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bCODA BHF5000 CODA One Bluetooth Cell Phone Handset/Speaker (Black)

  • Talk Time Up to 20 hour(s)
  • Bluetooth Version 3.0
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bCODA CODA One – Ultimate Bluetooth Handset for All Your Audio Needs

Simplify your lifestyle.

CODA One is a Bluetooth speaker for smartphones. It also allows access to Siri or third-party app, such as Vlingo, with a single button to allow voice dialing, searching, and more. The slim and sleek Coda One also doubles as a portable speaker for music and movies, and offers solid performance. The dual-speaker device can also be switched to handset mode and held to your face like a standard phone to allow for private conversations. While not essential for phone users (who could simply pick up the actual paired device), it's a helpful addition that can be used for VOIP calls on tablets, bringing you closer to a traditional phone experience. As a wider array of mobile devices comes into the market, such as CODA One allows us to keep up with the action. CODA One delivers the wireless, hands-free flexibility of Bluetooth products, without the bulk and weight of other products.

Comments from well known media

• CODA One's shape lets it work like a handset, with much better ergonomics and audio quality than a typical smartphone. Two speakers and two microphones in the device enhance its call quality, and it supports A2DP audio streaming. – CNET –
• it's a helpful accessory for wherever you are, as the slim speakers produce solid playback for the size, and the handset mode allows for private conversation with VOIP calls when paired with a tablet, in addition to standard phone use. – TechRadar –
• Triple duty Coda One may be the only Bluetooth speaker you’ll ever need. – GigaOM –


Key Features

• Connect with a Bluetooth-paired device (smartphone, tablet, etc.) for hands-free phone calls.
• Easily switch to handset mode for private phone conversation.
• Use voice commands to answer or ignore incoming calls.
• Link with Siri/Vlingo to place calls, send messages, retrieve information, etc., with a single button click.
• Enjoy crisp, crystal clear sound with noise-reduction, dual microphone for superior voice recognition.
• Mount handset using built-in backside magnet or magnetic clip accessory included in the box.
• Use handset as portable stereo speakers for high-quality music playback.


Specification

• Bluetooth V3.0/EDR compliant
• RF power Class 2
• Profile HFP, HSP, PBAP, A2DP
• Mode Handset, Hands-free, Stereo Speaker
• Acoustic Quality Full Duplex, Noise Reduction, Echo Cancellation, Dual Mic, Wideband Audio
• Advanced UI Voice Command, TTS, Voice Prompt
• Multi-Pairing Up to 8
• Multi-Point Yes
• Power Li-poly battery
• Talk Time 20 hrs
• Stand-by Time 40 days
• Firmware Upgrade via USB
• Etc. Micro USB I/O


Learn more about the bCODA CODA One

Model

Brand
bCODA
Model
CODA One
Color
Black

Spec

Type
Bluetooth Portable Speaker
Noise Reduction
Yes
Talk Time
Up to 20 hour(s)
Bluetooth Version
3.0

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  • dean p.
  • 4/14/2014 6:10:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5 out of 5 eggsvery good connection!

Pros: The bluetooth connection works very well.

Cons: nothing,

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4 out of 5 eggsGood choice

Pros: As a person who is not a fan of the in ear type bluetooth devices, I was looking for something I could use in my car to take calls safely while on the road. This turned out to be quite an ideal solution.

-Easy and strong magnetic mount makes removing/charging it super easy.
-Good volume that makes hearing your call not difficult.
-Good battery life.
-Pairs with a phone almost instantly (as you would expect).

It works pretty much as well as you can expect any device in this category to perform. You can answer a call by simple saying "answer", no hands or taking your eyes off the road required.

This includes a car power port with a USB cable so if you have a modern android phone, you are essentially getting a phone charger as well. This is nice because you save money by not having to by a separate car charger (if you don't have one already) and it's good to have since your phones battery wear down faster while connected via bluetooth as you would expect and no one wants their phone dying while out.

Cons: It's expensive (however in my opinion you get what you pay for here). I would much rather have this than an in the ear type device.

The power button could be a lot more user friendly. It's a tiny little toggle switch on the upper left of the device. They should have made the power on/off button much larger and easier to operate (without looking) since most people will be using this in a car.

Other Thoughts: Over all this is a good buy and I would still prefer it to any other the other devices that I have seen on the market. It's recommended.

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3 out of 5 eggsSweet but kind of pointless bluetooth audio system

Pros: This thing will stream music from a Nexus device up to 30ft away.
The speakers provide much better sound and volume then nexus 4 or Nexus 7 or tablet (both devices have decent speakers).
The build quality is superior and feels very nice in your hand, works well with the little stands, and the function buttons are straight forward.
As others have mentioned the battery last forever, seriously.

Cons: The thing makes the most annoying sounds and voice prompts. They are loud obnoctious and serv no purpose. When you do basic phone functions it will speak in a very loud voice ANSERING CALL, or BLUETOOTH DEVICE CONNECTED!
As other have mentioned, the voice and sound quality during calls can be lacking most likely due to a poor sound canceling system.
Price, at ~$80 this is a very expensive phone accessory that can be substituted by a blue tooth earpiece and a cheap set of battery powered plug in speakers.

Other Thoughts: This has great potential as a gift or someone who travels a lot and loves to have a disco party in their hotel room. Its slick, compact, offers great range, good sound, and good functionality in a small package. At $80 though its a tough sell and the loud voice prompts are a deal breaker for me. Having a button flashing a specific color is enough of a prompt for telling me the phone is connected to a device or that there is a call in process.

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4 out of 5 eggsNice Handset

Pros: I will start by saying this is a very nice handset if you are using it for music, for such a small device, it does have a very nice full sound, If you know what your getting, and not expecting a large speaker system, then this is very Nice, I have used it with my computer to play games and watch a movie in my bedroom and suprised me on the sound quality. Also Good battery life. easy to get it to connect to a bluetooth device like phone, laptop, computer. ipad, etc..also the clip and the rubber feel is a nice touch to it. you can hang it from your sun visor in your car for hands free phone. in your car.

Cons: Voice starts to crackle if used for a hands free phone in a noisy van, but so do alot of others i've tried. If your not in a noisy van and don't have to crank this up to hear it, then your fine. But i did take 1 egg off for that reason alone.

Other Thoughts: I took off 1 egg from the voice crackling when turned up using it as a hands free phone. But, listning to music, or using this for your laptop or computer watching a streaming show or watching a music video, i was suprised at how nice this sounded. i play world of tanks and some other games, and i will have to say this does sound good. If your limited on desk space, or specialy using a tin sounding laptop, You need to get this. highly recommend. My wife is picky and she really liked this when i hooked it up to her laptop for her to try it. she started to watch youtube music video's and was suprised on the big sound from such a small speaker. This is an expert review, but i try and be very fair on anything i rate and I try and give the review were anyone can understand it. I hope this helps anyone who is looking for something to connect to there bluetooth device that is small, but sounds nice,

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4 out of 5 eggsA useful and appealing gadget

Pros: The aesthetics and build quality are excellent. It has a nice heft, a small size, and the rubberized coating pleasant to grip.

The sound is clear.

The magnetic visor clip works very well. Much nicer than Velcro or a permanent attachment.

It did not take too long to charge, and the battery life is good.

It's versatile, performing well as a car phone, computer phone, or music player.

Cons: Sound is not very full for music listening, but that is expected given the compact size of the unit.

A bit pricey, perhaps, but, considering the fact that it seems built to last, that is not much of a concern.

Other Thoughts: If you want Bluetooth audio, this is a quality device that covers a few different bases.

Recommended.

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4 out of 5 eggsIt works

Pros: I will start by saying that this product has a wide variety of uses. I like the soft touch plastic on the outside and the really smart (and I might add strong) magnetic clip provided to hanging this from your visor in the car.

The microphone seems to pick up my voice very well when talking on it and callers were not able to distinguish the clarity from my in-car bluetooth system. Which, I've been told, is pretty good.

As a music player it is also pretty decent albeit a bit tinny at first. This seemed to mellow out after several hours at high volume level. We are now using this in the bathroom for speakers to play from our phones when in the shower. It seems to work well for this purpose.

The battery life thus far has been pretty spot on with the packaging and I do appreciate that it uses a standard micro USB to charge.

Cons: On to the cons.

First and foremost, I will start by stating that the voice prompts on my unit are waaaaay too loud. In addition to this annoyance, there isn't anything mentioned in the instructions on how to turn these down. I'm then to assume that there isn't a way to adjust them and I'm a little disappointed at this.

As I stated above, the speakers are pretty tinny and this mellows a bit with use. However, I wouldn't say that it's the best thing in the world for playing music on.

The biggest con on this product is the Bluetooth range. I've factored this down to only about three feet away from the unit. This was done with both a Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC Desire. Both devices started cutting out audio on calls and music at about three feet away.

Other Thoughts: I mainly used this as a handsfree speaker phone device and as a bluetooth music player while I was testing it.

Overall, it wasn't a bad product but I'm not sure that I would pay the full retail price. It feels a bit steep for the shortcomings that this unit has.

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4 out of 5 eggsEggcellent vehicle/skype Phone

Pros: It has so many uses and i am sure to find more but let me review the uses important to me.
I was paying monthly on a well know car manufacture phone plan ,now i can replace that monthly bill and use my bluetooth enabled cell phone and other than this handset being clipped on the visor ,you would never know the differnce. The other use i have for it is playing mp3 via bluetooth laptop and the stereo speakers are decent for the size not as good as a beats w/sub laptop but better than most laptop audio,could be better on bass tho loud and good stereo separation.One last and probably most popular use would be as a skype phone,it eggcells in this area and is worth its price as a high quality telephone for skype.The microphone is also eggceptional quality both for cell phone calls and skype calls.

Cons: I wish it had a 3rd sub woofer for music playback

Other Thoughts: In your hand the handset has a pleasant feel to it,i can't explain it but it feels good to hold it lol.
Oh! and bye bye onstar call & connect monthly plan this phone will 100% replace the call quailty(now if i can only remember to bring my cell phone and not leave it home )

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4 out of 5 eggsA fun, cool little product!

Pros: Small, compact and very portable, this doesn't add much to the often burdensome entourage of gadgets we seem to be required to trudge around on a daily basis.

Rubberized-coating is very easy to grip, won't slide out of your hand like a wet bar of soap as so many modern electronic appliances are prone to do. The matte-surface also doesn't show fingerprints and other smudges nearly so much as typically glossy devices.

Very good sound quality when used as a hands-free device, many callers have indicated the sound on their end is as good or even better than when speaking directly into the phone.

Acceptable quality when used as a music speaker, certainly better than trying to use the phone itself.

Excellent battery life, one work-week of daily use (mostly playing music) and it still hasn't conked out completely.

Car visor-clip attaches to handset with fairly powerful magnets, if your ride is rough enough to shake this thing loose you likely have bigger issues to deal with.

Car visor-clip also doubles as a stand to keep the unit upright on a desktop, etc.

Recharges using any micro-USB charger (USB to micro-USB cable also included,) or the included USB car-charger, along with said-cable.

Voice-announces calls, allows voice-response to accept or ignore calls.

Switches from hands-free to handset (more private) mode with the push of 1 button.

Pairs easily to any compatible Bluetooth-enabled phone, tablet, PC, etc.

Works with VOIP apps, as well, like MagicJack, Skype, etc.

Cons: Somewhat non-intuitive, difficult-to-remember-spontaneously control set, with a single "do-it-all" central button for hands-free options, and 3 side-mounted buttons for handset use and volume. Sometimes you need to single or double-click the central control, sometimes single/double-click the side controls, it all get a little confusing. It's quite easy to hang up a call unintentionally, or hang-up a call while only trying to "park" it and switch to another incoming call. etc. I can understand wanting to keep the control set as minimal as possible in a hands-free device intended for use while driving, but I find myself much more distracted trying to remember the clumsy control sequences for the big, solo button than I would trying to locate a second button. Perhaps greater use of the voice-activated options would have been a better choice here?

A little on the heavy side for a device this size, likely due to a rather large internal battery, but this is an acceptable trade-off for the long battery life.

Battery is non user-replaceable.

Music playback is a little tinny, with very low bass-response, but still better than most phones (that I've experienced) can manage on their own.

Very "plain-Jane" appearance, there's not much stylish going on here, which can be important to some users (myself, not so much.)

Somewhat expensive, in my opinion, but not grandiosely so, perhaps $20-$25 more (at this time) than I'd expect to pay for such functionality.

No wall-charger is included, if you don't already have a microUSB charger or an available (admittedly nearly ubiquitous) USB port handy, your only option would be to plug this into the included car-charger in your vehicle to juice it back up.

Other Thoughts: When I first received this device for review, my first impression was "OK, how much am I really going to use this?" The answer? Quite a bit more than I anticipated.

Once I (begrudgingly) got more accustomed to the awkward control routines, I found this little guy a pleasure to use while working at my desk, driving or just relaxing with a little music. For the latter, a pair of earbuds connected directly to the phone sound far superior, but that tethers you to the phone itself; the standalone-quality of this CODA One device, plus the ability to move it many feet from the phone, make it very convenient, indeed. Sometimes sound-quality isn't the overarching factor for every circumstance, just "OK sound" can be good enough.

Currently I'm letting the wife use this with her iPhone4 to listen to Pandora while she works, she seems to enjoy it quite well. She gets very few calls on the phone since we only use it as a WiFi device (no calling or data plans, the phone was gifted to her,) but she still gets the occasional MagicJack VOIP call and she appreciates the sound-quality and hands-free convenience it provides.

If bCODA had made more of the control options voice-activated (and truly hands-free,) I could've given this unit a 5-Egger, but after tallying up the Pros and Cons, I just couldn't quite push myself into ponying-up that 5th Egg. Even if it were $30 cheaper, that darned, nagging control setup would have me second-guessing a 5th Egg, but that would be about the only factor doing so at that point. No device is perfect (and need not be so to deserve 5-Eggs,) but this one, critical area needs improved to "get the gold."

Having said all that, I would still recommend this device to anyone needing a good hands-free option for their Bluetooth-enabled phone, tablet or laptop, it certainly has value and functions very well for its intended uses. bCODA has a solid offering here and should definitely be in the running while shopping for such devices.

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5 out of 5 eggsnice little unit

Pros: nice range 80 to 100 feet from my cell phone no static no cut outs. its has a nice feel with the none slip rubber coating. Which my commando has the same protective rubber coating. nice touch shows quality. Easley paired with the commando. and it works better than it states in the documentation. Sound is astounding crisp and clear.

Cons: none as of yet

Other Thoughts: nice little unit well worth the price. and love the signal range. Works just as advertised. and I love how it tells you who is calling. :)

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4 out of 5 eggsan interesting device with many uses

Pros: I don't want to just repeat the description, so I'll try to be as practical as I can. This is a very interesting device with a lot of uses. Here are some of the highlights:
1. It connects to the sun visor clip via a strong magnet, so it's easy to quickly detach from the car (leaving the clip on the sun visor) and toss it in your bag.
2. Rubber coating is good so you it doesn't slip.
3. Easy to pair, and can pair with multiple devices at once (my phone and my wife's phone now pair with it when we get in the car together).
4. It has spoken prompts to assist. A voice tells you when it connects with your phone, tells you a call is coming in, you can answer or ignore. It tells you when you disconnected a call. Sometimes (not sure why not every time) it announces the name of the caller. "call from Joe". (I tested with numbers in my contacts, and it didn't announce the name everytime. I haven't researched why at this time).
5. It's a better speaker phone than the iPhone5, which says a lot, because the iPhone5 isn't that shabby of a speaker phone, and the CODA One seems at first glance to be kinda cheap and all plastic and small. But it does a better job as a speaker phone than the iphone.
6. It's smaller than I thought (about the size of a telephone handset back when telephones had a handset that you held to your face, attached to the base with a coiled cord. you see them in old movies...). But it performs bigger than you would guess.
7. I like having the one-off slider switch, so I turn it off when I leave the car. It has a friendly chime to tell you it's going off, and a voice prompt when it turns on to tell you it connected to one (or more) phones.
8. When I received it, I chuckled. What am I going to use this for? But turns out I use it all the time now. All my in-car calls are made with it. And I'll take it out to use as a speaker phone if I have to make a call that requires speaker phone (calling the in-laws at home, work-related conference calls, etc).
9. uses standard micro USB cable for charging, and includes a car 12V USB plug and a 6' microUSB cable.

Cons: 1. You can play music through it, but this won't be taking the place of a real dedicated speaker dock. That's my biggest con: don't buy this if you think this will be your solution for listening to music from your smartphone. But it DOES work but don't make that the primary reason to purchase.
2. The multi-function button does a lot, so it can be hard to memorize all the options. And of course, doing the wrong one results in the exact opposite of what you want to do. Some examples: placing existing call on hold and taking a 2nd incoming call. Joining 2 calls together. Hanging up 1st call and taking 2nd call. Disconnecting existing call. Redialing last outbound call. Etc. And it's only 1 button doing all those things! quick tap, double tap, long tap. single tap followed by long tap. quick tap, wait for prompt, long tap. etc. So I try not to get too fancy. The only one I memorized so far is double-tap hangs up existing call. I can deal with that one. I kept the instruction sheet in the car so I can try to memorize other options as the need arises.

Other Thoughts: This has a lot of uses It's currently my primary car handsfree solution. And since it's so easy to take from the car to backpack (the magnetic clip) it's easy to have with you to make conference calls with your smart phone, or use as a low-quality speaker dock if necessary.

I tested with an iPhone5 and an older iPhone 3GS. Both worked just fine.

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