Daily Giz Wiz 852: Blueant Q1

Episode 852 of the podcast

Blueant Q1
Subject: Review of Blueant Q1
Released:Tuesday 16 June 2009
Length:about 14 minutes
Download file:DGW-852.mp3 (6.6 MB)
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Short info

You only need to use your voice to control your BlueAnt Q1 Bluetooth headset.

Detailed information

Turn-The-Tables-Tuesday

After Dick introduced to Leo the Plantronics Voyager Pro (Episode 829), BlueAnt decided to send their own in-ear bluetooth headset to Leo for him to review.  Leo was much enamoured with BlueAnt's previous products Supertooth Light (Episode 362) and Supertooth 3 (Episode 662), and the new BlueAnt Q1 has much to recommend as well.  It's about the size of the original Voyager, smaller than the Voyager Pro, and is very lightweight, although you can use the ear loop as well.  The Q1 talks you through the pairing with your cellphone, and offers an array of voice commands.  Just ask "What can I say?" and it will tell you the list of commands, which include checking battery life, speed dialling, noise cancellation control, and "teach me".  It can pair with up to 8 devices, and connect to 2 phones simultaneously.  It has good noise cancellation (with an internal wind shield), and dual microphones for voice isolation.

Comparison

For a direct comparison of recent bluetooth headsets including the Q1 and Plantronics Voyager Pro, see a review by Phil Baker (whose book was referred to in Episode 795), and his follow-up review of the new Jawbone Prime.

Ask And Ye Shall Receive

On the last TTTT (Episode 847), which was the first show recorded on the same session, Leo was stumped as to why the Daily Giz Wiz podcasts have made their way into a listener's Music Folder on iTunes and got played in Shuffle mode along with the rest of his music.  Matt Pokky (for his previous letter to Leo, see Episode 652) happened to be listening to the live stream and managed to send in an answer before the end of the recording session, and Leo was astute enough to have taken notice of it.  Matt had the same thing happened to him about 18 months ago, when Apple decided (in iTunes 6 or 7) to include podcasts into Music, which maxed out his iPod's capacity.  Matt's workaround was to make a smart playlist called iPod Music, defined as "Genre is not podcast" and "Podcast is false".

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