"Best of the Plantronics Yet!"5.0 starson by T-Cowan
Pros: Audio quality is exceptional
Battery life is fantastic (7hrs talk time)
Pick up and answer feature
Voice caller ID
Cons: Short charging cable
Triple mic design does not appear to increase wind filtering
Summary: Been enjoy Plantronics for the past couple years. I still own a 925, but it didn't offer A2DP for listening to music, and after stupidly losing two Marques, I decided to try the Legend.Edit:
First and foremost, because of other reviewers, I have to mention that I own and use the Legend with my Verizon iPhone 5, and have not experienced any issues between the two. I'm on the latest public iOS version 6.1.4, which supposedly cleaned up Bluetooth profiles, and even tested it out on iOS 7 beta 1. The Legend I received already had the latest firmware, which was delightfully easy to check as well as configure through their web/applet-based software (plantronics.com/myheadset-updater).
While I miss the audio-boosting feature of the Marque, the Legend is loud enough for me to listen to my music in the comfort and privacy of one ear while keeping aware of my surroundings on my train commute.
The audio quality is exceptional, in and out. Even with the window down in the car, the noise cancellation makes me sound nearly identical to callers as when my iPhone is to my ear without a Bluetooth headset. The extra button on the boom microphone to initiate its own mini-version of Siri or Voice Command for simple commands like, "Am I connected?" or "Redial" is a nice touch, and holding it down allows you to toggle playback of your music. Unfortunately, there's no way to skip tracks or shuffle by either button or voice command, so it has to be done on your iPhone (or, in my case, my Pebble!). Maybe a future firmware update could add this feature?
Also, I don't know how to summon my iPhone's Siri with any of the buttons on the Legend as I was able to with my Marque, so I revert to holding down the Home button on my iPhone in my pocket. In addition, I couldn't get Siri to recognize more than a third of my voice commands on the Marque, but because the Legend's noise cancellation and sound quality has vastly improved, Siri's voice recognition over Bluetooth on the Legend has worked for me almost flawlessly.
The dedicated on/off switch which also announces the mode ("powered on" and "powered off") in your ear is also helpful. And having 7 hours on the Legend versus 5 hours on the Marque is very welcomed. I love the built-in accelerometer that can tell when I take off or put the Legend on my ear. Leaving it powered on, as soon as I take off the earpiece and place it on the desk, the music is paused. I put it back on, the music resumes. If my iPhone is ringing and the Legend is on my desk, I simply put it on my ear and the call is automatically picked up. Genius!
Best thing to mention is that the Legend is so comfortable on the ear! Probably the first Bluetooth earpiece that I've been able to wear all day without my ear getting sore. I don't feel the weight of the device or any pinching as I have in previous Plantronics models and other brands. I've even fallen asleep with the Legend in my ear down on my pillow and woke up without any pain. To put it on and remove it is just as comfortable and quick to do that it doesn't require two hands or any fiddling. Of course, everyone's ear shape and size is different.
As with current generation Plantronics devices, the Legend refers to paired devices as "Phone 1," "Phone 2," and so on. Because the Legend is the first Plantronics device I owned that can do text-to-speech synthesis (I love that it actually pronounces the names of my callers!), I would have also preferred it saying, "Raphael's iPhone connected," by grabbing the friendly name from the Bluetooth pairing mode. But, it doesn't. I'm able to pair and use it with my iPad mini as well, but the Legend sadly calls it "Phone 2" when it's not even a phone.
Finally, the only downside to this device is the proprietary magnet charger connector. Since it's not micro-USB like its predecessors, you've only got the one included adapter to charge with. Luckily, it have a short charging cable with magnet connector for cheap, and a charging case for not-so-cheap. However, the magnet is rather weak. Before going to bed, I connect it to charge on my nightstand and lay it next to my iPhone. In the middle of the night, as I would reach for my iPhone to check on an email or text, I would brush my hand up against the Legend, and the charging connector would easily pop right off, and I wouldn't know it only got a half-charge by morning. I'm still debating on whether it was worth the trade-off from having a micro-USB port right on the bottom of the headset, so I can't ding it a full star yet.
Other than that, it's the best Bluetooth headset I've owned yet. It's bigger than a Marque, so let's just hope I don't lose this as easily. Lasyly, I suggest you have to check for great deal for the Plantronics Voyager Legend at: bluetoothheadsetpicking.blogspot.com/p/plantronics-voyager-legend.html
Thank for reading, hope it helps.
Updated on Dec 28, 2013
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