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Does anyone know if the new iJet attachment would work with DLO's Transpod? If so and iLounge or anyone else can confirm then -- I'm sold. I've been waiting for this ever since the video ipod debuted, but wouldn't upgrade b/c i love my transpod/4G ipod with remote control attachment on top of my ipod. Thanks in advance to anyone who could answer my question. Thanks again!! smile

Posted by evansls on May 8, 2006 at 6:23 PM (PDT) Comment 1

Anyone know if the remote is RF?

Posted by morpheus.com on May 12, 2006 at 10:52 AM (PDT) Comment 2

Whoops nevermind yes it is:)

Posted by morpheus.com on May 12, 2006 at 10:52 AM (PDT) Comment 3

as soon as these release, could anyone tell me if this will work with a 5g ipod with a iskin on??? thanks!!!!

Posted by [email protected] on May 20, 2006 at 12:41 PM (PDT) Comment 4

I just received my new iJet with Bottom dock in Black for my 5G iPod. I love it. Totally rocks compared to other RF remotes and it has the must-have pass-thru bottom dock. The only thing missing in the box is a velcro strap that could be used to attach the holder to the steering wheel, however the holder does have the vertical slots to accept such a strap and I think their original purpose is so you can slip your watch band through it and then have your remote on your wrist. You could easily goto BestBuy or any audio store and pickup a set of Velcro wire-management ties and could utilize one of those to mount the remote holder onto your steering wheel. That's what I did. If I had to review this, I would give it an A+ because, not only does it work flawlessly, it comes in both Black and White and includes so many things in the box including the RCA output wire. However, the clips for the remote holder are not very secure if you wanted to pop it on your belt as they slip loose from the holder too easily. Otherwise, this is the perfect 5G remote. Oh yeah, it works on all 3G+ bottom dock iPod's sans Shuffle.

Posted by JPBOSS on May 31, 2006 at 9:59 PM (PDT) Comment 5

is anyone tempted to wait for the ijet 2-way? does anyone know when it's due out?

jpboss: how is the remote? is it too bulky and strange?

i'm not sure why they didn't give the same remote for the 5g and nano.

Posted by yrstruly on June 3, 2006 at 4:25 AM (PDT) Comment 6

I just received the white shipping version of the bottom docking iJet for my 60GB iPod. I have had a prototype version for about two months now, so I've been able to play with the iJet in a variety of contexts now. I am just a consumer who got lucky in getting a prototype, but I am VERY happy with the product, hence this review.

To answer the question about the iSkin, YES, the iJet DOES work with the iSkin on the 5G iPod. That's one of the reasons I wanted it. I have a 60GB 5G iPod with a blue iSkin and daily use my Altec Lansing inMotion speakers and iHome alarm clock. With the iSkin on, my iPod cannot dock. However, with the iJet, I can leave the iSkin on 24/7 AND dock it in these systems. You sometimes need to push the iPod with iJet into the dock to make sure it's got the connection. Sometimes it looks like it's docked, but the connection isn't there. It's an easy problem to fix--just make sure it's pushed down all the way and centered! smile

One of the difficulties I had with the prototype was that if my iPod was in my bag or something, the receiver would sometimes fall off (probably would not happen if there was no iSkin). This would not happen if I kept the iPod in my pocket. I have not tried this with the shipping version I just got, but I noticed that it feels much more secure. My guess is it won't fall off easily, making iSkin compatability even stronger!

As for the 2-way, it's supposed to come out in July. While it's cool, it's awfully expensive for features I don't really need... So I'm not planning on buying it...

The remote is tiny, not bulky or strange. I got the prototype because I was going out of the country to do some presentations. I wanted to just use my iPod and not bring my computer. Dave at ABT helped me out. The small size of the remote made travel wonderful. It's great, too, because you can hide your iPod in a bag, a pocket, or something else, and you can hide the remote in your hand because of its size. I would often put it in the small pocket in my jeans (the one for coins or a key or something). I did not get a belt clip with the prototype, so I'm excited to try it out.

In any case, the remote worked very well for the presentations. I've used it for five presentations, and people were very impressed with my presentation set-up. That's where the 150 ft. range can be very useful, although I haven't tested that.

I've also used the remote while riding my bicycle. The belt clips should help in attaching to my bike, which was one of the difficulties of using the iJet with my bike.

The biggest problem I had with the prototype was the button pad, which has been replaced with the shipping version. The buttons on the shipping model press very easily and send an accurate signal.

I would have definitely recommended the prototype version, probably giving it an A- because of the button pad. However, I would give a full A (I don't think iLounge does A+) to the shipping version. It works with the iSkin, allowing the iPod to dock with the iSkin and has an excellent operating range that works in a variety of circumstances.

As another note, ABT's website says the iJet has 7 buttons and 12 functions. The included instruction book lists the obvious buttons, but not 7 and the 12 functions. This is what I've found. Buttons: 1. Volume Up, 2. Skip Forward, 3. Volume Down, 4. Skip Backward, 5. Play/Pause, 6. Top right (under the Volume Up/Forward buttons), and 7. Bottom left (under the Volume Down/Backward buttons). The last two button's functions are Move One Playlist Backward and Move One Playlist Forward, respectively. Functions: 1. On, 2. Off, 3. Pause, 4. Skip Forward, 5. Skip Backward, 6. Scan Forward, 7. Scan Back, 8. Volume Up, 9. Volume Down, 10. Play, 11. Playlist Forward, and 12. Playlist Back.

Posted by bluazul on June 5, 2006 at 10:54 PM (PDT) Comment 7

So I really want to love this product but there are some glitches and poor design aspects that really irritate me. If I'm doing something stupid, please let me know... I would to know that this is a perfect product. Currently, I have it in my car with the iPod hidden in my center console and the remote velcro'd to the back of my steering wheel for easy access. It's really a nifty setup other than the remote falling off once in a while on really hot days with the glue on the velcro melting. I leave my iPod in my car 99% of the time (the other 1% for vacations). Here are my gripes:

1) Before I had this set up, I just had my iPod connected to a car charger so when I turned my car off, the iPod would lose power, automatically pause and then would eventually turn off. With the iJet, when I turn my car off, the iPod no longer knows about it and keeps playing. Then when I return to my car, the iPod's power is drained. So the obvious solution is to pause my iPod every time I get out of the car which I actually remember to do 90% of the time, but that still leaves me with a drained iPod at least once a week. Very inconvenient.

2) Frequently (80% of the time) when I don't drive my car for an more than a few hours (overnight, for example), the iPod and iJet forget about each other somehow and the remote doesn't work. Everything is still connected just fine. To remedy this, I have to unplug the iJet from the iPod, wait a second and then plug it back in. Sometimes I have to do this a couple times before the remote controls the iPod again.

Other than that it's a great product. If those were fixed, I'd give it an A. However, as small as those gripes are, they are enough for me to drop it to a B- and have me contemplating buying a 4th gen iPod with an older model iJet.

Posted by Motaki on June 22, 2006 at 2:03 PM (PDT) Comment 8

This is in response to Motaki's comments:

1. I don't know how the iPod automatically paused with a lack of power. Mine's never done that. You can also always turn the iPod off with the remote by holding the Play/Pause button down for two seconds (just like on the actual iPod). It sounds like you don't want to have to do anything, though... That seems difficult to achieve, but if you can figure out a way... You also do know that leaving your iPod (and probably the remote) in a hot car is bad for the electronics, right? That in itself can drain the battery.

2. I've experienced the same problem a couple of times until I remembered that the iJet needs more than just a quick push of the button. Without power or music, the iJet turns itself off so it doesn't drain the iPod's battery. It needs music to start play OR a signal from the remote lasting 0.6 seconds or more. Don't just quickly push a button and release it. Hold it down a little longer. That should fix it. Otherwise, the iJet receiver may have gotten dislodged slightly from the iPod. If the problem continues, there may be a bug. It also may be heat-related...

In reference to my earlier post, I noticed the shipping receiver has a little more trouble in my Altec Lansing speakers. It can move and lose the audio connection more easily. But it's also really easy to fix. The remote is in good shape. I bought some velcro to use on my steering wheel with the belt clip, and that works great. For riding my bike, I've just decided to attach my phone to my handlebars and my remote to my watch, which I really like.

To iLounge--When will you have a review of this product? I'm really curious to see your experiences. And others' experiences, too...

Posted by bluazul on June 22, 2006 at 6:07 PM (PDT) Comment 9

bluazul - thanks for the comments. I was hoping to hear from you! Hopefully, your suggestions help.

Regarding my first problem, perhaps I got used to some weird behavior in my iPod that I mistook for a feature. Understood about leaving my iPod in the car, but it's all about convenience! I'll just have to get another iPod if this one fries... smile

Posted by Motaki on June 22, 2006 at 6:14 PM (PDT) Comment 10

My 4th and 5th Gen iPods all pause when power is removed from the dock connector, then eventually turn off. I have not verified this with my iJet though. I will test it out.

JP

Posted by JPBOSS on July 13, 2006 at 8:35 PM (PDT) Comment 11

I stopped using my new Ijet for precisely Motaki's reason. My Belkin car charger causes the Ipod to pause when the car is turned off. Even when I remove the ipod from the car I cannot be trusted to pause it everytime. With the ijet bottom dock I must manually stop the ipod. It's annoying when you're just hopping out to go to the bank and the ipod keeps playing. They should fix this.

Posted by thejake on August 6, 2006 at 6:43 PM (PDT) Comment 12

I just ordered the scosche remote. Perhaps it won't have the same battery draining problem.

Posted by Motaki on August 7, 2006 at 11:43 PM (PDT) Comment 13

The thing about this remote is that it is perfect for me. I connect my iPod to my bedroom stereo over a stereo cable. As i leep across the room, i cannot control my iPod. I also charge my iPod using a regular Apple charger. to get the same functionality as this i would have to buy two acessories, the $30 kensington car charger (which has a pass through USB charger) and a $40+ remote. thankfully someone figured out that this would be the right way to do this. also, as to people complaining about the unattentuated dock connector, if it was atentuated it would double-amplify the sound, and distort it horribly. If you want to turn up the volume, turn it up on the stereo you plug in to, not the iPod. i have had problems with this when i plug my iPod into my stereo, having to find the right balance in their volume dials.

Posted by anti-luddite on August 20, 2006 at 11:02 AM (PDT) Comment 14

It's hard to fault the iJet for not being able to adjust the volume of the line level dock audio output.

"Line Level" is a standard audio signal level, and devices that accept line level inputs are expected to change volume levels at the amplifier, not by adjusting the amplitude of the line level signal.

If that level were adjustable, and the amp level were adjustable, now there are two separate volume controls, which could be confusing and degrades the audio signal.

Posted by tkarches on August 28, 2006 at 8:38 AM (PDT) Comment 15

The Scosche remote appears to be a rebranded iJet

Posted by tkarches on August 28, 2006 at 8:40 AM (PDT) Comment 16

Who would want to stand the iPod up on its' own with the iJet attached? I don't see this as much of a "con".

Posted by tkarches on August 28, 2006 at 8:43 AM (PDT) Comment 17

Well I love my new Ijet remote with dock for my IPOD VIdeo 30GB. I am glad someone posted the extra instructions on how to change PLAYLIST with the remote. There are no other instructions on that hidden function anywhere.

Does anyone know if there is a SHUFFLE hidden button on the Ijet remote? That would allow a new random song to play next from my playlist, without directly setting shuffle mode on the Ipod. Thanks for any help.

Posted by ktjensen on September 26, 2006 at 2:17 AM (PDT) Comment 18

I think the one I have may be defective. I just got mine and ipod seems to take a while before it responds to the remote. Do you have to wait for 30 sec everytime you turn on the ipod or is it just for the first time using the remote?

Posted by igedoc on September 29, 2006 at 10:46 AM (PDT) Comment 19

Can anyone tell me if this remote works with 3G iPods? If not, why not? What is the difference with later generations?

Posted by groverjones on October 2, 2006 at 9:43 PM (PDT) Comment 20

Does anybody know how to change playlist with the iJet? Please help!!!

Posted by timmyl94 on November 21, 2006 at 7:10 PM (PDT) Comment 21

Can anyone here tell me what is the difference (if any) between the iJet V1 and the iJet V2? I mean anything besides the obvious fact that one hooks up to the top and one hooks up to the bottom. Is there an increase in range? Battery life? Reliability? Durability? Ease of use? Thanks.

Posted by Durandal on March 7, 2007 at 4:06 PM (PDT) Comment 22

one thing i found out from ABT is that you can't have the remote too close to the ipod. the RF doesn't work when its really close - before you ask - i had my ipod in my tank bag on my motorcycle and the romote on top of the tank bag (2" away) i moved it to the handle bars and it works great.

Posted by nerofutura on March 28, 2007 at 1:39 PM (PDT) Comment 23
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