Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

December 16, 2017
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Both hands on the wheel

Forget about holding a cellphone to your ear! That's so passe

Jawing with style

Driving while holding a cell phone to your ear is dumb, dangerous and, in most jurisdictions, illegal. Abstention is the safest way to go. But, if you must blab while you’re on the road, the JAWBONE by Aliph is simply better than any other Bluetooth device you’ve used. Thanks to the US’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency that developed the technology, the unit adjusts 500 times a second to effectively cancel most ambient noise and will charge to 80 percent capacity in 35 minutes. It even looks good. And this elegant unit only weighs 10 grams. Available in black, silver and gold. $139.99. www.jawbone.com; www.pricegrabber.ca.


Maximum amplification

Most of the speakers integrated in cell phones don’t have the volume it takes to be heard clearly in a car. Equipped with three speakers, the Nokia N73 is up to the task. Added bonuses include a 3.5 megapixel camera users adore, an MP3 player and an FM radio. Pair it with a car clamshell cradle and you’re all set. It’s a 2007 smart phone, but more recent models (like the N95 which has even more bells and whistles) have only two speakers. On the other hand, if your car allows you to plug in your cell phone, most — including the popular iPhone G3 — will work through your car radio. $350. www.wavesource.ca.


A map that answers your phone

GPS units have come of age. New models offer clear maps, street names, voice instructions in a wide variety of languages and accents and Bluetooth technology that will link to all Bluetooth-enabled cell phones. What’s more, those like Garmin’s NÜVI 760 allows you to speak on your cell phone using the built-in speakers, or better yet, through your car radio. The technology automatically detects your cell phone when you’re in the car. Prices range from $400 to $500. Team it with a beanbag dash mount for an extra $20. www.tigerdirect.ca .

This article was accurate when it was published. Please confirm rates and details directly with the companies in question.

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