Jawbone launches new Era BT earpiece, offers compelling reasons for this wearable (Gallery)

Jawbone launches new Era BT earpiece, offers compelling reasons for this wearable (Gallery)

Summary: It seems that Bluetooth earpieces have gone the way of the PND, but with larger smartphones and more people using their phones for audio I think we may see well-designed hardware coming back into fashion.

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  • Older Jawbone, ICON, and new ERA

  • Jawbone Era and silicone earbud

  • Another view of the silicone earbud and headset power button

Topics: Mobility, Smartphones

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  • Just don't drive with that thing in your ear

    It's a violation in many states to have one or both ears plugged while operating a motor vehicle.
    harry_dyke
  • Sorry Matthew...there are no "compelling reasons" to use these.

    People who wear these things look like complete idiots.
    IT_Fella
    • Oh yea?

      Wait till you crash or get that $1000 fine.
      jet1959mo@...
  • IT_Fella, Judge and IT Fella

    IT_Fella, I currently have 3 Jawbone ICONS primarily for work related conference calls or any incoming call related to work where holding my cell phone to my head isn't feasible. At times I may be on calls for 5-6 hours in a single day and frankly these things get dropped, lost and washed when I stuff them in my pocket. Jawbone does the best with cancelling out background noise because I normally do not want the caller to hear that.

    Let alone personal use when I am on the phone at home, dead cell is plugged in somewhere else and I am able to use my hands for typing, cleaning, etc.

    Sorry my stylish yet functional ear jewels strike a nerve with you, lol.
    bradlaw76@...
  • "I currently have 3 Jawbone ICONS..."

    Hmmm...one in each ear...OK...where'd you stick the 3rd one?
    It'sNotMe
    • Third

      If he's on calls "5-6 hours in a single day", the third one is undoubtedly in the charger. :-?
      csteinola
  • Earpiece sound quality vs old Era?

    Matt,
    I have the older model Era, and I like it, but one thing drives me crazy: the lack of sibilants on incoming calls. I have great high-frequency hearing, but poor hearing in the lower registers (opposite of most folks), and rely on sibilants to understand conversations. The old Era simply doesn't reproduce them well. Is the new Era better with sibilants?
    mandrewsa
  • Since when are bluetooth earpieces dead?

    I keep one in my pocket (or on the charger) most of the time and use it whenever I want to have my hands free while on the phone. Primarily this means driving (legal in my state) and long phone meetings. Judging from some of the comments it sounds like there are some complete strangers who will be developing a poor opinion of me because of this, but I fail to see why I should care about that more than I care about a call from my wife that comes in while I'm in the car.
    john_whitfield@...