By Terry Gardner, Special to Tribune Newspapers
9:05 PM EDT, September 25, 2012
Name: Livio Radio Bluetooth Internet Car Kit for iPhone
What it is: A radio car kit that allows you to play music and make hands-free calls while traveling. The kit plugs into your cigarette lighter port for power and connects to your iPhone via Bluetooth. You tune your car radio to static, and the Livio Radio car kit works with your iPhone to turn that static into a channel for your music and phone calls. Livio offers a similar device for Android phones called Grooveshark.
The good: Nothing beats choosing your own tunes to groove on a road trip. The Livio Radio Bluetooth device lets me play music from my phone's iTunes collection or listen to music stations supplied by my Livio Radio and Pandora iPhone apps.
The bad: A big-city market is so saturated with radio stations that it can be hard to find static to consistently carry the Livio signal on a trip across town. It works best on road trips outside of a big city. My cigarette lighter port is closer to the passenger seat, so the microphone on the device is too far away from me for people to hear me on phone calls. I think a Bluetooth microphone accessory that could be attached to the visor closer to the driver's mouth would solve this problem.
Cost: $119.99 (retail but usually discounted by Amazon and others)
Available from: livioradio.com, amazon.com , walmart.com, etc.
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