I am a big fan of listening to music and podcasts in my car, and for so long, I have been unable to do so with my iPhone. That has changed since I acquired the Nonda Bluetooth transmitter a couple weeks ago.
I listen to my music from Apple Music and podcasts via the Apple Podcasts app, which are nice to use when on the road running errands around town or going to and from college.
I should also note that my car is a 2008 Nissan Versa that came out a year before it got its auxiliary port in the car and the model that I have does not have any sort of Bluetooth functionality.
The first thing that I loved right off the bat with this product is that it works via Bluetooth. Finally, something that is not reliant on an auxiliary cable. The product does allow you to connect your smartphone or music playing device to an auxiliary cable but is not needed to work. All of the other ones I have used in the past have required that and this is the first one to not need it. It makes you feel like you are on top of the world. Most importantly, it is completely wireless.
When connecting to Bluetooth for the first time, the process is fairly simple. However, when it came to choosing the blank station, this proved to be more complicated than it should have. Luckily, I did research this product beforehand so I knew a little bit about it before I bought it.
For some reason, when you are choosing the station, you have to hold either the forward or backward button for 3-5 seconds and then it changes the station. However, although I can see how that would be important, for me, it proved to be a bit of a hassle since it did not work for the first couple times that I did it. Eventually, I was able to get it to work.
When you start your car and the transmitter is plugged into your battery outlet or cigarette lighter in the car, it immediately pairs with your iPhone. There is no need to pair the two manually once the car has started.
When it came to sound quality, for the most part, the music and podcasts were clear as day. There were a couple scratchy parts, but all in all, it was a great experience. Just in this past week, I was able to listen to two podcasts in one sitting while getting some errands done around town.
I have made a couple calls from this transmitter and the sound was great, but the bad part is that I felt as though I had to talk a little louder than usual. Granted, I did not have the device mounted to my dashboard and that it was sitting in one of my cup holders. I was still able to get the job done, though.
Overall, this is a great FM transmitter and because of that, I am giving 3/4 stars. It does cost $30 through Amazon and Walmart, which does sound a little expensive, but it is well worth the money. If you are the kind of person that finds yourself needing a device like this, then this would be the one to get.
Rating: 3/4 stars