Sunday, August 26, 2007

Is that a Bluetooth in your Jawbone (or are you just happy to see me?)

I was visiting NYC recently and had a long conference call in my future. I decided it was time to get a headset for my lame RAZR phone. (Yes, I have iPhone envy.) Since I refuse to be bound to AT&T for two years in order to have a iPhone, I decided that at the very least, I deserve a sweet bluetooth headset. The Aliph Jawbone headset is in fact very cool and works like a charm.

In the old days I would spend an hour walking back and forth between the Caltrain and the Truveo offices in San Francisco. Once I got the Jawbone, with its superior noise reduction technology, I could then use that hour to annoy my friends and family with useless chit chat. Turns out this works most of the time. Wind noise is the one big downfall of the Jawbone noise reduction algorithm. As long as it's not windy, you can make yourself heard. If the wind is kicking up. Forget the phone call and just listen to that iPod. (You know, the one that doesn't make phone calls.)

Now that I don't take the Caltrain but live in a developing country, I find that the Jawbone is mainly connected to my MacBook and used for Skype or Gizmo calls. Yes, these bluetooth babies aren't just for your phone. Pair them with a modern laptop and you can wonder around the apartment while Skyping with the homeland for hours on end.