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Now this is a bluetooth!
on February 7, 2010
So, I returned my Jabra Stone (see review just posted)to the AT&T store where I purchased it with my iPhone. Before I left the house, though, I decided to see what other bluetooth I might want to try as a replacement. That very day, Aliph had released its Icon, and I read a couple of reviews from tech-types who had managed to snag one the moment they could get their hands on it. It sounded promising. However, the AT&T store did not have it yet, so I went to Best Buy. The clerk had not heard about it and called out to another clerk who was approaching with his arms full of boxes. Turned out that those boxes were the new Aliph Icons that he was about to put on display.
I am not what anyone would call an "early adopter," but hey, I needed a bluetooth for a trip I was going on the next day, so I bought it, knowing that I could return it in 30 days if needed. We paired it to my phone quickly and I was on my way.
Bottom line: I really like this bluetooth! It is the fourth I have owned and by far the best. I like the location of the button that turns it on and off. I like the location of the button that initiates, terminates and redials calls. I personally don't mind at all that I control the volume from my phone. I do use it with the detachable ear loop because I like the additional stability, but I have tried it without the loop and it seems to actually work just fine---I just worry that I will knock it out of my ear when I take off my jacket, or adjust my sunglasses, or whatnot. It's fine, though; the ear loop is more comfortable than the first two bluetooths I have owned. I like the charger---no cords to deal with. I like the clear indicators that signal that it needs charging and that charging is complete. I also really like the voice that tells me approximations of talk time remaining and tells me when the jawbone is ready and waiting for my phone to connect it. And honestly, it is so comfortable that sometimes I forget I have it on, even after wearing it for several hours. If it had a storage case like one of the Pantronics and like the Jabra Stone, I think it would be pretty much perfect. And the price, while not inexpensive, is $30 less than the Jabra Stone.
So far there is nothing I dislike about it. It has good talk time and good standby time. The sound is crystal clear to both me and to the other person on the call (according to them). It isn't goofy looking. I honestly think I prefer to use this bluetooth than to take a call on my phone, even when I'm not driving or needing the hands-free operation. There may be a bluetooth out there that is just as good, but I'd be surprised if there were one that is better for me.