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Aliph Jawbone Review

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Functionality:

Connection is done in the standard way by setting the Jawbone in a pairing regime. To do that you press the noise shield button for approximately 3 seconds, while the phone is switched off, until the indicators starts blinking in white and red. The code, which the telephone asks for, is 0000.

Although the management buttons are actually only two, you can activate the different functions of the device, by pressing various key combinations. You can answer/interrupt/refuse calls, to dial by voice commands, to transfer the conversation from the headset to the phone and back. Now you are probably asking yourself where and how you can increase/decrease the volume of the sound in the receiver.

Jawbone is constructed in such a way, that it sets the volume of the sound according to the noise level around you. Yet, if it occurs to you that the noise level is weak, then you can increase the volume by pressing the Noise shield button during conversation.

You can restore the manufacture’s settings of the headset at any time by pressing the reset button by the metal end of the earloop.


Performance:

In a normal environment, without any noise around you, the volume of the sound of Jawbone is very high, it sounds a little bit synthetic, without low frequencies. The outgoing sound is loud also, relatively realistic, since the sound does not have low frequencies.

We suppose you are not that interested in the headset's performance in a normal environment, but in a noisy one. Therefore, let us go to the Noise shield tests.

As we mentioned earlier, Noise shield is a technology for eliminating background noise so that the interlocutor hears only your voice. Of course, we did not leave things like this and decided to check whether in reality the noise shield has such a good effect, as the manufacturer states. A night club or a disco are the places, where often conversations are held, therefore we decided to test Jawbone with loud music and to check its performance.

When testing we switched on and off alternatingly the Noise shield so that we can better feel the difference and we found out that there is an actual variation in the noise quantity.

Jawbone really performs great and in this respect surpassed our expectations, as during the test the music was slightly audible on the other side of the phone, much more as a background rather than as unbearable noise. The effect of the noise shield is so striking that at moments the person, you are talking with, is left with the impression that you reduced the volume of the music. When a person is at a noisy place, one unconsciously starts to speak louder than normal and in this moment the voice vibrations transferred to you jaw are best felt/caught by the censor. Therefore, it is important, when you are at a noisy place, to speak loud, so that the effect of the noise shield technology is maximal. Another very important condition is that the censor is stuck to your cheek as much as possible, otherwise, its sensitivity is reduced and thus the effect of noise suppression.

Range - Aliph Jawbone Review

Range

We shall observe that the noise shield technology has been designed to handle external noises and as such it performs excellently, but its performance is not as good when having conversation in the open and with a wind blowing. The wind has a direct influence on the headset and creates noises when the airflow whirls into the mic, in this case the Noise shield technology is powerless.

Talk time - Aliph Jawbone Review

Talk time

Going on with our tests, we had to check, what is the optimal distance from the phone to the headset, at which the quality of the connection is unchanged and conversations can be carried out without a problem. The Jawbone’s achievement is 80 Meters (262.4 feet), which is a wonderful performance and we can hardly compare it with any other device. The only headset getting close to this result is H670 from Motorola. When a distance at which the phone loses signal is reached, a sound is heard to indicate this. When you go back to an area with coverage, you here a signal as well. This is a great advantage, if you have the habit of leaving the phone and going around with the headset. In this way you will know when you are located in an coverage area and when not.

Aliph says that with Jawbone you can talk for up to 6 hours with the noise shield, turned on, and when in standby the battery can last up to 120 hours. In order to check the official data we tested the device during a constant conversation, during which the sound was set at a maximum and the noise shield was switched on. In this environment the headset lasted for 5 hours and 10 minutes, this achievement being average as a whole, is relatively good in comparison to devices, using DSP.


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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

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.

posted on 30 Dec 2007, 11:07

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

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