I ignored the other reviews and purchased it. I live in a relatively rural area without 100 stations and still couldn't find a clear one to use. The iPhone over the speakers never really worked. I could make calls and hear people, but they couldn't hear me at all.
- How did the image on site compare with the actual product? Fine
- Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? Yes, but it didn't work anyway.
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Poor at best
My old Griffin Roadtrip broke. So, I was searching around, and Overstock had the best deal. The shipping was very quick, and everything looked very nice, from the packaging to the actual product. We used it when we went out of town, and the only problem we ran into was that it kept jumping through all the menu options whenever we tried to set the station on it. Once we were finally able to do that, everything else worked great.
- How did the image on site compare with the actual product? The image looked exactly like the product
- Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? When trying to select a station on the device, it jumps through all the menu options.
I waited for months before Griffen released this product. It seemed to have so much promise! However, I've returned it after using it for only a week or so, in two different cars. Here's what I found: 1.) Iphone functionality: This is the strong point. The interaction with an iPhone is well thought out. You can place and answer calls easily. The bluetooth functionality works perfectly. If only the FM transmitter and Smartscan functions were designed just as well... 2.) Smartscan functionality: This was COMPLETELY useless. I live in Orange County, California. There aren't very many pure-static stations, but there are a few. Still, the Smartscan function insisted on choosing the three STRONGEST stations on the band. In fact, they were stations that I had preset on my cars' radios as ones that I listen to regularly! Why the Smartscan function would choose those stations instead of ones with at least a little bit of static, I don't know. 3.) The FM transmitter was so weak, that it made the product pretty much useless. Sometimes, it would not "connect" to my cars' radios at all -- you would hear the regular static of the radio station. At other times, the connection would be made, but it would disconnect a few minutes later - sometimes in the middle of a call! I used the product in a Corolla S and a Lexus ES300. I admit that the Corolla's antenna is pretty weak, but the Lexus antenna is great -- it shouldn't have had this problem. I literally had to press the Roadtrip up against the outer surface of the radio unit for it to hold a station. This should not have to happen! I emailed Griffen's support folks, and they responded that the FM transmitter is working as it should, and that they're limited to the power output that the product can have. But I disagree that it's working as it should -- I used the original "GoGroove" product and it's FM transmitter was lightyears better than the Roadtrip's. My suggestion is for folks to go find the original GoGroove-type product -- the one that has the built-in iphone power cord. (They don't build the power cord into the new ones, so you have to provide your own.) That's what I'm going to go buy. They're about $15 or $20, and they actually work -- unlike this product.
- Did the image onsite match the product? yes
- Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? yes
- How is the quality of the product? Poor