The Good The Aliph Jawbone Era has a unique and attractive design, with updated features that include caller ID by name, a built-in accelerometer, and HD-quality audio.
The Bad The Aliph Jawbone Era doesn't have a dedicated volume rocker, and the way it fits the ear is not as easy and comfortable as we would like.
The Bottom Line The Aliph Jawbone Era knocks it out of the park with high-end features, amazing audio quality, and innovative design.
Aliph Jawbone Era
When the Aliph Jawbone first came along in 2007, we praised the Bluetooth headset for its unique design and impressive audio quality. Little did we know then that the company would continue to innovate, improving upon its product year after year. There was the Jawbone 2 in 2008, the in 2009, and the Jawbone Icon in 2010. In 2011, Aliph once again surpasses its previous products with the Jawbone Era, its most advanced headset yet.
Not only does the Jawbone Era maintain the same goodies as the Icon--the visual battery meter on the iPhone, the customizability with MyTalk apps, and more--it is also the first Bluetooth headset to have a built-in accelerometer. This along with motion-sensing software enables it to perform certain actions, triggered simply by shaking or tapping the headset. Aside from the accelerometer, the headset packs in components like serial flash, dual processors, and a dynamic wide-band speaker that result in advanced features like HD quality audio, better noise reduction, and caller ID by name. While it still suffers from a few design issues, we definitely think the Aliph Jawbone Era is well worth its $129.99 retail price tag.
Aliph is known for its fashionable Bluetooth headsets, and the Era is no exception. It comes in four different designs at launch: Shadowbox, Smokescreen, Midnight, and Silver Lining. All of them feature a layered surface approach, with one tone underneath and a metallic grid overlay on top. We're partial to the more jewel-like designs of the Icon, but the Era's architectural look is appealing, too.