BlueAnt V1 Bluetooth Headset review: BlueAnt V1 Bluetooth Headset

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The Good Voice control is excellent. Good call quality. Comfortable design.

The Bad Daggy faux metal colour.

The Bottom Line The BlueAnt V1's voice control feature is one of those pieces of technology that is so good it makes you wonder why it hasn't been thought of sooner. The fact that the V1 does the basics right too makes it one of our favourite Bluetooth headsets.

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Design
Do you think it'd be weird to wear a flesh-tone Bluetooth headset, something that would camouflage easily against your ear and cheek? We started to wonder this after BlueAnt delivered the V1 to us for review. Its size and shape are about what you'd expect from a Bluetooth headset, but its faux-metallic exterior make us wish it were black, or flesh tone.

Aside from the colour scheme, the V1 features a minimal and comfortable design. It comes with two ear hooks and two ear-bud sizes so you can select the best fit. The V1 unit features three buttons only; two for volume control and a multi-purpose "BlueAnt button" for accessing all other headset features, including pairing and taking calls. The V1 doesn't have any visible battery meters or information panel, but as you'll read later, this is hardly a drawback.

The V1 is bundled with a car charging kit, plus a standard wall charger and USB cables. The charging connection on the V1 looks like a standard mini USB port, but is in fact smaller, and only compatible with the included cables.

Features
BlueAnt's V1 title refers to the headset's use of voice guidance for all input with the headset. When you power the headset on, make sure you're wearing the V1 because a gentle, reassuring voice will immediately start guiding you through how to use it, starting with how to pair your phone to the headset. This is called the BlueGenie Voice Interface and it's such a simple, well implemented concept it had us wondering why other companies don't make use of similar systems, having us instead rely on the manual and those tiny LED screens we tend to see on Bluetooth units.