However, having to align the microphones each time you slip on the headset is quite troublesome. We had to use a mirror to make sure it was placed correctly. Considering most people don't always have mirrors around when they want to use a headset, we don't think this is entirely practical. We did manage to align the two microphones by just feeling around, but it was a trial-and-error process that took too long.
Features on the Dragon V2 are the same as the original. It's a Class 1 Bluetooth headset, which gives it an amazing range of about 330 feet, plus it has very cool walkie-talkie functionality when paired with other Dragon headsets. Other features are fairly standard, like the capability to answer, end, and reject calls, call mute, last number redial, and voice command support. It even supports multidevice pairing, meaning you can have it connected to two Bluetooth devices at once. Another nice bonus is the capability to upgrade the firmware of the V2 with the help of the included USB cable.
We tested the Callpod Dragon V2 with the Apple iPhone 3G and the Verizon Wireless Blitz. Like on the original, the headset goes automatically into pairing mode when it's first turned on, which helps in getting you started. We found incoming call quality to be quite good, even when in a noisy restaurant. Outgoing sound quality was all right, our listeners said, but only when we had the headset aligned properly. When it was askew, the call quality deteriorated significantly, resulting in sounds of mumbling and static. Again, this is all right if you have the time to wear it properly the first time, but not when you're in a hurry.
We won't belabor too much on the range of the Dragon V2 and the walkie-talkie functionality as that was already covered in the review of the original. Suffice to say that it works as well as the first Dragon headset. We tried the walkie-talkie feature with another Dragon V2 headset, and indeed, we were able to chat with someone who was all the way outside the CNET building.
The Callpod Dragon V2 comes with an AC adapter, a USB cable, and a car charger. It has a rated battery life of 8 hours talk time and 12.5 days standby time.