Bluetooth headsets have become somewhat commodity items. As such, when I received various emails and phone calls about the Jawbone headset, I wasn't particularly enthusiastic, and didn't bother to request a review sample. Despite my complete indifference to the Jawbone, the guys at the PR company saw fit to send a sample to me regardless, and I have to say that I'm rather glad that they did. You see, despite the fact that I consider Bluetooth headsets to be commodity items, the Jawbone is, without doubt, the best example I have ever used.
It's patently clear that Aliph is pitching the Jawbone as a premium product, complete with premium packaging. There are no cardboard boxes or blister packs in evidence here. Instead you get a solid plastic case with a hinged door and a display stand on which the Jawbone floats for all to behold. The bottom half of the box is shrouded in a cardboard sleeve, which once removed, reveals a set of "quick start" instructions. The bottom half also hides all the accessories, which are split up into separate, labelled boxes, much in the way that iPods used to be packaged.
Often when a manufacturer goes to such lengths to produce high quality packaging, the actual product doesn't match up - not so in this case. Even before you touch the Jawbone, you can see that it's a high class bit of kit. The diamond pattern of the black, textured outer shell looks superb, while the black leather bound ear hook, with contrasting grey stitching just adds to the stylish look. While most Bluetooth headsets leave you looking like an extra in a low budget sci-fi movie, the Jawbone looks like an accessory that came in the pocket of a Kenzo suit.
The Jawbone is also available in three different colour combinations - there's the black version that I was sent, but you can also get silver and gold finishes. Personally I'd stick with the black, unless you're into ostentatious jewellery or Luis Vuitton hand bags. The black version has a supremely stylish simplicity about it - as I've said before, black will always be the new black.