Friday, March 25, 2011
Using iPhone with LandRover LR4
We just received delivery of our new LandRover LR4. It is our second LandRover and has a few new bells and whistles that weren't available on the LR3 that we had for a few years. I love the ease to which one can connect their iPhone(s) via bluetooth and the new touch audio system that allows for access of music from my iPod or iPhone.
The LandRover LR4 allows mulitiple iPhone connection via bluetooth. I believe that they allow up to 6 or 8 iPhones to be connected via the bluetooth. One merely turns on their bluetooth feature on their iPhone, select 'Phone' on the dashboard or from the Main Menu on the dash display. It takes a few seconds and once you see LandRover in the list of devices that you can connect to on your iPhone, select that LandRover. Once it is connected the name of your network (AT&T) and your iPhone name will appear on the dash display. It automatically downloads your contacts from your Address book into the memory of the LandRover. In fact, all the contacts from each of the iPhones that you choose to connect via bluetooth will have their own PhoneBook available on the dash display.
You can answer a call by touching the green phone icon on the dash display or on your steering wheel. You can type in a phone number on the keypad on the display screen or access a phone number by scrolling the Phonebook on the dash display and then clicking on the green phone icon. To hang up you merely touch the red phone icon on the dash or steering wheel.
The LandRover will automatically display the last phone connected if it is still within range. Once you get out of range, it will then recognize another phone that has been connected via bluetooth in the car and load in the Phonebook that corresponds to that phone. This is a great improvement over the bluetooth system that was present with the LR3 model. This allows both my husband and I to use our phones when the other one is not in range. So when I am out and about my phone is connected and vice versa. There is no need to turn off bluetooth and reconnect the iPhones each time we enter the car. It remembers each iPhone.
The LandRover LR4 also has an audio touch system and special connectors in the center console. One of the connectors is made by LandRover and with the special LandRover cable we can directly connect an iPod or iPhone. This connection shows up in the Auxillary Audio Section of the Main Menu as an option for audio. The really neat thing is that it automatically loads your entire iPod music library of mp3's into the LandRover dash display. You can browse your iPod/iPhone music library by playlist, artist, song and play in various modes with functions like: random, repeat, etc. The name of the song that is playing is displayed on the audio screen. Next the song is a right arrow key and you can touch this to display - artist, album title, genre, etc. Below is a photo of the songlist display on the dash:
Another connector in the center console is for a direct connection for a memory stick. We have one on order and I will let you know in a future blog or comment on this blog how that works out for storing music and using with the dash display.
I also tested the ability to use my iPhone while connected to the audio connector. It worked great - I was able to play songs, make phone calls using the dash display Phonebook and buttons to call out and to also receive a call. The song mutes while you are on the phone and then once you hang up or disconnect then the song is resumed. If you want to run another app or browse the internet with your iPhone while music is being played through your car speakers, you can do that too!
Additionally - The iPhone also charges while it is connected via the audio connector cable!
The car has some other cool features like auto dimming 'your bright' headlights when other cars approach on highway, a pretty good navigation system, HD radio, satellite radio capability, single CD player and front/rear and side cameras for aids in parking and backing up.
Overall, I am pleased with the improvements and the noticeably more stable ride. Looking forward to a journey to test all the features. My husband is anxious to take it into rock climbing mode. Tweet