The Jabra STONE2 Bluetooth headset is supposed to be an upgrade from its predecessor, the Jabra STONE, and takes it to the next level. I don’t own the original Jabra STONE so unfortunately I cannot compare the differences between the two.
When you spend most of your time on the call while you are on the go, it is always best to invest in a Bluetooth headset that is compact in size, easy to carry, comfortable, and handles calls while listening to your music. Jabra STONE2 fits well for these needs but is it good enough?
Jabra STONE2 Review – Packaging
It includes the earpiece, portable charger, USB cable, Power cable, and different ear gels.
Jabra STONE2 Review – Design
Apparently the Jabra STONE2 has 2 designs (Glossy for AT&T and Leather for general distribution). The one I have is the leather version and it looks really sleek:
I truly love the Jabra STONE2 design. It looks cool, modern, and really stylish. It’s one sided only (right ear) and it has a soft hook for the ear. The design is comfortable and you will not notice it’s there even if you wear it for a long period of time.
The packaging includes 4 different types of ear gels but I find that none really gives a perfect fit into the ear canal.
As a result, it is quite difficult to hear the audio clearly if you are using it in a noisy environment because the ear gel doesn’t go deep enough.
Jabra STONE2 Review – Portable charger
If you are wondering what the round ball-looking-thing in my photos is, it’s actually a holder and a charger for the headset. When you are not going to use the headset for a while, you can plug it into the portable charger. It snaps easily with a push. Take the earpiece out and it automatically turns itself on.
Snap it in, and the headset will be recharged automatically. It enables you to fast charge on the go up to 3 times from an empty battery level (each charge takes only 20 minutes, according to the specification). In total, you can get up to 10 hours of wireless talk time this way (not to mention the 15 days standby time). However, according to the product spec, you can only get 2 hours of talk time without the charger. It’s definitely not enough for heavy callers (or those who are always on stand-by for support calls).
The size of the portable charger is quite compact and not too bulky. I tend to put the charger inside my shirt’s or pants’ pocket. It has 3 LED indicators to indicate its battery level (displayed when you pluck the headset in). The portable charger also makes it easy to store the Bluetooth headset away. Gone were the days when I had to waste my time looking for my tiny portable headset somewhere inside my bedroom.
Jabra STONE2 Review – Features
The Jabra STONE2 voice control makes sure that you don’t need to ever touch it to answer, reject, and make calls. When a call comes in, you will hear the caller’s name (Note: this is tested on my iPhone 4) and you can simply say “Answer” or “Ignore” the call (or press the Answer/End button). There aren’t much press-able buttons on the unit itself. The Answer/End button (located at the bottom part of the device) can also be used to check the battery status and to do a redial.
To raise or lower the volume level, you need to swipe up/down on the earpiece. Not sure why, but I found that sometimes the touch doesn’t get registered pretty well. It feels kinda awkward because people saw me rubbing the earpiece a few times while I walk to work.
As explained in the design section, I find that none of the ear gels give a perfect fit to the ear canal. This means the sound is leaking out and it’s harder to hear if you are in a noisy environment. You can listen to the music just fine but Jabra STONE2 audio quality is not superb either. Even during calls, the call quality is just average (tends to get worse when used in a noisy environment – such as near a live traffic). As such, Jabra STONE2 is probably best to use indoor or in-car.
Jabra STONE2 Review – Conclusion
Apart from the battery limitation and the so-so audio quality, Jabra STONE2 is stylish, compact, and easy to use.
The portable charger is a smart solution, allowing you to store the earpiece while charging it at the same time. It counters the fact that Jabra STONE2 doesn’t have enough juice to run for long, considering the unit is very light and small to store a bigger battery. Thankfully, with the help of the portable charger though, you can prolong the battery life even further.
If you are looking for a compact and stylish Bluetooth headset and you are not constantly in a call for more than 2 hours straight, then the Jabra STONE2 might be headset for you.
Note: Sample was provided for the review
Jabra STONE2 Pros
+ Stylish design
+ Lightweight, compact
+ Great portable charger design
+ Battery level indicators on earpiece, charger, and iPhone
Jabra STONE2 Cons
– So so audio quality
– Short battery life, requiring a fast recharge on the portable charger
– Doesn’t go deep into the ear canal
– Right ear only