Are you still breaking the law and using your phone while driving? Maybe you are searching for a lightweight, barely noticeable headset to use on that long commute to and from work? Or maybe you are one of those people that likes to talk and shop, but don't like to hold your phone while doing so? The Jabra Style may be just the device you have been looking for, integrating design and an array of features in a very lightweight, compact and smartly designed Bluetooth headset so hands-free functionality is quick and simple.
Main features and specifications:
- Bluetooth Version: 4.0
- NFC Pairing
- HD Voice Technology
- Omni-directional, noise filtering mic
- Up to 6 hours talk time
- Up to 7 days standby time
- Interchangeable earhook or in-ear eargel
- Dimensions: 0.95 x 2.63 x 0.65 inches
- Weight: 0.4 ounces
- Voice guidance, auto volume control, multiuse
- Wireless media streaming
- One year warranty
What We Liked:
- Quick Connection: We had the Style paired and ready to go in about 30 seconds but you will need to give it a full charge before pairing, which took us about two hours to get. Slide the switch to the BT symbol and hold it there for about three seconds, the LED indicator will quickly flash blue and you will hear a series of voice instructions to pair your device. If you are pairing this headset with an NFC enabled device, turn the headset on and hold your device against the NFC zone (the Jabra logo) of the Style. No matter how you get a connection though, once it is paired you will hear connected so you are never left guessing. If you are not sure, simply push the answer/end button at the top of the earpiece to hear an audible confirmation.
- Forget About It: Seriously, this thing is so lightweight that you will forget you are wearing it after awhile. Its clear earhook helps it to blend in just a little better and it comes with an interchangeable eargel so you can choose the style that fits best for you. Simply slide your fingernail below the flat eargel piece into the seam and lightly pull it up and off, then snap the eargel into place. We actually preferred the eargel and it fit snugly in our ear without having to mess around with the whole earhook thing. The earhook slides in and out (one side is thicker than the other so it will only go in one way) and the headset can be worn on the right or left ear, whichever you prefer. The Style is justly named and the entire brushed steel design of this headset keep it simple and smart without overwhelming the whole side of your face. Its petite dimensions allow you to quickly put it on or take it off and make going hands-free very easy.
- Headset Layout: The Style is pretty simple to figure out, with the answer/end button at the top of the headset, a micro USB port on the back for charging, a battery indicator on the bottom left, next to the off/on/pairing switch in the middle and the Bluetooth indicator on the bottom right. The volume of the headset automatically adjusts to the environment, keeping the headset free of additional buttons. Button function is simple enough and to answer or end a call, simply push the answer/end button, and to reject a call or redial the last number just double tap the answer/end button. The Style can also handle multiple calls, which can also be controlled with the answer/end button.
- Sound Quality: We were impressed with the sound of calls and although the mic is about 2.5 from your mouth, voices can still be heard well. There were a couple of times that the sound from the other end was a little too low for our taste, but because the volume auto adjusts there was nothing we could other than step into a quieter area so we could hear better. Other than that, background noise and interference was never a problem during calls. You can stream audio and music to the Style and the quality of both sounded great during our testing.
- Battery Time: The Style goes into standby mode when not in use and if you are not sure how much life you have left, you can see the battery status indicator next to the BT symbol on your phone when it is connected and you will also hear voice prompts indicating low battery. Try and remember to turn it off when you are not using it to get the most life out of your battery, but we had no problems getting six hours of talk time out of one charge.
- Jabra Assist App: This free app is an added benefit of owning a Jabra headset or speakerphone. The app allows you to see owner's manuals for different Jabra devices and shows you what device is paired with your phone, but the coolest features of this app are the Find my Jabra and Find my car sections. Each provides a detailed map of the last location where you connected or disconnected a Jabra headset or speakerphone, which is handy for those of us who are forgetful at times.
- Quality = Price: We were able to find the Style priced around $50 and for its features and quality, we feel that this is a decent price.
What We Didn't Like:
- Volume Control: Since there are no volume buttons on this headset, you have to rely solely on the self-adjusting volume feature of this device. Most of the time, this feature worked great but there were a handful of times that the voice of the person on the other end was too low and there was nothing we could do about it.
- Earhook Design: We appreciate the simplistic design of the clear earhook, but be careful when taking it in and out of the headset because it is easy to break and lose. The earhook took some adjusting once on our ear to get a comfortable fit as well so we preferred using the eargel for all calls and media streaming.
We enjoyed wearing the Style and it is one headset that you will put on and forget about thanks to a very lightweight design and minimalistic build. Calls were easy to receive and make, and the ability to stream media and take multiple calls at once made driving and talking a little easier. We found the eargel made the most comfortable fit and found the earhook to be a bit of a hassle to deal with and get in and out of the headset itself. The self-adjusting volume levels were less than perfect during some calls, but overall we were still able to hear and be heard and we found the Style to be one of the easiest headsets for hands-free use. This headset slides easily into a pocket and can be taken along wherever you need to use it and its overall size and design won't embarrass you either, making it a perfect companion for work and travel.
Our Score: 4 out of 5
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Jabra Style Bluetooth Headset Review