Almost a masterpiece.
Partway through MWC 2011, I found myself standing outside of Jabra's booth, watching a presentation of the new Stone 2 Bluetooth headset. I dutifully stood in line and watched the presentation. When it ended, a PR woman handed me a big black box of goodies. Inside was my very own Stone 2. After more than a week of heavy use, I've come to two basic conclusions about this headset.
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1. You will spend almost as much time fiddling with it as you do using it.
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2. You will leave the stone behind you at a resturaunt at least once.
The Stone 2 weighs 7 grams and charges via microUSB. It pairs with Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and eSCO. It is one inch deep, 2.3" tall and 2" wide.
The Jabra Stone 2 headset will last two hours on a full charge. The stone contains another eight hours of juice, for a total of ten hours talk time. When the headset runs dry, you plug it into the dock and it charges back up in around twenty minutes. I've had no trouble using the Stone 2 to get through an entire ten hour day on campus. That was with about two hours of total talk time, and four or five hours of music.
Jabra is extremely good at making comfortable headsets, and the Stone 2 is no exception. I don't generally like anything that goes in my ear, but the Stone 2's projection into your ear is so minimal you barely notice it. This is comfortable for extended wear. I've had hour long phone conversations and gone two or three hours at a time listening to music with no significant discomfort.
Voice quality is generally quite good, but audio tends to sound on the tinny side. Even in crowded areas, I've been able to hear well enough to carry on a conversation. The noise cancellation works quite well- no one has complained about the mic not picking up by voice.
The Stone itself is small, but still somewhat awkward to carry around in a pants pocket if you already have a wallet or a smartphone in there. I've found the most comfortable place is either a front pocket or a laptop bag. I'm pretty sure keeping it in your back pocket would lead to a quickly shattered stone.
I do have to ding Jabra on the Stone 2's much-vaunted voice control. I've tried several times, and it simply does not work very well. I can make it register a command to drop or accept if I am very loud and repeat myself three or four times. Voice control is functional, but it is neither practical nor pleasant to use.
- +Small in your ear and on your head.
- +Good voice quality.
- +Good noise cancellation.
- +Long-lasting, the Stone charges the headset up quickly.
- -Tinny audio
- -The Stone can be a pain to deal with when you are low on pocket space.
- -Voice command does not work well.
I can heartily recommend the Jabra Stone 2 for everyday wear. It is unobtrusive and comfortable for long-term wear. You'll be disappointed by the voice control, but the Stone 2 is slick enough and works well enough to overcome this shortfall.
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