Jabra’s Stone Is First Non-Dorky Bluetooth Headset


Jabra’s new Stone headset is the first non-dorky Bluetooth headset I’ve ever seen.

Actually, it’s the second. The first was a Secret Service-style single earbud from Hong Kong that clipped to your shirt. Trouble is, it sounded awful.

The Stone should have no such trouble: it supports A2DP (good for music, even though it’s a single earpiece) and has nice, clear noise-canceling microphone. Volume controls are handled by the surface of the Stone, which is touch-sensitive – how cool is that?

It’s called the Stone because when docked into its portable charging dock, the pair look like a polished stone.

But boy, does it need that charging dock. Battery life is a skimpy two hours talk time, according to Jabra (and less than an hour according to one early review). The charging dock is good for three charges of the headset before it too has to be recharged. Standby is 12 hours.

Jabra’s Stone costs $130 and will be available exclusively from AT&T in early November. Might be worth the price  for the cool touchscreen volume controls — and for not making you look like Lieutenant Uhura.

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Leander KahneyLeander Kahney is the editor and publisher of Cult of Mac. He is the NYT bestselling author of Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products; Inside Steve’s Brain; Cult of Mac; and Cult of iPod. Leander has written for Wired, MacWeek, Scientific American, and The Guardian in London. Follow Leander on Twitter @lkahney.

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