Not everyone has a car with built-in Bluetooth capabilities or even an aux input If you have a friend whose car fits that description (or if it’s your car) then you might want to check out the sale that GOgroove is having on one of their top of the line Bluetooth FM transmitters. It’s called the FlexSMART X3 and has enough features to make up for the lack of features that your car has.
If you’ve never used a Bluetooth FM transmitter before, don’t freak out. It’s basically a converter that turns the audio coming from your phone into an FM signal that can then be picked up by your car radio. First you have to let it scan for a free FM signal, but it does this automatically. Once that’s complete all you have to do is connect to the device via Bluetooth and you’re good to go. It even remembers your phone so you will only have to go through the pairing process once per device.
The device draws its power from the cigarette lighter but also has a USB charging port strategically placed on the bottom so, as long as you have the appropriate cable, this shouldn’t get in the way of charging your device on your commute to work. Next to the charging port is an aux input so that MP3 players can take advantage of it as well. If you’re car already has an aux input then the FlexSMART X3 also has an aux output which will skip the FM station and play music directly from the phone through the car speakers.
The FlexSMART X3 does have an LCD display, but it’s only for telling you which station to tune your radio to. That screen is flanked by two buttons that enable you to answer and end phone calls, which is good since driving and talking on the phone is illegal in most states here in the US. Legality aside, it’s just a cool feature to have. Probably the best thing about the transmitter are the playback controls that are located right on the front of the device. You can skip tracks, play/pause, and control the volume all without ever needing to touch your phone.
Normally the GOgroove FlexSMART X3 costs $99, but it’s currently on sale for $52 and if you use the code “SAVEFLEX” before Friday, May 29th you can bring the price down even further to only $42. Over 200 people have rated it 4/5 stars on Amazon and since it works with both iOS and Android everyone who sits in your car can make use of it. I wish I could pick one up for myself but I should probably get a car first.