Jawbone ERA Silverlining In Ear Only Headsets
(3 Epinions reviews)
Epinions Product Rating:
Feb 22, 2012
Review by tholstar
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Good clarity, quick boot, fast charging, and easy pairing with up to 2 devices simultaneously.
Cons:Software bugs, NoiseAssassin doesn't seem to do much.
The Bottom Line: I'd recommend this headset for those looking for a stylish and solid headset for a reasonable price. If you're looking for robust software customization, look elsewhere.
I purchased Jawbone ERA model after seeing that it was the newest model from Jawbone. Jawbone has done well in past reviews and seemed to be a good starting point.
Recommend this product?
The Jawbone ERA comes with a wall charger, USB charger/data cable, and eight different fitting options (4 in ear and 4 over the ear). I found that with a little trial and error, one of the ear pieces fit me perfectly. The sound quality is excellent and people on the other end of the line indicated that they could hear me very well. The included USB charging cable works quickly, is a convenient compact size, and also doubles as the data cable for updates. The headset turns on quickly enough for me to turn it on and put it in my ear fast enough to answer the phone without having to answer the phone first and then switch to the headset. The headset had no problems pairing with my phone and my laptop simultaneously so that I could work quietly in the office and still answer phone calls. Battery life was typically about 5 hours of talk time just as advertised, and the unit is fully charged within an hour of having it plugged into my laptop. I did not try the wall charger.
Shaking the headset twice worked perfectly to pair the device. The ERA comes with the latest version of NoiseAssassin which is designed to eliminate noise and automatically adjust the volume. Personally I couldn't tell a difference with it and several people couldn't hear me when I tried to use the headset on the downtown streets with all the traffic noise. I had limited success with the other software features that can be installed on Android phones. I have a Samsung Galaxy S2. The software allowed me to conveniently see how much battery life was left on my headset, but that's unnecessary since the headset will tell you that with just a quick press of the Talk button. The software is supposed to allow you to customize what the Talk button does. By default, it just tells you the remaining battery life. I set the software to tell me the battery life and the time yet I could never get the headset to do that. In fact, it stopped telling me anything at all until I reset the headset back to the factory settings. I also tried setting the Talk button to engage the Android Voice Command program. This worked only about half the time although it is unclear to me whether this is the ERA's fault or the phone's.
Although I never experienced any unresolvable issues with the headset, many forum topics dedicated to the ERA may suggest that it is prone to problems especially regarding the Apple iPhone 4S.
Over all, I continue to use this headset and am very satisfied with the purchase, but I'd like to see the software features tested more thoroughly, the talk time last longer, and the ability to pair with three devices at once rather than just two.
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