I must admit that I was no fan of hand-free headsets because I thought they made people look like the Borg. I avoided them because I didn’t want to be assimilated.
When I received the Jawbone ICON “The Rogue,” I realized that resistance was futile. The device was a stylish departure from the geeky, Borg-like headsets. It quickly became one of my “never leave home without it” gadgets.
Ease of Operation
I was initially concerned about the ICON’s ease of operation. Many times, companies choose form over function and users end up paying the price with frustration and dissatisfaction. I was pleasantly surprised by the device’s ease of use. Connecting the headset to my phone was painless. After charging the device and powering it up, I turned on my iPhone’s Bluetooth and I was set to go. I was also pleased that the device was compatible with my MacBook Pro (It also plays nicely with PCs).
I like to use the device when I’m working in my office. It keeps my hands free so I’m able to get more done. Answering a call is as simple as pressing a button and battery life was phenomenal. I was able to go a week without having to recharge the ICON. Admittedly, I don’t talk on the phone for long periods of time, but I’m sure that heavy talkers will also be pleased with the battery life.
The audio is crystal clear thanks to the ICON’s NoiseAssassin technology. Originally developed for use in tanks and helicopters, Jawbone ICON’s NoiseAssassin is a proprietary technology that eliminates background noise from mobile phone conversations. I spend a lot of time on noisy construction sites and I’m amazed that ICON allows me to hold conversations without yelling or straining to hear.
There’s an App for That
One thing that really intrigued me about this Jawbone device was the ability to customize the ICON with Audio or Dial “apps” via Jawbone’s MyTalk Web site. Simply log in to the site, attach the headset to your computer via a USB cable, and the MyTalk Web site will automatically recognize your headset. MyTALK DialApps let you customize an easy access button that links your Jawbone ICON directly to 411, voice-to-SMS and voice dial services. Some apps even let you use voice to listen and post to Facebook or Twitter.
Final Thoughts and Contest
Although initially skeptical, I am now a Jawbone ICON convert. This device is sleek, modern, and user-friendly.
If you’d like to own a Jawbone ICON, here is your chance. One lucky ready will win one of these devices just in time for Father’s Day.
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Mocha Dad’s “Jawbone ICON Father’s Day Contest” starts on Thursday, June 3, 2010 and ends Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. (CST), and is open to all Mocha Dad readers, subscribers, and/or fans in the continental U.S. and Canada. No purchase required. Relatives and employees of Mocha Dad are not eligible to win. Winners will be chosen via Random.org and announced on Thursday, June 10, 2010. You must leave your contact information to collect your prize. If a winner does not respond within 5-days, a new winner will be chosen.