DISCLAIMER: Although this was given to me through Vine to review, unlike other questionable "reviewers", I actually take the time to USE the product or READ the book. So whatever score/review the product gets, it's absolutely earned. At no time is a product given a particular review or rating simply because I fear loosing Vine status. That's not how the Vine program operates.
Anyhoo, onto the review:
I recently shopped for a bluetooth headset for my Samsung Nexus S 4G after my previous headset, a Plantronics Voyager PRO HD was stolen out of my car. I looked at local Brick and Morter stores and was initially torn between the Plantronics Savor M1100 and this Jabra Extreme 2. I did not see many reviews for the Jabra, and eventually I decided to buy the Plantronics model. It fit fine, and the volume was loud enough, however, I found it to sound a bit muffled or tinny. I was told that I sounded clear on the other end. I noticed that with the Plantronics, I could not hear if a text message came in, or was sent. The only audible sounds through the headsets were calls or streaming music. I liked the fact that I could answer calls simply by saying Answer. However, I found the placement of buttons kind of fumbly, and I frequently pressed the voice call button while trying to adjust the headset. Also the volume button did not allow for quick volume up or down, but rather you'd have to go through the whole cycle of low to loud, which I found cumbersome. Lo and behold, I had the opportunity to test the very headset I was looking at in stores, the Jabra Extreme 2!
I liked the fact that the Jabra Extreme 2 comes with a car charger, mini usb adapter, and a wall charger. The cord to the wall charger is short, but it's not a deal breaker for me. The headset easily paired to my Samsung Nexus S 4G Android phone. I noticed a difference in the quality of sound. I made a few calls, alternating between the two headsets. The Jabra Extreme 2 sounded more like the sound through the actual phone, rather than the slightly muffled tinny sound I experienced with the Plantronics. Also, the sound did not irritate my ear, as it did with the Plantronics, and volume adjustment was very easy, with designated buttons for up or down. I've made calls from moving cars, and I was able to hear the other party well, as was my voice on the other line. The earpiece was comfortable, and you have the option of using the ear hook or just the inserts. Start up of the device with the on/off switch was quick and painless
I really like the Caller ID announce feature! It tells you who is calling you in plain English so you don't have to take your eyes off the road to look at your phone. Voice dial calls are made by holding the call button until the Voice Control option on Android prompts you. The Jabra will also tell you the battery life via voice. This unit is stated to have approximately 5.5 hours of call time. The battery life for this headset impressed me more than the Plantronics, which was 4.5, and I found it draining quickly, even though I did not use the phone extensively. Another reason, why I'm sticking with the Jabra Extreme 2 instead of the Plantronics as my main headset.
The music streaming feature, although mono only, of course, was pretty clear. Also, I was able to hear text message notifications, and games, as if through a normal headset, a feature the Plantronics Savor did not provide me. The noise cancellation is quite good as well. Which is great considering it's the EXTREME2's primary selling feature. To me, it's even better than the Jawbone headsets, but without the dropouts caused by the unit (The Jawbone) not touching your cheek.
Overall, I feel this Jabra Extreme 2 provides great bang for the buck. It supplies the user with all the features he/she needs and none that they don't. I am very happy with this headset, and I would recommend it as a higher quality headset than the current run-of-the-mill Bluetooth headsets out today. It is a bit pricy, however. I feel as if the price could be lowered $20 or so and it would be an absolute steal. Thus my only giving it 4 stars. I still very much like the headset, however and have no problems recommending it.