Oct 15, 2013
With the Style, Jabra broaches the difficult task that is trying to create a quality tech piece while keeping the price approachable.
The review box comes nicely displayed; the manufacturer is typically great when it comes to product presentation. The box comes with the earpiece itself, a dedicated micro-usb charger, an extra (but differently shaped) ear gel and miscellaneous documentation.
The styling of the earpiece itself is clean and, dare I say, quite becoming, with black and brush steel making up most of the design with respect to color. It feels quite slick in hand. When compared to something like the Jawbone Icon, it feels just as light, but the elongated mouthpiece makes it perceptibly longer, but far from unwieldy or uncomfortable.
The ear hook is designed to be optional, which is fantastic for people like me that prefer to use earpieces without ear hooks. The included extra ear gel fit the bill perfectly, with it’s funneled design. For those that do prefer ear hooks, the ear hook is clear, and can be used on the left or right.
All in all, it looks and feels good in hand and in ear. Even with the ear hook on for hours of testing, it didn’t feel bad.
Pairing was easy as soon as I juiced the device; it’s a simple issue of turning on the bluetooth radio on my Android device, discovering the Style and selecting it from the list on my Android device to pair. The NFC pairing functionality works a advertised; a simple tap with the “outsides” of the gadget to an enabled device pairs it to said device. Streamed audio was crisp and quite clear, and I was able to get about 30 yards beyond a wall or two before getting issues. With wind blowing, I feel it works better with the funneled earpiece; I did notice a bit of interference when I moved my device across my body once or twice, but it did rectify itself. The device gives a few audio cues, and the multi-function button controls dialing.
The companion software is a good idea on paper (it provides a finding service and pairing assistance), but I was put off after installing it by what seemed to be a requirement to download another Jabra app.
It’s priced to move, and designed to please, and mostly manages to surpass both thresholds.