I’m in love with wireless headphones, have been for years. And I’ve had a few different sets over the years, some better than others. Recently I needed to get a new set because the mic on my old one stopped working well, and then at all. I asked around, and heard that the Jabra Move Wireless Headphones were pretty highly rated. I did a little research on my own and didn’t really find anything much better, at least not in the same price range, so I ordered them.
A day later, I was rocking to my music in the office with my new headphones. They’ve got great sound isolation and good bass, without being too much. The real test began when I took my first call and needed to use the mic. The audio quality was pretty good, not the best I’ve ever had, but I didn’t sound like I was talking from a tin can to my co-workers, and using the mic didn’t cause the audio output quality to drop significantly. It wasn’t the same as if I turned off the mic, but it wasn’t terrible.
Rather than do a long and rambling in-depth review of everything about the headphones, I’ll just give a short list of likes and dislikes.
- The on-ear design hurts after wearing them for a few hours, I generally prefer around-ear headphones to avoid this, but the smaller size and profile is good enough that I can usually ignore the slight pain.
- The adjustable parts are a little stiff and don’t make it easy to re-adjust if I need to, but not a huge deal breaker since I don’t need to often.
- The physical on/off switch is so much better than the press-and-hold button I’ve had on previous headphones.
- The vocal cues for pairing the headphones and letting you know it’s connected (it talks to you rather than a weird set of beeps and boops) are awesome.
- There is a wired option, which is a must if I suddenly run out of battery, or need to connect to something without bluetooth.
- Battery life is pretty good, using them most of the day in the office, I usually only have to recharge every other day or so (which I can usually do overnight when it gets low).
- Clean and modern design means I don’t look like an idiot while wearing them.
My two week (13 days if you want to get picky) vacation and trek across the country began March 23 and ended yesterday April 4. The general plan took me from San Jose to Salt Lake City to Omaha to Chicago to and finally to New York City.
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While I’ve had my Zipcar membership for 6 months now, I had yet to use it until yesterday afternoon. I waited so long mostly because the nearest Zipcars to me are still a few miles away, so it wasn’t super convenient to use, and most of the time I was able to borrow a friend’s car or their time to shuttle me and my things around, or public transit worked just fine.
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Today I had my first chance to really take advantage of one of the most promoted features of Passbook in iOS. Last time I flew was just a week before iOS 6 was released, so I missed the opportunity to try it out.
My love for Timbuk2 is no secret. I own many different bags, from backpacks to messenger bags to duffle-style bags. Of all of these there are only two brands from which I own more than one bag, Nike (during my time as a competitive runner, they served me very well) and Timbuk2.
Recently, I found a great deal on one of the Timbuk2 bags that I’ve had my eye on, so I figured I’d jump on it. The Q Backpack arrived just in time to join me on an adventure trip this past weekend (the package was delivered two hours before I left). I spent the weekend camping and hiking around Lake Spaulding and the Yuba River. As a side note, if you ever get the chance to do it, go for it, it’s a great place to go, and if you like hiking off the trail, a perfect place to test your stamina, since there are almost no marked trails around the lake. I decided to use the Q as my day pack for our big hike along the side of the lake and up the river. Long story short, it worked amazing. I also used the backpack for a few days commuting to and from work in San Francisco. Now for the long story.
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Recently I got my hands on one of Nike’s brand new Nike+ SportBand. If you’ve heard of the Nike+ iPod thing, it’s basically that, with a watch instead of the iPod. And yes, this means you can’t play your music (unless you bring your iPod along for the ride, or rather run).
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