When comparing Nolan LiveMIC2 vs MightyMic W SmartPhone Bluetooth Microphone, the Slant community recommends MightyMic W SmartPhone Bluetooth Microphone for most people. In the question“What are the best bluetooth microphones (excluding headsets) for mobile devices?” MightyMic W SmartPhone Bluetooth Microphone is ranked 1st while Nolan LiveMIC2 is ranked 2nd. The most important reason people chose MightyMic W SmartPhone Bluetooth Microphone is:
This microphone can easily pass for a pen if you place the microphone like a pen in a shirt pocket with the clip showing on the outside of the pocket like [this](http://cdn2.markstechnologynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/the-video-camera-pen-2.jpg). This link shows an image of a different microphone, until I have the time to take a picture this will serve to get the idea across.
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Pro Incredibly portable
It's very small and lightweight. It easily clips on to your pocket, shirt, or wherever else.
Pro 7 hours battery life
While advertised battery life is 8 hours, a user reports the battery life as being 7 hours in real world use.
Pro Works with most mobile devices
Pro Microphone connects directly to mobile device by Bluetooth (no 3.5 mm jack)
With this product, you are connecting the unit (the transceiver) directly to your tablet, phone, or other Bluetooth enabled device (the receiver). No receiver is supplied with this product. You must have something compatible for this to work with either the A2DP or HSP Bluetooth profile.
On iOS this does not work for Apple's built-in apps, but for some 3rd party apps, you can use your phone as the receiver.
For Android it likely won't be as much of an issue. YMMV.
Pro Stealth/ discrete
This microphone can easily pass for a pen if you place the microphone like a pen in a shirt pocket with the clip showing on the outside of the pocket like this. This link shows an image of a different microphone, until I have the time to take a picture this will serve to get the idea across.
Pro More fool proof
With a lack of buttons there's less chance that the person wearing it will accidentally disable or change settings on the device while recording/ streaming audio.
Pro High quality materials
Anodized aluminum for the body is pretty nice considering comparable offerings.
Pro Sleek design
Much more stealth considering how small and slim the unit is.
Con Flaky, low quality hardware
In less than a month, my unit became unreliable, sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't.
Con The buttons are unclear about what they do
You have to look at the manual and memorize that pressing left or right on the directional pad will put the embedded microphone in either omnidirectional or cardioid pattern.
Con Requires a 3rd party app in order to use
Default video/voice recording apps of iPhone/Android don't support the use of a bluetooth microphone, you will need to use a different app for that.
Con Latency/Lag can be an issue
If latency lag is a concern, consider purchasing the Alead Nolan LiveMICRX2 instead as it has the same transmitter as this product and a Bluetooth receiver that claims 10x lower latency (meaning 10x faster transmission and receiving) than most Bluetooth devices. Using linked product would mean your mobile device would have to have a 3.5 mm microphone jack as that is how the receiever would connect to your mobile device.
You can also buy the Nolan receiver a la cart, although you lose the savings (~$2 at the time of this writing) by buying it in a bundle. It is also possible to purchase other stand-alone Bluetooth audio receivers or USB Bluetooth dongles (for computers) depending on your needs.
Con User reviews report echo effect
Con Hard to see when the unit is on or off
The blinking light is very seldom and dim. In a lighted room or outdoors during the day One can block out the light with hands to see if it's on or off. Or watch the Bluetooth connectivity on my phone disappear. A minor nitpick. The upside is that it's unlikely to cause an issue for filming purposes since the blinking part of the unit will be facing down inside a shirt pocket or on the collar of the shirt etc.
Con Doesn't work with Android phones
It does work with computers and iOS devices though.
Con Can't use external lapel micropones
You can only use the onboard microphone.
Con You can't use the microphone while it's recharging
Even if the microphone was capable of functioning while recharging, the jack that is used to charge the unit is the same jack where the microphone sits.
Con Non-standard charging port/cable
This unit uses the microphone jack to charge. This means if you lose the included charging cable, you might be stuck waiting and unable to record with the unit until your replacement unit arrived. Other units that use more standard and available Micro USB, to charge this is less of a problem.
Con Superseded by new model that is functionally different
The new model Ampridge Mighty Mic W+ can act as a wireless monitor. Not sure if it is possible to record and monitor at the same time. Based on the design of the Mighty Mic W, I would think not.
Con Battery is non-replaceable
Once the juice runs out, it's time to recharge and/or swap with second fully charged unit ready to go.