What's hot:Sound quality, reads contact names from address book, Bing 411, battery life, has A2DP stereo profile.
What's not: Small buttons, it’s not easy to remember all of the voice commands.
Review posted September 2010 by Pete Renda
BlueAnt continues to expand its Bluetooth portfolio with the introduction of the BlueAnt Q2, which is the successor to the BlueAnt Q1 that was released last year. This headset is an incredible improvement over its predecessor and has been designed to work better with the most recent array of smartphones such as the Blackberry, Android and the iPhone. Boasting an array of new features such as text to speech (which only works with Android and Blackberry OS with support for Vlingo safe read), Bing 411 and caller name announce.
The BlueAnt Q2 lists for 129.99. The Blueant Q2 is smaller in shape and size than the Q1 and has updated aesthetics. The BlueAnt Q2 can be purchased only at your local At&T store and direct from BlueAnt at www.blueant.com.
When you open the box the first thing you notice is how much thinner and sleeker the BlueAnt Q2 is in comparison to its predecessor. You can wear your BlueAnt Q2 in the same fashion as your older BlueAnt Q1. You get an ear loop with the eargels to accompany it as well as eargels designed to work without the loop. Instead of having a gunmetal exterior BlueAnt chose a pleasing black color with bold line accents and a tiny grille across the front.
The BlueAnt Q2 is easy to use however people with smaller fingers might have trouble finding the answer button and might find it difficult to adjust the volume. The BlueAnt Q2 has very simple pairing features and has multipoint enabling two phones to be connected to the headset simultaneously. The Q2 has a multi-function button on the cover and it has rather small volume keys on the top. Next to the talk/answer button is a microUSB port. The BlueAnt Q2 comes with a small charger and a short USB cable so you can charge it using your computer or via AC.
The BlueAnt Q1 and Q2.
Pairing and Features
The BlueAnt Q2 has Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR and it supports Hands-Free Profile 1.5 and A2DP 1.2. Like most recent Bluetooth devices the headset supports the pairing of multiple handsets and can connect up to two at once. The first time you pair the device the Q2 will go straight into pairing mode, and anytime thereafter you will click the talk button and wait for the voice command to prompt and say “Pair Me”.
Everything that's included.
BlueAnt claims they have the best sounding Bluetooth and in today’s array of Bluetooth headsets that is a bold claim. The headset has dual microphones on the side of the headset to bring you the best noise cancellation and volume. BlueAnt also incorporates their Wind Armor Technology that utilizes both hardware and software to make sure you are heard with wind noise reduction at up to 22mph. BlueAnt provides firmware update capabilities for their headset to enable future improvements (visit www.myblueant.com to check for updates). The Q2 supports Bing 411 which brings you weather updates, movie times, sports, horoscopes and much more for free. Another excellent feature is when pairing the headset it uploads your contacts' names and numbers to the headset and it can announce the caller’s name. Unfortunately because of this your ringtone will not ring in your ear; a bummer if you use custom ringtones for your contacts.
We tested the BlueAnt Q2 with two current popular phones:
When working with the iPhone 4: The Voice quality was excellent when working with the iPhone 4. Voice quality sounded clear and loud on both ends and the noise reduction worked well. However when the signal degraded voice quality was abysmal which is likely AT&T’s fault. The headset filtered out noise and the range was about 30 feet before it degraded.
When working with the Blackberry Torch: Again voice quality was excellent and actually seemed better than the iPhone 4 for clarity (the same can be said of the Torch vs. iPhone 4 for calls without a headset). The noise reduction was excellent and incoming and outgoing calls sounded crisp and clear. The range on the headset reached 30 feet before it degraded.
The BlueAnt Q2 has a built-in rechargeable Lithium-Ion Polymer battery and it comes with an AC adapter as well as a micro USB cable that can be used on a computer or plugged into a wall outlet. The claimed talk time is 5 hours and the claimed standby is 100 hours. These are accurate estimates according to our tests. We also tested how long the headset would last when streaming music using the iPhone 4. The headset lasted roughly 8 hours on a very low volume setting, and we even made a few short phone calls during the test.
Smaller and sleeker, the new Blueant Q2 has a beautiful design as well as a vastly improved features vs. the BlueAnt Q1, and it’s a more efficient headset overall. The headset pairs well with most phones and with Bluetooth 2.1 it can pair to most all devices. I particularly like the Bing 411 text to speech service, call clarity and comfort. With new firmware updates BlueAnt can update an already fantastic headset.
Pro: Stylish design, features, battery life.
Con: Small buttons.
Package contains: Bluetooth headset, carrying cloth, 2 regular earbuds, 3 earloops, 1 hook, 1 ac charger, USB cable and printed materials.
Tech Specs: Bluetooth version 2.1 + EDR
Operating Range: Up to 10 meters
Talk Time: Up to 5 hours
Charging Time: 3 - 4 hours
Supported Profiles: HFP 1.5, A2DP 1.2
Frequency: 2.4 GHz
Standby Time: Up to 100 hour
Battery Type: Rechargeable Lithium Ion