I bought the Jawbone ICON Hero this weekend after a quick survey of comparable devices. Bottom line: good quality caller and called voices, reasonable battery life given size, and comfortable wear for extended period. Jawbone’s MyTalk beta is a fun bonus and appears promising.
I owned the first Jawbone bluetooth headset when it came out. I did not care for the fit, the feel, or frankly the noise cancellation. When the noise suppression worked, it was fine. But most of the time the nub lost contact with my cheek and chopped up my voice. The ICON Series no longer requires face contact although it works better with contact. Since the fit issues for me are significantly better than the first generation, it now stays in contact with my cheek all the time. That said, due to operator error, it took me time to find the right fit. At first I fiddled with the three earbud-only pieces. Then the three without the expander loop and using the behind-the-ear loop. None seemed to hold it in place well or feel good. I finally read the (two-step) instructions. Inserting it as pictured seated the standard one fit perfectly. At first it was noticeable, but that quickly evaporated. I do not walk around with the headset in my ear when not in use. I do, however, make long calls. Longest single call this weekend was just over 1 1/2 hours. The Ace, my custom voice, announced I still had two hours of talk time left. Not great, but adequate for this tiny headset.
My ICON Hero provided great call quality in both directions. I have not used it in a high noise environment, like driving with open windows in the truck, but it did well in an office environment with the usual complement of way too many computer fans humming.
Jawbone’s MyTalk deserves a mention. First, only the ICON Series can take advantage of this. Second, it can run only one app and one custom voice. Right now the apps are very limited. I am running A2DP which allows me to listen to content–music, podcasts, etc.–over the headset not just phone calls. In addition to that, there are three female and three male voices to choose from. I am running Ace. Ace, subtitled Be Foxy, reminds me of my GPS’ female Australian voice (but maybe Ace is British.) She is professional and sexy sounding. The Bombshell and The Catch, the other two female voices, sounded a little too air headed for me /shrug, to each his own. I am sure the male voices sounded fine. If any of you are using a male voice, please leave a comment and let us know what you think.