Pros I like the 3 levels of Noise cancellation and 8 speed dial commands which the V1 lacked
Cons I have never had a headset with a shorter battery life or lower maximum volume
Summary First let me tell you I have been using headsets for over 10 years and cell phones since they were the size of bricks. I have the Q1 volume at MAX and it is still poor. I have had a difficult time hearing the person on the other end while I am driving in my car-windows closed! The Q1 battery has not lasted more than a day of normal use and 2 different days I had to switch it off while I was in my car because it was dying and it's not like I am using this for business calls, just about 10 personal calls about 5-10 minutes on average. I had lost my Blueant V1 and decided to purchase the Q1 but I am also dissatisfied with the way the Q1 fits in my ear. I have just ordered a new Blueant V1 and will either sell the Q1 or keep it in case I lose my new V1 again.Correction. The Q1 has 3 Levels of Sensitivity NOT Noise Cancellation. The volume is SO low, I misunderstood what the headset was saying! I just received my second V1 (lost my first one) and the volume level is MUCH better than the Q1 so my new Q1 is going to be a backup...bummer.
Updated on Jun 1, 2009
Updated on Jun 2, 2009I DID upgrade the firmware to v8.15 and the volume still sucks. The battery sucks also and now my ear loop broke and Blueant won't take care of me because I purchased the Q1 new off ebay. Blueant won't even talk to me about the bad volume and poor battery life. They must know they have a problem there. The secind V1 I just purchased is MUCH better.
Pros Very lightweight and comfortable. Voice controls work well and are suprisingly useful. Call quality is EXCELLENT. I like it talking to me...makes it easy to use, and handsfree answering is nice.
Cons Very expensive...should come with a t-shirt at that price. I don't need so many speed dial settings, It would be better if it could read contacts in my phone and let me voice dial by speaking their names
Summary Really good product. It worked right out of the box, didn't even need charging. Voice controls make it special and much safer to use.
Pros Great functionality, great fit, great style, _upgradable_!
Cons Incoming sound quality isn't great, but completely intelligible
Summary The ergonomics and voice command are excellent. I write software for a living, and know that upgrades and bug fixes are essential. BlueAnt can handle that, while some others can't. Plantronics Voyager Pro has better incoming sound quality, but I have hearing loss and wear hearing aids, and the Pro just isn't loud enough--I have to press it into my ear to catch what people are saying. No problem with the Q1. Small, light, stylish, tech solid. These people know what they are doing.
Pros Great noise cancellation, comfortable, decent battery life, great customer service.
Cons Need to upgrade firmware out of the box (but very easy to do).
Summary Callers can always hear me well without complaint, even in reasonably significant background noise or while driving. Set is comfortable and easy to use. I really don't have too much to say about it negatively since firmware 8.15, new users should do this immediately upon purchase, before even using the headset for the first time. I love voice control, even though when I arrive at work and turn it off people look at me with funny expressions on their face(hehe)! Overall the best BT headset I have ever used, which over the years have been many. One minor complaint however...the batter indicator doesn't beep in the users ear until the headset is desperately low, meaning one has to basically end a call right then and there if it starts beeping. A little more warning for those of us who talk a lot would have been appreciated,
Pros Love the voice control and how comfortable the earpiece is. Also love how sleek the headset is (especially compared to the bulkiness of the V1). Blueant as a company truly stands behind their products and is a major plus.
Cons Doesn't completely work with the Samsung Instinct's audible caller ID yet (which annouces the name if they are in your phonebook). The V1 worked with the Instinct - which I found out was a possible software glitch that allowed the phone to take over
Summary I found the Q1 to be incredibly comfortable except for the earhook does get a little bothersome after awhile - but I wear mine all day long. I also own the V1 and the comfort and sleekness is far superior to the V1. I still think the major pro is the Blueant customer service and tech support. I had to get my V1 replaced because of a charging problem. They had me ship back the headset only (none of the packaging/chargers/extra eartips, etc) and within one week from the day I mailed it I had my new one. I have had to call tech support in the past about a different headset to update firmware and they walked me through it (and I got to talk to a live person fairly quickly). They are working with me right now because I have a Samsung Instinct with audible caller ID (which includes announcing names from my phonebook or the phone number if it is not in there) and the Q1 is not allowing me to revert to my phone's software which the V1 did allow. They have been incredibly responsive in seeing if they can get this to work with a firmware update. I don't think there is another company out there with this kind of service. I have not experienced too many problems with the voice control not working properly. I love the Q1's check battery command that includes checking my phone's battery (the V1 only checked the headset battery). The Q1 mulftiunction button is also extremely easy to use and doesn't get in the way of putting the headset on or adjusting it. I had that problem with the V1 and the Z9, I would accidently press the MFB when putting the headset on and periodically made phone calls that I didn't intend to. This is by far the most comfortable and responsive headset I have tried, and other than some of the cheaper headsets (which I don't even bother with) I think I have tried every headset out there including all of the Plantronics, Jabras, Jawbones (both of them), 2 different SoundIDs and Motorolas..