Droid X loves Ford Fiesta SYNC

DROIDXloveu.jpg The Motorola Droid X plays well with Ford SYNC in the 2011 Ford Fiesta.
Using verbal commands, steering wheel buttons or dash pad, the phone is fully integrated into the car for voice, text messaging and bluetooth audio.
Tip: Use the alternative four digit bluetooth code to pair.
Once Droid X to SYNC is set up, use is seamless. Get into your car and the link with SYNC is automatic. The car’s display mirrors battery level and signal strength.
SYNC supports up to 12 different devices with the ability to designate a primary device.
You can also use an audio jack line-in or a USB connection. I am a streaming media guy and don’t collect physical files so I wasn’t able to test this. You can play physical media files on SYNC via the USB connection with a device as simple as a USB flash drive.
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The Droid X paired with the Microsoft SYNC system without an issue, dumping in it’s contact list into SYNC.
SYNC also supports Bluetooth media streaming via the Droid X. While using Pandora, I was able to skip songs using the steering wheel controls.
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Once you learn the voice commands of SYNC, most functions can be deployed with a one button push of the voice command button on the turn signal.
Perhaps the coolest feature, for people like myself who don’t talk on phones, SYNC supports text messaging via the Motorola Droid X.
There is a list of phones that SYNC supports on Ford’s site.
A text message received by the Droid X simultaneously shows up with an alert on the SYNC screen telling you who has sent the message. SYNC stores the message until you are ready to retrieve it.
Using a verbal (or touchpad) command, SYNC retrieves the txt message and reads it to you.
You have the option to reply or forward the text message to your address book or recent call list.
The replies are from a list of pre-loaded responses to tell the caller how late and why you are busy, including a conciliatory, “I love you”
SYNC tags the end of the reply message, “This message was sent by my Ford”
Since Ford wants to keep you safe, you are only allowed to answer text messages when the car is stopped or at a crawl, like traffic lights.
Other features that SYNC on the Fiesta gives you the option to accesses the world though your phone:
911 Assist will automatically contact emergency services in the event of a crash
Vehicle Health Report will send information from the vehicle’s management computers and mesh it with the maintenance schedule, updates and recalls. it can give you a heads up to an impending issue. VHR can be set at standard intervals to send data to Ford. You access the information via a website.
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Here is a recent health report on my Fiesta.
Turn-by Turn directions
Real-time Traffic
Business search and personalized media

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