Written by James Hamel
We understand that most cars and light trucks that are bought and sold each year are used and that many of those do not come equipped with the basic connectivity features that most new car buyers take for granted. For instance, it was not all that long ago that Bluetooth hands-free calling, a USB port to charge your gadgets, an auxiliary input jack and wireless music streaming through your audio system was the stuff of expensive luxury cars which usually made you pay extra for these features.
So in realizing all off this, we decided to review the GoGroove Flexsmart X2 which is compatible with any car with a working “cigarette lighter” power source and an AM/FM radio. This extremely affordable gadget fits easily and attractively into any dashboard and is a breeze to set up. First off, after plugging the GoGroove Flexsmart X2 into a power supply just press the button with the phone symbol and put your smartphone in pairing mode. Immediately your phone should show “Flexsmart X2” and just click on that to connect your phone to the system. It’s that easy.
Then just set your system to whichever number on your radio dial that gets no reception from a station. Even in Los Angeles where we are based, we had no problem finding multiple options. You can then wirelessly receive and make phone calls from your smart phone through your vehicles speakers without any need for additional hardware. You can also charge your smart phone through the standard USB port and play music either through the Bluetooth connection to the Flexsmart X2 or via an auxiliary input jack.
Amazingly, you can also have two different smartphones connected to the system at once which is great if more than one person drives the car at different times. The Flexsmart will just connect with the phone with either top priority or if it only detects one it will automatically (and within seconds of you starting the car) connect itself without any need for the driver to do anything. You don’t even need to plug it in to the USB port of auxiliary input jack as it can work alone via Bluetooth.
We were given a sample of this product to test but that is not the reason for our unbridled enthusiasm for the Flexsmart X2. We found that even using it in a 2015 model year vehicle with its own standard Bluetooth and USB port that the sound quality through the standard audio system was a marked improvement when we used the Flexsmart GoGroove X2. In addition, the Flexsmart X2 would always remember exactly which song we were listening to when we turned the car off and would resume from that point when we restarted the car. So despite owning a car with smartphone connectivity, we are going to continue using our Flexsmart GoGroove X2 every day. We hope they didn’t want this review sample back.v
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