We paired the BlueAnt V1 with the Apple iPhone 3G, and we didn't have to look up the user manual to find out how. Simply wear the V1 headset, turn it on, and it will automatically tell you a step-by-step tutorial on how to pair your phone. The process isn't too different from other Bluetooth headsets, but having a voice telling you what to do is really nice especially for those who are new to Bluetooth headsets. If you want to manually pair a phone, all you have to do is say "Pair Me." Note that you have to press the multifunction button once to activate the voice control mode.
Aside from that, there is no voice recognition tutorial--just start talking. With the voice control mode on, we found we didn't need the user manual at all. If you want help, you can say "Teach Me" and it'll guide you through the different voice commands. If you forget the commands, you can say "What can I say?" and it'll go through the commands again with you. You can say "Answer" to answer a call, and you can say "Ignore" to reject a call. Other voice commands include "Redial" for last number redial, "Check Battery" for the battery status, and of course you can say "Call" followed by Home, Office, Voice mail, speed dial numbers, or any other number. You can even say "Call Back" to call the number of the last incoming call. One of our favorite commands is "Call GOOG-411," which automatically connects you to Google's free 411 service.
Audio quality was pretty incredible, and we think it's on par with the Jawbone 2. The voice isolation technology really helps to isolate our voice so that callers can hear us really clearly, and the echo-cancellation means we can hear our callers' just fine as well. Like with the Z9i, the V1's voice-isolation sensor has two modes--Standard and Max. Standard is for everyday situations, keeping the regular noise suppression but also maintaining the sound of the natural voice. Max is for extremely noisy situations where natural voice isn't as important as increased noise reduction. We tested both situations: one in a car, while the other was in a busy food court. Indeed, the Max mode resulted in a more robotic sounding voice, but callers could still hear us just fine.
Aside from the features mentioned, the V1 also supports call mute, call waiting, and the capability to transfer calls from the headset to the phone and vice versa.
The BlueAnt V1 has a rated battery life of 5 hours talk time and 8.3 days standby time. It also comes with a USB charging adapter as well as an AC adapter.