Two Jabra Units
This tiny unit is 4.5x1.5cm that will stick out from your ear, the thickness is a maximum of 2.5cm but less than 1cm of that will be visible. Its weight is only 10grams.
The top of the unit has the USB connector, the right side has the on/off switch while the face has two buttons to increase and decrease the volume. There is a third control (between the volumes) that answers calls this is a slightly raised 1.7cm long area and works well as it needs to be used by touch as of course the unit is in your right ear.
A new word to me (and my spell-checker) eargel the shape and form of the rubber part that fits in the ear and no relation to hair gel that does something totally different.
I had figured out the controls before I unpacked both the car and USB chargers. If less than 70% charged the unit shows a solid red LED. Solid yellow for 70% to 100% and green for fully charged. The small eight sided card was required for knowledge of the lights and to determine that the ear hook could be turned around to allow it to be worm in the left ear.
The noise cancelling worked well and provided you covered your other ear you could carry on a conversation in a noisy place like a railway station without too much difficulty. One of the best units I have worn.
Doing my Internet searches found the Jabra Extreme at a best price of £39.99 including free delivery from the first link below. You can also see a video of the Extreme on the link.
A rather different unit designed to 'clip' onto an item of clothing -up to 4mm- so not a thick jacket or raincoat.
It is 4.5x2.5x1.5cm and weights 21grams. It is matt black and the sides are open and trimmed with metal. The right side has a 3.5mm jack for the supplied earbuds. The back top and base have no controls. A tiny + and - at the top and bottom of a near invisible ubiquitous three position joystick does all the controlling of the unit.
On reading the eight sides of the Quick Start manual I discovered that an almost invisible microphone lurks just towards the top of the face as does the LED that will normally be invisible to you the wearer unless you are looking in a mirror.
The Bluetooth allows you to pair with your phone while the earbuds connected to your iPod or MP3 allow you to listen to music. It automatically mutes the MP3 sound when a call is received. All that need be visible is the earbuds and providing they are not white no one need know if it's iPod, IPhone, or just a low cost MP3 unit.
Should you use a two unit solution then the Jabra Clipper could well give you the best of both worlds especially those who have two phones (work and pleasure) I often think they are at greatest risk of being mugged.
Doing my Internet searches found the Jabra Clipper at a best price of £39.99 inc P&P from first link below.
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