Jabra Cruiser2 Bluetooth Speakerphone Review

Dave Zatz —  May 7, 2011 — 5 Comments

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It’s been almost exactly two years since I picked up the solar-powered LG Bluetooth hand-free gadget. For the first few months, I used it extensively in the car – very rarely needing to plug it in for supplemental juice. But the speakerphone eventually ended up collecting dust on the desk for quite some time, as I reverted back to my most favored Jawbone Prime, which has the right mix of style, comfort, and performance. As my car talk time began to increase several months ago, I pulled the LG out of cold storage. In 2011, its audio performance on either end is probably never stellar. More annoying is the tiny power button that needs to be held down a second or two and no standby mode. And, thus, my search for a replacement began.

Unfortunately, solar power speakerphones really haven’t taken off the way one would have hoped — there just aren’t too many options. So I settled on the more traditionally charged Bluetooth units, with two in particular standing out: The BlueAnt S4 and Jabra Cruiser2. They both run about $70 these days, and I was leaning towards the BlueAnt given its potentially useful voice control and styling. Yet, I came across the Jabra on a Costco run this week… and an impulse purchase ended the debate.

While it’s still early, voice quality and volume on either end of a conversation has been quite good. I also appreciate how the Cruiser2 sleeps when my iPhone 4 is out of range. When back in the car, a simple tap of the talk button wakes and repairs the two. It doesn’t feature voice control, but does have a (female) voice of its own. Unfortunately, it’s loud and robotic in a poor GPS way. But she’ll earn her keep when she notifies me of a low battery. Lastly, Jabra incorporates A2DP and an FM transmitter – so, in theory, I should be able to relay stereo audio (like Slacker or Pandora) from my iPhone, through the Cruiser2, and out the cars speakers. I don’t have high expectations, but it could come handy. Especially if I don’t renew SiriusXM satellite radio next month.

5 responses to Jabra Cruiser2 Bluetooth Speakerphone Review

  1. First test of A2DP+FM to/from Home Depot streaming Slacker from iPhone to car radio was surprisingly GOOD! Hm.

  2. I had one of these that I used in my car until I bought the Ford, which has built in Bluetooth to the Microsoft Sync system. I really really liked it, except that she kept forgetting to tell me when the battery was low and it would just die.

  3. I have the BlueAnt S4 and I really love it…If you combine it with the Tasker App on Android you can create all kinds of awesome automated tasks. I have my Android set so if its connected to my BlueAnt, it will read(text-to-speach) all of my SMS’s and IM’s…Its really cool and surprisingly more useful then I thought it would be.

  4. Any further comments on sound quality via FM? I’m glad to know the initial comments were positive, yet I know this is the lowest-fi way to move audio around.

    Happy to be wrong — maybe technology has erased some of that. just wondering how it compares with Sirius/XM, CD, etc.

    I have a Colorado trip planned in July and your idea of Pandora via cellphone (Thunderbolt for me) sounds excellent.

  5. I haven’t done much more FM listening lately, but I was pleased/impressed. But I probably have relatively low audio standards and I won’t really put it to use until my XM sub expires and I really test it for a few weeks before deciding if I re-up or not. I did wish once or twice this past week I had the S4′s voice dialing though. Hm.

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