A lot of times when you get a new phone, if it isn’t a phone that has a standard jack or a iPod dock connector like the iPhone, then you don’t have a lot of choices for using your phone to pump some tunes or listen to podcasts when in the car. Fortunately, USB Fever has come through with this nifty FM transmitter that uses the HTC ExtUSB connector.
This transmitter comes with a adapter to power the transmitter. I expected that this transmitter would not only power the adapter but that it would also charge the phone; this was not the case. So you will need to make sure that your G1 or other HTC Smartphone has plenty of juice before hopping in the car and heading to work.
After you have everything connected, turn on your car stereo and find a free frequency and then tune the adapter to match. When you find a clear frequency, the quality isn’t going to be perfect, but will be pretty good; definitely good enough for music and podcasts while driving.
This device also has a microphone built in to it so you can use it as a handsfree device. The callers voice comes through the radio while the internal microphone sends yours. Quality is decent, none of my callers ever mentioned that they thought I was on a hands free device.
While nothing is better than a direct connection to the car’s stereo, this adapter is small enough you could put it in your carry on and use it in your rental car. Bear in mind that using a FM Transmitter is better then not having tunes at all when you can’t tear apart your dash.
The HTC FM Transmitter is available from USB Fever for $27.99.
What I liked: Small and takes little space in your bag. When not using the transmitter, its cord can recharge your phone.
What needs improvement: It needs to charge the phone, too.