What is life all about in these modern, technology driven times that we live in? We think it’s all about being connected. People want to feel connected to everything and everyone at all times, or at least as often as possible, especially when they are driving in their cars. Most people spend considerable amount of time in their vehicles on a daily basis.
A few years ago in-car radios had simple functions, like broadcasting radio stations and playing tapes. Today’s generation are also probably wondering what in the world a tape is, but it’s okay kids, you can just go Google that. Modern radios have evolved immensely and we’re here to enlighten you on one of those modern day functions, namely Bluetooth.
Bluetooth functionality explained
Certain models only have the basic functionality such as making and receiving calls, while more advanced radios can read and display your phone book, connect more than one phone at a time and probably one of the best functions being the ability to play music straight from your phone.
Very few people still listen to actual CD’s in their cars and copying music onto a flash drive every time can become quite a nuisance, so being able to stream all your music from your phone straight to your radio is quite brilliant, with most people keeping all of their latest music on their phones anyway.
Bluetooth doesn’t simply allow you to stream the music, with limited functionality, but instead you can control your phone’s complete music library straight from your head unit, accessing folders, skipping tracks etc. Sound amazing doesn’t it?
How does Bluetooth work?
Bluetooth devices communicate wirelessly with each other through short-range radio waves that have a maximum reach of roughly 10 meters, although some more high-powered devices have longer ranges.
Unlike devices that require a direct line of sight like remote controls, Bluetooth-enabled products need to be in the same area in order to communicate with each other. We won’t get into the deep specifics of it, but all you need to know is that it’s simple to use, it has good quality and of course it’s awesome!
Which type of Bluetooth radio is the best for you?
Choosing the best Bluetooth radio comes down to a three important factors. Functions needed, what size radio your car takes, single din, double din or specialized fit and then of course the most important factor, price.
Some cars can only accommodate single din radios, while many modern cars can use universal double din mount radios, while cars like VW have a more rounded shape and being able to take VW specific radios. Once you’ve figured that out, you can look at how much Bluetooth functionality you want – or need.
Some people might only want to be able to make and receive calls in a basic manner, while some want to be able to access their entire phone book as well as being able to stream music. Then the final factor we mentioned which is budget.You can get a Bluetooth capable single din radio for under R2000 and if you look at some more advanced double din systems the price can easily go past R10000.