I had my phase of Bluetooth headsets, as do most mobile phone users. However, my experience with them was always less than pleasant. They were either too bulky, had bad audio, or people could never hear me properly. I’m glad to say that the Q1 from BlueAnt was neither of these things.
Size and Comfort
The Q1 is about the size of most Bluetooth headsets, so there’s not much to report there. It has an over the ear hook that you can put on either your left or right ear by sliding it out and flipping it around. It’s lightweight though. So lightweight that there have been several occasions where I completely forgot I had it on and then got a call and was surprised by the chime in my ear.
Like I said earlier, I’ve been scarred by Bluetooth headsets before. The Q1 resolved all those issues I had before. Sound comes through crisp and clear and sounds like any regular headset, and at times exactly as if I were using my phone itself. Every call I made, I was certain to ask the person on the other end how I sounded and inform them that I was using a Bluetooth. Practically everyone was surprised and impressed that I sounded so clear, especially the people who used to complain how horrible I sounded on other Bluetooth devices I had used before.
If you’ve got tons of music on your BlackBerry and don’t want to have to deal with the hassle of headphones and cords, the Q1 is capable of playing stereo music. More on that in a second Voice activation is the feature BlueAnt tries to sell the most on this headset, but I wasn’t too fond of it. There’s a short list of commands that it understands, and when you speak them, the device doesn’t really pick them up too well. What did impress me, however, was the mutli-device pairing capability. Users can pair up to 8 devices to the Q1 and have two connected at a time. I’m using both a Bold 9700 and Motorola Droid at the moment, and I have both of them paired and connected to the headset at the same time whenever I use it. The best thing I’ve seen from any device in a long time, especially one the size of the Q1, is the day I was listening to a little bit of Jason Mraz on my BlackBerry and then received a call on the Droid. The headset informed me of an incoming call and I answered it and spoke to the person calling me. After the call ended and was terminated, the headset seamlessly switched right back to the music. It took me a few seconds to remember that I was listening to the music on a completely different device. Based on this fact alone, the Q1 is a wonderful device that’s worth every penny. You can purchase it from AT&T stores or online for $129.99, with the same price at Radio Shack, Best Buy, etc. However, if you’re of the interest of saving $30, I suggest purchasing the headset from the BBGeeks Store for only $99.95.
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