BlueAnt Q1 Voice Controlled Bluetooth Headset (Black) [Retail Packaging]
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- Use your voice to control the Q1 - no more complicated button combinations to remember.
- Supports true multipoint - connect two phones at the same time and answer the one that rings.
- Designed for comfort - the Q1 has been created to be the most comfortable Bluetooth headset enabling all day use.
- Dual Microphones and BlueAnt's Voice Isolation Technology ensure that you are always heard, even in the noisiest of environments. Custom internal wind shields reduce wind noise to a whisper.
- Contains one ear bud, instructions, headset, charger
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*Important*: Please make sure that the product is charged upto 4 hours for the first time before the initial use. The revolutionary BlueAnt Q1 Voice Controlled Bluetooth Headset with Multipoint takes Bluetooth headsets to the next level of comfort and handsfree experience. The BlueAnt Q1 uses advanced Voice Recognition software to allow you to easily control the headset and many phone functions just by using your voice.The BlueAnt Q1 incorporates dual microphones and BlueAnt's superior Voice Isolation Technology - an advanced software solution that separates the user's voice from all other sounds resulting in outstanding call quality, no matter where you are.
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UPDATE -- DO NOT BUY FROM THIS LISTING -- USED PRODUCT
Purchased from Amazon themselves, the product I was shipped had already been used as evidenced by a last-called number of 787-504-XXXX (Puerto Rico) in the unit.
Starts at four stars because it uses yet another proprietary USB charging plug. On top of that, the dongle is required for home charging (can't leave one in my briefcase and one on my nightstand).
This is *not* a micro-USB socket, such as on current phones and other headsets.
Bulk packaging? Looks more like grey market to me.
It did not come up with the "welcome message" which provides "voice prompts to pair the Q1 with your phone" when turned on, and later informed me that "There is no active phone connected" -- suggesting that this is not new product.
Zip-top plastic bag containing:
* Short USB charging cable
* Photocopy of "getting started" instructions
* AC-to-USB adapter
Clearly missing alternate ear pads, manual, and who knows what else.
Was not charged, as the instructions indicated.
I have a sneaking suspicion these are re-packs of returns.
Sticker on bag has a bar code (not UPC) and indicates
Blueant Q1 BLACK
This isn't "bulk" packaging, in my opinion, but we'll see how it plays out. At least I am hoping Amazon stands behind it.
What I received was not bulk packaging--this thing was in the full (gigantic) retail package from Blue Ant. It is rather laughable in the little instruction paper where they state that they care about the environment since a tiny Bluetooth earpiece is packaged in a hard plastic box the size of a 9" section of 2x4... I'm not sure why I received this nice package when it was advertised as bulk and many reviewers seemed to receive the product in ziptop bags as one would expect a product that had been bulk packaged. Not complaining!
I got the earpiece, an over the ear hook, a collection of ear gels, a wall charger with short, 6" USB cable. It isn't a standard micro or mini a or b type plug to the earpiece, not sure what it is. Don't lose it or you might end up having to buy one from Blue Ant (nearly $15 + S&H...). Not cool.
The device looks nice, is lightweight, and fairly comfortable to wear. There were two size of gel for use with the over the ear hook, and three different gel sizes for use without the hook. I haven't been able to repeatedly find a secure position/size combination for using the earpiece without the hook so I've settled on using it with the hook for now. I can sometimes get it comfortable without, but not reliably enough to use regularly that way. Over the ear is quite comfortable for me, however. Still, the ergonomics of wearing this product could be improved. Perhaps the Q2 is better in that respect. I am sure different users find different configurations comfortable.
Operation is quite simple, one button on the side to activate voice control and a volume rocker on the top (or bottom, if you wear it in your left ear). Voice commands are fairly straight forward and the earpiece can store quick dial numbers. I actually wish there were a way to disable the earpiece's voice control functionality so I could save a step in accessing my phone's voice control. As it is you must press the button, say "phone commands" and wait for it to access the phone's voice control, and then give the phone a command. One note: if you are in a noisy environment, especially listening to talk radio, the voice command function probably won't understand you. My phone's voice command feature doesn't have the same difficulty. I realize that voice command is one of the features of this device, but it wasn't one for which I purchased it. I bought this solely for the price and A2DP functionality. I can live with it like it is.
Call quality is what I would expect of a Bluetooth earpiece, and no one I have spoken to over it has noticed any different. I haven't had the occasion to speak on it in a noisy environment to test the noise canceling properties. I have noticed that the voice prompts seem to have a lot of static. I'm not sure what that is, as they are locally generated and not transmitting wirelessly. I don't get the static on audio sent from the phone, so it must just be a software issue.
One nice feature that is also accessible only through the firmware upgrade is the ability to chose which language the earpiece operates in (for spoken prompts and voice commands). If you want to use this device in another language you can choose the proper language when installing new firmware.
Overall, this is a great earpiece for the price. It pairs reliably, features A2DP functionality after a firmware upgrade, looks nice, is relatively comfortable to wear, and has decent audio quality (on par with other quality Bluetooth devices). The voice control works OK, though not in noisy environments, and is pretty easy to use. If only it didn't have that proprietary USB plug!!!
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Try the Q2 instead.