Aliph Jawbone Review8.5
The Jawbone looks like nothing we've seen before and the design is made by the famous Yves Behar. As a founder of the Fuseproject Designer Studio, the Swissman is known for his work for companies such as Swarovski, MINI, Nike, Toshiba, Hewlett Packard etc. He has received many international prizes for his marvelous creations.
The device, which we have, is entirely made of a black glossy plastic, with Aliph offering options with red and silvery front panel. It is larger than the one we are used to see and with size 58 x 28 x 20 mm / 2.3 x 1.1 x 0.8 in. Jawbone is among the largest on the market as its weight of 19 gr. / 0.67 oz. (with earbud and earloop on) places it next to the heaviest devices. With respect to these parameters it resembles Nokia’s BH-900.
At first sight we do not find any control buttons or even a charging plug on the headset. Naturally, they are in the set, but are cleverly disguised so that they do not stand out from the receiver’s design. On the front side there are a talk button and a noise shield button, which stay hidden, but when one presses a certain place they are activated. The buttons are separated from the LED indicator, which stretches along the whole width of the device and shines in two colors (white and red) depending on its state.
The talk button area is the larger one, as it is made entirely of small elongated holes (perforations). The button is activated, by pressing on the protruding relief part with the forefinger and holding the device with the thumb and the middle finger. Working with it is very difficult and requires the use of quite some force, but has a good tactile feedback. On the other side of the LED indicator is the area, where you can find the Noise shield button, and you can easily work with it by pressing the sign „Jawbone”. As a whole, this set is not the easiest one to work with we've tested so far. This feature is a precondition for a serious discomfort, and if you have more conversations, it will probably irritate you.
The charger’s plug is integrated in the upper oval part of the device, as it constitutes four metal contact plates, with a reset button in the middle. This designer’s solution is a very good one, but we hope that in some time there will be no need to clean these plates from dust, stuck on them. The same applies for the holes on the talk button, which are also dust magnets and you will have to clean them from time to time.
The Voice Activity Sensor is located on the inside part, as its function is to find out exactly when you are talking so that the device can “separate” your voice from the surrounding noises. The mic is located close to the Voice Activity Sensor in the lower part of the headset.
The earloop is made out of hard metal and does not allow bending. In order to provide comfort when worn, the earloop is partly wrapped in a soft rubber and on its inside there is another rubber part, which duplicates its shape in a way. You are able to remove the earloop and replace it with the one that fits best. There is a spring mechanism so it fastens steadily and tightly. This mechanism helps press the Voice Activity Sensor to the cheek tighter.
The earbuds, which fasten by turning, are of different sizes and shapes, so that you can choose the most suitable for yourself.
1. cory photographique (unregistered)
I recently purchased the Jawbone (wireless model) for my Motorola LG800 (Chocolate). I was previously using a small Samsung in my ear. The Samsung is cute but not practical. I spend a lot of time driving and the Samsung would pick up a great deal of background noise, as well as being uncomfortable after a couple of hours. I came across the Jawbone website and was immediately impressed with the technology and stylish look. I figured I had to have this - be the first kid on my block as it were :) It took me a wknd to try different earbuds to see which fit well. The third day was trial by fire. I tried it while driving my work truck. My truck is fairly loud (as trucks go) and most often I have to close the window in order to have a conversation on my phone. So I figured it was time to see if the Jawbone holds up to the claims they make. I opened the driver's window while driving up a hill (5th gear, 1800 rpm) and I phoned my dad. I didn't have to raise my voice at all to be heard. I used the same level of voice as though we were in a room beside each other. My dad did not hear my truck or any traffic noise. He couldn't even tell if I was driving. The next test was going through a tunnel with the window open. I could hear everything echoing, while my dad did not hear a thing. We continued talking while I went over a bridge, and cars were driving by. Once again, my dad did not hear any background noise, my voice came through clearly. I kept talking while unloading my truck. No background sound was heard. On my return trip I came over the previous bridge, driver's window still open, while cars and trucks drove by. Just before I entered the tunnel I switched to my phone, just for comparison. Every sound was heard. I entered the tunnel, and the sound of my truck reverberated in the tunnel. Halfway through I switched back to the Jawbone, every background sound disappeared. I kept talking in a normal tone of voice, as though we were beside each other. No other sound came through but my voice. At my next delivery I opened the back door of my truck, inches from my face, and not even that sound came through the Jawbone. There was even some construction going on across the street. When I switched to my phone it could be heard. I switched back to the Jawbone and the sound of construction disappeared. The Jawbone is comfortable, in fact I often forget I am wearing it. It is simple to use. Pairing it with my phone was a snap, even after a reset the pairing held. The buttons are discretely hidden below the surface. I have no need to use them, except for maybe a redial. For the three days I have had it I wear it all day. The fact that I can drive with the window open, talk in a normal tone of voice and be heard is quite amazing. My voice comes through clearly, and well as the voice of the person I am talking to. I would prefer a hard case for it, just for the times when it is in my pocket. Admittedly it is a little on the big side, but considering the technology which is jammed in there. I wonder if it can be made smaller? :) All in all, I am quite impressed. The Jawbone lives up to its claims. It suits me for what I do.
2. Someone who speaks English (unregistered)
"Pairing is done in the typical Bluetooth regime," "in these exponents is similar to..." "Yves is not infamous..." "with respect to these parameters..." "The button is being activated, as one presses upon the protruding relief part with one's thumb and middle finger and pressing with the forefinger..." Christ, I started taking notes on all the mistakes partway through the first page and got bored by the top of the second page. HIRE AN EDITOR, THIS REVIEWER SHOULD NOT BE LEFT ALONE WITH A WORD PROCESSOR Please