Today's Rant: Bluetooth connection in the Mazdaspeed3

Today's Rant: Bluetooth connection in the Mazdaspeed3

I hate to talk on the phone. Seriously. I avoid it at all costs. That being said, I do spend a fair amount of time in the car during my commute to work. And rather than talk out loud to myself about the stupid drivers  who don't know how to merge with traffic on the Kennedy, I usually call my parents and tell them about it. That way I feel a little less crazy.

So I spend a lot of time testing the Bluetooth connection in the car du jour. While the pairing was fairly straight forward in the Mazdaspeed3, the actual talking part kind of sucked. The connection was fuzzy at best, and I constantly had to ask the person on the other side of the phone waves to repeat what they'd said. And vice versa. While I love Bluetooth in cars and think it should be standard on every make and model these days, I absolutely hate it when it when the mics are oddly placed or the sound quality stinks. And while I give Mazda kudos for making this feature standard on the Mazdaspeed3, I just really wish it worked better.

I actually had to resort to using my headphones during the test week so I could hear and be heard. And any of you who've met me know that's something special. If  you can't hear me speak, ever, there's a problem. If you haven't met me, well, I'm short but loud.

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  • Not being into Bluetooth, I had a hard time figuring out that the problem was that the mic in the car didn't work.

    My usual routine is to yell "why you dirty [expletive deleted] [expletive deleted] [gerund deleted] [expletive deleted] [expletive deleted]." Usually I check that my window is closed first, though.

    And my AAA cell phone is usually locked in the glove compartment, and I only had to use it twice.

  • Good point ... yes, it's the mic. To me, talking on the phone is kind of like talking to a passenger. So, as long as you're doing it hands-free, I don't see a problem. Personally, passengers (at least my passengers) tend to be more distracting than a phone conversation.

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