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A2DP Bluetooth Audio GatewayIt may not be a new program, but with its latest release Softick Audio Gateway can finally be called "complete". In version 1.12 of the popular Palm OS A2DP app, Softick have added support for the brand spankin' new Treo 755p and finally enabled the long-awaited audio quality controls.

Early versions were somewhat patchy, with frequent complaints about call handling and stability. Have Softick resolved these issues? Is it worth 20 of your hard-earned bucks? Where do babies come from? Read on for the full, gory autopsy. Erm, of the app. Not babies. That would be obviously be completely unconscionable.

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Power Consumption.

LiveFaith @ 5/28/2007 11:02:42 PM # Q
Tim,

Thanks for the review. This is an important product for the Palm faithful.

I was wondering if you had done any testing on battery life issues with and without wires. Does the BT radio with SAG consume more or less energy than a wired (Treo powered) pair of earbuds?


Pat Horne

RE: Power Consumption.
freakout @ 5/28/2007 11:57:10 PM # Q
SAG definitely consumers more power than a wired headset, but it's still quite reasonable on the batteries. The 2-3 hours I normally use it for every day deplete my battery by about 30-40%, but depending on your settings this can vary quite a bit.

Tim
I apologise for any and all emoticons that appear in my posts. You may shoot them on sight.
Treo 270 ---> Treo 650 ---> Crimson Treo 680
RE: Power Consumption.
LiveFaith @ 5/29/2007 9:12:14 AM # Q
freakout,

That aint bad at all. Switching to silent mode and engaging the little vibrating alarm drops the battery 35% on my 680. :-D

Seriously tho, thanks for the info. This is something that I would like to try. What headphones are you using? I would like earbuds for my use.

Pat Horne

RE: Power Consumption.
freakout @ 5/29/2007 6:58:13 PM # Q
Nokia HS-12W earbuds - a little dongle hangs around your neck, with earbuds at the nape. They're pretty good, but I'm tired of having to reach for the dongle - normally hidden under my shirt/sweater - to change tracks and stuff, so I'm looking at getting a pair of Motorola S9's. They look nice... Ryan should get some in stock!
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UPDATE. Works also on T5!

VampireLestat @ 7/20/2007 8:22:52 PM # Q
I just set everything up on my Tungsten T5 to see if it would work.
It does! :-)

I didn't try it with my TX yet though.

So now both my Treo 680 and T5 play wireless BT audio.
The T5 suddenly takes on the perception of much greater renewed value.

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Great software

awawa212 @ 1/18/2008 7:46:40 AM # Q
I use this software with iLuv i903 Bluetooth noise-cancellation headphones. It works quite well, but if you try to do something else, like work Crosswords or read an ebook, while running this and PocketTunes, expect notable delays opening, running, and quitting other applications.

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update not working

veganacho @ 6/2/2009 10:04:17 PM # Q
I bought 1.22 and 1.25 does not work with my serial number as stated. It says thank you for your download, then I click ok and it says error. And as I listen to tracks in ptunes, there is a beeping between track (I assume this is for demo mode). But the performance of the software seems faster. And if I could get it to validate it seems like it has some good updates.
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Buggy with Treo 700p and Jabra Extreme

eternallearner @ 5/21/2010 11:39:10 AM # Q
I was excited to try SAG so I could finally listen to podcasts and do phone calls via a bluetooth headset. The trial version works with the Jabra Extreme headset, but even at the lowest bitrate setting for voice, the podcast pauses frequently. And no luck sending or receiving calls through the headset--they just aren't routed properly.

Oh, well. Glad this works for some of you. Hope this is helpful to some.

Jon

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