Release Date: 4/10/2010
The Good: Noise cancelling works well, voice commands are convenient, removable ear hook, connects to any device, very clear audio quality
The Bad: Firmware updater doesn’t work on 64-bit Windows, voice commands don’t pick up your voice unless you’re shouting, speed dialing is a pain to program, won’t recognize names on phone, gets a little hot, Android app is useless
Headsets are pretty common but good ones aren’t. BlueAnt is a leader in headsets and this is mainly tailored for Android phones, but will work with any bluetooth device. The piece is small and lightweight and comes with a removable ear hook as well as two different size ear cushions. The button on the side allows you to use voice commands to control the headset such as checking battery level, turning it off, call back and a few other features. While the bluetooth picks up your voice very well the commands require you talking very loudly so doing so in quiet places is out of the question. Pressing the button answers and hangs up a call which is nice, but it won’t read names off your phone which I found pretty annoying during an incoming call when the thing reads out the number. Do I remember everyone’s number? No, and you can’t use the voice command to answer it until the number is read out and by thing they hang up, so just hit the button of hold it down to ignore the call.
Programming speed dial is a huge pain and not really worth it. It won’t recognize the speed dial on your phone so you have to wait until someone calls and then press a series of buttons to store the number. There is also a huge issue when updating the firmware because the firmware updater does not work with 64-bit Windows. Why it doesn’t in this day in age is beyond me, so I had to use another persons computer with a 32-bit version of Windows to update the firmware. Other than that voices come through very clearly even when driving on the freeway or with the windows down. I found that it did get a little warm and made my ear hot after a while, but this may not affect some people. The app for Android phones is pretty useless since all it does is turn on your bluetooth and give you instructions on how to use the thing.
Overall the thing will connect without a hitch and you can hear clearly and it just works great. All the other features may not be to some people’s liking, but if they improve these issues in another headset I will be more likely to rant great things about this, but overall the Q1 has some real problems.