Jabra STONE Review

Introduction and Design
Introduction and Design:

One of the inescapable conclusions you can arrive at by as much as taking a glimpse at the high-end hands-free devices of major manufacturers is they are all like two peas in a pod in terms of specifications and offer similar battery life for calls, can be connected to two cell phones at the same time, etc. Their price tags are not that dissimilar either and most can be had for $90 to $150. So, how do they differ from one another? What are their distinguishing features if any? First and foremost, it’s all about design. And this is the personal trait that makes the Jabra STONE a unique Bluetooth headset that stands out from the crowd.

The first thing to grab our attention was… the box that is actually a cylinder with semi-transparent upper part, with the gadget with smoothly rounded shape that does look like a pebble nestled inside. This is what the headset looks like when put onto the charging cradle and hence its name. By the way, unpacking the Jabra STONE can be a feat on its own merit… unless you have read the instructions printed onto the box first.

Since we have already mentioned the charger stand, let’s turn our undivided attention to it and take a closer look. It will actually allow you to charge the device on the run. Without it, the Jabra STONE offers about 2 hrs of continuous talk time on a single charge, but you can use the stand to bring the gadget back to life three more times and extend the value to almost eight hours in total. You charge the cradle via microUSB port and there is a small LED light next to it that indicates the remaining charge. It’s cool that the set includes a clip, meaning you wear the stand on your belt.

The headset features an extremely simple design and we quite like that. It’s made to be worn on the right ear only and gets attached to it by a small hook that slightly bends under strain. The gadget also comes boxed with two extra earpiece tips. 

The Jabra STONE is equipped with a single hardware button that you use to power on the gadget, pair it with a cell phone and re-dial numbers. So, how do you control the volume then? Via a touch-sensitive band, of course. Cool, we love innovations like this. Unfortunately the overall chance of getting it to work is roughly equal to making the right guess on what the weather would be like tomorrow morning. All told, we wish it had been better made.

Jabra is proud of the unique design of the STONE and for a reason. This is an offbeat device that stands out from the crowd and will certainly give you an extra-futuristic look. Traditionalists will probably not like it at the least, but hey, that’s life, there is no accounting for taste.

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