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The BlueAnt V1 headset was just announced a couple of days ago and our friends at BlueAnt sent an evaluation unit that just arrived in Mobile Tech Manor a short while ago.  In this video I show you the V1 and discuss its basic capabilites.  The […]

The BlueAnt V1 headset was just announced a couple of days ago and our friends at BlueAnt sent an evaluation unit that just arrived in Mobile Tech Manor a short while ago.  In this video I show you the V1 and discuss its basic capabilites.  The V1 is the first Bluetooth headset that has integrated the voice command system right into the headset itself.  This means it doesn’t matter if the phone has voice command features which is pretty darn cool.  You will see in this video how the V1 compares to the predecessor, the Z9, and you’ll see all three charging options that ship with the V1.  I’m going to see how the voice command system works with the iPhone 3G and I’ll be reporting back on that.  Enjoy the video.

http://www.youtube.com/v/C9r80zZtKiE&hl=en&fs=1

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  1. James, do you know if the V1 is MultiPoint? The z9i is. But while the BlueAnt website lists MultiPoint for the z9i, I don’t see it from the V1. Thanks. Jeff

  2. What do you mean by MultiPoint? It will pair with 8 phones simultaneously if that’s what you mean. Then you can connect to a given phone just by turning it on.

  3. Pairing and Multipoint are different. Multipoint enables a Bluetooth headset to be active (as opposed to merely paired) with two Bluetooth devices at the same time. By active, when a call comes in, the headset “knows” which handset is ringing and will connect to that phone automatically. Of course, the headset can’t be so connected to two handsets at the same time. For example, I use my BT headset to speak on my iPhone, hang up, my BlackBerry rings, I use my BT headset to answer the call on my BlackBerry, hang up, iPhone rings, use the BT headset to answer that call, etc. With just pairing but no Multipoint, I have to disconnect phone #1 from the headset (still paired but not connected) before I can use phone #2. Does that clarify?

  4. Here is an article: “What is Multipoint”
    http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/blog/what-is-multipoint.html

  5. Emmanuel Tetteh-Lartey Wednesday, August 27, 2008

    James thanks to the video as a HTC advantage/T-mobile AMEO user I would be all over this if it had a migration of the function, a feature I truly Miss from the AMEO. this sweet little headset could be in my shirt pocket/ or even in my pants pocket because as an Archos music lover I’ve always got my Ultimate Ears Superbase headphones plugged into my Archos so I can often miss a call. I was toying with a Bluetooth vibration bracelet for £29 but I’m not so keen on that plastic jewellery, a semiprecious or even precious metals would have been better don’t you think? Anyway look forward to your iPhone compatibility review & keep up the good work, you guys rock!

  6. Emmanuel Tetteh-Lartey Wednesday, August 27, 2008

    EDITED, wears the spell checker when you need it.
    James thanks for the video. As a HTC advantage/T-mobile AMEO user I would be all over this if it had a vibration function, a feature I truly miss in the AMEO. This sweet little headset could be in my shirt pocket/ or even in my pants pocket with the phone in my man bag because as an Archos music lover I’ve always got my Ultimate Ears Superbase headphones plugged into my Archos so I can often miss a call. I was toying with a Bluetooth vibration bracelet for £29 but I’m not so keen on that plastic jewellery, a semiprecious or even precious metals would have been better don’t you think? Anyway look forward to your iPhone compatibility review & keep up the good work, you guys rock!

  7. I bought the Z9 specifically for multipoint. That feature worked well when I had multiple handsets. Unfortunately it was always a staticky connection and I replaced it with a Jawbone. And that it turn upset me – premium price, but no multipoint? I’m on a Jabra BT8040 now. V1 looks nice – voice control is a long overdue and very useful feature. But I wonder about the reception based on my last go ’round.

  8. BlueAnt V1 Support Wednesday, August 27, 2008

    Hi Genghis,

    in regards to your query about multi-point for the V1, this feature is not supported on the V1 nor is on the fly switching.
    I hope this helps.

    Kind Regards,

    BlueAnt V1 Support

  9. I also have a Z9i and am rather disappointed. The connection is staticky, I’m unable to pair with more than three devices, even though specifications say five are possible, and my call to BlueAnt support resulted in leaving voicemail and no call back. I’m looking at other headsets now and cannot recommend them as a company.

  10. Geoffrey, have you tried the version 1.1 firmware upgrade for the Z9i? It is now available on the BlueAnt website.

    I emailed my contact at BlueAnt Tech Support re Multipoint for the V1. He hasn’t answered, but someone from there has, confirming the V1 lacks Multipoint. As Dave Zaltz mentioned, neither does the new Jawbone 2. Strange that these pricey headsets don’t. Not a big deal if you only use 1 phone, but a big deal for someone like me who has 2 or sometimes even 3 phones with me. I really like the voice activation, but the lack of Multipoint is a show stopper for me unfortunately.

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