Like most Bluetooth enabled devices, iOS devices like the iPad can use Bluetooth headsets. Those can be stereo, mono, and with or without a microphone. Scosche’s new freedomMIC is slightly different though; it’s only a microphone. As far as audio goes, that is. It makes up for the lacking audio output by having several other nice features, namely the ability to start/stop audio recordings and remote control the camera on your device.
These features make the freedomMIC best suited for situations where you want to record something but don’t want to carry your device around. Interviews is a great example, and the camera control is an added bonus that lets you position the camera on your device at a good angle and control it wirelessly. Another good example would be lectures. A lot of teachers get iPads these days, and for many it’s their first “smart” mobile device. The freedomMIC would be great for teachers who want to provide their students the service of making lectures available online without any hassle – and thanks to the start/stop function – without the need for editing out chatter or other parts that aren’t important.
The freedomMIC does however require an app, and at the moment that app is iPhone optimized only. That doesn’t matter much since you’ll mostly be recording anyways, so having a scaled up iPhone app isn’t going to be much of a problem. Using this on an iPad would however make the video and photo functionality rather useless, as the iPad 1 doesn’t have a camera and the iPad 2 might as well not have had a camera considering the quality. Still, for audio it’s a nice accessory to even the big flat one. It will set you back more than many Bluetooth devices though at $80, but for people who do a lot of recording that might not be so horrible.[Scosche]