Summary: The Jabra STONE2 is undoubtedly a gorgeous looking Bluetooth headset, with a leather finish. And add an equally good-looking charging dock to the package, and you would assume that we have a winner on our hands. However, the very limited battery backup offered by the headset means you will rely on the charger more often than not. Most handsets beat that comfortably on their own, without the separate charging dock. At a price of close to Rs.
Pros: Attractive design, Comfortable to wear, Voice guidance for battery level & call status, Charging dock with built-in battery is a value add
Cons: Audio quality deteriorates on noisy environments, Voice commands need precise pronunciation, Limited battery backup of the headset, Pricey
Excerpt: When the original Jabra STONE was released last year – it was unlike anything we had ever seen on the Bluetooth headset market. Its unique...
Pros: New voice command features take the headset to the next level. Additional eargels make for a more comfortable fit. Construction is still solid. Battery life is now 10 hours. Unique design still enables it to stand out from the Bluetooth headset pack.
Cons: More crackling noises than the original. Headset still won’t fit comfortably for some with smaller ears. Still designed for right ears only. To unlock the true potential of the headset, you will have to download apps from the Jabra World of Apps store which can entail extra costs.
Excerpt: Jabra has been in the Bluetooth headset market for a long time, but when Jabra first released the Stone Bluetooth headset, it didn't quite get the likes of everyone due to its performance. Jabra has since released the Stone 2 with an even sleeker finish and added features in hopes that it will improve on its predecessor. While the Stone 2 has kept the streamline unique design as its predecessor, it still doesn't look like your typical Bluetooth headset.
Excerpt: Traditionally noise cancellation and price have been the difference makers when shopping for a Bluetooth headset. High-end headsets like the Plantronics Voyager Pro and various Jawbone headsets have set the bar for business users requiring great sound quality. The average consumer tends to be more comfortable purchasing one of the myriad of headsets in the $30-$50 price range, sacrificing sound quality for value.
Summary: I can heartily recommend the Jabra Stone 2 for everyday wear. It is unobtrusive and comfortable for long-term wear. You'll be disappointed by the voice control, but the Stone 2 is slick enough and works well enough to overcome this shortfall.
Pros: +Comfortable, +Small in your ear and on your head., +Good voice quality., +Good noise cancellation., +Long-lasting, the Stone charges the headset up quickly.
Cons: -Tinny audio, -The Stone can be a pain to deal with when you are low on pocket space., -Voice command does not work well.
Handsfree Heaven: Jabra Freeway and Stone2 - Reviewed
26 April 2011
Summary: The sound quality of the Freeway and Stone2 is absolutely top of the class for call quality and music playback. They are very easy to use, extremely stylish and cool looking. Both are well priced which is very important so that everyone can be legal and safe. I think I'll rather pay the price for one of these and enjoy its benefits every day rather than risk a traffic ticket for just about the same amount!
Conclusion: Easily one of the classiest headsets available. Much like the original Stone, the Stone 2 consists of headset which is set in a circular stone-shaped dock. In terms of a design update, the Stone 2 comes in both glossy and leather finish. We received the leather version for review and prefer it to the glossy one. The problem with glossy surfaces is that it tends to get smudged with fingerprints very quickly. Plus, the leather surface makes the Stone 2 looks nicer.
Excerpt: Here is the Jabra Stone2 and my first impression was “This thing is tiny”. The packaging was very nice and professional as well as the whole design of the headset itself with its very detailed stone design.