a-Jays One+ review: A-Jays One+

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CNET Editors' Rating

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The Good Decent sound. Good price. Great bonus app for Android owners.

The Bad Murky mids will annoy audiophiles. Noise isolation could be better.

The Bottom Line The a-Jays One+ headphones deliver a good sound for their comparatively inexpensive price, and offer a nice bonus for Android smartphone owners.

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Convincing consumers to replace the free hands-free stereo headphones included with their new phone must be a difficult job. A-Jays addresses this by adding a big bonus into the equation for Android users, with a dedicated app for download through the Android Market that adds a huge level of control to the these otherwise unassuming headphones.

But before we take a look at the app, let's first check out the headphones. The One+ headphones stand out immediately, with thick, tangle-free cabling; a great idea that we've only seen on a handful of competitor units to date. This cable, like cooked fettuccine, isn't guaranteed not to knot in your bag, but it is immeasurably easier to untangle when knotting occurs.

The One+ unit comes with five pairs of interchangeable ear-bud gels, so you should find a good fit with the options on offer. We did, and found the ear buds to be comfortable to wear for long periods, too. We also like that the 3.5mm connector at the opposite end of the One+ cable sits at a right angle to the rest of the unit, so that it lays flat across the base of your phone or MP3 player when plugged in.

Similar hands-free headphones tend to have a three-button control with a built-in mic along the cable beneath the ear buds, but a-Jays has only a single button. This is where the dedicated Android app comes in. Once installed, the app receives commands from the headphones using a combination of clicks and long presses on the single input button, like a form of Morse code.

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a-Jays One+

Part Number: CNETa-Jays One+

Typical Price: $79.95

See manufacturer website for availability.