Pros Compact; backlit; fits in seamlessly with the iPod mini; matches iPod; good transmission quality.
Cons Small = easy to lose to some of us; will only tune as low as 88.1; difficult to find an open frequency.
Summary (Review is based off of a car stereo)
Most of the time I'd try to steer clear of an FM transmitter, but there really aren't a whole lot of other options out there without an aftermarket car stereo. The AirPlay was a pretty nice piece of equipment, if you can find an open frequency and you don't have a tremendously powerful radio antenna (I drive a Lexus and live in Chicago... bad combination of a powerful antenna and no open radio frequencies.) Most radios will tune as low as 87.5 or so, but unfortunately (in my case, anyway), this unit only goes to 88.1. It does fit the iPod mini seamlessly; the curved edge and thickness match up without a glitch, and still allow the “Hold” switch to be accessed and used. The AirPlay does cut down the battery life, so I wouldn’t recommend it for a long road trip unless you brought along a charger. Although small, the LCD is backlit blue (which doesn’t match the iPod’s white backlighting, if you’re picky) and relatively easy to read.
The bottom line: try to find an open radio frequency before buying (search around the 88-89.X and 107.X range, there usually aren’t a whole lot of radio stations occupying those frequencies). If you can find one, go for it.
"Horrible Sound"on by tommyvargas
Pros Easy to use
Cons horrible sound
Summary It is an easy to use device but the high pitch sound is very dissapointing.
Pros It is compact and easy to use, as the ads say.
Cons Sound is muffled and there's a lot of background noise.
Summary I live and drive in the country, and there are lots of vacant bandwidths and little interference, so using this device is not a problem. Even so, sound is really low-fidelity and the signal is not strong. Sadly,just after buying it I had a business trip and didn't get to try it out til the shop's return date had expired, or it would have gone back - so I'm forty bucks out of pocket. Haven't tried the Griffin iTrip, but I would suggest getting a cassette adaptor instead - it's about 2/3 the price, and direct sound rather than transmission has to be the way to go.
Pros Easy to switch to new station freq, small portable , no additional battery required to power
Cons difficult to find clear station in major metro areas
Summary I like this one better than the iTrip because it of its ease to change station as you drift from area to area. While currently the best FM tuner I have seen, it is still just OK.
If you live in a major metro area with lots of stations it is hard to find a clear unused freqency. It gets better as you travel away from the city but you can still expect static sound. I was lucky and my car has CD player and a TAPE DECK. So I went out and for $10 bought one of those cassette converters with a mini jack on it. Sound was 100% better than any FM tunner. Not very stylish with a wire hanging out of your console but sound is what counts.
Your other options is to buy a IPOD hardwire adapter (made only for certian high end cars), create your own input jack it your stereo can handle it, or buy a new stereo deck that is IPOD friendly (Pricey $400-1000). For now I am sticking to the $10 tape converter as I am certain new product will surely come on the market shortly.
Pros Easy to tune, backlit display, works right out of the box
Cons None that I have found as yet.
Summary I have tried other transmitters and this one works best for me. You just plug it in, tune your radio to a staticky station and tune this thing to same station, and your iPod plays over your radio. I use this for my hour and a half commute every day. Works great!