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Parrot MINIKIT+

Portable car kit for Bluetooth® cell phones

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by Dominic Devito
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The MINIKIT+ Bluetooth car kit offers a great portable solution
Parrot's been leading the way in the Bluetooth world with their portable and car kits. Now, they've improved their popular MINIKIT Slim kit, so it's even easier for you to communicate with the outside world while you're behind the wheel. The MINIKIT+ hands-free kit works in any vehicle, and it can also help around the house if you're cooking or knitting and need both hands while talking on the phone.

Intelligent design means ease of use
The MINIKIT+ keeps it simple — a rotary jog-dial, two buttons, and a built-in flat-panel speaker — nothing fancy or difficult to understand. The included spring clip and elastic strap allows for convenient visor mounting. The omnidirectional mic uses noise reduction and echo cancellation circuitry so you can have a conversation in your car without raising your voice.

Voice recognition software
The kit connects with your Bluetooth mobile phone automatically — a vibration sensor wakes up the MINIKIT+ when you enter your vehicle. The kit uses its own built-in voice-recognition software instead of your phone's, so you don't have to touch your phone while driving. The MINIKIT+ can pair with up to ten compatible phones or devices simultaneously.

Easy phonebook sync and voice recognition
Got a large phonebook? The MINKIT+'s automatic synchronization makes it easy to access your contacts, and it can support up to 2,000 contacts per phone — for up to ten phones. The voice-recognition feature lets you find contacts easily, and the kit will announce the names of incoming callers as well as read your contacts list out loud to you. When you're receiving a call, you can simply say "accept" or "refuse" in lieu of pressing a button on the MINKIT+.

Handles two phones at once
Got a couple of chatters on board? The MINIKIT+'s dual mode lets you simultaneously connect two phones and receive incoming calls on either one. Each phone will trigger a different ringtone on the MINIKIT+, and it will automatically direct a call to the second phone if the first phone is in use.

TextFriendly™ lets you access texts safely
The MINIKIT+ includes a free six-month subscription to TextFriendly, an interactive service that reads your texts and emails to you while you drive, and lets you answer them with your voice — all without taking your hands off the wheel. You can drive more safely and avoid hefty penalties in many areas by not texting as you drive. The service costs $6.99 per month once the free trial subscription expires.

Works with music and GPS, too
You can use the Parrot MINIKIT+ to listen to songs stored on your mobile phone or Bluetooth audio device, and it will pause the music if you receive a call. If your phone supports GPS and it can send the navigation instructions via Bluetooth, the navigation instructions can be played through the MINIKIT+. Your phone must support the Bluetooth A2DP profile for either of these features to work.

The compact MINIKIT+ fits in your pocket or bag, and it works with most Bluetooth mobile phones and devices. Charge it up with the included car charger, and you'll get up to 12 hours of talk time, plus 15 days of standby power. The kit enters sleep mode after five minutes of not being paired with a device, and can hold power for up to 6 months in sleep mode on a full battery charge.

Bluetooth note: Bluetooth compatibility of this device may vary, depending on your phone and service provider.

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Highlights:

  • portable hands-free speakerphone kit for use with Bluetooth phones and devices
  • mounting strap, car charger, and USB cable included
  • built-in microphone and speaker
  • built-in rechargeable battery allows up to 12 hours of talk time and 15 days of standby time
  • compatible with nearly any Bluetooth phone or device
Features:
  • automatic phonebook synchronization — supports up to 2,000 contacts per phone
  • pairs with up to 10 phones at one time
  • allows simultaneous use of 2 phones and offers different ringtones for each (dual mode)
  • allows hands-free call acceptance/rejection and phonebook scrolling
  • text-to-speech voice tags read your contacts aloud
  • 6-month free subscription to TextFriendly service for hands-free access to SMS text messages and email
  • streams A2DP music and GPS navigation directions from compatible phones
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  • Bluetooth hands-free kit module
  • 12-volt power/cigarette lighter adapter
  • 6' USB cable (with mini-USB type-B connector on one end and a USB type-A connector on other end)
  • Visor mounting strap
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Voice Commands note
  • TextFriendly subscription offer

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Bluetooth Hands-Free Car Kit
Phone Functions
Music/GPS Functions
Mounting Options
Power Requirements

Bluetooth Hands-Free Car Kit

Overview: The Parrot MiniKit+ offers hands-free communication in the vehicle for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, smartphone, or iPhone. It also provides wireless audio streaming of music & navigation instructions from your Bluetooth enabled mobile device. The Parrot MiniKit+ is fitted with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery & includes a 12-volt cigarette lighter charger. The MiniKit+ also comes with a convenient sun visor mount.

Bluetooth Compatibility: The Parrot MiniKit+ Bluetooth hands-free car kit is 100% Bluetooth compatible (Bluetooth V2.1 +EDR) and works with most Bluetooth enabled mobile phones, smartphone, & iPhones The Parrot MiniKit+ is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles - HFP, PBAP, OPP, & A2DP.

  • HFP (Hands-Free Profile): Hands-free communication with your Bluetooth enabled cellular phone in the vehicle (incoming/outgoing calls supported).
  • OPP (Object Push Profile): Phonebook transfer from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone to the Bluetooth hands-free car kit.
  • PBAP (Phone Book Access Profile): Phonebook access from your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone to the Bluetooth hands-free car kit.
  • A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile): Music & navigation audio streaming from your Bluetooth enabled phone to the hands-free car kit.

Pairing: The Parrot MiniKit+ can be paired with up to 10 smartphones. If you attempt to pair an eleventh phone, the kit says "memory full".

Automatic Connection: Once your smartphone is paired to the Parrot MiniKit+, the connection between both devices will be automatically established each time you turn on the Parrot MiniKit+.  If several phones paired with the Parrot MiniKit+ are in the vehicle, the Parrot MiniKit+ automatically connects itself to the last phone you used with it.

Note: Depending on the model of your smartphone, you may have to authorize the connection to the Parrot MiniKit+ to allow the automatic connection.

Vibration Sensor: The Parrot MiniKit+'s vibration sensor will switch it into On mode & automatically connect it to your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone as soon as you enter your vehicle.

Integrated Microphone & Speaker: The Parrot MiniKit+ features an omni-directional microphone with APA echo cancellation, as well as advanced Parrot NR3 noise reduction & a flat-panel speaker with NXT technology.

  • Omni-Direction Mic: The Parrot MiniKit+ employs an omni-directional mic with noise reduction & echo cancellation so you can be confident that the person you're talking to can hear you clearly.
  • NXT Technology Speaker: The NXT technology flat-panel speaker allows for incredible flexibility when positioning the MiniKit+ in the vehicle.

Ergonomic Interface: You can browse through the menus using the Parrot MiniKit+'s rotary knob, validate with the green button, or cancel the action by simply pressing the red button.

Software Update: Download the latest software updates for free on the Parrot website. These updates will enable you to receive new features & improve compatibility. Simply connect the Parrot MiniKit+ to your computer via the included USB cable and go to the Parrot website.

Note: Latest available software version is 1.07 (as of Nov. 2011).

Phone Functions

Hands-Free Communication: The Parrot MiniKit+ supports Bluetooth hands-free communication from your Bluetooth enabled smartphone. The unit's built-in microphone and speaker lets you carry on a phone conversation without ever having to pickup up your mobile smartphone.

Smartphone Compatibility: The Parrot MiniKit+ is compatible with all Bluetooth enabled smartphones for hands-free communication; including Acer, iPhone, BlackBerry, HTC, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Siemens, Sony, T-Mobile, Toshiba, & more (as of November 2011). Please visit the following website for specific Bluetooth mobile phone compatibility listings: http://www.parrot.com/usa/compatibility.

Multipoint (Dual Mode): You may simultaneously connect two Bluetooth telephones & receive incoming calls on either one easily. When two phones are connected to the Parrot MiniKit+, one of the phones becomes the main phone & the other is the secondary phone. You can receive calls from the main or secondary phone. The Parrot MiniKit+ ringtone varies according to the phone receiving the call. Only the phone book of your main phone may be accessed through the Parrot MiniKit+, and you can only make calls using the main phone. If you receive a call on one of the phones while you are already on a call with the other phone, only the phone receiving the call will ring. This new call can only be picked up from the phone (not the MiniKit+).

Note: In Dual Mode, the Parrot MiniKit+ attempts to connect to all paired phones in the vehicle. If there are more than two paired phones in the vehicle, the device connects to the two phones with the oldest pairing.

Variable Ring Tones: The Parrot MiniKit+ signals incoming calls using different ring tones, thereby letting you know which telephone is receiving the call (during multipoint connection).

Receiving A Call: An incoming call is indicated by an audible ringtone. If the number is recorded in the phonebook of the smartphone connected to the Parrot MiniKit+, the name of the caller is announced. You can press the green/red button or use the "Magic Words" to accept  or reject a call.

  • If you want to answer the call, say "Accept" or press the green button
  • If you want to refuse the call, say "Reject" or press the red button.

Phonebook: The first time you use the Parrot MiniKit+, it synchronizes its phonebook with your Bluetooth enabled smartphone's phonebook. It can support up to 2,000 contacts per smartphone (up to 10) and a total of 20,000 contacts for all paired phones (up to 10). This synchronization will re-launch itself each time your phonebook has been modified.

Note: Only the contacts stored in the phone memory are synchronized. If your contacts are stored in the SIM card memory, transfer them into the phone's memory first. If your smartphone doesn't support automatic synchronization, you can also send contacts manually from your smartphone to the car kit via Bluetooth.

Voice Recognition: All your contacts, after automatic synchronization, are directly provided with a voice tag in the Parrot MiniKit+. Consequently, you don't have to record your own voice tag on each contact to make a call via the voice recognition process.

Note: If the Parrot MiniKit+ doesn't understand the name of one of your contacts or if a voice tag is too long, you can record a new one.

Text-To-Speech: If you wish to find a last name, a first name, or a nickname; you can browse through your directory & listen to Parrot MiniKit+ read the names of all your contacts, then validate with a single click to place the call.

Call Waiting: During a call, you can receive a second call; while putting the first call on hold.

Transfer A Call: During a call, you can transfer the phone call from the Parrot MiniKit+ to your smartphone for a more private conversation.

Managing Voice Mail: During a call, the Parrot MiniKit+ allows you to send DTMFs (dual-tone multi-frequency signaling) to manage your voice mail.

TextFriendly: TextFriendly allows you to receive & answer texts/emails via voice recognition through the Parrot MiniKit+. After a 6-month free trial period for new Parrot customers a monthly fee is required to subscribe to TextFriendly.

Note: Compatible most phones & operating systems; such as Android, Apple iOS, Blackberry OS, Symbian, etc.

Music/GPS Functions

Bluetooth A2DP Profile: Thanks to the Bluetooth A2DP audio profile, you can listen to navigation instructions or stored music from your smartphone on the Parrot MiniKit+.

Music Playback: You can use the Parrot MiniKit+ to listen to songs stored on your Bluetooth mobile phone. If you receive a call while streaming music, the music will be paused.

Note: The MiniKit+ does not feature Bluetooth Profile AVRCP & does not offer control of your music device.

GPS Instructions: If your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone supports the GPS features & is equipped with Bluetooth (A2DP profile), the navigation instructions can be played through the Parrot MiniKit+. When you receive a call, the navigation instructions are interrupted automatically & then resumed when you end your call.

Mounting Options

Visor Mount: The Parrot MiniKit+ features an integrated spring-clip & comes with an elastic strap that mounts the device to your vehicle's sun visor. The elastic mounting strap is easily reversible whether you have your sun visor down or up.

Note: Depending on the model of your vehicle, you can also use the clip located on the back of the Parrot MiniKit+ to fix the device directly to the sun visor of your vehicle (without elastic strap).

Power Requirements

Rechargeable Battery: The Parrot MiniKit+ features an integrated lithium-ion battery. It can be recharged via the included 12-volt cigarette lighter adapter & USB cable. The rechargeable battery provides 12 hours of talk time and up to 15 days of standby time. The lithium-ion battery takes approximately 3.5 hours to charge.

Note: The Parrot MiniKit+ must be charged before being used for the first time.

12-Volt Cigarette Lighter Adapter: The Parrot MiniKit+ includes a 12-volt cigarette lighter adapter used to charge the device's integrated lithium-ion battery. The 12-volt cigarette lighter adapter plugs into the parrot MiniKit+'s mini-USB (type-B) port using the included 6' USB cable,  & then into your vehicle's 12-volt/cigarette lighter port.

Note: When battery level is low, a voice prompt is played. It will then beep ever minute before turning off or being recharged.

Sleep Mode: If the Parrot MiniKit+ has not been connected to any phone for 5 minutes, it automatically switches to Sleep mode.

 
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4 out of 5

Parrot Minikit+

Written By RM, Rolla, MO on Sunday, July 29, 2012
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Very quick and easy to pair with an iPhone. The spoken name feature (if the person is in the phonebook) is very helpful, as is the vibration sensor that automatically turns the unit on and reestablishes connection with the phone when you enter the car. Also spoken GPS phone instructions get moved over to the speaker, thus improving sound quality. Overall, a pretty good hands-free unit.
Pros:
ease of use, feature set.
Cons:
speaker volume is okay, but having it a little louder would be a nice improvement.
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5 out of 5

Great addition to your car!

Written By BTH, Chicago on Monday, July 16, 2012
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This is really a great hands free unit. You only need to charge the unit either on you USB cord on the your computer or use the car's lighter. Immediately connects to your phone book after it has linked to your phone. With few exceptions you can press the green button say the person's name and it dials the number. WAZE GPS voice can be heard over the speaker also.
Pros:
Effortless
Cons:
You do have to make sure you hear it when it tells you it needs a battery charge.
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3 out of 5

Parrot Mini-kit

Written By MichaelC, Boston, MA on Monday, June 11, 2012
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Easy set-up and easy basic operation. I have only had this unit for 2 weeks so I am still learning the nuances of the Parrot. Speaker is a little tinny sounding but it is thin (a good thing) and you don't expect more sound than it expresses. The commands work maybe 50% of the time and can be a little frustrating in the middle of traffic when you are trying to either answer or ignore a call. I have not used the trial package for voice texting as I have the iPhone 4S with Suri. All in all, for the money I am pleased and as time goes on I will work with the other features that the Parrot has to offerl
Pros:
Size and sound quality.
Cons:
Commands sometimes are not recognized.
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2 out of 5

Parrot Minikit +

Written By Tony, Long Island, NY on Sunday, June 10, 2012
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I bought this Parrot Minikit + based on other reviewers here giving this unit 5 stars. Unfortunately for me the best I can give is 2 stars. This unit when paired with a Samsungl Intensity ll bluetooth phone does not work as advertised. After downloading the latest patch (1.16) and re pairing and rebooting with Crutchfield tech support's help, the unit still only reconizes half the phone contacts via voice command. Crutchfield advised me to contact Parrot about this. When I contacted Parrot's tech support, they tell me they are aware of this particular problem with certain bluetooth phones and are working on a patch that will allow the user to record phone names in to the unit. It is scheduled to come out by summers end. I told Parrot that is a poor excuse as a hands free bluetooth unit should reconize voice commands. Also it does not give one time to respond if the number being called is the number you actually want. At first I was going to send this unit back thinking it was defective but when Parrot told me that is pretty much the way this unit works for now, I decided to return it for a refund.
Pros:
Easy to pair to bluetooth phone.
Cons:
Does not work as advetised with Samsung Intensity ll bluetooth phone.
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5 out of 5

Parrot MINIKIT+

Written By Anonymous, Massachusetts on Thursday, May 10, 2012
 
When looking for a solution for my 2005 Tahoe I came across a number of solutions which would require a harness which is not made for my truck. In speaking with tech support thery made this suggestions and I went with it. I am glad I did...Works great and allows me to stay focused while driving.
Pros:
Price, ease of use
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Great Bluetooth Device!

Written By tkrongold, New Jersey on Sunday, April 29, 2012
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Easy to set up & use; works great. Downloaded my entire phonebook instantly.
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5 out of 5

Adam

Written By Anonymous, New Jersey on Monday, February 27, 2012
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Its crazy easy and it works great.
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5 out of 5

Parrot MINIKIT+

Written By cindy, yardley, PA on Sunday, February 05, 2012
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easy to use and can use two phones
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