Amazing Bluetooth Connectivity
Yesterday I start my bike and my Zumo turns on, it then informs me it has connected to my Chatterbox XBi and my Blackberry automatically, seconds later my Charrterbox XBi connects to my ipod and starts playing music; as I was riding home listening to my ipod my wife called my cell, I knew it was my wife because I looked at the Zumo and it said "Home Calling", my Zumo routed the call to my Chatterbox XBi which muted the music from my ipod. After talking to her for a few minutes she asked when I was leaving the office and I informed her I was already on route 84 riding at about 70 MPH heading home, she had NO IDEA I was on the bike!!!! She asked me to stop by a friends house and gave me the address.
When the call was over the Zumo hung up and my Chatterbox resumed my ipod music. I stopped for gas and punched in the address for the Zumo to route me there. Every so often the Zumo would send directions to my Chatterbox, which would mute my ipod music and give me the next turn directions, resuming my music automatically.
I needed to call my wife to confirm the time I would be there, so while at a stop light on the Zumo I hit the phone button and the "call home" button, the light turned green so I moved off and was riding when my XBi muted the music and I heard my phone ringing and my son pick up. We chatted a bit, hung up and my music resumed!
All this without ONE FREAKING WIRE and with the Blackberry and ipod in my top case! What is more amazing is that from the Zumo I have full access to every number in my phonebook, I can call any number without ever even seeing the phone.
Oh and last night I realized the Podcasts I listen to are in MP3 format, so I loaded a few Podcasts onto my SD card on the Zumo, so this morning I listened to a few Podcasts from the Zumo to my Chatterbox directly, instead of via the ipod as a test, worked perfectly, load and crystal clear, although not in stereo, so I prefer using the ipod, however it is a nice back up to have some Poadcasts and music on the Zumo in case I forget my ipod or the battery runs down. (Using BT on the ipod eats the battery fast)
This Bluetooth stuff is amazing. Now, I know a lot of us do not want the distraction of a phone call or even music, but it sure is nice to be able to take or make calls IF YOU WANT TO, without having to stop, take gear off, etc and the fact that no one can tell you are on a bike going down the highway is just amazing.
Being wireless and able to here music, Podcasts and directions is double amazing.