Stereo Bluetooth headsets come in all shapes and sizes nowadays. From behind-the-ear styled, over-the-ear styled to the interestingly styled Jabra Street2.
The pendant, dog-tag style headset has been available for a while now, but we still think it’s worth checking out. Going for about $40 (or Rs 3500 here in India), it works with any Stereo Bluetooth Headset that has Stereo Bluetooth profile A2DP support.
The Street2 consists of a metallic finish control unit housed in a dog-tag style pendant with rubberized border all around it, measuring 2.1 inches long by 1.6 inch wide by 0.38 inch thick. You’re either going to love or hate the design. There’s really no middle ground.
The official press release described the design as “urban and edgy”, but while we’re hardly the fashion police here at ZCJ, strutting down the street with a large military-style dog-tag around your neck doesnt really seem like it. It is very slim and compact though.
The Street2, as you’d expect, comes with a metal chain lanyard to wear around your neck. Incase you dont want to use the metal chain though, there’s also a clothes clip in the retail package incase you’re not too keen on making a fashion statement.
On the metal face, you have controls cut into it in a straightforward grid, which include six buttons for answering the phone or controlling the music player. The controls are backlit with a cool blue light which helps you identify whether it’s switched on or paired with a device.
The headset has multipoint support, which means you can connect to two devices at the same time. There’s the Play/Pause key, the track shuffle keys, volume controls, and the multifunction Call key. They have a nice tactile feel because they are all made of rubber and are raised above the surface.
On the right side you have the 3.5mm audio jack which you can plug any pair of headphones into.
At the bottom you have the charger jack which works using microUSB. Worth noting though, is that unfortunately you cannot use the Street2 while it is charging.
The back is bare, with no ports or keys, just stainless steel.
And at the top, you have the opening for the lanyard metal chain, and a tiny microphone pinhole.
Pairing the headset is an easy enough operating. Switch it on using the multifunction call key and find and and pair with it on your Bluetooth-equipped mobile device. We tested it with the iPhone 4S, Nokia Lumia 800 and the HTC Sensation XE, and they all worked fine, with no problems at all. You can play/pause tracks, skip songs, adjust volume all from the headset itself, and the retail package even comes with a nice pair of in-ear type headphones as well. The big advantage with the Street2 though, is that since it has a 3.5mm headset jack, you can plug in any pair of headphones to use it as a Bluetooth module of sorts.
Sound quality was pretty good, comparable to most other headsets in this price range. The bass was a a little weak, inspite of the ‘Powerful Bass‘ sticker on the retail box, but the overall quality is very decent.
Call quality was a mixed bag. Callers heard our voice just fine, but we had to bring the pendant closer to your mouths for them to hear us. Voices come in clear and loud on our end though. There is some minor disturbance if you’re more than 2 meters away (standard Bluetooth range is 10 meters). You can use the headset to call the last number or use voice commands if the mobile device you’re connected to supports it. You can also reject calls or transfer calls from the headset to the phone, etc. Like you’d expect from a Bluetooth headset these days.
The Battery Life:
Battery Life on the Jabra Street2 is rated at 8 hours talk time, 7 hours music streaming, and 9 days standby time, which isnt too bad at all considering the size of the thing.
The Video Overview:
Here’s a quick overview of the Jabra Street2 Bluetooth Headset. Just to give you a better idea.
Much like the Nokia BH-214, I think the Jabra Street2 is a very useful bluetooth headset, because of the fact that you can plug in any pair of standard headphones into it. This means you can keep them plugged into your home speakers and stream music over from your mobile phone, or plug in a pair of headphones and take it with you on the go. Then again, the Nokia BH-111 does the same thing, for almost half the price.
The dog-tag design isnt my favourite but might appeal to some folks. Beats having a Star Trek inspired hands-free ear-piece though. Design apart, the Street2 sounded decent, and worked well. We tend to like better bass, but very few bluetooth headsets in this affordable price range offer that. It’s recommendable, but not as a fashion accessory.