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Is the Jawbone ERA a good bluetooth headset?

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Jawbone ERA Wireless Bluetooth Headset

The Top Questions for the Jawbone ERA:

How loud is this Bluetooth headset?

This is one of the better reasons behind buying the ERA. It’s volume. Most headsets are soft but this is of a rare few that actually pack a punch. You can easily hear the audio in noisy environments. We can also say that the mic is often clear as when we were in optimum conditions there was never any complaints from those we were talking to. Loud doesn’t mean crystal clear however, so don’t expect dedicated headphone quality when buying this headset.

How well does it cut out background noise?

The ERA uses something called Noise Assassin and it does a fantastic job of cutting out background noise in environments where sound is of continuous volume. If you’re in a more lively environment where people will be screaming of cups clattering, all at random times then it will have a harder time of eliminating those background sounds.

What devices can I use with this?

The ERA allows for two devices to be connected simultaneously with devices using Bluetooth version 2.1 or above. This means a smartphone using v3.0 or v4.0 would work with the Jawbone ERA.

I’ve read a lot about the Warranty issues – what’s the truth?

Jawbone seem very specific with who they trust to sell their products. This is fine if you are buying from a re-seller they have selected, however Amazon.com isn’t one of them. This came as some surprise as Amazon is the top online retailer and the majority of purchases would be expected to come through them. So if you buy Jawbone make sure it’s via a re-seller they have authorized otherwise you’ll only have 30 days of coverage.

Jawbone ERA Wireless Bluetooth Headset

Where can I find the official video for this headset?

Is this Jawbone ERA Bluetooth Headset on sale at Amazon.com?

Right now you can buy the Jawbone ERA on Amazon.

Does this have a motion sensor?  If so, what is it used for?

The Jawbone ERA has a gyro which detects jaw movement, taps and shakes. The way the motion works is to turn on/off noise reduction while talking, accept or hang up a call (must first accept to hang up) or enter pairing mode. We had some awkward moments using the motion controls but they can be turned off via the smartphone app ‘MyTalk’ which is used with the device.

Does the callers name or number get announced?

If you add your contact list to Jawbone’s ‘MyTalk’ app you will receive the called name. Otherwise you will only hear the number, or if the announcements are disabled a calling tone.

Can I make a call from the headset without using my smartphone?

You can activate Siri, Google Now or Cortana by touching the button positioned on top of the Jawbone. Via these you can say “Call” and then the persons name if they are on your contact list. There is no other way to make a call from the Bluetooth headset.

Can I just say “Accept Call”?

Sadly you can’t say “Accept” or “Decline” during an incoming call. You have to double tap the device while in your ear to accept a call. We would have loved the option to cancel an incoming call without accepting it first, the inability to decline forced us to wait for the call tone or announcement to end before before a song or directions continued.

Can I use this for voice-to-text messaging?

Yes, you just need to activate Siri, Google Now or Cortan and use voice commands. Be careful however as it can be haphazard with text messages being sent empty or randomly. This is definitely not a Jawbone ERA issue, just one of the complications to using voice commands.

Can I listen to music or audiobooks on this?

Of course you can. You’ll be able to connect this Bluetooth headset to any device which is version 2.1 or higher. This means you’ll be able to connect to iPods, iPads, laptops and consoles if you choose to. The only downside is that some audio via laptops or computers may be output in mono without setting up a Bluetooth Adaptor.

Jawbone ERA Wireless Bluetooth Headset

Where can I find an unboxing video for the Jawbone ERA?

What comes in the box?

The Jawbone Era comes with 4 earpiece sizes, 4 rubber loop adaptors for the earpiece and one ear loop to go over the ear. The charger is included and consists of a 3″ long cable and an a/c wall socket.

What is the max range this headset will work away from my smartphone?

The Jawbone ERA manual says 33ft but depending on your battery charge and the environment some people have been able to get up to 50ft. However we don’t recommend buying any Bluetooth headset if you plan on using it at extended distances away from your smartphone as performance varies massively.

I have small ears, will this fit me?

If you have a big head like me the Jawbone ERA doesn’t look out of place and is comfortable. In smaller ears however I watched as my 18 year old son struggled to find a gel that fit, with each swap resulting in the headset just falling out his ear and requiring constant re-positioning. In contrast the Plantronics Voyager Edge and Legend fitted him without issue. This is no doubt down to luck (or his ears) but its rare to see a headset and gels included not fit someone.

This headset looks really heavy, is it?

It looks blocky and weighs around 10 grams, it’s not unsightly though and can actually look more fashionable than many of the other headsets available.

What do Jawbone ERA say about their Bluetooth Headset?

  • World’S First Intelligent Motion Equipped Headset
  • Up to 5.5 hours of talk time, up to 240 hours (10 days) of standby time
  • Charge Time: 30 Minutes (80%), 60 Minutes (Full)
  • Advanced Bluetooth headset in Midnight design with Noise Assassin 3.0 noise and wind cancelling technology for clear communication
  • 25 percent larger wideband speaker that brings Hi-Definition audio as you talk on the phone, listen to music, and more
  • Customizable features with MyTALK platform–download apps, set different languages, and more
  • Jawbone battery meter automatically displays on iPhone (BlackBerry and others available at MyTALK).

Jawbone ERA Wireless Bluetooth Headset

Where can I find a video review of the Jawbone ERA?

What are the main Pros and Cons of the Jawbone ERA?

  • Performs well in loud environments.  
  • Is louder than most Bluetooth headsets we’ve used.  
  • Can connect to Siri or Google Now for voice commands.  
  • Charges in under 1 hour!  
  • It doesn’t fit smaller ears well.
  • The motion controls can cause issues when shaking.  
  • The warranty via with Jawbone is with the re-seller, not Jawbone when buying with online stores.  

Other Bluetooth Headsets you may like?

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