Pros --Big improvement over my Jabra in reliability, call quality, and features
--Love the voice commands and prompts and Caller ID
--ATTENTION COOKS, YOU WILL LOVE THIS PART!!! You can answer or ignore calls without even touching the headset.
Cons --wish caller ID could tell me the name too
Summary I had a Jabra before this one. Not sure which model it is, it's sliver with a black line through it.
The BlueAnt is sooo much better than it in very many ways. It would never stay connected and I would try to make calls only to find out the audio was coming through the phone.
This one you just ask it if you are connected and it tells you or connects if you are not. I love the voice of the guy they use when it talks to you.
Now my favorite part. I spend a lot of time cooking and having the ability to answer or ignore a call just by voice is just fantastic instead of having to stop and wash food off your hands quickly trying to answer the phone. Before you voice answer it tells you just the Caller ID number but I find I am learning the numbers of most people that call me so I don't have to look at the phone.
Ladies, make sure and switch to the smaller rubber ear thingy that comes in the package. You probably will not like the one they put in the headset at first. I think they defaulted it to what a guy would want.
So far noone has complained about call quality. Back to the cooking, with my Jabra people could not understand me when I was frying something trying to have a conversation with them.
Have fun with your Q1. I am.
Pros -Looks good on me (so says my wife)
-Call quality is better than her Jawbone 2
-Voice Control a huge help on convenience
-Prompt tells you if your connected
-Audible Caller ID is convenient for many calls
Cons -The big earpad standard is not as comfortable as the smaller black one in the box. Try switching if you are having issues.
Summary Picked this up at Sprint. Using it with a BlackBerry Curve and very happy with it. Huge step forward from any headset I've ever used.
My wife has a Jawbone which I have used some and so far the call quality of the Q1 is much more consistent than the Jawbone which would seem to phase in and out of decent quality. I recorded several voicemails of myself using the Q1 outside in street noise and was very impressed. Have not tried it in high wind yet since have not experienced it yet.
The voice control works fine for me if you just take a few mintues to learn the commands. It has a Teach Me function that after just a few times you've memorized most of the main ones.
I would advise just taking 1 or 2 mintues to use Teach Me when you get it. That fixed some mistakes I was making that caused voice control not to work as well like saying Battery Check instead of Check Battery.
The Q1 is very convenient and fast for calling back, redialing, and dialing your top 3 or 4 numbers through quick speed dials. (They give you more than that however, I can't remember all of them) Beyond that you just use your name dial in the phone however that just takes much longer to initiate the call, so if all your doing is redialing your last caller it's SOOOO much faster to just say Redial into the headset.
Caller ID is nice and it lets you answer or ignore the call just by voice. I'm sure one day they will move to Caller ID by name, but you probably have to have some way of loading your phone book in the headset for that.
Kind of cool, the Check Battery voice command feature also tells you both the headset and your phone battery levels.
The prompts are very nice and basically remove any need for you to have to even look at the user guide.
Fit is fine. I saw the guys comment about the Q1 earhook chafing. It doesn't even touch mine and I'm 6'2" so I wonder if he just had a huge head or something.
Overall very impressed. I don't know why more headsets dont put in the voice control. I've only had it a day and a half and have used it probably 20 times to take calls or call people. Very handy.
Pros -Looks Great, Sounds Great, with a Feature set that Kills!!
Cons -practically have to solve a puzzle to get the hook out of the box
Summary I have tried most of the leading headsets and I can honestely say this seems a year or two ahead of any others in features.
I had zero expectations for this headset as I knew very little about it when I purchases. The Sprint sales person was CLUELESS about it or any of its features other than it was their new"Flagship" heasdet. However I'm on expense account and use to upgrading to the latest/greatest so the price was not an issue plus she indicated I could return for a different one If I didn't like it so I thought I would try.
What a knockout, it starts talking to you the second you turn it on. It walks you through the paricing and connection then coaches you into this Teach Me menu which tells you how to use all the commands and features. I use with a HTC Touch Diamond (Windows Mobile) which has it's own voice dial. I have found my self using the HTC's sometimes called up from a voice command on the headset, but in other times the Q1's inbuilt calling commands are far more convenient. You don't have have to touch anything to pickup incoming calls.
On recognition accuracy I think it actually a bit more accurate than my HTC's which I suppose it done by Microsoft itself and not HTC. I have to repeat my self probably 1 out of every 3 times when doing name dial on the phone. The Q1 I have to repeat far less however it's primarily useful for calling back, redialing, and your top 8 numbers only. It did make a mistake once and started dialing the wrong number, however you just click to cancel the operation during the voice prompt so no big deal.
Also I found out by accident that "Call Information" on the Q1 connects to Microsofts LiveSearch Service which gives you all sorts of options on info you may be looking for beyond peoples phone numbers. totally handsfree. That was VERY COOL and very unexpected. This seems an undocumented feature I don't see anywhere
on the box it mentions that.
Call quality seems to mirror the quality talking directly into the phone which is the first time that has happened and I've had Jawbones, Plantroncs Voyagers, and the Motorola H12.
Really the only frustrating part of the experience has been trying to tear the ear hook out of the little cardboard wrapper they put it in.
My first experience with a BlueAnt headset, very impressive and a sign of things to come with headsets.
Get this headset and learn how to use it, you will not be dissapointed!
Pros Works great with the Palm Pre for enabling voice dialing.
Great ease of use features for making routine calls, calling back people etc,
Caller ID read out to you
Cons Battery life not the greatest but tolerable if you recharge at night.
Summary Picked this up with my Palm Pre which I've been thrilled with. The 2 work great together and call quality (inbound and outbound) is excellent.
Nice feature set which I have only partially used. Having Caller ID read out to you is nice while driving. A few voice commands are very handy for returning calls and calling your most common numbers.
If my Pre has its own voice dialing I have not figured out how to enable it. Thus the only way I can voice dial while driving is using the Q1. No big deal since I call probably 3 or 4 numbers the most when driving. The Q1 handles that with no problem and you never have to look at the Pre.
Pros It's a BlueAnt product which I have always held high regard for. It does come with a 2 year warranty (although if you buy it from Sprint and try for an exchange or refund... You'll be on the phone with India for weeks).
Cons Lousy soft launch with SPRINT. They are dismal at exchanges or refunds... The Q1 already at its launch has FIRMWARE UPDATES required. Making matters worse, the firmware update fails to add a required driver from Cambridge Silicon Radio.
Summary If you want a BLUEANT product, look around for the exceptional BlueAnt V1. The ultimate in quality, sound and a proven track record. AVOID THE Q1 and all of its poorly managed launch issues. Or wait until the end of Summer when BlueAnt gets this right. More so, the relationship between BlueAnt and Sprint isn't the relationship between ATT and Apple on a soft-launch product. SPRINT is a dismal wireless provider and I fail still to understand why BlueAnt would lower its standards using Sprint as its sole and only/limited supplier/seller/retailer. Hello BEST BUY???Another (the second in weeks) FIRMWARE update was launched by BLUEANT to try and correct the volume issues with the new Q1. I still cannot hear the caller if I am in a automobile.
Buy a Q1 and you'll spend hours, weeks and your quality time with this rushed and ill-prepared BlueAnt headset.
Shame on BlueAnt.
Updated on May 27, 2009