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on June 4, 2012
I was satisfied with my BlueAnt Q2 headset but it was damaged when dropped. So, I pre-ordered the BlueAnt T2 Endure which was delivered five days ago. Yeah, I bought the hype: durable, improved noise cancellation, blah, blah, blah. After all, I'm the one who dropped the Q2, so extra-durable is good!
My phone is an EVO running the Android OS.
Here's my list of shortcomings:
The sound quality is tinny compared to the Q2. I don't expect mellow sound from this type of headset, but the T2 is noticeably screechy compared to the Q2. Not critical, but irritating.
The control button is so sensitive you'll swear it's a touch-free function. The slightest touch -- even just placing the headset in your ear or attempting to adjust the volume -- prompts the "Say a Command" phrase. OK, I may not have dainty fingers, but a light touch shouldn't send the T2 into spasms. Oddly the other buttons (Vol+ and Vol-)require much more strenuous efforts to operate. Just don't brush across the control button when trying to adjust the volume.
The mini-USB cable port is covered with a small anchored rubber plug that's difficult to pull far enough away to easily insert the USB connector. I know the plug is part of the outdoorsy extreme-use purpose, but it makes connecting the cable far less convenient. If you're in an environment where that tiny plug makes any difference, a damp headset is probably the least of your worries anyway.
Bluetooth connectivity is poor. I keep my phone in my right jacket pocket and the headset in my right ear, in almost direct and short line-of-sight between the two devices. Nonetheless the headset often cycles in and out of connectivity with the accompanying (beep) "No phone is connected" then (beep) "Your phone is connected" looping in my ear.
I also watch videos and listen to audio on my EVO from time to time. Media audio via the Q2 wasn't a problem. Media audio via the T2 is a choppy mess, with audio blanking for several seconds every ten seconds or so, even with the devices separated only by inches (and without regard to the audio source). Media audio plays consistently through the phone speaker without blanking. This headset audio blanking seems to occur only with media audio and isn't accompanied by the (beep) "No phone is connected" routine. Phone call audio seems much more consistent than media audio if you can put up with the screechy sound quality and the frequent disconnect-reconnect thing. Callers didn't report any problems understanding me during conversations.
What's good about it? Not much. There's a cool black rubber-like outer shell and a slightly smaller form factor than the Q2.
Bottom line for me after 5 days of use: into the drawer as a stand-by headset.