"Not as advertised"1.0 starson by EvanReviews
Pros: good battery life
Cons: terrible fit
won't stay in ears
Summary: After months of irritation with my iPhone's stock earbuds, I decided to upgrade to a pair of bluetooth buds. My primary motivation was ridding myself of the pesky cord that was always getting caught on everything as I got on and off the subway. I did a lot of research and finally settled on the Jaybirds. Sadly, I traded one problem for numerous new problems.
1) The in-ear fit, as others have complained, is absolutely atrocious. I've tried all three sizes of the provided ear tips - in various combination - to no avail. Further, the "sportscar grille inspired" (are you laughing yet?) secure fit ear cushions are incredibly irritating, causing nearly constant itching around the outside of my ear. These issues combine to create a headphone that is extremely uncomfortable to wear.
2) Exacerbating the bad fit, the cord that connects the buds to one another is coated with an extremely tacky rubber that catches on EVERYTHING. (I wonder why the CNET reviewer made no metion of this VERY important design flaw?) As I already mentioned, I bought these specifically because I was sick of accidentally yanking my iPhone's stock buds loose from my ear. Because the rubber wire coating on the Jaybirds is so tacky, even when I loop the cord behind my neck, it sticks to my skin, shirt, coat, etc. EVERY time I turn my head, the buds dislodge from my ears. I bought these so I wouldn't have to constantly preposition the buds in my ears like I did with the iPhone's stock buds. The Jaybirds are at least as bad - if not worse - in this respect than the junky buds Apple includes with its devices. Whoever failed to foresee this design flaw deserves a pink slip.
3) The controller for volume, calls, etc. faces the wrong direction when the buds are worn under ear (as most people will use them). Think about your stock iPhone buds. When you go to adjust the volume with the built-in controller, the buttons face outward so that you can easily adjust them with your thumb. With the Jaybirds, the buttons face inward so that your fingers (instead of your thumb) contact them. This makes for very awkward control manipulation and is one more example of bad design by Jaybird.
4) I'm no sound engineer, but for $140+, I expect NOTICEABLY better sound quality than I got with my iPhone stock buds. About the only bass I detect when I jam these things into my ears to get a tight seal (as others have suggested) is the bass sound of every footfall as I'm walking. Don't know what I'm talking about? Plug your ears with your fingers (get a nice tight seal), then walk around the room. Hear that "boom, boom, boom" every time your foot hits the floor? Expect to hear that with every footfall if you are one of the lucky few who actually DO manage to get a sustainably tight fit with these buds.
The only good thing I have to say about these things is that the battery life, as advertised, is excellent. But who cars about battery life when the fit is horrendous and the sound mediocre?
I've had my Jaybirds for all of three weeks. I absolutely hate them and just processed a return claim yesterday. They have solved none of the problems I had with my iPhone's stock buds and, in fact, are more uncomfortable and less functional. Do not make the same mistake I made. Do not buy (or ask someone else to buy) these headphones. Keep looking. I promise you can find something better.