"Worthy update to the V1."5.0 starson by OK_oilman
Pros: -Some minor but worthy voice control improvements
-Call quality outdoors improved over V1, moderate wind noise is improved, still not great in high winds though
-Information service allows you to check stock prices and get market updates
Cons: -wish battery life was longer
-strong winds in your face still kill the voice recognition
Summary: I have a BlueAnt V1 and am a big fan of the voice controls on it. Decided to give that one to my son and upgrade to the Q1. Looks more professional in a suit and it seemed like the call quality outside might be improved.
It does have very good call quality though I can't tell if it is any better in normal in car conditions than the V1. Outside seems the main area it improves. In moderate wind it seems good and an improvement over the V1 but still can't take some of the 20-30 mph winds I face sometimes in the field, though I don't know any headset that can. Please reply if you know of one that can.
Has for the most part the same very useful voice interface that is in the V1 which I think is the killer differentiator for me as I use the handsfree answer and calling commands frequently.
They changed around the speed dial commands and made them more straightforward instead of mixing some numbers such as Call Speed Dial 6 and some as names. Now it's straight numbers calling the associated speed dial on your phone. I have 4 employees I call frequently during the day so very convenient for that and more reliable than trying them by name dial on the phone.
Those same 4 call me frequently so I've learned their numbers. For those with a wide range of callers I don't know that Caller ID the number helps you that much. For me its nice to not have to look at the phone or touch the headset to take a call.
They took out Goog411 access and put in some other call information service that seems to do a lot of stuff including allowing you to get market updates and check stock prices. That's convenient for me being a market watcher who typically looks it up on my phone browser. Now i can do it while driving between sites. The voice recognition on that information service too seems to start failing if you are outside in very windy conditions but it's great while driving.
I was not sure how it accessed the service at first. I checked in call history to see that it was dialing a toll free number. It's not clear when you use it this is what it's doing.
I did run out of battery life late in the evening after a long day of calls.
I don't remember ever running out on the V1. That's my one concern for now.