"Work in demolition? If not, look elsewhere . . ."3.0 starson by dkshim
Pros: Noise cancellation works
Cons: Falls off your head too easily
Summary: A review from a real end-user:
The new Aliph Jawbone is attractively (expensively) packaged and looks techno-chic, but falls well short on usability.
It is fairly easy to set up and pair with a phone. Slipping the Aliph on is a bit of a chore at first until you get used to guiding the unique ear loop onto your ear. Once it's on, your work is not done. I tried every combination of earloop and ear insert, but none fixed the basic problem with the Jawbone staying in place. The headset is large and heavy by 2007 standards, and much of the weight is set out away from the ear toward the mouth. This causes the headset to easily rotate downward on the ear, which causes two immediate problems: (1) the earpiece that is in the ear pops out and (2)the voice sensor loses contact with your jaw. If you sit still, it's no problem, but if you just walk around a little, the slight jostling from your gait will cause the Jawbone to fall out.
So do you need glue to use the Jawbone? Not quite. I was about to return it, but gave it another shot by taking one of the earloops and bending the embedded metal loop . Being well versed in adjusting wire eyeglass temples, I managed to get the Jawbone to stay put even as I walked around the room.
Next, I tried out the voice and calling quality for a couple weeks in various environments: in the office, in the car, at the coffee shop. There is no doubt it is one of the best, if not the best, voice quality for those listening to you talk. "Sounds like you are on speakerphone in a quiet room." said one listener while I was speaking to them from a noisy airport. In addition, the range was very good, one of the first headsets I've used with a true 30' range.
However, I found the sound quality on my end to be average to poor. Everyone sounded tinny and small compared to the quality of very average bluetooth headsets. Workable? Yes. Ideal? No.
Also, in day to day use, the tiny button used to answer and end calls is very hard to use. I found that I had to grab my phone and answer from there, otherwise I risked missing calls.
Finally, the pairing logic is just fair. When either the phone or the headset has been turned off or disconnected (which happens when the Jawbone is charging, for instance). They re-pair only about 80% of the time. The rest of the time you have to manually reconnect via the phone menu. In comparison, the Motorola and Jabra models I've used recently worked great, and the paired devices always re-paired without user intervention.
A keeper? Well, that depends on whether you work in demolition . . .