Jabra FREEWAY vs Motorola Roadster 2 – Which is the Best?

The Jabra freeway vs Motorola Roadster 2 are two of the latest in-car speakerphones, this blog post will compare and contrast their features to help you decide which one is right for you.

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Preview Jabra 100-46000000-02 Freeway Bluetooth Motorola Roadster 2 Wireless
PRODUCT NAME Jabra 100-46000000-02 Freeway Bluetooth Motorola Roadster 2 Wireless
MODEL Freeway (100-46000000-02) Roadster 2
features
  •  3 speakers and Virtual Surround sound
  • completely hands-free
  • A2DP streaming for music playback, podcasts
  • Up to 14 hours talk time, up to 960 hours (40 days) standby time
  • Auto on/off, advanced multi-purpose for connection to 2 Bluetooth devices
  • Rich, clear sound with 3 speakers
  • HD Voice Ready, virtual surround sound and dual microphone
  • Download the free My MotospeakApp and listen to incoming texts
  • Roadster 2 automatically turns on and connects to your phone
  • Listen to calls or stream music on a powerful 2-watt speakerphone
  • Echo control and dual microphone noise cancellation settings for your speakerphone
rating 4.2/5 4.4/5
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Jabra 100-46000000-02 Freeway Bluetooth Features

The Jabra Freeway has three speakers. The manufacturers claim that it is meant to simulate a surround sound system, and while that’s not quite the case, it does provide a significantly better sound experience. More on that later. The overall design of the Freeway speaker is impressive and will look great with almost any car decor.

Sound Performance

The Jabra has three speakers, but how good is the sound output really? It’s excellent. Look, this speakerphone is not designed for listening to music. Its primary function is to facilitate hands-free calling. But the way it’s set up, you can use it to listen to music and end up enjoying it. Of course, the bass is missing, so you can’t experience all the beauty of hip hop and EDM music, but I loved how it projected soul and country music. You can also use the speakerphone to listen to podcasts and audiobooks when travelling.

Making and Receiving Phone Calls

This is where the Jabra Highway really shines. The combination of three speakers with dual microphones ensures that conversation is great on both ends. The microphones have active noise cancellation and will therefore filter out any background noise when making a call. During the period I have been using the Freeway speakerphone, I have only had one instance where the other person could not hear me clearly. I was on a freeway at 60 mph with the windows open. I’m sure that in all other cases, the people on the other side usually think I’m talking directly through my phone.

The FM transmitter

The Freeway speakerphone allows you to project sound to your car’s speakers via the FM transmitter. It automatically searches for available frequencies and will notify via the built-in voice. This saved me a lot of time that I would have used to manually go through the frequencies. If you experience interruptions, you can use the volume buttons to search for a frequency with a better signal.

The sound projected from the car speakers is decent, but only at low volumes. If you turn it up too high, you will have trouble hearing anything due to echoes.

Voice commands

Jabra Freeway’s voice command system is pretty deep. For starters, it allows you to receive or ignore a call without touching any buttons. And because looking at your phone to see who’s calling is distracting in itself, the Freeway speakerphone comes with a spoken caller ID feature. But your phone must support the Bluetooth Phonebook Access Profile (BPAP).

Jabra Freeway Voice Commands

For other commands, such as redialing or playing music, you must first tap the voice command activation button. You can also use voice control to check the remaining battery percentage or pair Freeway with another mobile device. Freeway can connect with up to 7 devices. If the commands are too many for you to remember, you can use the command “What can I say?” and the speaker will display a list of all available commands.

The battery life of this speakerphone is impressive, giving you approximately 14 hours of talk time and 40 days of standby time. It only took me 2 hours to fully charge the speakerphone. 14 hours is a long time, and depending on how busy you are, the speakerphone can last almost a month before it needs to be charged.

Charging Jabra Freeway

To help you save battery power, Jabra Freeway comes with a motion sensor. If it does not detect motion in the car for an extended period of time, it automatically shuts off. Once you return to the car, it will detect motion and turn back on. If that does not work, you can reactivate it again by pressing the call button.

Motorola Roadster 2 Wireless Features

Last year, we loved just about everything about Motorola’s Roadster Bluetooth handsfree phone, except for the fact that it failed in one crucial area: call quality! Needless to say, that’s arguably the most important thing for any Bluetooth speakerphone, but it looks like Motorola will try to redeem itself with its successor in the Motorola Roadster 2.

Design

Design-wise, there’s nothing different about this one at all, which is a shame in a way because it would have been nice to see an update after so long. However, the only thing new about it is the silverfish colour scheme it has, as opposed to the all-black finish of its predecessor. Although we’re bummed with the refreshed design, it’s solid with its overall build quality.

Performance

As before, we’re in love with the powerful tones that its speakerphone emits, allowing us to easily hear callers even with some ambient background noise. Also, it seems that noise cancellation with this model has been greatly improved as our callers have no qualms this time around trying to understand us with our car windows open. Overall, we are pleased that the Motorola Roadster 2 has improved its call quality, which makes a big difference in its use.

Conclusion

Considering that the Motorola Roadster 2 can be purchased through most retail portals for $75, it’s not bad at all when you take into account its feature-rich features and improved quality. In the end, if you don’t want to deal with annoying Bluetooth headsets in the car, this appearance could be the perfect solution for you, as it is mainly used only in the car.

 

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