The Jabra Stone is going up against Aliph’s Jawbone for the title of sleekest and sexiest Bluetooth headset. And it certainly does a good job, with a tiny frame and stunning looks. But the real question is whether you can slap one on without being branded a modern day yuppie. Read our Jabra Stone review now and find out how it measures up.
Put the Jabra Stone on and you’ll be amazed at just how well small it is. This isn’t the kind of Bluetooth headset that makes you look like Sam Allardyce with his earpiece on in the dug out. However, being so small, you will need to make sure you shout as loudly as Big Sam when you’re in a busy place. The mic is miles from your mouth and although Jabra has included Noise Blackout Extreme tech, you’ll find yourself shouting up when things get hectic. Forget being able to hear anyone when there are sirens squealing in the background.
That’s not to say that the Jabra Stone is lacking in skills. When you get a call coming in, just touch the device and you’ll be shooting the breeze right away. Want to get rid of a nagging caller? Then touch it again and they’re gone, just like magic. If you do happen to be in a noisy neighbourhood, then you can slide your finger up and down the Jabra Stone to control volume. It’s a neat trick and one that we didn’t tire of while it was hooked up to our Motorola DEXT.
There are other caveats though. Battery life on the Jabra Stone is a measly two hours, although using the bundled clip on charger which has six hours of talk time on board does help. It doesn’t compare well to other headsets and if you’re bombing around in a car all day, stopping to charge up is not going to be fun.
That really sums up the Jabra Stone. While it looks ace, it’s just not at all practical, something which Bluetooth headsets really need to be. Ok, it doesn’t make you look silly, but its lack of warhorse status makes it difficult to recommend.