Best Bluetooth Earpiece for iPhone-Is Jawbone good?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by markw10, Jun 30, 2007.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    I purchased a 8GB iPhone last night at a Apple Store. I asked for the Apple Bluetooth Headset and they didn't have it in yet. They mentioned Jabra is good but said that the best one is the Jawbone. They said Apple stores got them in specifically for the iPhone. It's $119 so the price isn't bad compared to the Apple earpiece. I like Apple products and really wanted to get the Apple earpiece and am willing to wait but they told me this is actually better than Apple's because it has noise cancellation built in.
    I'm interested in any advice of which headset to use and if anyone has used this one. Thanks for any help.
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    Jawbone is amazing

    Got an 8GB iPhone today and a black Bluetooth Jawbone.

    In a word, it's great. It's very comfortable and comes with several configurations for different ear types. As far as the sound quality, it's amazing. You can turn on the Noise Shield feature and have the person on the other line notice the difference right away. Driving on the highway with the windows down and the radio up loud I activated it and the other caller had no idea that the radio was even on. I had to turn up the volume on the Jawbone to hear her over the radio!

    Get a Jawbone. You won't be disappointed.
     
  3. macrumors member

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    I definitely agree, the noise shield is great. I've had it paired with my iPhone with no problems at all and the voice quality is great.
     
  4. macrumors member

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    If it were me, I'd wait for the Apple bluetooth headset... it will be out in July.

    I'm sure there are plenty of headsets to choose from that will have equal or better quality, but in the past my biggest hurdle with bluetooth headsets was remembering to keep them charged! It looks like Apple will solve that problem with an included dock and portable cable that includes a charging station...

    http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore?productLearnMore=MA817LL/A

    However, it is yet to be seen how the Apple headset will compare in voice quality, comfort of wearing it, etc. I'm gonna wait it out, though.
     
  5. macrumors regular

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    I also agree. I considered waiting for Apple's headset but then I thought about the quality of the Apple earbuds. They are adequate but not special. I have a feeling that the Apple headset might be the same. The Jawbone has received excellent reviews... you won't be disappointed.
     
  6. macrumors 68020

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    Im in the same boat the size of apples bt headset with the extra dock is very appealing I want to know if you have to turn the noise shield on evrrytime or if can be left on for all calls. I mean that is the selling point why do you have to turn it on at all? And how's the battery
     
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    I had the jawbone for use with my treo, I have never had a bluetooth headset that sounded so clear. I am in construction and my voice can be heard over all the running equipment. It works just as well with the iphone. My advice would be to buy one somewhere with a liberal return policy, try it out, and if you do not like it, return it.
     
  8. macrumors regular

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    I haven't had time to test the battery fully, but it says more than five hours of talk time, which is nice. The Noise Shield is on by default every time you turn the headset on. You can/could turn it off if, for example, you wanted the person on the other end to hear the song that's playing on your radio.

    I'm sure the Apple one will be great, but I wouldn't get one based solely on the fact that it comes with a fancy dock. You'll never use it in the dock, will you?
     
  9. macrumors 68020

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    well the size is the selling point for me plus like i said it comes with an extra dock and a travel charger, which is just less stuff to carry around when i travel, and i can put one dock in the office and one in the bedroom for the phone, so i would use it. But if it sounds bad... then i don't know if it's worth getting it for that. i kinda wish it was out now or at least reviews were so i can get an idea of it against a jawbone. but i might just go for the jawbone, haven't heard a bad word about it. The noise sheild is very appealing.

    Basically if apple took noise reduction into consideration in theirs i'd buy it, but if not. then i'm going jawbone.


    EDIT one more question, can you answer the call by pressing a button on the jawbone or do you have to answer it on the phone?
     
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    There are two buttons on the Jawbone.

    Button one: Answers calls and hangs up calls if you press it once. Turns the Jawbone off and on if you hold it for three seconds.

    Button two: Toggles through the volumes if you press it once (there are four different pre-set volumes. I find this works better than a volume rocker). It deactivates/activates the Noise Shield if you hold it for three seconds.

    Hope that helps!
     
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    another vote for the jawbone here. i used it with my treo 680 as well. i will say that my calls aren't as clear on the iphone as on the treo with the jawbone (they were always *crystal* clear with the treo) since i get a little crackling with the iphone. if i didn't have such clarity with the treo, i would never think this is out of the ordinary with the iphone...
     
  13. macrumors demi-god

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    x2. I love mine!
     
  14. macrumors regular

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    Another vote for the Jawbone. Crystal clear talks even on the road with the windows down.

    The best ear piece out there.
     
  15. macrumors 68020

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    well you guys sold me I'm going to pick on up tomorrow. I want the silver one but the apple store I was at only had red and black so I'm assuming all apple stores have that unless someone can confirm otherwise
     
  16. macrumors member

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    Why not order online. I think you can find it a little cheaper some places.

    When I had gotten mine a few months ago I think I spend something like $89.
     
  17. macrumors member

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    I've had a Jawbone for a couple of months. It really is superb. By far the best bluetooth handsfree unit I've used. The noise reduction is amazing. Apart from windnoise, which it doesn't do a great job eliminating, the person on the other end will pretty much only hear your voice.

    Mine paired first time with the iPhone and I've been using it all weekend with no issues.
     
  18. macrumors 6502

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    the jawbone i hear is great but personally it looks ugly as ****.
     
  19. macrumors 6502a

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    This is a real tough decision for me. Sounds like the jawbone is of great sound quality.

    But I have to say I really like the way the Apple one looks better. And now that I've just gotten rid of the need to carry my iPod and it's charger on short trips, I don't want to add another charger back into the mix.

    I guess we'll see what the Apple sound quality is like. I doubt it will be as good as the jawbone, with the technology that they've developed.
     
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    I'm waiting for Apple's, since it comes with a dual doc. One doc for both the iPhone and the headset means less cable mess. I just hope the thing stays in my ear... Anyway I've ordered Apple's bluetooth headset and I'll hopefully get it within a month.
     
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    Can I throw in another I love my Jawbone vote. Because I just did.
     
  24. macrumors newbie

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    Jawbone

    Yes the jawbone works great. I don't have one but a co-worker does and yes it really helps cut down background noise like fans, etc., Although I want all Apple products with the iPhone - instead I'll be going for the jawbone because I know it works better than any other I've had or heard.
     
  25. macrumors 6502

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    wow looks like the jawbone is good, its looks a litle weird , i dont know why..
    but im waiting the apple headset , looks MUCH more smaller and clean.. its just a small black piece of design , jawbone is huge..

    btw anyone know when the apple headset will hit stores ???
    i dont want to wait 2-4 weeks from apple.com
     

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