What is it? Listing for $129 (most of its rivals go for $100 or less), the BlueAnt isn't quite as vibrantly good-looking as the (although it's nicely slim and rather elegant), nor is it as comfortable or efficient as the . What the Q1 has in its favor, though, is voice control, which, on a consumer product, makes for a far easier trip -- when it works.
What does it do? The Q1 makes it obvious from the very beginning that you're dealing with a nicely idiot-proofed product. The packaging directs you to remove it, place it in your ear, and press the BlueAnt button (the main button on the unit, which, somewhat disconcertingly to those of us who dislike finding insects in our kitchen, has a picture of a tiny ant on it}.
Immediately, a pleasant male voice walks you through the process of pairing the headset with your phone. That done, you are ready to roll.
According to the company, the Q1 will pair with up to 8 devices, and offers up to 4 hours talk time and 100 hours standby. You can recharge it either via a USB cable or an AC adapter, both of which are included.
What's cool about it? The voice recognition is extremely easy to navigate, and a lot more user friendly than the sometimes-complicated patterns of button presses that other headsets demand. Want to check your battery? Say "Check battery," and the headset will tell you the state of both your headset and phone batteries. Can't remember one of the voice commands? Say, "What can I say?"