I finally got Bluetooth-savvy, with Jabra‘s help. Jabra held a Mobile Moms & Dads Blogger Event and I was really impressed with the quality and ease of use of their Bluetooth devices.
I tried to use a Bluetooth headset months ago. I couldn’t really figure out how to work it properly and never had it in my ear when someone called me in my car (which I spend a lot of short bursts of time in). Finally, I just went back to using the speaker phone on my mobile. Which wasn’t very ideal — I still had to fumble in my purse when someone called me.
So when I saw the Jabra CRUISER ($60-$70), which is a Bluetooth in-car speakerphone, I knew this would be my favorite product to test. I drive a ’95 Camry and now with the CRUISER, all I have to do is hit a button on it and I can speak to anyone (even if my phone is buried in my purse). Set up was easy, but I found if I didn’t use it for a few days, I had to connect it to my smartphone again (which took about 30 seconds). Features include dual microphones for clearer audio, voice announcements (for some phones, it will tell you who’s calling by accessing your address book or announcing the incoming phone number). It also features up to 10 hours talk time and 13 days standby time. You can use two Bluetooth devices simultaneously — so you could pair your mobile and your spouse’s mobile at the same time. Just clip it to your car’s visor – no installation necessary. Another benefit – the Jabra CRUISER is also equipped with an FM Transmitter, A2DP and AVRCP, which allows you to stream music from your phone to your car or home stereo.
We also previewed the STONE, the HALO and the EXTREME. The STONE Bluetooth Headset ($65-80) was super cool — when placed in the charger, it easily fits into the palm of your hand. Features include advanced noise cancellation and comes with its own portable charging unit – making it possible to charge when and wherever you want.
The HALO ($60) Wireless Stereo Headset was probably the coolest thing I’ve ever seen — it connects easily to your mobile phone through stereo Bluetooth and lets you stream music wirelessly, as well as make calls through it. If your MP3 player or phone doesn’t support Bluetooth Stereo/A2DP, just use the corded option. You can leave your phone in your pocket or bag and control your music directly from the headset. How cool is that?
The EXTREME Bluetooth Headset($57- 60) has great noise cancellation. It features automatic volume control which automatically adjusts to the environment and your conversation.
Thank you to Jabra for providing sample products for review purposes.