Jabra Elite Sport Review

Connectivity and Companion App

Listen to tunes while tracking your steps, calories burned, and more

Like I mentioned above, the Jabra Elite Sport feature a very heavy focus on physical activity and working out. Along with providing your ears with your favorite tunes, the Elite Sport are also capable of tracking your heart rate, steps you’ve taken, how many calories you’ve burned, your average mile time, etc. 

If you find yourself wanting to make use of these fitness tracking features, the data that the Elite Sport record is transmitted to the Jabra Sport app that’s available for both Android and iOS. I tested the app out on iOS, and while it’s functional and fairly easy to navigate, it’s noticeably bland and features an outdated look.

Within the app, you can see your physical activity history, any achievements that you’ve made, and a readout on your body’s fitness level. The app is also where you can initiate workouts and runs, in addition to managing settings for the Elite Sport and finding their location on a map in case you happen to misplace them.

As underwhelming as the companion app is, it’s worth noting that you aren’t required to download it if you’d rather not bother with it. The Elite Sport can be used with third-party apps as well, including the likes of Strava, Endomondo, MapMyFitness, RunKeeper, and Runtastic. This added comparability is rather nice to have, and it makes tracking your activity with the Elite Sport much more enjoyable than using Jabra’s official option.

Controls

Added physical controls are a nice addition, but they don’t work that well in the real world


Rather than having users rely on a limited number of gesture and voice controls, each wireless unit of the Elite Sport is outfitted with two physical buttons. The left earbud offers two buttons for increasing/decreasing volume and skipping or going back a song depending on whether you tap or hold the buttons, and the right unit allows you to pause a song and turn the earbuds on and off with the bottom button, whereas the top one is reserved for launching the Jabra Sport app.

It’s certainly nice to have physical buttons present on the Elite Sport, and while there’s a lot more functionality present here than what you’ll find on AirPods, the buttons themselves proved to be difficult to press when wearing the wireless earbuds.

A good deal of force needs to be applied to each button in order to make it function, and because of the way the Elite Sport rest in your ear, controlling your music directly through these buttons can prove to be quite awkward and uncomfortable at times.

Although the Gear IconX aren’t the best pair of wireless earbuds around, I think Samsung had the right idea with the touch gestures that are present on that gadget. Tiny little buttons on earbuds that are already considerably small in size simply don’t work that well in real world use, and you’re honestly better off pulling out your phone if you need to skip a song or change the volume.

Audio Quality

Solid audio-isolation blocks out any unwanted noise

Overall, audio playback sounded quite good on the Jabra Elite Sport. I personally found music to sound a bit better than what you’ll get with Apple’s AirPods, with one of the most notable differences having to do with bass reproduction. Bass is noticeably more powerful here than what you’ll find with AirPods, and this is something that’s greatly appreciated.

Along with that, the Elite Sport also does a really good job at sound isolation. Thanks to the customizable wing and ear tips, it’s possible to block out most outdoor noises when wearing Jabra’s wireless headphones, and you also have the option of turning on a pass-through feature that will allow you to hear what’s going on around you when you need to do so.

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9 Comments

1. Joms_US

Posts: 201; Member since: Oct 02, 2016

This is actually less dorkier than wearing those white dangling AirTards. How about battery life?

3. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

These, like most true wireless solutions, are only capable of 3 hours of battery life and their cases provide two full charges but take a while to charge compared to the airpods. Of course the airpods look stupid and the sound quality and isolation are not much better than the regular EarPods. Apple needs to redesign the AirPods and provide better isolatin... maybe design it after their In-Ear models except without the stupid dangling stick

2. dubaiboy78

Posts: 454; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

only airpods deserved 9.0 grade from iphonearena!

4. Joms_US

Posts: 201; Member since: Oct 02, 2016

Of course the obligatory 3 points deduction if not Cr@pple product.

5. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Wish someone make a pod style. Those in the ear buds get on my nerves.

6. TrackPhoneUser

Posts: 256; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

If it was similar pricing to the airpods then it maybe would've been better buy

7. cheetah2k

Posts: 2271; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

6.. so much lol from phonyarena...

8. Molly

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 22, 2017

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9. Joey452

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 04, 2017

You can use large foam tips to fit you ear canal. The noise isolation will let Sound Quality upgrade to next level.

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