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Jabra Halo Review

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Jabra Halo Review
The Jabra Halo is rife with such novel ideas and their sloppy execution. The touch sensitive volume slider is a hit-or-miss, for example.  Slide your finger down, from top to bottom, and you lower the volume, double-tap on the plus or minus signs, and you flip between music tracks, that’s how simply it is, at least according to the manual. However, it often skips stages, or executes two levels up and one down from a perfectly one-way movement, for example. On top of that, it beeps each time a level is reached, which is unpleasant when listening to music or movies. The same beep goes when the battery is dying for quite some time.

But enough nibbling at details, let’s examine the features you bought a Bluetooth stereo headset for in the first place. Pairing the Jabra Halo was easy-peasy if you have at least a little bit of experience with Bluetooth. If not, Jabra’s website has the most extensive collection of pairing guidelines for every single phone we’ve ever seen.

The Zirene Power Bass enhancement system seems to work well - for listening to music the headset is pretty decent, with full trebles and throbbing base.

As far as phone conversations go, as long as you are near to the limited range of the Bluetooth source, the voices sound good and clear enough. We noticed crackling sounds when we stepped in another room just a few feet away. The call-receiving party said we sound tinny and unnatural. Still, in a quiet setting, we were being heard fairly loud. When in an outdoorsy environment, however, wind blow was definitely a company in the shout-out, despite the noise-cancelling microphone duo on the Jabra Halo 650s.

The headset supports all important Bluetooth standards, and even AVRCP (Audio Video Remote Control Profile), so if your device supports it, you can return or advance songs from the touch controls on the right side. Answering calls is done with the physical button, and it also serves as a pause/play control when listening to music. The Jabra Halo can accept sound streams from two devices at once. The rated battery life is 8 hours of music and 8 days of standby, and we can confirm it survived such continuous usage twice.

To cap it off, we’d say that the Jabra Halo left mixed impressions with us. As mentioned, it is rife with cool ideas, like the folding design and touch-sensitive volume slider, but poor execution. The design is novel, slim and minimalistic, but maybe precisely because of that the headset rarely offers a tight fit on most heads. It is a good idea to include the standard audio jack cable in case Bluetooth doesn’t work, but the capricious charging indicator and port are regrettable, unless the issue is only with our unit.  The sound quality can be very good while listening to music, to poor and muffled voices when outside on a noisy street. All in all, it offers an average experience for what it is supposed to do, but throws in its streamlined looks for a good measure.


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Pros

  • Slim, foldable design
  • Separate microUSB to 3.5 audio jack cable
  • AVRCP support, if present on your device

Cons

  • The headset doesn’t fit firmly around the ears
  • The touch-sensitive volume control works on a whim
  • The charging indicator is not very reliable
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. SenseFTW (unregistered)


ummmm y did you review this?

posted on 19 Oct 2010, 14:27

3. loco64 (Posts: 10; Member since: 04 Jun 2010)


Yea, Didn't this come out quite some time ago? A little late to the reviewing party there guys!

posted on 10 Oct 2010, 16:28

2. phonearena loves steve jobs (unregistered)


because they wanted to.

posted on 03 Nov 2010, 16:37

4. Amaro (unregistered)


I have one Halo for a long time already and it has the same issue with the charging indicator. This is partly caused by the lame charger included in the package. If you charge the Halo with a real functioning charger, the LED's will work better (indicating the charging) and the device will charge much faster. I tried to charge a phone with the Jabra charger and it did not work at all.
Still the micro USB port is also not that good.

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