Jawbone Era is the fifth Bluetooth Headset from the highly praised Aliph’s Jawbone series. Since 2007 Aliph has been launching Bluetooth headsets keeping the design same, but continue to innovate, improving upon its product year after year. The Era has been called as the beginning of some thing new in the Bluetooth Headset industry as it is the first Bluetooth headset to have a dedicated application processor and an accelerometer.
Design and Comfort
Like other Jawbone series mono Bluetooth headsets Jawbone Era is fashionable and has a unique and attractive design. It comes in four different designs : Shadowbox, Smokescreen, Midnight, and Silver Lining. Era comes with 4 spout earbuds, 4 round earbuds plus an earloop , a case, an AC charger with a micro-USB cable.
Era Measures around 1.77 X 0.95 X by 0.72 inches , appears rectangular from the front, but is actually slightly curved forward to better fit to the side of the face. Era doesn’t feature a volume rocker, you will have to depend upon your phone to change volume levels. But this flaw diminishes when you find out Era boasts an automatic volume adjuster. On/Off control is on the beneath of the headset and the talk button is on the back.
The comfort factor is a great concern about every Bluetooth headset. Jawbone ERA comes with eight different fit options, Four of them are basic earbud covers that require a hook for a stable fit while four others have loops so you can wear the headset without a hook. One of which will hopefully fit your ear shape perfectly and be comfortable for you.
Jawbone Era features improved call quality over its precursors. Calls sound clear and natural at both ends usually. The noise Assassin 3.0 and wind noise reduction does their job. The Era’s speaker is 25 percent larger than the other headsets in the jawbone series and called as the dynamic wideband speaker, which even transmits HD quality sounds crystal clear. Adaptive Volume adjuster is highly effective in outdoor scenario.
Jawbone Era can run real apps. Thanks to the dedicated application processor from TI. Aliph has also added an accelerometer to the Era, to be the first Bluetooth headset to have one. You can double-tap the outer surface of the headset to answer, end, or switch calls. You may shake the headset twice to answer calls when the headset is not in the ear, or shake it to make it in pairing mode. Aliph has promised to bring more features that uses accelerometer.
In addition to basic features Era has voice-dialling support, last-number redial, multipoint technology for connecting two devices simultaneously. You can pair it up to 8 devices as well. It is also compatible with MyTalk, a Jawbone service that lets you customize the Era with a variety of Audio and Dial apps.Downloading the software lets you set up caller IDs with names, add a speed dial via the Talk button, and use voice-to-text services.
The Aliph claims Era has a battery life of 5.5 hours talk time and 10 days standby time. You may get lesser if you want to use the headset for audio streaming.You may get around 30 feet as range also.
Pros and Cons
- Excellent sound quality
- Built in Accelerometer
- Dedicated application processor
- MyTalk compatibility
- Voice call quality gets bad often
- Doesn’t have a dedicated volume rocker
- No mute or voice hold functionality
Aliph’s Jawbone Era was launched at 130 USD. But now the price has lowered to 77 USD at Amazon. It was bit more expensive at the launch and it is right time to buy the headset now.
Should Do you Buy It
I would say yes. It is right time to buy the Jawbone Era, it is fashionable, feature rich Bluetooth headset that won’t tear your pocket apart (at least now).