Jawbone: The Best Bluetooth Headset I’ve used

Posted By on May 14, 2007

JawboneWow … I’m totally impressed after only one day of using the Jawbone Bluetooth Headset, so far its great. (audio MP3 link — my ‘real life’ test)

After struggling to find a bluetooth headset for use with my Palm Treo 700p, I’ve finally found one that I can finally recommend. As someone who spends part of each week traveling, I find it usefully to be able to make clear and professional phone calls while in a car or in a “less than ideal office” environment.

In my tests, I used a fairly noisy car and after trying the highly rated and minuscule Jabra JX10 (about $100) … I have found it sorely lacking. Its ability to connect reliably with my PDA/phone — partly the Treo 700p’s fault — and that fact that its microphone is ‘super sensitive’ has found me not bothering to even travel with it. In fact, I even switched back to a low cost generic Motorola Bluetooth headset that I pick up for $20. It actually works better, but its still not a very good choice in my opinion; its doesn’t work all that well with my phone and still has problems in a small car — too much background noise. I eventually have gone back to just holding the phone or using my tangled wired headset for longer phone calls. (my retractable Seidio Earbud Headphones broke)

Motorola CockroachAfter watching the video clip on the Jawbone site, I though … “hmm, if this is for real, it will be worth the $100 ‘discounted’ price.” So far I have no regrets, although it is a bit more clumsy and less robust than the popular Motorola ‘cockroach’ Bluetooth headset … although very comfortable to wear. I still haven’t figured out the best way to carry it without leaving it ‘hanging’ from the ear, but in the car I’ve found the Treo 700p’s stub antenna a worthwhile hook! (the shirt pocket works okay, but I’ve already leaned over and dropped it on a tile floor!)

Jawbone hooked on the Treo 700p


  • john z.

    I’ve been wondering about the noise shield? But if you’re test is to be believed, it really does work. I wonder it it will work with my Nokia phone?

  • Susan B. Alberson

    Thanks for the advice. I’ve been thinking about buying a smartphone for my husband. (father’s day) The comment on many of the site about using bluetooth with Treo’s haven’t been very good so I appreciate your pointing me to this Jawbone. Since I’ll be spending about $300 for a new phone, I’m hesitate to buy just any ol’ blue tooth head set. It will be a couple of weeks yet so please point out any problems you find after using it a little bit longer.

    I enjoy your blog … keep up the technology Friday tips! 🙂

  • I have to agree with Rich C, I purchased four bluetooth devices to find the right one. I purchased the Jabra 250v, Jabra 500, Plantronics 655, and the Jawbone. I put all of them through a rigorous field test alternating each one until I found the one that performed the best. The Jawbone came out on top simply because of the noise reduction technology. It enabled people to hear me clearly in a sports bar or standing at the corner of a busy street. I also get the best range from the jawbone with the plantronics finishing very very close. The range I get with the Jawbone is about thirty five feet, and about twenty feet through the walls of my home. I use my jawbone with a Palm 700P, and Apple G4 12″ laptop (Skype).

  • Thanks for the comment Tillman. I’m looking forward to trying it with Skype on my PC.

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