a rotary controller, along with the electronic module.
We’ll review the actual installation on our vehicles soon.