Jabra Stone 2 is a high-end Bluetooth headset with a portable, pebble-shaped charging dock. The design of Jabra Stone 2 is closely in the design footsteps of its predecessor, leaning towards a subtle, classy and unique form factor. The only difference between the Stone 2 and the Stone’s design is that the Stone 2 comes in glossy and leather finishes, in contrast to the original Stone’s smooth pebble feel.
The glossy finish is available from AT&T stores, while the leather version is from Verizon. The most noticeable improvement in this model is inclusion of voice commands that make using the headset a true hands-free experience. The volume control was handled through a touch-sensitive layer on the face of the handset itself. The volume on music is excellent.
One of the bad thing in Jabra Stone 2 design is that it exclusively fits the right ear. This can be a big problem if habit or necessity would put a Bluetooth headset on your left ear. It is available in both black and white color. Some Bluetooth headsets are interchangeable faceplates.
Audio quality for calls is decent, though it is not great. Despite hosting a secondary noise-cancelling headphone, it still picked up a fair bit of moderate wind and traffic noise.
Still, there are a few solid call functions available, such as a pleasant-sounding automated voice that relays who’s calling, as well as voice-activated answering or ignoring of calls.
The Stone2’s dock holds 8 hours of charge, while the headset handles 2 hours on its own. The device smartly shuts down and charges when docked, and turns and answers a call as soon as it’s popped out. The dock has charge indicator lights, a microUSB port, a lanyard loop, and a little rubber nub to provide some grip when resting on a surface.
The way it handles volume control and offers voice activated call answering/dropping is very slick, but without a deeper control scheme or longer battery life, its hard to recommend this handset to those that spend a lot of time on the phone. Those that are interested in looking cool and only need to have a Bluetooth headset on hand occasionally will definitely be happy with the Jabra Stone2.
1. Smart and useful docking mechanism
2. Extremely stylish design
1. Lack of music control
2. And have only limited battery life