Many of us are becoming quite aware of how technology has given us an abundance of choices, from the low end to the high end. Accordingly, this discussion will delve into the world of Bluetooth technology, all relating to BlueAnt products (http://www.myblueant.com/). Interestingly enough, in observations, there are likely a number of us that have seen people wear and use them; but we perhaps went no further in inquiry. Even more so, it is safe to guess that some of us probably had our opinions about their fashionableness or lack thereof, on the person sporting them. But, the applicability of these devices is a major reason for continued popularity.
I personally find the Ribbon the most stylish and enjoyable, as a newcomer to bluetooths. The look is exactly in keeping with the name and very lightweight, having controls to change volume and music tracks; for my android phone, an LGL35G, the setup was a piece of cake, practically taking no time, outside of charging the device. Also, if you’re like me, and enjoy using earphones, in general, this is a pretty nifty device, very much easy to use. The earphones plug directly into the Ribbon. With a simple process, you can call someone on your phone’s contact list, while in the same room of your phone, or some other nearby spot, though with limited range. In addition, it allows you to listen to any type of program playable on your smart phone; and, for any music already on your phone, you can immediately start play thru the controls of the Ribbon; keep in mind, it gives you the ability to change the volume or place a call without touching any controls on your phone or being immediately next to it; and after your call has ended, the program that was in progress, will, automatically, continue; a feature readily appreciable. Also, there’s a free BlueAnt app, good for all their bluetooths, which converts incoming text messages to voice, if the device is on; and in testing it out, it does work, which is great; however, you’ll have to re-hit the play button for any listening program that was in progress.
Proceeding to the Endure, again, it was very easy to setup on my phone. The look is that of the traditional bluetooth, which hangs on the ear, virtually no weight to it. Also, this style likely has more familiarity, practicality, and acceptability, for a business type office setting or while driving in general, and also using the GPS on your phone. As for the controls, the command button works like a charm; however, the volume (+) button, at least for my unit, takes a little more finessing for getting the desired response. In further contrast, at least to the Ribbon, whenever turning it on, you have to physically press play on the smart phone to begin listening to your music; but, like the Ribbon, the range is limited, in how far you can move away from your phone. Furthermore, and surprisingly, despite the usefulness of the ear gel piece and multiples are given, there are no instructions on how to place it on the device, requiring a visit to their website. There is also no inclusion of an extra ear hook, something I personally would like to see, just because it’s an everyday device and the importance of that accessory. In conclusion, as far as the stated functionality, you will not be disappointed in general calls/calling, inclusive of your contact list, nor to redialing the most recently received, to the most recently dialed.
In mutual to both devices above, using their voice commands is simple; however, I’m still a work-in-progress on getting to the voice commands directly associated thru my smart phone.