The Ear Hook is aluminum covered with rubber for firm grip and is detachable. On the looks front, as I have mentioned earlier as well, it is a very stylish and sleek looking headset shouting of its superior quality. With an arched design, the Q2 has dedicated buttons for features like volume control and turning the device on or off. There is however a Multi Function Button MFB which not only provides regular answering or disconnecting call feature but also works for all voice enabled features like voice dialing or voice to text through the Android app. Features This is the part where the review gets interesting. The Q2 boasts not only standard BlueAnt headset features but the company has added more to the successor of Q1 bluetooth headset.
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With a design right out of a Sci-Fi flick, I absolutely loved the way it looks. The BT headset has a number of buttons on it but they all are there for a reason. There are two volume buttons, big enough for anyone not to miss them while increasing or reducing the volume. The call answer button is on the outside of the headset and it is also big enough to easily answer the incoming calls by gently pressing it. As mentioned earlier, the T1 headset comes with 2 silicon covers for protection from dust, dents and accidental falls but in addition to this, it also gives a sleek look to the headset as well.
I would give an additional point to BlueAnt to come up with such a brilliant idea. The T1 also boast an excellent dual connectivity mode, in which, you can connect 2 phones simultaneously with the headset and the one ringing first will be answered through it.
For the Navigation enthusiasts, T1 offers voice navigation right from your phone to the headset. This feature is application enabled so since I did not have any voice navigation available in my region, I could not test it. Setup Setting up the T1 was a breeze. As soon as I switched it one, I heard a voice. It was the voice guided setup of the headset which is run as soon as the headset is turned on for the first time or pairing with any new device.
After the headset was setup, I was informed, by the mysterious voice from the headset that it was attempting to copy contacts from my phone. Now I really appreciate this feature but then again, there should be a procedure for the user to interrupt this phone-book transfer as some might not want to do it. Testing the T1 Those who read my reviews already know that I am a fan of putting all the products into real life testing scenarios thus giving out the true picture of the product under review.
I used the BlueAnt T1 headset in the following scenarios: 1. Indoors 3. Crowded place with lots of people speaking 4. Cafe with loud music 5. Driving car with music on and windows rolled down Here are the results of each scenario Indoors The T1 Bluetooth headset performed beyond what I expected of it. The voice was clear, crisp, the person on the other side could head me loud and clear and I did not even make an effort to speak louder. At times I also tested it as if I was in a meeting and had to whisper and the result was exceptional.
Outdoors The typical outdoor scenario was myself standing outside my house with few cars passing by and people walking along, no crowd and not much of a noise but typical daytime with birds chirping and kids playing around. I was again impressed with the sound quality of the headset. The person on the other side had absolutely no problem in hearing me too. The speaker on the headset gave out clear notification of the incoming call and it connected like a breeze.
Results were again, absolutely brilliant. Although I did feel the incoming sound going a little low when there were too many people around but the difference was negligible. I also used the speak to answer mode when I can say "Answer" without having to look at my phone as I did not want to take the phone out of my pocket, it worked flawlessly. Rating for this test, 9. However, having said that, BlueAnt T1 did the job pretty well by letting me know of the incoming calls, although it took me a little while to notice the incoming call in my ear due to the loud music but talking with the headset was another pleasent experience.
Hearing the other side was a bit difficult but not impossible as I pressed the headset to my ear and the voice became clearer. My voice going on the other side could be heard along with the music in the background. I prefer taking my Jabra on such locations as its ear piece get placed well within the ear, blocking out any outside noise but T1 has been a surprisingly good headset for such environments too.
Driving with music on and windows rolled down The average speed I traveled on was 80Kmph on an open road for 15 minutes, while talking on the phone using T1 BT headset.
The sound volume was acceptable and the person on the other side could hear me clearly as well. The company claims for the headset to be perfect up to 35kmph so testing it on 80kmph was pushing it too hard.
I say, they should raise it to at least 50kmph as you can never tell the difference in sound quality. Additional features testing I also tested the following features as well: 1.
Incoming caller name announcement. It did not work well on my HTC Desire as it only gave out the number from which the call was being coming. Maybe it is also dependent upon the network as not all countries have similar caller id number format.
Pairing with 2 devices. It was paired with both of them and did receive the calls from the incoming device. The only other bluetooth headset doing this in local market is of Motorola H Not only in design and features but also in sound quality.
Conclusion BlueAnt T1 Rugged Bluetooth Wireless Headset is a must have for those who spend more time driving their cars than sitting or working indoors. This is a very good looking device with even better features to match its good looks. There were a few short comings of this headset but they were not at all show stopper for buyers who are looking for a long lasting bluetooth headset.
The device come with standard 2 year replacement warranty which indeed is excellent value for money in itself. I highly recommend "The Rugged" T1 bluetooth headset, giving it an over all score of 9.
The company is back with the T1, a rugged Bluetooth headset. The BlueAnt T1 has a fairly conventional Bluetooth headset design. The T1 headset is finished in glossy black plastic and features sharp curves and flat edges. BlueAnt is generous with included accessories, packing in five sets of rubber ear tips in various sizes. Once we found the right sized tips, we found the T1 rugged Bluetooth headset comfortable to wear, even for long periods. The lack of an included ear hook may disappoint some users.
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With a design right out of a Sci-Fi flick, I absolutely loved the way it looks. The BT headset has a number of buttons on it but they all are there for a reason. There are two volume buttons, big enough for anyone not to miss them while increasing or reducing the volume. The call answer button is on the outside of the headset and it is also big enough to easily answer the incoming calls by gently pressing it. As mentioned earlier, the T1 headset comes with 2 silicon covers for protection from dust, dents and accidental falls but in addition to this, it also gives a sleek look to the headset as well. I would give an additional point to BlueAnt to come up with such a brilliant idea.