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Old 07-02-2008, 09:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've read a lot of great reviews on the Jawbones, but conflicting arguments over which is better. Other than the size difference, is there really a noticable improvement over the original? I can't see paying almost double, just for a decrease in size.

Just as I thought I had my choices narrowed down to 2, I hear about the Bluant z9i. Seems to be similar to the JB2 in size, with similar features at a much lower price.

Which one seems to be the better buy?
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I have never tried the Blue Ant, I have owned both Jawbones, the original since its release date and the Jawbone 2 since its release date and they are the only headsets I ever use. Jawbone 2 is my daily with the original as backup incase my battery dies.
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I second the jawbone... I can run my equipment and the client on the phone can only hear me. IT ROCKS.....
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I was at the gym tonight and I noticed that the owners both have Blackberrys with Jawbone headsets. I asked about the Jawbone headset and they said they have been through multiple bluetooths and swear by the Jawbone. I also have a friend who own's a Verizon store and has been through roughly 15 bluetooths. He also swears by the Jawbone.


So my Jawbone 2 should be here shortly!
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Old 07-03-2008, 01:50 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info. Is the Noise canceling of the JB2 THAT much better than the original, to justify an extra $50? Or is it more about the comfort and size?
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I also own the original Jawbone and thinking about buying v2. Can you still use the Jabra mini-gels on the earpiece like you can with the original?
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Gotta say I love the Jawbone 2 so far. I bought the first version when it came out and promptly returned it because I thought it was way to big. Since, I've gone through a ton of BT headsets and have never seemed to find one that I get good consistency out of.

I also tried the Plantronics Discovery 925 and really liked the fit. However, background noise sounds like screeching to the caller and it's horrible. I work by the airport and planes fly over our building. I did some test calls on both the 925 and Jawbone 2. Every time a plane flew overhead, the 925 would spew this screeching noise into the callers ear and they had to pull the phone away. They heard some noise with the Jawbone but it wasn't nearly as bad.

I've been using the JB 2 for a few days now (since we're now handsfree in CA) and no complaints at all. The fit isn't as comfortable as the 925 but it's decent.
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I personally find that the JB2 does have better noise cancellation than the first.

Case in point, in Las Vegas, in the middle of the Monte Carlo Casino, had a conversation and the person never knew I was in a casino.
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If you are only using the device in a car, I recommend the Blueant Supertooth speakerphone instead of the headset.
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I have the z9 and like the form and fit. Function could be a bit better in that the noise reduction could work a bit better.

As an aside, I bought a motorola H375 as an emergency back up when I was on travel. Had low expectations, but man, has it delivered. very pleased with it.

Also, looked at the jawbone (i think it was the original) at Best buy and they seemed rather price $130.
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I had the original Jawbone for about a year and was very happy with it. I did get complaints from time to time from people who claimed my voice was muffled. I then got both the Jawbone II and the Blueant Z9i to try. I used both, and called my own voicemail to record a call using both. The Jawbone II was definitely a bit muffled. The Blueant was crystal clear. It may be that the tone of my voice (somewhat deep), is not picked up well on some microphones. I often get the same complaints from friends when I am skiing and talking into Motorola two-way radios. I am not sure about which cancels noise better, but I have been using the Blueant for 4 weeks (maybe a little more), and I am very happy with it. I returned the Jawbone II. Both, by the way, are very comfortable. One other thing I like about the Blueant is the standard mini-USB charger. All manufacturers should agree on mini-USB as the charging port. Finally, I think the incoming sound quality is slightly better on the Blueant, which also has volume buttons (the Jawbone does not). Knocka
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Wow, Thanks for all the great replies.... Sounds like the Blueant would be more up my alley, since I also have a deep voice.
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Question Can't place calls through earpiece on my Jawbone 2

I just got the Jawbone 2 after going through 5 Motorola H-12's what piece of JUNK that is. I love the way I can hear conversations and am no longer getting complaints like I can't be understood or being drowned out by background noise.
I'm just having problems placing calls through the JB 2, I touch the talk button for 2 secs. and no prompts? I keep having to go through handset?
What am I doing wrong?
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I had problems with the Jawbone 1 with my 8120. I could hear other people but they couldn't hear me. I'm looking at the Jawbone 2, but not sure if I'm going to have the same problem. Anyone using it with an 8120?
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I like my Jabra 8040 it has a great sound and it's comfortable.
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I just got the Jawbone 2 after going through 5 Motorola H-12's what piece of JUNK that is. I love the way I can hear conversations and am no longer getting complaints like I can't be understood or being drowned out by background noise.
I'm just having problems placing calls through the JB 2, I touch the talk button for 2 secs. and no prompts? I keep having to go through handset?
What am I doing wrong?
You have to push the Noise Assassin button on the end for voice dial.
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I also own the original Jawbone and thinking about buying v2. Can you still use the Jabra mini-gels on the earpiece like you can with the original?
I haven't tried the mini-gels (don't really know the difference...I use the standard gels) but, I've read that they fit. I think I'm going to try them b/c the originals aren't bad but they don't fit as snug as I'd like on the Jawbone 2
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This probably applies to < 1% of the population but those of us with full bears find the Jawbone/II doesn't work so well. Including myself I have three data points with the same experience. Clean shaven, works great. Keep a full beard, fuggedabouit.
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Someone gave me a Motorola H385 when I was looking at the Jawbones and people told me they could hear me more clearly on the H385 over the Jawbone. I was very surprised at this given the cost and hype differences.
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If you are only using the device in a car, I recommend the Blueant Supertooth speakerphone instead of the headset.
Have you used it in a convertible?

Nevermind -- found your thread on it.

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I then got both the Jawbone II and the Blueant Z9i to try. I used both, and called my own voicemail to record a call using both.
Thanks! Good to hear test results of this type with both of these headsets. Most people neglect to consider what it sounds like to callers on the other end and only focus on fit and audio quality on their end.

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I was very surprised at this given the cost and hype differences.
Cost is an absolutely worthless indicator of performance. I recall spending nearly $100 on the Moto HS810 and finding it to perform worse than the Plantronics M3500 that only cost about $30 at the time. Granted, the M3500 is a bulky and really old model that I wouldn't recommend today (there are far better options these days).

When comparing you really have to test them out or at least start with reviews where others have actually tested them.

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