If you drive a lot, such as myself, something you may do is use your phone while driving. We all tend to admit that it isn’t the safest thing to do, however we all (or at least, most of us) seem to do it anyway. With this, however, I found that I was keeping my eyes on the road more than before because I was using Siri instead of holding my phone in my hand. It definitely does what it needs to do, and it looks nice while doing it.
Mobile Home is exactly what it sounds like, it is a mobile Home Button – it even looks like a giant home button (pre-iPhone 5s, at least). It has the easily recognizable rounded square inside of an concave glossy button. They way it works is by connecting via Bluetooth to your iPhone and acting just like a normal home button. It uses iOS’s built in Bluetooth functionality that wireless keyboards use to mimic the home button as well, instead this time it is just the home button, not a keyboard (that’d defeat the purpose).
I have a Bluetooth system set up in my car, so this was that much better. I already am able to listen to Siri over my speakers through Bluetooth (or through a direct 3.5mm headphone jack) so having this also nearly eliminated any reason for me to have my phone in view while on the go. I regularly make multi-hour trips around the state that I live in, so this was very easy to start using and getting used to. The best part? It’s extremely easy to use. There isn’t a set up other than connecting it like any other Bluetooth device, you don’t need to install any apps or anything else to make it work. Just connect through Settings and you’re ready to go.
Think about all the things you can do with Siri: text messages, start phone calls, check emails, check weather, get dinner reservations, look up movies, post to Twitter and Facebook, get turn-by-turn navigation directions, and so many more things. Now, with this device sitting within easy reach in your car, you can do all of these things without ever having to worry about pulling your phone out of your pocket in order to do it from there. It is a much safer way to use your phone while driving. When I go on 2-4 hour drives, it isn’t always possible to not use my phone while driving; however, this has made it much safer to do so.
If you are worried about it having an adverse effect on your battery life, don’t be. Bluetooth nowadays has a very minimal impact on battery life for mobile devices, especially a device that is simply emulating the pressing of the home button. For the device itself, the estimated battery life is 6 months with normal usage, so depending on how much you use it, you may not have to change the battery for a long, long time. I use a Pebble and Google Glass quite often with my iPhone and even those devices don’t have a large impact on my iPhone’s battery, so don’t worry about something like this.
If you are interested in Mobile Home, you can pick one up for $79.99 and find more information over on the site here: www.drivewithsiri.com. If you drive often and are constantly on the go, I definitely recommend one of these. The price seems feels a little higher than is ideal, but it does it’s job and it does it well. Something also to keep in mind is that this is not meant to be a full hands free system, you will have to have that already installed in your car, unless you just want to have your iPhone turned up really loud, I guess that would work too.
What do you think? Are you going to pick up one of these? Or do you not use your phone at all while driving? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.