Midland BT Next Intercom - Dual Pack
Not bad, needs a little more debugging
I have a love-hate relationship with this thing. On the one hand it does everything I want. I can listen to music, I can activate Siri, I can talk to my buddy (who got the other set in the kit). On the other hand, I think the great price comes at the cost of a little attention to detail or R&D spending. I had one headset die on me. It was replaced without much issue (good job to them for that), and updated to the new 2.0 version, which has some pretty substantial features to boot. But it still crashes occasionally, or freezes up for a few seconds. Just seems like buggy software.
I really like the form factor. It's nice and slim and light and the buttons pretty easy to find with gloves on.
I wish that it had a dedicated "Phone" button so I could activate Siri without first pausing the music, then waiting for the audio channel to close out (about five to ten seconds), then hitting the button that activates Siri, because when music is playing, that button is the skip forward button, so if you don't wait long enough it skips the song instead of activating. Sort of a minor issue, but I know other headsets did it differently.
I love that it can do something no other headset I've looked at can do: I can be on BT talking to my buddy, and have my phone plugged in to the wired jack, and get music playing in the background while I'm talking. This would be useful for a GPS, too, if I didn't use my phone for that already. That feature right there makes it worthwhile for me to put up with all the little issues that might exist.
You can be a safety obsessive if you want, but to me, having music in my headset makes every ride more enjoyable, keeps me from droining out, and keeps me actively riding, and doesn't block out any more sound than you'd lose by wearing regular ear plugs to keep from being deafened by your bike.
June 4, 2013
good quality building, but i cant firmware upgrade.
May 20, 2013
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