Review: Jawbone 2 bluetooth headset

Review: Jawbone 2 bluetooth headset

Summary: Back in June 2007 I reviewed the original Jawbone bluetooth headset and despite its drawbacks I found it to be the standard by which I judge all other BT headsets. Its military grade noise cancellation is second to none and of dozens of Bluetooth headsets that I've used over the years everything else pales in comparison to Jawbone.

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Review: Jawbone 2 bluetooth headset

Back in June 2007 I reviewed the original Jawbone bluetooth headset and despite its drawbacks I found it to be the standard by which I judge all other BT headsets. Its military grade noise cancellation is second to none and of dozens of Bluetooth headsets that I've used over the years everything else pales in comparison to Jawbone.Recently Aliph released the successor, the Jawbone 2 (US$129) and I'm happy to report that it fixes almost all the things that annoyed me about version 1 and it's even smaller. Battery life is better, the Jawbone 2 easily lasts for three to four days of light use when I turn it off when not in use. The J2 earloop is smaller and more streamlined, making it easier to pop on my ear when the phone is ringing. The power down sound is also quieter and doesn't deafen you when powering the unit down like the original Jawbone did. Most importantly, Aliph made the rubber earpiece attach more firmly to the body of the Jawbone 2. The old, Jawbone 1 earpiece would constantly wriggle off, promptly me to have to add a dab of hot glue to keep it in place.

Unfortunately,  Aliph continues to use a proprietary power charger with the Jawbone 2 and while it's better than the original – it now connects to the headset via a magnetic latch – it still requires Jawbone's proprietary, expensive (US$30) charger. It baffles me why companies continue to force their proprietary chargers on us when they could easily switch to a micro USB connector. The only factor preventing the Jawbone from being the perfect Bluetooth headset is the fact that they elected to force their proprietary charger down our throats. If you forget the adapter while traveling you're hosed and your Jawbone becomes a brick when it runs out of juice. Unacceptable.

Review: Jawbone 2 bluetooth headset

Topic: BT

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  • Why is it?

    You praise the proprietary Magsafe connector on the MacBook but dis the one for this device. How about that 30 pin iPod connector that everyone pays through the nose to use on their products? Is this just another case of double standards?

    P.S. I agree that all portable devices should use a standard connector. I just don't limit it to non-Apple products.
    ShadeTree
  • RE: Review: Jawbone 2 bluetooth headset

    The cable works perfectly well with the USB port, same as for the iPhone or iPod. Don't know what the issue is.
    jebworks
  • RE: Review: Jawbone 2 bluetooth headset

    The one thing I really hate about Jawbone headsets is the placement of the activate buttons beneath the metal surface of the device and you have to click "really hard" in precisely the right location to either answer calls or turn the unit on or off. This is maddening for two reasons: One, it's impossible for your fingers to find exactly the "right location to click on" by feel because there are no buttons or physical protrusions to let your fingers know you're in the right spot. And secondly, a simple soft touch won't do it, you have to push down really hard on the metal surface to activate the underlying switch. So hard in fact I have to take my headset completely off just to click the switches. This is maddening and very poor unit design. Reviewers couldn't possibly wear Jawbone every day if they can so easily overlook this huge shortcoming of the unit. Until they fix this, I can't strongly recommend Jawbone in any variation.
    super squirrel
    • It's not a problem for me..

      I have never had a problem pressing the button. There is a little knob that sticks up where you need to press and you just push down. I am not saying it's not a problem for you but it is not a problem for me.
      Esse Quam Videri
  • RE: Review: Jawbone 2 bluetooth headset

    I also think the Jawbone is the standard by which all other BT headsets should be measured. I love their first offering, even though there are a few drawbacks (listed above) but perfection is not something I look for in a device as I would never buy anything.
    Esse Quam Videri
  • RE: Review: Jawbone 2 bluetooth headset

    I had both versions and find positives and negatives with each. I felt the sound quality and ease of use was better on Jawbone 1. What I like about Jawbone 2 is the magnetic charger compared to the horrible connection the 1st had. I agree with some of the others that it is hard to turn on and off. It seems where you actually have to press is where the light is, so when trying to turn it on you can't actually see the light. Also with it being so small, I have hung up on people accidently when adjusting it.

    gregcols
    gregcols
  • RE: Review: Jawbone 2 bluetooth headset

    Jawbone took a concept the headset industry declared "We don't think this will work" and has created a spectatcular product against all odds.

    Our techie hats are off to Aliph again, for the 2nd consecutive year!

    Bill Burke, for
    http://wsrmacros.spaces.live.com
    a_chameleon
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