Aliph Jawbone Bluetooth Headset Review

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One of the more important investments you can make in any mobile device comes from tools that make living safer as well as more convenient.

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The introduction of Bluetooth in mobile phones made it possible for you to have a headset with your mobile that was less burdensome because of no wires, and it’s also safer because your hands could be free to do other tasks.

The most recent headset that I have found, the Aliph Jawbone (offered through Cingular), impressed me with its functionality, but then won me over because of its simple beauties.

Design and Specs

  • Bluetooth 1.2
  • 6 hours of talk time
  • Four adjustable earpieces for right and left ears

In Use

I found the Jawbone quite easy to use with my smartphone once I got it out of the packaging and charged. The manual recommended two hours for the first charge so that’s what I did.

Pairing to the Treo (or any mobile device) is as simple as searching for the headset (it’s named Jawbone) and then entering the pairing code. After that it’s on the ear for some solid talking.

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In contrast to some wired and wireless headsets that I have, I found the Jawbone quite pleasurable to wear for hours at a time. If it were not for me wearing glasses, and it gently ringing in my hear when a call comes in, I would not even know it is there.

The Jawbone features a slick noise cancellation feature (called Noise Shield Technology) that essentially scrambles the outside noise and centers in on your voice. Those who were listening to me on the other end could not tell that I was speaking using a wireless headset. They commented that it sounded the same as if I were just speaking into the phone itself.

Drawbacks

Some penalties of a good design usually come in ergonomics, and the Jawbone is no exception.

There are only two buttons on the device: a talk button and a noise cancellation button. The talk button does on/off and pairing duty. The noise cancellation button raises and lowers the volume six levels when pressed and held.

In the few occasions where I had to adjust the volume, it was hard to tell — even with the beeps — whether things were getting louder or not. The adaptive properties of the Jawbone to adjust the volume according to the outside sounds was a little too good in that case.

The talk button also took some getting used to, as it’s a just little raised slit but it responds with a slight touch. An improvement request there would be to make a larger button, but keep the button feedback level.

Battery Life

I get a solid 2.5 days out of the Jawbone per charge. It’s really kind of astounding, as I typically charge my Treo every night. I use it a lot, and talk on the phone a good deal in the evenings.

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Charging takes anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour, and so there is no problem to leave it charging while taking a nap.

Conclusion

I like the Jawbone a lot.

At its price ($120), it’s a worthwhile investment compared to some other Bluetooth headsets that promise — but don’t always deliver — on quality sound on both ends of a headset phone call.

Some of the issues that I’ve had with other headsets (design, battery life, noise cancellation quality) are not major issues with the Jawbone.

The only real slight is that you can only find it at Cingular retailers. Other than that, the Jawbone is a quality headset for any phone.

More information on this headset can be found on its web site: jawbone.com

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