Stay Safe On The Road With BlueAnt's Q3 Smart Bluetooth Headset

CES is coming up soon on January 8th and we have some exciting new announcements. One of them happens to be coming from BlueAnt Wireless who specialize in Bluetooth headsets and other Bluetooth-enabled devices. Their latest entry to their line up is the BlueAnt Q3, featuring intuitive one-touch controls, crystal clear call quality and a highly sought-after full voice integration with Siri and Google Voice commands. Best part is that it's got up to five hours of talk time with battery life shown through an on-screen indicator.

As it would make sense that your Bluetooth headset will see the most use during your commute, BlueAnt's Wind Armor technology allows for clear call experience even with your windows rolled down. The integration with Siri and Google Voice will theoretically make your drive entirely hands-free with your iPhone or Android device. These seem perfect for anyone looking for a trusty pair of headsets that you can rely on. 

Nokia Luna Bluetooth Headsets Upgraded With Wireless Charging

Nokia has revealed a new version of its NFC-enabled Luna Bluetooth headset which will now support wireless charging like the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 handsets. It's as simple as placing the Luna while its docked in the portable charging cradle on top of one of Nokia's new Qi-compatible wireless charging pads in order to instantly begin charging both the headset and the cradle. The wireless charging Luna headset will be available in five, Lumia matching colors presumably at around $80. Nokia is yet to official announce the price and availability. Check out Nokia's up beat demo video of how it all comes together after the jump.

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JayBird Freedom Sprint JF4 Wireless In-Ear Headphones, Fitness-Proof

JayBird has released a revamped version of its JF3 Freedom buds we reviewed late last year dubbed the JF4 Freedom Sprint. The new and improved Freedom Sprint is a sweat-resistant, wireless Bluetooth in-ear headphones with headset functionality that is nearly identical to its predecessor, albeit redesigned to be 40% smaller with a number of minor enhancements. JayBird taunts that it has improved every aspect with the Sprint like a softer tangle-free cable, smaller micro-USB port for charging, hidden notification LED, repositioned top-facing multi-function button for easier reach, enhanced mic for clearer voice conversations and emphasized warm, thumping bass without the fatiguing. Not the most impressive improvements might we add. We do like the new matte black finish compared to the glossy, fingerprint magnet original Freedom.

What hasn't improved is battery life. The Freedom Sprint's battery performance is reduced down to 4.5 hours of battery life from the 6 hours of the original Freedom headset due to the weight loss. JayBird's Freedom Sprint also feature the same secure fit ear cushions and isolating tips for better secure in-ear comfort no matter how hard you push yourself, and are now available for $129.

Jawbone Outs Icon HD Bluetooth Headset, Now Even Nerdier

Jawbone pumps out Bluetooth headsets more than anyone else, and now it has released the Icon HD + The Nerd Bluetooth headset with a $139.99 price tag to cover up those sophisticated good looks and impressive packaging. The Icon HD now boasts HD audio meaning you'll get an improved sound quality over the rest of Jawbone's headsets with a 10mm speaker inside for greater music listening, video viewing and of course call making quality. Jawbone says the Icon HD is their best sounding headset they've built so far. The Nerd is the tiny little USB Audio Adapter that lets you connect your Icon HD to any Mac or PC for audio streaming and Skype calling wonderness without having to use Bluetooth as a connection. Somewhat of a contradiction isn't it?

The Icon HD is also packed with features like the advanced noise cancellation NoiseAssassin 2.5 with wind reduction, media player play/pause controls, iPhone battery status indicator, various in-ear fittings and ear hooks as well as MyTalk compatibility. Jawbone's Icon HD with The Nerd is available right now in just one style this time.

Nir Schneider


Bluetrek's Carbon Is the World's First Carbon Fiber Bluetooth Headset

The Bluetrek Carbon is in fact the world's first ever real carbon fiber Bluetooth headset. The carbon fiber construction allows the Carbon Bluetooth headset to be so light that it only weighs .25 ounces (5.9 grams). Earhooks are apparently unnecessary on the Carbon as it comes with 4 different sized ear buds that promises you a very comfortable fit, even if you're wearing glasses. The Carbon is now on sale for a competitive print point of $69.99 and packs Bluetooth 3.0, simultaneous connection to 2 mobile phones, wind and echo noise-cancellation and more. Head on over to the Carbon's product page for more.

Nir Schneider


Remember Apple's Bluetooth Headset?

Apple's Bluetooth Headset was first introduced back in 2007, when the world received one of the biggest contribution in mobile history, the iPhone. Unfortunately Apple's black and slim Bluetooth headset is no longer with us and has been discontinued by Apple in early 2009. Why? No one really knows but maybe the steep $129 price tag and mediocre audio quality drove consumers away towards other offerings like BlueAnt and Jawbone. Maybe Apple should try designing a whole new Bluetooth headset with an attractive price point and better quality. I would love to see Apple design something with similar curves as the iPhone 4 or better yet, the soon to be iPhone 5. Until then, there are many great options out there.

Nir Schneider