Review: The Supertooth Buddy Is A Road Warrior's (Frustrating) Best Friend

Posted: Apr 6 2011, 1:17pm CDT | by , Updated: Apr 7 2011, 2:48pm CDT, in Reviews | Cars & Vehicles

Review: The Supertooth Buddy is a Road Warrior's (Frustrating) Best Friend

Voice-recognition still has a ways to go.


The Buddy is capable of connecting to two phones using Bluetooth 2.1. It supports automatic pairing and automatic connecting. The battery takes 3 hours to charge and provides up to 20 hours of talk time, or 1000 hours standby.

In Use

Before receiving my Supertooth Buddy, the Jabra Stone 2 was my primary Bluetooth device. But most of my Bluetooth usage occurs in the car. I don't tend to take many voice calls at home and I certainly don't do enough business that way to necessitate constant headset use. The Buddy seemed like a perfect solution to my problem. I don't have to wear it or carry it in and out of the car or even charge it all that often. All I have to do is turn Bluetooth on in my phone's settings as I leave the house. By the time I get into the car, my phone is paired up and good to go. I don't even need to remove it from my pocket.


The Buddy's voice-dial feature makes it safe and (almost) easy to make and answer calls on the road. Dialing is as simple as pressing the green talk button and saying "Dial [Contact Name]". Unfortunately, "simple" and "accurate" don't go together in this instance. If you have any friends with complicated or foreign names, good luck voice dialing them. It also falls short on nicknames. I spent about twenty minutes trying to get it to recognize the word "Chef". Since the Buddy is just a speaker for your phone, many of these issues come down to Google. However, I have noticed one peculiarity with the Buddy.

Once in a while, it'll be seized by a fit of pique and blurt out "Goodbye!" as soon as I start to talk. It usually does this several times in a row before continuing to function normally. I've never noticed this issue using voice dialing or voice-to-text before. I'm assuming it has something to do with how the Buddy's mic pics up ambient noise in the car.

Audio quality is good, but not great. In heavy traffic situations, even the max volume setting isn't quite enough to make every voice fully audible. The microphone is fairly good, however. I never had any trouble being understood.




  • +Long battery life
  • +Convenient design
  • +Easy-to-use
  • +Good mic quality
  • +Voice dialing is extremely useful.


  • -Audio tends to get washed out in louder environments.
  • -Voice dialing is not particularly accurate. Or even "moderately" accurate. Most of this isn't SuperTooth's fault, but it's still an annoyance worth noting.


The Supertooth Buddy is of fantastic value to commuters at only $44. Voice-dialing isn't great, but it beats the hell out of pecking on a screen in the middle of the highway.



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