The Good The BlueAnt Q2 is slim and slender, with an impressive voice control interface that includes text-to-speech and access to Bing-411 services. It also has A2DP streaming, multipoint connectivity, and amazing sound quality.
The Bad The BlueAnt Q2 has very tiny physical controls, and there are quite a number of commands to remember.
The Bottom Line The BlueAnt Q2 is yet another BlueAnt winner, with new Bing-411 features and fantastic call quality even in windy situations.
BlueAnt Q2 Smart Bluetooth Headset
BlueAnt continues to enlarge its voice-controlled headset family with the BlueAnt Q2, which is the successor to the much-laudedthat it introduced last year. The Q2 is dubbed a "smart" headset that is designed to take advantage of most smartphones (specifically iPhones, Android handsets, and BlackBerrys) with its advanced text-to-speech and voice-control features, but it will work with regular phones, too. In many ways, the Q2 features are similar to the T1, but it is far sleeker in appearance. The BlueAnt Q2 will retail for $129.
When you place the Q1 and the Q2 side by side, the two headsets don't look too much like each other. Measuring around 2.17 inches long by 0.63 inch wide by 0.27 inch thick, the Q2 does have the same dimensions and slim profile as its predecessor, but that's where the similarities end. Instead of a sleek gunmetal exterior, the Q2 has a large piece of mesh plastic that covers most of the front. As we understand it, this acts as a wind guard that protects the headset's two microphones. Also located underneath the mesh is a tiny LED light that glows when the headset is activated.
On the front is a skinny multifunction button, which is different from the Q1's round logo-adorned one. The skinny volume keys are on the right, and the charger jack is on top of the headset. Though all the buttons are very thin, we thought they jutted out enough so they were still easy to find and press by feel. As for how to turn the headset on and off, there's actually a very small slider switch located just behind the charger jack that acts as the power toggle.