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tested the app out on iOS, and while it’s functional and fairly easy to navigate, it’s noticeably bland and features an outdated look.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.
Added physical controls are a nice addition, but they don’t work that well in the real worldearbuds 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.
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.