Jawbone Icon (Hero) [rating: 5/5]
I used to laugh along with the comedians as they would make jokes at the men and women who would walk the streets, shops and even around their own homes with bluetooth headsets permanently poking out from their ear. I could never be like that, or so I thought…
The first thing that impressed me with the Jawbone Icon was it’s great packaging, just like Apple, Jawbone have pushed out all the stops in ensuring that not only does the bluetooth headset look great on display in it’s plastic case atop the packaging but that all the accessories including multiple ear pieces, charger, sync cable and manuals are all beautifully encased in the box below.
I was falling in love with this device even before I’d started using it!
The bluetooth headset itself is compact, sleek and perfectly formed and the multiple ear pieces ensure that you get the best fit possible straight out of the box, in fact it’s the most secure and comfortable blue-tooth device I’ve ever worn.
There are two physical buttons, an on/off switch on the rear of the device and a multi-purpose button on the top that is used for handling calls, volume control and other actions depending on which app you install on your blue-tooth device.
Pairing the device was easy too, although before that I did something that I’d never done with a blue-tooth headset before and that was to connect it to my computer with the sync cable so that not only could I charge it but also make sure it had the latest version of the software installed.
The apps that you get to install via the online synchronization include the simple choice of the voice used that talks to you, to the more complex apps that will read sms, email and other app information to you as you use Jawbone Icon. These more complex apps usually cost you although most come with free trials.
Even without the additional apps though the device works flawlessly. I’ve been using mine with my iPhone 4, a phone not known for it’s great blue-tooth functionality, and yet jumping from a voice call to listening to a podcast has been great.
Another nice touch on the iPhone is the addition of an on screen icon that displays the battery life of the Jawbone Icon which is a very nice. Not that battery life has been of any concern at the moment even when listening to hours of podcasts on my headset as I do.
The Jawbone Icon comes in a range of 6 designs and is available in the Touch Reviews Accessories Store for $79.95 which is $20 cheaper than Apple’s own online store and if you are on the lookout for your first, or a new bluetooth device you can’t go wrong with the Jawbone Icon for iPhone.
- Sleek & Stylish Looks
- Easy to setup and use
- Multiple voices and apps
- A new permanent fixture to my ear!
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