- Size (LWH): 2.17 inches, 1.11 inches, 0.63 inches
- Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Minimum Rated Talk Time: 7 hours
- Minimum Rated Standby Time: 180 hours
- Battery Type: Lithium Polymer
Blue Ant Q3 Premium Smartphone Earpiece
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- Wideband audio for true-to-life conversations
- Voice guide setup and pairing
- Voice Dial with a simple double tap
- Conference mode with True Multicall
- Incoming Call Notification and Voice Answer for truly hands-free operation
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Blue Ant"s Q3 Premium Smartphone Earpiece is the most technologically advanced headset around. Using the absolute latest Bluetooth silicon, Blue Ant"s Q3 delivers comfort, style, and call clarity for true-to-life conversations. Featuring double the bandwidth between the phone and the earpiece, the Q3 ensures the highest fidelity sound is achieved. The custom-tuned speaker driver and dual microphones maintain exceptional call performance. This, combined with world class Wind Armour Technology, noise reduction and echo cancellation technologies, brings a new dimension to your calls. To help you make the most of your conversations, Blue Ant has introduced conference mode right into the earpiece. Answer, hold, merge and end calls with the simple touch of a button. Or combine your calls to have a business or family conference without ever needing to touch your phone. Depending on your network, up to four participants can join the call. Features innovations such as Voice Dial, Incoming Call Notification and Voice Answer for truly hands-free operation. If you are using an iPhone, there"s an on-screen battery meter for the earpiece. For the utmost in convenience, simply double tap the command button to instantly access Siri on supported iPhones. Siri can read back and reply to text messages, get directions or set appointments. Google Voice Actions, like sending an SMS text or activating the navigation system, is also a double tap away on supported Android phones. Music, podcasts and turn by-turn directions from a GPS app on your phone stream seamlessly back through your Q3 from your phone. What"s in the box: Q3 headset, Ear Hook, S/M/L Stabilizing Ear Gels, S & L Ear Buds, USB Cable, AC Adaptor, User Guide, Safety/Warranty Card
Top Customer Reviews
First let me say I've been an extremely loyal customer of BlueAnt for several years (since the "T" Series headsets) and have absolutely loved the Q2...so much so I recommended it to my 3 siblings who also went and purchased it. For me to give their review would be "hearsay" but suffice it say they've told me they like it.
So when it was time to purchase my next device (my Q2 had finally, after over a year of pretty hard use, physically broke) I was excited about the Q3. I figured with BlueAnt that each release would have to be better than the previous model because this was my experience.
About a hundred bucks later the Q3 arrives and I quite anxiously pull it out of the packing and hook it to charge while scanning the downloadable PDF on the unit so I can be familiar with it. Okay, pretty similar to Q2 so - no big deal.
Once charged I fire it up...instead of making this a continued essay I'll just do the old Pro Con method.
1. This baby can CRANK THE VOLUME on receive! Wow, that can pretty much hurt my ear if I want to turn it up that far. Well done on that!
2. SUPER clear sound on receive ... AND on transmit. However, the Q2 was amazing on send and probably a 4.5 out of 5 on receive. This is a solid 5 (but not worth the extra $$ if this is the only plus).
3. FAST boot-up! Wow...this baby hits my fone so quick I barely have time to hook it to my ear before it's already telling me the battery status. Nice job!
4. L O N G battery life! I'm impressed on this as well.
5. Very comfortable...however, so was the Q2. So comfortable that I literally forget it's on my ear. I love that about these two models!
So...why only 3 out of 5 stars? Sadly, for me, the cons are bad enough that if I could I would only give it 2.5 stars.
1. Placement of charging connector is absolutely ridiculous! They placed it on a circular part of the device and of course the USB plug is quite flat. I have to fight with it EVERY time to get it to stay in. Barely get it sat down on the desk and POP out it falls so I'm right back to trying to get that thing to stay in. What a PAIN. Again, this alone would not cause the 2.5 stars although I consider this to be a very poor design-flaw and something they obviously didn't spend much time testing. Oh, and the plug is upside down compared to 99% of other devices with the identical adapter. No biggie, but I forget sometimes because I'm so used to plugging devices in one way and have to remember (after hitting it with a mismatch) to flip it over.
Here's the BIGGEST reason for my 2.5 stars - and it's big, and it also is the reason I will not be recommending this to anyone.
2. This thing has some problems! When I get a call in I hear, "Call from...; answer or ignore" (as always).
a. If I say, "Answer" about 50% of the time it doesn't answer. Another (approx) 40% of the time it will say, "Connected" by MY PHONE KEEPS RINGING! Q3 goes silent as it THINKS it's connected, but it's not.
b. If I don't say "Answer" and instead hit the button ONE time to accept the call about 75% of the time it says, "Connected" - the phone also reports that the call is connected but there is no sound!! "Hello? Hello?!" Nothing. I grab the phone and put to ear, "Hello?" Nothing. I have to turn OFF the Q3 and suddenly the call is live on the phone...I apologize for the delay and silence then click back on the Q3 and can proceed with my call.
Understand I'm a senior level hardware tech in the I.T. world...I ain't no slouch when it comes to "those gadget-thingy's!" - I have certainly reset the device and re-paired it back to the Android phone (should have mentioned this is a HTC/Droid based, not iPhone-(anything)).
This is so frustrating that, in all honesty, I almost did 2 stars instead of 3 but the Pro's on this really are strong. However, I will (as stated earlier) absolutely not be recommending this to anyone and I will not be buying any more Q3's for my own use. I hope they continue to make the Q2's because it's still my favorite. Maybe I should stock up while it's still available as a new unit! I LOVE the voice commands of these devices...the clarity, the filtering of background noise, etc.
I welcome feedback.
Edit on June 1, 2013: Just today I found on another review thread they have released a firmware update. I installed the software to my system and the upgrade to my Q3 went flawlessly. I've re-paired the unit to my HTC and now I will wait and see if this resolves the major problems I had with connecting with incoming calls. If this goes well I'll be upgrading my number of stars.
New Edit 6/9/2013: Okay, it's been over a week and so far my Q3 has answered EVERY call perfectly. Apparently the firmware upgrade was successful...I can now recommend this model w/o any real hesitation. I've upgraded my review to 4 out of 5 stars.
Newly discovered but very minor disappointment: If you say, "Phone Commands" it used to say back, "Activating your telephone's internal voice commands" at which point the phone would say, "Say a command" and I would proceed from there. The Q3 has removed the "Activating..." statement. At first I thought it was something else wrong, now I think this has been removed from the Q3 programming. No biggie but when it first happened I didn't understand why there was a few seconds of silence before I heard my phone give the command request.
I think I'm finished with this review, finally! :)
Now I will list the many problems I experienced, most of which are mentioned in other reviews. 1 - Sometimes it will not turn off using the power switch. That's an interesting problem. Really? You have to plug in the charger to get it to behave. 2 - Sometimes it announces the caller, sometimes not. 3 - Sometimes Bluetooth connection gets garbled in the middle of a call for no apparent reason and the other end cannot hear you. You have to switch to phone speaker and back to headset to correct. Better be quick before other end hangs up! Not so easy if you're using another app while talking. Happened 4 times the day I decided I was done with the Q3. 4 - Volume not as good as the Q2. 5 - Does not twinkle like Q2 when connection is lost. This Q2 feature saved me from leaving my phone behind several times. 6 - Does not work with many USB plugs for charging due to placement of volume control.
I could go on, but for these reasons and more, I have retired the Q3 after only 2 weeks of use. The Q2 is not perfect but is still one the best headsets available. Too bad the Q3 is so disappointing, at least for me..
First of all, my Q3 did not work very well. It had an issue whereby switching the on/off switch to on, would not turn the unit on every time. Sometimes, it would take several attempts to turn it on. Annoying to say the least, deadly if you're trying to switch the unit on while driving. Additionally, there was one call where I disconnected the call by clicking the Talk button, heard the beep confirming the call ended, and the call was still active. Fortunately, I continued to hear the conference and knew that I was still live. You know how bad of a situation that can be.
Now, these first two issues could be chalked up to a lemon unit. Perhaps the one I received was defective, which might be a rare occurrence. I didn't contact the manufacturer to find out, so I'll never know, but I didn't like the experience so back to Amazon it went. I will say that I bought this from Amazon from a direct link from the BlueAnt website.
Another issue with the Q3 is the placement of the Micro-USB charging connector in the back. It's slightly inset and is also near the protruding volume rocker. This makes it difficult to charge the unit using non-BlueAnt-supplied cable. If you're like me, you have charging cables strategically placed everywhere so you can charge your accessories up wherever you go. It's somewhat annoying to have to trim the plastic sheathing off of your non-BlueAnt cables simply to get them plugged in to charge the Q3. Now, I've returned the Q3 and have a bunch of mutilated Micro-USB cables, nice.
There's a rubber pad near the mouth end of the Q3. I'm sure this is engineered for comfort and function, allowing the unit's microphone to be slightly elevated from your face. However, just after a week of use, I noticed this little rubber piece was coming out in one corner. It took a little bit of play to get it back in, but I thought to myself, "Oh great. That thing is going to fly off and get lost or be impossible to put back in some day." Poor quality design.
I also had issue with the BlueAnt voice that talks to you when using the Q3. This is a real personal one, but the voice is very unfriendly, mechanical, and robotic. This is my first BlueAnt product so I'm not sure if that's the same voice that's been used on all BlueAnt bluetooth products since inception. If so, it makes sense to continue with a legend (I guess) but if not, boy did they miss the boat on this one. This made me realize how much I appreciate the Jawbone Era 2011's ability to change the voice to suit my mood or tickle my fancy.
Here's another issue that is just a personal preference thing, but the BlueAnt Q3 comes with it's own interactive voice command software. The problem is that you can't turn it off. I'm an iPhone user and Siri's voice commands are more than powerful enough to manage virtually everything I want to do with my phone through my Bluetooth headset. With the Q3, you have to double-click the Talk button to bypass the Q3's voice command software (a single click activates the Q3 software). This is an issue because you don't always time the double-click just right. Sometimes you inadvertently activate the Q3 voice command instead of the phone's. And this just leads to problems. You just don't need these types of distractions and problems when you're driving a car and trying to make a phone call on your bluetooth headset. Of course, the software might be a welcomed addition for users whose phones do not have built-in voice command technology. But for iPhone users, it's not needed and unfortunately, you can't turn it off.
The ear buds are not as comfortable out of the bag as the Era 2011's. They're virtually identical in design, however the Q3 has a small channel that extends from the speaker port to the tip of the earbud, presumably to channel the sound into the user's ear better. The issue is that this small channel results in firm ridges that tend to press into the ear a little bit. Fortunately, this discomfort only lasts a couple of days as your ear gets used to the ear bud.
Up until now, I've only owned Jawbone bluetooth headsets. I lose them and because Jawbone discontinued their 2011 model for the 2014, which has gotten mixed reviews and appears to use a proprietary charger (yuck!), I decided to try out the Q3. I know BlueAnt has been around a long time so I expected a lot more polish from their product.
The Q3 design
Design-wise, the Q3 pretty attractive. In black, it's small and sleek (other colors appear to have shiny elements in them and I'd rather stay stealthy). The Q3 also has a physical volume rocker which is hugely and enormously superior to the Era 2011's hold-button method for changing volume. It also features an ear loop option which may be great for those real power users, but I learned from previous earpiece headsets that those things only bend or break over time so I prefer to go without.
After experiencing all of these issues with the Q3, I decided to return it to Amazon. Some Amazon sellers still sell the Jawbone Era 2011 edition, so get your hands on one if you can, but it's risky because many of them are refurbs or used models sold seemingly as 'new'. Maybe I'll stock up on a couple of Era 2011's if I find brand new ones, just in case I lose it. After comparing the Q3 to the Era 2011, I realize what a great thing Jawbone had going on. Hopefully they continue build on a legend instead of morphing it into an inferior product.