I want to love the new Jawbone, but I agree. I have terrible problems with adjusting it. It doesn’t fit super well and all the little metal loops have now snapped at the base. Also, any adjustment and the idiot designer who made the whole front face the hang up button should be shot. Everytime you adjust the thing, you hang up the call!
Net, net, I’m still in search of a decent bluetooth headset. I liked the first Jawbone, but it was big, but at least loud enough. It eventually failed when I dropped it so much it shattered ;-(
Folks seem to like BlueAnt alot, so maybe time to try something different. Like a good speakerphone in the car that is actually loud enough or a decent headset that doesn’t break and sounds good. Sigh. Hard to get. The Q1 is their latest. Has voice control so no more small buttonsand if you have two phones, it apparently will switch to the one that is ringing (great for those of us with a US and another phone). It also appears to work with the iPhone which is nice. Its $99 from J&R. Also if you don’t care about looks Cnet thinks the Plantronics Voyager Pro is the best sounding headset they’ve every used.
Finally for the car, having a handsfree kit or a bluetooth car speakerphone is terrific because you don’t need to insert a headset. Theiphoneblog.com likes the Motorokr T505. It is clear and very loud. It actually plays the audio on your radio via FM so it should be good.
I agree with the comments above. I used the first Jawbone and always loved the sound quality. I did, however, find it a bit too bulky and I had problems with the rubber ear buds constantly falling off. That is what inspired me to move to the New Jawbone.
I had an instant love/hate relationship with the product. It fit like it was custom designed for me – snug in the ear with the sensor tight against my cheek, with no need for an ear loop. Several times I thought I had misplaced it, only to find it was still in my ear.
That was the love part. The hate part is all about sound quality. While using the original for some two years, I never once had someone complain about how I sounded. With the new model, it was almost daily. And it wasn’t much better on my end. The sound was tinny and too soft. It was passable in a quiet room, but with any ambient noise (including road noise) you couldn’t make out what the other person was saying.
I am actually amazed that a company that put out such a high performing product would follow up with something that works so poorly. It is a headset, after all, so it needs to deliver decent sound quality before anything else.
The sound probem is annoying. they need to increase the volume of the headset. If there is any background noise it is hard to hear. My second problem that was mentioned is the shaft for the earpiece broke off accross the hole that the earloop uses. too bad they don’t do upgrades. I would like to see if the sound quality is better on the prime version.
The most important parameter in a handsfree is most probably the quality and strength of the sound during conversation. Therefore, we tested the BlueAnt SuperTooth Light several times to determine its performance in real life conditions.
The built-in loudspeaker is powerful, as the sound is very strong and you will not have problems with hearing, even in heavy traffic with your car windows pulled down. When you use it in an office, you have to know that by increasing the sound to the maximum the sound is heard even through the wall.