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Nextlink Special Edition #1 BlueSpoon 5G review

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The 5G is operated by using the 2 plungers for both volume and phone/headset interaction. Unlike the AX which uses 3 buttons, the 5G operates much like the original BlueSpoons and current Digital unit. The major difference though it that instead of having to press both buttons to turn the unit on/off begin pairing the 5G's "increase volume" plunger is use by pressing in and holding for 2-4 seconds until the upper "Diamond" flashes blue 3 times and by continuing to hold it in for approximately 8 seconds to initiate "Pairing" in which the both Upper/Lower Diamonds flash blue/red for approximately 2 minutes. Press the plunger again and hold to turn the 5G off...the lower "Diamond" will flash red 3 times.

 

The tacticle response of the plungers is very high tech and positive, but until you use one its hard to describe the mental adjustment you have to make to trusting the construction of this tiny device. I always feel as if I could break these little things because of the extremely tiny size (half the size of a match stick).Which brings me to the biggest problem of ownership itself.

Charging the 5G requires that you physically remove the battery from the 5G and place it into the USB 2 battery charger.

 

Nextlink Special Edition #1 BlueSpoon 5G review
Nextlink Special Edition #1 BlueSpoon 5G review
Nextlink Special Edition #1 BlueSpoon 5G review
Nextlink Special Edition #1 BlueSpoon 5G review

The 5G in pairing mode, I just love to watch the "Blue Diamond" and "Red Diamond" flash very hard to capture the effect, but its beautiful! Jon really outdid himself with this customization, but I have been told by Lars that other custom covers will be made available to those who covet the "Bling"!

 

Nextlink Special Edition #1 BlueSpoon 5G review
Nextlink Special Edition #1 BlueSpoon 5G review
Nextlink Special Edition #1 BlueSpoon 5G review
Nextlink Special Edition #1 BlueSpoon 5G review

The Speaker grill:

 

Nextlink Special Edition #1 BlueSpoon 5G review

 

Using the 5G is a pleasure, its so light and tiny that you don't know its there, but its sound is "HUGE" and the clarity and voice quality are exceptional. I assume that this is due to the higher quality microphone components taken from NextLink's "Invisio" series of "jawbone" headsets. (Lars tells me that he is still working on that "jawbone headset" for me - maybe next year's Beta Test?

 

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