Review: Mobile Home Siri Remote

Have you ever seen the Chevrolet "eyes-free" commercials and seethed with jealousy because you can't talk to your late 90s vehicle? I have. And then came Mobile Home.

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Mobile Home ($79) is the perfect solution if you have trouble keeping your phone in the cup holder while you drive, and Beanco Technology sent me one to try out for myself.

If you're inclined to text and drive, you won't be anymore. I'm not going to lie—I've texted while driving before. Research from Pew states that 40 percent of all American teens (I am not a teen) have used their cell phone while driving, which creates a risk 23 times greater than that of driving while not distracted. Driving with a phone in hand is also illegal in 20-plus states and thousands of counties across the United States, so it's really the only option for those of us who don't want to upgrade our cars so we can talk to our phones.

So, how does this work? Well, the gadget attaches somewhere within reach in your vehicle: I prefer the sun visor. Once you've connected your iPhone to the device via Bluetooth, you are ready to go. First, press the Mobile Home button. A light will come on briefly, indicating that your phone and device are paired. Next, you make it work for you. If you don't have a passcode, long-press the device button once, activating Siri. If you do have a passcode or fingerprint lock, press the button first to get to your lock screen. Then, long-press the device to activate Siri. It's that simple!

Once she is at your command, ask her to do anything you normally do. Did the Philadelphia Flyers win last night? Can you remind me to pick up groceries after work? Will it rain later today? Siri can answer everything for you, and you don't even have to touch your phone.

As a reminder, Siri can call your contacts, read text messages, alert you to new e-mails, post to Twitter and Facebook, navigate to an address, control your music, check stock prices, get directions, send emails, and much more. All you have to do is long-press to activate your personal assistant.

Some quick things to remember:

  • Keep Bluetooth on. This allows you to get quick results, and you won't have to touch your phone while driving to start the Bluetooth up again.
  • The light is yellow. Or amber. Or green. Even though the instruction manual says to look for the green light, I perceived it more as amber. It doesn't matter what color it is—there's only one light on the device.
  • Use it with your iPod too! Granted, you can't use the internet-dependent commands, but you can still create reminders, change the song, and manage your calendar events.
  • Keep trying if it fails to sync. Even though I have synced countless Bluetooth devices and followed the directions, it took a couple of times for my iPhone to sync initially. Once you get it right, you won't have to worry about it again!
  • Remember that the device sleeps after 15 minutes. A press should wake it up, showing the greenish-yellowish-amberish light.

You can purchase Mobile Home on Amazon or through their website for $79.99. Need help? Peruse YouTube videos to help you get the hang of it. No one needs to have an accident while handling their phone in the drivers seat. Be safe and choose Mobile Home.

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Abbey Dufoe is a freelance writer and a web producer at a nonprofit based in Princeton, NJ. She's always itching for the newest iOS gadget (current favorite - the Apple Watch). She tweets and blogs about the earth and the Internet on Twitter at @abbeydufoe and at abbeydufoe.com.