We're big fans of Jawbone products at Gear Live, so we were happy to catch up with Travis Bogard from Jawbone at CES 2012. We chat with Travis about the Jawbone Era and Icon Bluetooth headsets, the Jawbone Jambox Bluetooth loudspeaker, including a couple of limited edition models and how they're helping our Charity Water, and we get an update on the Jawbone Up fitness wristband.
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The Aliph Jawbone Era is the start of something new. It's the first Bluetooth headset with an accelerometer and a dedicated applications processor, which could turn it into anything from a game controller to a pedometer, or a navigation unit. Beyond that, though, it's just a top-notch Bluetooth headset, and fully worthy of our Editors' Choice.
Design and Call Performance
Like all Aliph products, the Jawbone Era is a sharp-looking headset. It's slimmer and slightly longer than the most-recent Jawbone Icon ($69), with a three-paneled, textured front; it actually looks more like the previous-gen Jawbone Prime. The Era comes in four colors, but they're all low-key: black, white, red and black-and-red. It comes with five different sets of ear tips (three that sit in your ear, and two that sit on your ear with a hook), an AC charger with a very short micro-USB cable, and a case. There's a single button on the butt end of the headset, and a power switch and pairing light on the inside face. Once you find the right ear tip, it's a secure fit; I wore the test unit comfortably for a three-hour conference call.
If you have someone if your life that is constantly on their mobile phone, chances are they’d highly benefit from a Bluetooth headset, and the Aliph Jawbone Prime is the best for the job. You get best-in-class call quality and a cool design (rare for Bluetooth headsets.) Just like previous Jawbones, it’s constructed of medical-grade plastic and has no visible buttons. The Jawbone Prime also brings it when it comes to noise cancellation, including wind noise reduction. Finally, it supports multipoint technology, which means this bad boy can be paired to several devices at one time, which is super convenient. The Jawbone Prime sells for $129, but Amazon has them for $92.74.
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It would appear that Plantronics Discovery 975 has gone for the classy crowd rather than the typical guys who just want the cheapest Bluetooth headset available.
With noise cancellation, wind protection, a nice carrying case, and loopless ear fitting, it looks like it would adorn the ear of the highest of classes, while maintaining the semi-affordable price of $130. You can pick one up over at Amazon.
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I’m not certain if the Novero TheFirstOne really is the first Bluetooth headset that the company has put out, but it certainly is a good start if it is.
TheFirstOne features dual-microphone noise cancellation, three-way calling, plus voice dialing with one button press, as well as a talk time of 4.5 hours. You should be able to purchase it now for about $149 with a car charging cradle, a necklace, a desk stand, a wearable clip, and seven interchangeable ear loops.
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Motorola never ceases to work, as they have introduced two new Bluetooth headsets at once. The first (left on photo) is the H790, with a thin design and dual microphones, and equipped with CrystalTalk technology that will suppress background noise. The H790 also has a voice prompt that lets the user know if he or she is on mute, the remaining battery life, and even how to pair.
The T215 works as a black speakerphone that will slip onto a car’s visor, and also features CrystalTalk technology. It also has 36 hours of talk time, a 2-watt speaker, noise cancellation, plus mute.
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The Griffin SmartTalk Bluetooth headset claims to eliminate background noise, and sometimes more importantly, wind noise. We are in the midst of bringing you a full video review of the SmartTalk, which you’ll find over on Bleeding Edge TV, but in the meantime, you can get a look at the device in this episode of Unboxing Live!
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