Ever had an important business call on your cell phone that you wanted to record? Or even record those crazy threats that your ex is making to you? Well there’s a solution for that! The Call Mynah cell phone recorder acts as a Bluetooth handset, but the most important functionality is that it has a record button!
Inside the box you’ll find the Call Mynah, charger, usb cable, headset cable, and the PC software. The software only works with Windows operating systems. MACs are not supported.
Recording conversations is an important part of the business world. It happens a lot when you call customer service, which records for training purposes. It’s a function that’s very useful if you just wanted something recorded to review later. And it’s pretty amazing that it’s not built-in to all cell phones. The Call Mynah solves this problem by pairing to your cell phone over Bluetooth. Once paired, it looks and works like a cell phone. You can make calls directly from it, has a built-in contact list, built-in speakerphone, and many other call functionalities. And the amazing part is that it can hold up to 340 hours of recordings!
The Call Mynah is made of all plastic with a silver plastic band around the edge which gives an iPhone 4 “look” to it. On the top edge is the speaker grill. On the bottom edge are the earphone jack and a mini-usb port for charging and transferring data to the PC.
The front of the Call Mynah is a fingerprint magnet, but it’s flat so it’s easily wiped clean. But the flatness makes the buttons hard to find and push. I’m not sure how thick the top layer is, and I think it might crack over a period of time with constant button pushing. The buttons do make a clicking noise when depressed, and the microphone will pick up the button clicking noise if you’re recording a conversation.
The Call Mynah comes with a mini-cd that has the main Xtr Call Mynah and Xtr Desktop software. Also on the cd are sample wallpapers and the manual in pdf. The Call Mynah can be charged using the adapter that came with it or through the USB port on the computer. You have to put the Call Mynah into “USB Mode” before connecting to the computer for it to be detected. Only problem for me is that it didn’t work at all for me. The Call Mynah never gets detected by the device manager. I have tried this on both Windows XP and Windows 7. Must be a bad connector on the Call Mynah side. But the Call Mynah works just fine without the dependency on the computer software.
The Xtr Call Mynah software looks pretty self-explanatory. You get 4 tabs of options.
You can program the Call Mynah to automatically start recording when a call comes through or when you push the record button. There are options to disable or enable an audio warning to let the caller know that you’re recording them. The Call Mynah has a power saving feature which turns off the screen, and the only button that reactivates it is the record button on the side. That took me awhile to figure out since common sense would lead you to think that the call send and end buttons would activate the screen again.
The recordings are clear and loud when played back from the built-in speakers. It works flawlessly as a recorder, and it’s inconspicuous because it looks just like a regular cell phone.
The Call Mynah is priced at $249 direct from Spy Gadgets. It might be a tad bit expensive but is well worth it if you need to record an important business conversation and such.