This can usually be accomplished by going under settings in your menu and selecting Bluetooth. Follow the prompts to "find a new device. The first time you turn your ICON on it will immediately go into pairing mode. If you need to manually put the Jawbone into pairing mode, start with headset off slide the power switch to OFF, the position where you cannot see the blue indicator.
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It has many advanced features, including an iPhone battery meter, and is highly customizable with certain Audio and Dial "apps" via Jawbone's own MyTalk Web site. It has amazing sound quality and excellent canceling of wind noise. The Bad The Aliph Jawbone Icon doesn't have a manual volume rocker and the ear fit could be a bit more comfortable. The Bottom Line Not only is the Aliph Jawbone Icon attractive and affordable with great call quality, but it is also highly customizable with advanced features that make it the most innovative Bluetooth headset we've seen to date.
That's why we sit up and notice when a unique one comes along. Last year, for example, we were awed at the stellar audio quality of the Plantronics Discovery and praised the design of the Aliph Jawbone Prime.
Aliph, in particular, has been bullish in pushing innovation in its Bluetooth headsets, consistently making it on our top Bluetooth headsets list year after year. This year, however, it appears that Aliph has outdone itself with quite possibly the most innovative Bluetooth headset yet. It's called the Aliph Jawbone Icon and not only does it come in an array of designs that look as if they belong in an art museum, but it is one of the first headsets in the world to have a built-in "operating system.
Also, this is the first headset we can think of to have its own line of Audio or Dial "apps" that you can install via Jawbone's own MyTalk Web site. Similar to its predecessors, the Aliph Jawbone Icon is unquestionably the most fashionable Bluetooth headset in the market today. The Icon comes in six fashion-forward designs, in different jewel and metallic tones and shapes. The one we looked at was the Ace, which has a clear lens and a mirror finish, resulting in a very jewellike look.
In fact, it looks like a piece of costume jewelry when worn on the ear. These names also correspond to different voice "personalities," which we'll get to later in the review. The overall headset is quite petite in size.
Measuring only 1. It is slightly curved to sit gently on the side of the face. On the top of the headset is the multifunction talk button. It's a horizontal bar that's wide enough to almost span the width of the headset, plus it is raised above the surface so it's easy to find and press. Next to the talk button is the charger jack. Flip the headset around and you'll find a power slider switch.
This makes it much easier to turn the headset on and off, which also helps conserve its battery life. Below it is a tiny nub that acts as the Voice Activity Sensor. It is best to wear the headset so the sensor touches your cheek to ensure that your voice comes through clearly to your listeners.
The audio quality won't be harmed if you don't have it touching your cheek thanks to Jawbone's new fail-safe acoustic voice detector , but it'll be much better if it is. Surrounding the sensor is a round LED indicator. Also on the back of the headset is the ear piece. You can either wear it with a special looped ear bud that fits in your ear without a hook, or you can fit in a nonlooped ear bud, plus a hook for added security.
You have a choice of ear bud sizes, so you can mix and match until you get your best fit. For us, we found the default looped ear bud works fine for the most part, though we did have to go through quite a bit of practice to get it to fit right.
To do so, you have to place it in your ear pointing down, and then twist it upward so the mic points toward the mouth. We did wish the fit was more comfortable; we feel it leads to a bit of ear fatigue after hours of wear. The Icon is also noticeably missing a volume rocker of any kind. Aliph's justification is the headset already has automatic volume normalization so it is unnecessary.
Still, it would be nice to have a manual option. Of course, the Jawbone Icon has many of the features on today's Bluetooth's headsets. It can answer, reject, and end calls, plus it has last number redial, voice-dialing support, and multipoint technology that lets it connect up to two devices simultaneously. But the Icon has more than just those features in store. It now has spoken alerts and custom audio tones for certain functions.
For example, it'll read out incoming caller ID, and when you press the Talk button while not on a call it'll tell you the estimated remaining battery life. It will also speak when you pair and connect your phone, and let you know when you're redialing or voice dialing. The improved Jawbone Era quashes background din yet remains stylishly compact. Jabra's Supreme UC brings all of the Supreme's impressive hands-free calling capabilities Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic.
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See It. CNET may get a commission from these offers. Compare These Plantronics Voyager Legend. Jawbone Era , Black Streak. Design 8. Features 9. Performance 9. Review Sections Review Prices Specs. Though the photo here doesn't do it justice, the Aliph Jawbone Icon's "Ace" design has a clear mirror finish that makes it appear shiny and reflective. The Aliph Jawbone Icon has a power switch and the voice-activity sensor on the back. The Aliph Jawbone Icon comes with several ear bud options. Continue to next page.
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