If you're looking for native voice command features or slick automatic sensors here, you'll be disappointed. The Jabra Sport does announce "Power on" when you press the on button. It will also inform you that it has achieved a Bluetooth connection. I paired the Sport easily with my Samsung Galaxy Note test phone, which runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Selecting the headset within the phone's settings menu and linking to it was a snap, no passcodes required.
As a Bluetooth 3.0 device, the Sport supports the A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), so it will stream stereo audio automatically once connected with a smartphone. Tapping the volume rocker increases or decreases loudness. It also will skip tracks forward or back when held for over a second. To answer calls whether you're listening to audio or not, simply press the Play/Pause key. Hitting the button again will hang up calls. If your phone supports native voice command features, like my Galaxy Note test device does, you can use the headset to initiate verbal commands.
The Jabra Sport also features an integrated FM radio, which you switch on with a dedicated key. To scan stations, you press and hold the volume bar up or down. Radio addicts will also appreciate that the tuner can operate even when there's no phone connection.
Further promoting the Sport as a fitness accessory, Jabra suggests that users download the freeworkout app (free from all major mobile app stores). The software will track exercise statistics such as distance, speed, and time, to compute calories burned based on the type of activity. Hitting the Play/Pause button during workouts prompts the app to read aloud your current status.
Using the Jabra Sport on walks around the city and for quick jogs on the treadmill was an acceptable if not wholly satisfying experience. Unfortunately, fancy features and nifty app integration can't cancel out an improper fit. As I said before, it took time for me to wrap the headset around my ears and once attached it felt precariously clipped. In fact the Sport fell off a few times, especially when its short cord caught on my shirt or my neck when I swiveled my head aggressively.
I wasn't blown away by the Jabra Sport's audio, either, but again this is due to its loose fit. I have to emphasize that I'm not a fan of earbuds that don't seal the ear canal, as they leak sound, and usually force me to pump the volume up all the way. The Sport was no exception; even at the highest setting in a quiet indoor location, podcasts and music lacked any punch. Of course this device is meant for lots of outdoor use, so I admit it would be dangerous not to hear cars and other traffic indicators.
Calls I made with the Jabra Sport were again not terribly loud, but sounded fine and I could clearly make out people's voices even outside under windy conditions. Callers, though, did report that my voice had a distant quality that they didn't care for.
Jabra says the Sport will last for four days on standby, provide up to 4.5 hours of talk time, or play music for 3 hours. In my anecdotal testing, I charged it up once and have yet to run out of juice during my four-day test period of light use.
Jabra's $99.99 Sport certainly tries to tackle many tasks for a stereo Bluetooth headset. It serves as a primary set of audio headphones, takes calls when necessary, and is even built to withstand exposure to rain, dust, and drops. People with smaller ears, like me, will no doubt find the Sport's over-the-ear earbud design hard to wear. Also, audio quality, due to the lack of a tight seal, won't impress music fanatics. For a better fit and practically the same features, I suggest going with the OT Bluetooth Tags, which also cost less.