Overview of the Belkin’s TuneCast Auto Live iPhone FM transmitter
It costs you US$79.99 to buy the device
The transmitter can work with:
All iPod touches
All iPhone generations
All iPod nanos
All iPod models since the version of the 4th generation
The transmitter supports the GPS function
The device stations can be faster found
You can charge your iPhone while using the transmitter
The airplane mode is not needed
LCD screen is not really clear in daylight
There may be no need for iPhone app
Detailed Review of the Belkin’s TuneCast Auto Live iPhone FM transmitter
It is a little hard to use FM transmitters which are specifically designed for iPhones or iPods. Although we cannot deny the usefulness of these devices (especially now, you won’t find may tape decks in cars), some existing shortcomings may be concerning, such as: it is not easy to find clear stations in crowed areas; one station which is open in this town may not be available in another or radio interference occurs pretty often.
But for the Belkin TuneCast Auto Live iPhone FM transmitter, you won’t have to worry much about the above issues. Even when you use this device during the car driving, listening to your iPhone is pretty easy.
To make the Belkin TuneCast Auto Live work, you can plug it into the power jack of your car, then having this device connected with the dock connector of an iPhone or iPod via running a cord. There will be a remote control on that cord which helps you find the clear open stations and select your favorites.
A very important feature of TuneCast Auto Live is its capability to support the built-in GPS function of an iPhone in finding the clearest open station (you can also use this transmitter with iPod models). To make your iPhone automatically find the clearest open station, you just need to make a click on the button on the remote control. By tuning the radio to the same station and it is all about the setting.
Although the transmitter itself has been good enough for this feature, there is also a free iPhone app that supports the TuneCast Auto Live. While you just have only one interface with the device itself, you can find another interface with this app. However, in comparison with a variety of different station suggestions, commonly you will get the clearest station with the remote. But sometimes, through one of the suggestions via the app, you can get nicer sound).
You don’t have to pay any money for this app, so just try it.
Because the remote can help you get the greatest result when tuning in the open stations, you don’t need to see the screen of your iPhone. Therefore, it increases the safety in driving when you want to listen to your iPhone as you can better focus your eyes in the road.
With FM transmitters, the signals are not often strong or you may encounter static interference as radio broadcasts often compete with them. Although the TuneCast is not a interference-free transmitter, the competitors cannot be favorably compared to this device. In addition, you can have stronger signals and the louder sound thanks to the three available Pro settings. I am not clear about the difference among these three settings, but I am most satisfied with the highest level, so the other two settings are not needed.
We can’t deny the usefulness of this transmitter. There are many types of iPod and iPhone FM transmitters, they are often with considerable interference or it may requires you to select the airplane mode for your iPhone, so missing calls becomes concerning. But with the TuneCast, you won’t have to worry about this issue and listening to your iPhone become more comfortable than ever.
If you need a transmitter for directly connecting your iPhone with a car stereo (and although there is a wide variety of such devices, the prices are pretty high), theTuneCast is one of the greatest transmitters for this purpose. A lot of people who have tape decks will love tape adapters because these devices help find the clearest stations and they have to change the channels. However, it’s easy for a tape adapter to get broken, so this may not be an option for many people, including me, for example.
With all the above mentioned things, the Belkin TuneCast Auto Live is really worth your consideration, especially if you are an iPhone user who likes listening to music when driving. In addition, there is no need to worry about missing calls when you are using this device.