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PCR's guide to in-car tech

A look at the latest in-car tech, gadgets and device holders on the market
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Some consumers want their beloved mobile devices with them at all times, and others want ones specifically for their car.

We take a look at the latest in-car tech, gadgets and device holders on the market.

PARROT ASTEROID SMART
SRP: £499.99
CONTACT: Parrot
THEY SAY: The Asteroid Smart is a very complete connected multimedia car head unit. Its 2DIN format fits perfectly into the central column of the dashboard in many vehicles. Equipped with a GPS antenna, the Parrot Asteroid Smart includes a complete on-board navigation system.
SPECS: 6.2-inch colour multi-touch screen, six RCA connectors, video input and video output, hands-free calls, connection to the Asteroid market for driving assistance, tourist information, music and GPS apps.

4WORLD 37-103MM UNIVERSAL CAR HOLDER
SRP: £18.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Meroncourt
THEY SAY: Universal holder compatible with most portable devices, including PDAs, iPhones and other mobile phones. Holder consists of two parts – a non-slip base for non-invasive attachment of the cockpit, and a suction cup holder so it can be mounted either on a stand or on the windscreen.
SPECS: Adjustable shoulder and arm clamp, 180-degrees rotation, protective foam, lock fittings.

GOCLEVER DVR SPORT GOLD
SRP: £99.99
DISTRIBUTOR: MSE Group
THEY SAY: The DVR Sport Gold is an all-in-one extreme sport and in-car combo action camera for amateurs and pros alike. The DVR Sport Gold’s versatile functionality makes it ideal for in-car data recording which, amongst other things, could eliminate the ‘whodunnit’ process with car insurance companies in the event of an accident.
SPECS: 2.4-inch colour LCD 16-bit touch panel display, 5MP CMOS, Full HD 1080p resolution, built-in microphone, 4x digital zoom, USB 2.0, mini HDMI.

JABRA JOURNEY SPEAKERPHONE
SRP: £59.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Micro-P THEY SAY: Jabra Journey gives you crystal clear calls with technology that cancels out background noise and enables your voice to come through in amazing clarity. You can pair Journey with your mobile phone and its voice control turns your voice into a remote control – just say the word and you’re placing a call.
SPECS: HD microphone, auto on/off, voice control, up to 20 hours talk or music time, up to 45 days standby time, USB cable, connect to two Bluetooth devices at the same time.

NOKIA WIRELESS CHARGING IN CAR HOLDER
SRP: £59.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Micro-P
THEY SAY: Give fiddling with cables a miss and charge your phone wirelessly while driving. It’s quick and easy; just place your phone in the holder and go.
SPECS: Mount on dashboard or windscreen, suction cup, minimal standby consumption.

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4WORLD 85-175MM UNIVERSAL CAR HOLDER
SRP: £19.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Meroncourt
THEY SAY: The universal car holder is compatible with most portable devices and has a non-slip base with a suction cup holder, which can be mounted either on a stand or on the windscreen.
SPECS: Compatible with PDAs, iPhones and other mobile phones, adjustable shoulder width of 85- 175mm, 360-degrees rotation, protective foam, lock fittings.

PARROT ASTEROID MINI
SRP: £249.99
CONTACT: Parrot
THEY SAY: The Parrot Asteroid Mini fits onto your vehicle’s dashboard and comes with a GPS antenna and a wireless remote control which can be attached to the steering wheel. It’s compatible with all brands of Bluetooth mobile phones so you can make hands-free calls. Navigation/GPS and music apps can be downloaded from the Asteroid market online store.
SPECS: 3.2-inch colour screen, connect to internet via 3G, 4G or Bluetooth and USB tethering.

MEDIA-TECH U-DRIVE
SRP: £59.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Meroncourt
THEY SAY: The U-Drive is a very convenient and easy to use car video recorder. Simply mount it on the windshield using the included holder and connect to the cigarette lighter socket. Recording starts automatically when the engine starts and ends when turned off.
SPECS: Audio and video recording, 5MP still picture camera with IR frontlight, powered from car lighter socket, reliable on-glass mounting support, measures 105x723x27mm, HD recording, colour LCD display.

NGS SPARK CAR MP3 FM TRANSMITTER
SRP: £19.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Meroncourt
THEY SAY: Plug it into your car or truck lighter and enjoy your MP3s through FM radio. It supports 204 channels between frequencies 87.5 and 107.9MHz, USB, SD/MMC and Aux In for iPhone, iPod, MP3 and MP4 connection. The RDS function transmits the artist and song title to your radio display.
SPECS: Card slot for SD/MMC, USB 2.0 flash slot, Aux In supports iPod or iPhone, MP3 and WMA supported, works with 12 or 24 volts batteries.

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PARROT ASTEROID TABLET
SRP: £299.99
CONTACT: Parrot
THEY SAY: The Parrot Asteroid Tablet has a large colour capacitive multi-touch screen with an integrated GPS antenna. It comes with a wireless remote control with a sensitive panel enabling functions like hands-free calling, music selection, and music search by voice.
SPECS: 5-inch display, Wi-Fi, SuperBass2, Sound Spatializer, wireless remote, repositionable foot.

R1 CAR CAMERA
SRP: £89.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Avanquest
THEY SAY: Record everything you see and hear while driving in HD resolution. Record over two hours of video on a single charge and save your footage directly onto a micro SD card. Comes with an auto motion record function to automatically record when you start driving.
SPECS: 2-inch TFT LCD screen, auto- rotate screen, built-in microphone, rechargeable Li-on battery, HDMI Out playback, USB 2.0, 120-degree wide-angle lens.

PARROT MINIKIT NEO
SRP: £69.99
CONTACT: Parrot
THEY SAY: The Parrot Minikit Neo is a technological gem that enables you to make and receive calls and send texts without touching any buttons. The device integrates a vibration sensor to automatically switch on when you get in your car.
SPECS: Up to ten hours in conversation, six months of standby, ultra low power mode, digital signal processing, multipoint connection, Bluetooth, NFC synchronization.

VEHO SAEM S1 BLUETOOTH CAR KIT
SRP: £29.95
DISTRIBUTOR: Westcoast
THEY SAY: The Saem S1 car kit comes with a unique Automated Motion Sensor (AMS) which enables the battery life to be extended by up to two years in Standby mode. The AMS detects movement in the car so the Saem can automatically power on and off, meaning that the battery lasts way beyond other car kits.
SPECS: 32 hours talk time, automatic pairing within ten metres, USB, mounting clip.

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CONTACTS
AVANQUEST: 01480 496666
MERONCOURT: 01462 680060
MICRO-P: 01282 776 776
MSE GROUP: 028 90 623 777
PARROT: 0844 472 2360
WESTCOAST: 0118 912 6000

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