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Which should you choose?

 
 
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High End Headset Comparison

Cardo S-800 vs Jawbone & Jawbone 2 vs BlueAnt Q1 - which is best?
 

 

The Cardo S-800 (on top) is shorter but wider than the Aliph Jawbone 2 (third down).  The BlueAnt Q1, at the bottom in this column on the right, is the slimmest.  All are comparable in weight.

Also shown (second down), is the original Jawbone unit.

Part of our series on Bluetooth - more articles listed on the right.

 

 

After so many disappointments and headsets that offer unacceptable compromises, particularly in terms of sound quality, we've finally found three excellent headsets that have a lot to like about them, and few if any serious flaws.

The Cardo S-800 headset costs much less than half the price of the other headsets, however.  Do you get what you pay for - should you pay an extra $40 for the more expensive Jawbone or BlueAnt?

Or is the Cardo simply better, and better value too?

For the fullest answer, you should read the respective complete reviews on both headsets, but for a quick summary of differences, the table below will help you decide which would be the better headset for you.

Feature Table

The following are what we feel to be the key features and the respective ratings of the four headsets.

If there are other aspects of the headsets you'd like us to add to the table, don't hesitate to let us know.
 

Feature

Cardo S-800

BlueAnt Q1

Aliph Jawbone
Aliph Jawbone 2

Link to Full Review

Cardo S-800 review

BlueAnt Q1 review

Aliph Jawbone review
Aliph Jawbone 2 review

List Price

$85

$99

$120

Street Price (Amazon)

$15

$60 or less

$56 and up on Amazon for the Jawbone 2

Warranty

1 yr non transferable

2 yr non transferable

1 yr non transferable

Battery life claimed (standby)

168 hrs

100 - 120

120 hrs Jawbone
192 hrs Jawbone 2

Battery life claimed (talk)

8 hrs

4 - 5

6 hrs Jawbone
4 hrs Jawbone 2

Headset weight

0.3 oz

0.3 oz

0.7 oz Jawbone
0.3 oz Jawbone 2

Headset size (excluding earloop)

1.7" x 0.8" and 0.4" thick, with the earpiece protruding out another 0.5".

2.1" x 0.6" x 0.35", the earpiece adds another 0.5"

Jawbone 2.3" x 0.9" and 0.6" thick, with the earpiece protruding out another 0.5"

Jawbone 2 2.2" x 0.5" and 0.5" thick, with the earpiece protruding out another 0.5"

Ease of putting on and off ear

Good

Good

Poor Jawbone
Good Jawbone 2

Comfortable to wear

Fair to poor without the optional loop, average to good with the loop

Good

Poor to good (very subjective)

Secure on ear

Yes with optional loop, no without

Yes, even without optional loop

Yes - loop is mandatory

Can wear with glasses

Yes with minimal difficulty

Yes

Not so conveniently

Standard USB charge socket

Yes - micro USB

No

No

Computer USB charging cable provided

Yes

Yes

Yes

Normal audio quality

Very Good

Excellent

Very Good

Noise cancelling

Good

Excellent

Very Good

Can pair to two devices simultaneously

Yes

Yes

No

Effective Range

Short through obstructions, about 50' direct unobstructed line of sight

Short through obstructions, about 50' direct unobstructed line of sight

Short through obstructions, about 50' direct unobstructed line of sight

Toll Free Support

Yes, Mon - Fri

Yes, Mon - Fri

No - email support only, slow responses.

 

Summary

The Aliph Jawbone was generally considered to be the best headset available when it was released, way back in 2006, and its successor, the Jawbone 2, improved on the original Jawbone when it came out in 2008.

The most distinctive feature of the Jawbone and Jawbone 2 is its extremely good noise cancelling.

If this is a must-have feature, then you'll probably happily spend the extra money on a Jawbone 2 (There's no reason to buy an original Jawbone, although they can still be found for sale).

But if it is not essential, chances are you'll find the Cardo S-800 works as well as the Jawbone in all normal respects, and with a comparable or smaller size, comparable or lighter weight, comparable or longer battery life and lower price - well, what more need I say!

 

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Originally published 2 May 2008, last update 02 Jul 2017

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