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JayBird Freedom Bluetooth Earbuds Retail Packaging Midnight Black by Review Summary ,  Aug 19, 2015

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JayBird Freedom Bluetooth Earbuds, Retail Packaging, Midnight Black
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 1377 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.5
Returned or considering to return: 9.3%

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Individual Feature Rating
iPad5.0   above average
Sync4.8   above average
Comfortable4.7   average
Control4.6   above average
Stereo4.5   above average
Wireless4.5   average
Listening4.4   average
Pairing4.4   average
Fit4.3   average
Light4.3   average
Music4.3   average
Sound4.2   average
Price4.1   below average
Quality4.1   average
Battery3.7   below average
Clip3.7   above average
Manufacturer3.7   average
Simple3.6   below average
Service3.5   below average
iPod3.5   below average
Bluetooth3.4   below average
Connection3.3   average
Adapter3.1   below average
Amazon3.1   below average
Microphone3.1   below average
Outdoor3.1   below average
Reception3.1   below average
Performance2.9   mediocre
Instruction2.8   below average
Warranty2.7   below average
Cable2.6   below average
Charging2.6   below average
Distance2.5   mediocre
Body2.3   below average
Button2.0   mediocre
Power2.0   below average
USB1.7   mediocre


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Accessory

Accessory:
"If something where to go wrong with my product I fear the support that would be provided would be very poor based on my interaction with a Jaybird agent in reference to something as simple as a missing accessory."
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"The only complain I have is that the manual did not tell how to put the accessory on"
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"Would you please send me the missing accessories? "
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"in short, don't lose or break any of the accessories and you will not be disappointed."
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"Would you please send me the missing accessories? "
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"Adjust the ear plugs and accessories to fit and it works very well."
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"The accessories i. e hooks and plugs are varied and excellent."
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"The Jaybird is great because of the following:- All accessories to fit your ears (none for Plantronics)- Water resistant (mine took a dive under water with me)- Great sound level at max volume- Controls work with App (next previous track, volume up and down, pause + phone features) and Iphone seemless- They give you a small box to put them inside- Charging is through a USB cable provided (although no wall plug is given) so you need a cigarette lighter to USB adapter or a computerThe negative:- USB cable provided is too short- no hook on the wire to attach a lanyard to put around your neck (use a casino or badge lanyard)- no lanyard provided to put around your neck if you do extreme sport (ski, jet-ski, parachute)"
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Adapter

Adapter:
"The only negative, so far, is the proprietary charging adapter."
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"they secure well in your ears even without the adapters, i would recommend it to my friends."
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"The Jaybird is great because of the following:- All accessories to fit your ears (none for Plantronics)- Water resistant (mine took a dive under water with me)- Great sound level at max volume- Controls work with App (next previous track, volume up and down, pause + phone features) and Iphone seemless- They give you a small box to put them inside- Charging is through a USB cable provided (although no wall plug is given) so you need a cigarette lighter to USB adapter or a computerThe negative:- USB cable provided is too short- no hook on the wire to attach a lanyard to put around your neck (use a casino or badge lanyard)- no lanyard provided to put around your neck if you do extreme sport (ski, jet-ski, parachute)"
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"I'll probably purchase an adapter or use my iPhone adapter because it's a hassle to only be able to use my laptop to charge it."
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"Don't listen to the haters, these sound great and hold a decent charge plus the adapters they include help keep the earbuds in place."
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"They synched effortlessly with my iPhone (not sure how hard it would be to sync with a bluetooth adapter though) and the quickstart instructions were super easy to follow."
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"I spent 1 2 of my workout adjusting them or just taking them off and lowering the sound to finish my workout without them (very frustrating).I use the Jaybird uSport Bluetooth adapter to plug into my aux on my dvd player to connect and it works GREAT!"
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"The adapter does drain the iPod battery pretty quick."
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"They have excellent range with all exception being the ipod nano which has an adapter for Bluetooth."
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Amazon

Amazon:
"They came from Amazon Warehouse and my only complaint is there was no charging cable in the box."
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"Get an Aduro shell holster combo case with belt clip at Amazon and the weak signal problem solved."
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"That said, and once I discovered the problem, I logged on to amazon, and submitted a return exchange request."
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"It looks like this is a common problem, based on the reviews here on Amazon."
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"I called amazon, and they had me contact jaybird, jaybird told me that broken headsets are not covered under their warranty."
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"Went to Amazon and read the reviews on this product and it is a very common problem."
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"He asked me to provide my proof of purchase (easy enough with Amazon)."
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"I got these for $45 when they were Amazon's deal-of-the-day, and I feel like it was a great purchase."
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"I picked these up because amazon has them for a great price compared to retailers."
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"Overall, good price since I got mine on an Amazon deal 1 2 off."
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"The other positive is this the first item I've purchased from Amazon in months that arrived on time with accurate tracking throughout the process!"
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Battery

Battery:
"Super annoying and loud beep when the battery gets low."
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"The only issue I have is that when the battery is about to die they start making a really annoying high pitched static noise when the cable moves and I have to shut them off."
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"The only real complaints I had were that there is no battery indicator when they power on."
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"One that disappoint me is it doesn't gives you warning when low battery."
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"Battery life is said to be 4.5 hours, but I haven't been able to check on that."
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"The negatives are the low battery noise is so loud that it just makes you want to never wear them again and battery life can be on the low side."
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"Sound and fit are great and battery is long lasting."
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"The battery lasts pretty long."
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"They worked amazingly well while running and the battery life was solid."
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"These are light weight, clear sounding and a great battery time."
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"- Surprisingly well Bluetooth reception and battery life."
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Bluetooth

Bluetooth:
"Now they sit in my Bluetooth Cemetery with therest of my bluetooth headphones that failed me"
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"Also, the low power noise indicator is annoying and does not give much time for you to get to a charging station4) Bluetooth connection is soooooo weak, if my phone is anywhere other than on my right side hip or on my backpack chest strap (right side), then expect small pauses, which does get annoying."
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"I did have a little problem figuring out how to use them, turn them on and pair with my Bluetooth device but I am a little challenged when it comes to reading the directions."
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"They sound nice, but the bluetooth signal is so weak it cuts out if I leave my phone in my pocket."
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"One thing that I found extremely shocking (especially for the amount I paid for) was how weak the Bluetooth signal is!"
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"Bluetooth with decent range."
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"The sound quality is great but when fully charged, for some reason, the Bluetooth connectivity is spotty."
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"Loses connection way to easy and has to be on the right arm for it to work the best outdoor without walls for the Bluetooth can be contained."
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"They sound nice, but the bluetooth signal is so weak it cuts out if I leave my phone in my pocket."
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"Chances are I will buy a different brand style of Bluetooth headphone that is more user friendly in the near future."
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Body

Body:
"The instructions actually say you have to keep your device on the right side of your body, because the bluetooth is so weak that putting my phone in my left pocket results in choppy audio."
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"Of course optimally, they will work best above your waist, on the right side of your body (say in an arm band or something) but I have yet to really have a problem with my body blocking the bluetooth signal."
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"The connection gets a little weak once and a while if the phone is on the left side of your body."
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"If you have them unbundled, then of course, it'll be trapped in between your body and the bench and you have the same problem."
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"I'm not sure if it was my body that blocked the headphones, or if they just have weak receiver, but I found them to be nearly unusable in everyday use situations."
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"This seems like a very peculiar problem of signal unable to pass through body."
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"It works well when the phone is off my body and on the workout machine I am using, or on a nearby table."
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"Of course optimally, they will work best above your waist, on the right side of your body (say in an arm band or something) but I have yet to really have a problem with my body blocking the bluetooth signal."
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"When I got over 10ft away from my phone, it would sometimes cut in and out from the music, so you pretty much have to have your phone on your body at all times if you don't want any interruption- Doesn't come with a real carrying case."
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"It can't transmit through your body well at all which isn't that big of a deal to me."
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"Now I have not used them out doors.... but the instructions are VERY clear on which side of your body you should have whatever bluetooth device you are connecting to."
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Button

Button:
"The dual volume track change buttons are kind of annoying if your trying to run while changing tracks."
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"its kinda hard to push the buttons while wearing this..you basically have to apply lots of pressure and jam inside your ear to push the main button...and wish the battery life was longer"
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"Tap volume button for volume, hold it for ridiculous 5 sec to skip the song."
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"The button on the headset never worked all that well, but it was ok for a while."
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"My only complaints are that the power play pause button is uncomfortable to use while wearing and the cable connecting the two earpieces is too long and tugs on my neck."
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"use for the gym and they work ok, only real problem is that they are sometimes hard to turn on, I hold the power button for a long time and nothing, but this is hit or miss if they turn on or not, but i do like them"
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"The button controls are nice and function when connected to the device."
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"Just like the photos, sleek black with grey buttons and connector covers that were simple to spot and use."
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"* Volume buttons double as track changing buttons as well."
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"I like the easy pause start control button."
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Cable

Cable:
"The charger was included but the cable was missing."
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"They came from Amazon Warehouse and my only complaint is there was no charging cable in the box."
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"The only issue I have is that when the battery is about to die they start making a really annoying high pitched static noise when the cable moves and I have to shut them off."
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"My biggest complaint is about the cord between the buds."
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"Items came missing power cable"
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"My only complaints are that the power play pause button is uncomfortable to use while wearing and the cable connecting the two earpieces is too long and tugs on my neck."
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"Nice having the cord out of the way when listening to music while working out."
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"However in my office or living room bedroom open space they still work well, but still run the risk of small pauses.5) the charging cable is really short, which I love, but other might not."
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"Easy to use with no annoying, lengthy cord to fiddle with."
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"Not really a problem for me as I had a compatible one in my extra cables."
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"Other than it being difficult for my particular ears to get a good solid seal and the cord liking to gather to one side of the head, these were pretty good headphones."
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Charging

Charging:
"Also, the low power noise indicator is annoying and does not give much time for you to get to a charging station4) Bluetooth connection is soooooo weak, if my phone is anywhere other than on my right side hip or on my backpack chest strap (right side), then expect small pauses, which does get annoying."
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"my daughter forced the wrong usb charger in the port and broke the contacts."
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"It's a bit of a hassle to charge though."
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"The charger was included but the cable was missing."
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"They came from Amazon Warehouse and my only complaint is there was no charging cable in the box."
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"I have misplaced my chord and no where in the description does it say which charger to get."
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"(I charge to my backpack which has a portable charging unit built-in)Would recommend! "
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"However in my office or living room bedroom open space they still work well, but still run the risk of small pauses.5) the charging cable is really short, which I love, but other might not."
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"Earbud charge lasts alright, this product could be great with these improvements, price is high for just a so so product!"
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"I seem to be able to get a number of hours of playtime, so I charge them after 2 uses, generally."
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"The first pair I was able to charge two separate times (the initial charge up and after the first time the battery drained) before they wouldn't charge again."
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Clip

Clip:
"Get an Aduro shell holster combo case with belt clip at Amazon and the weak signal problem solved."
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"In looking at the reviews for the later released freedom sprint (JF4), and X Sport models, I opted to stay with the JF3 due to the issues experienced by many with the X Sport fit and no over the ear clips, as well as repeated failure."
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"Even with the ear clips, this does not work well for me."
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"The Sonys have good sound quality, and the radio is a nice plus, but I'm not a fan of the shirt clip design, which is terrible for a plain T-shirt, and the wires are constantly in the way."
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"Using a belt clip for my phone, or putting it in my pocket, I am unable to walk without listening to a remix of my music since it seems the range is so limited that when my leg moves back, I lose the connection."
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"I use the large rubber ear stays as well as the behind the ear clips, and they might as well be glued in there!"
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"Lastly, the secure-fit title should be quickly changed to loose-fit as even with SEVERAL combinations of tips, hooks, and clips they fall out very easily."
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"i use the over ear clips to hold the buds in place and it works well."
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"Good secure fit (I use the over the ear clips just because I like the added security, along with the rubber in-ear hooks).The headset just died 1.5 years later- now will not charge."
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"In looking at the reviews for the later released freedom sprint (JF4), and X Sport models, I opted to stay with the JF3 due to the issues experienced by many with the X Sport fit and no over the ear clips, as well as repeated failure."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Why would I give them 2.75 stars with one more caveat - that is because the headphones will be more comfortable without the supplied earbud covers they come with."
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"these headphones are great,very comfortable, don't know how durable, and sounds good(not excellent).three(3) star rating for the weak signal(simple pass of the hand...), and the mic seems to be omnidirectional(omg yuh gotta shout for the other party to hear if you're not in a very x10 quiet surrounding!"
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"The battery was terrible life time and frankly not comfortable at all."
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"I have always had problems getting earbuds to fit correctly, but these have so many different fit options I cannot imagine anyone not being able to find a comfortable fit."
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"These are extremely comfortable, have great sound (at least to me), and free me up from annoying headphone wires."
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"These were very comfortable and had good range."
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"They are extremely comfortable and they block out environmental sounds very well."
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"They worked beautifully, and lived up to their praise of being comfortable while not falling out during intense running sessions with the small caveat of needing to relocate the receiver piece so that the Bluetooth connection remained strong they were near-perfect."
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"These work great and are comfortable."
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"The ear pieces could be a bit more comfortable as well."
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Connection

Connection:
"Also, the low power noise indicator is annoying and does not give much time for you to get to a charging station4) Bluetooth connection is soooooo weak, if my phone is anywhere other than on my right side hip or on my backpack chest strap (right side), then expect small pauses, which does get annoying."
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"My only real complaint is the blue-tooth connectivity."
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"these headphones have good sound but they loose connection periodically which can be irritating but still much better than dealing with cords."
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"My only complaints are that the power play pause button is uncomfortable to use while wearing and the cable connecting the two earpieces is too long and tugs on my neck."
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"-Connected with my iphone without any problems, very easy to set up and start using."
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"I used the headphones for almost 15 days, and they are not connecting anymore and the sound was off, with a very weird bass, since the first week."
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"The sound quality is great but when fully charged, for some reason, the Bluetooth connectivity is spotty."
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"Loses connection way to easy and has to be on the right arm for it to work the best outdoor without walls for the Bluetooth can be contained."
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"I can place my phone a good distance away, and still have a great connection."
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"But the ear buds lose connection pretty frequently."
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"these headphones have good sound but they loose connection periodically which can be irritating but still much better than dealing with cords."
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Connector

Connector:
"After a few months the charging process is bad because the connector is not so good, while it works where good but I was expecting much more"
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"the only negative thing I can say is why a proprietary connector to charge them?"
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"Now it looks like the inside of the connector is damaged from normal use."
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"That said, you have a proprietary charging connector with a ridiculously short cable, and mediocre battery life."
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"It seems that the connector on the inside of the headphones was faulty."
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"Removing the Kokkia every time after use to keep the battery from draining will be wearing on the iPod connector...not a good thing."
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"Just like the photos, sleek black with grey buttons and connector covers that were simple to spot and use."
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"The issues I have:1) The charging port cable...the use of the non-standard super micro usb connector (I don't know what to call it, but it's not a standard micro-USB connector) to charge these headphones is amazingly poor."
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Control

Control:
"Two main problems:1) The '+' and '-' buttons functions properly on volume control, but not on skipping tracks - it's actually the reverse i. e. press and hold '+' to go to the PREVIOUS track.2) The build quality is poor - even though there is a bluetooth connection, the music gets cracked up, and you need to press and 'mould' the earbuds to make sure the wiring connections within goes back in place."
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"I ordered a different brand but am sending them back before I use them as they don't fit as well, I can see them falling out when I run, and the controls are in the wire linking the two pieces."
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"the controls are a bit annoying, you have to hold down the center button for like 8 seconds in order to pair it, the center button makes your ear ring if you push it while wearing it cuz it clicks so loud, and the other controls make skipping through songs or other tasks take longer."
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"-Playback control- This is the most important aspect for me, as it is very very hard to find headphones with all the features I need."
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"They stay in pretty well and the controls are easy to use."
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"Sounds great and a good value however I don't like the on off control because you have to hold it down for 6 seconds, which is a little long; but if you press it for too long, (2 extra seconds) it goes into pairing mode."
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"The button controls are nice and function when connected to the device."
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"Really well designed; they stay in my ear during activity, long charge, controls pretty easy to work."
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"I like the easy pause start control button."
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Distance

Distance:
"However, place the paired device at a distances of more than 2 feet or hidden from the receiver you can forget about getting quality sound only drop offs and the cutting out of sound."
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"Although the range of distance is not as good, the overall quality is much better."
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"The only complaint I would have is the range of distance compared to some of the other products I have purchased."
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"There have been some complaints about the distance you can get from your device before the sound breaks up."
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"After about two months of use the bluetooth connection started skipping and was very very inconsistent, I thought this may be my ipod touch, but I matched it with my brother's ipod touch and same problem no matter what the distance...I reflect if it was really worth the money to go wireless..."
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"Variety of ear tip hook sizes....will fit almost any size earCons:Cell call clarity is TERRIBLE (due to mic distance being far from mouth....people im talking to can never hear me clearly)Battery life only averages 5 hours, recharge time from empty 60-90 minsBehind the neck strap very irritating, when you start to sweat its rubber-like material sticks to you neck and will pull the earbuds out."
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"I can place my phone a good distance away, and still have a great connection."
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"Good sound quality and battery life and the bluetooth distance is great."
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"I use them both when cycling (at low volume of course - use with caution, safety first) and while on an elliptical trainer; in both situations, the headphones work flawlessly quite a reasonable distance from the phone - usually in the range of two feet and seem to be impervious to sweat."
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"I had a pretty decent distance on them too."
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"I found the Backbeat Go's to have a far superior distance and telephone call quality, but the sound quality was terrible for music."
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Durability

Durability:
"Somewhat annoying but a small price to pay for durability."
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"Having been disappointed by battery life, sound quality or durability of other products I finally found what I have been looking for."
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"The durability is decent as I have been using them 3 to 4x a week at the gym."
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"I'll update this review in 6 months to mention the durability of these, but at the moment I highly recommend them!"
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"So far, great durability and function."
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"Even during pretty intense boxing, these ear buds don't fall out of my ears, which is amazing-Great sound quality-Great reach- I can go anywhere in the gym and still have great soundMy personal cons:-Durability is lacking."
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"Though the sound quality and performance is good when it is working, this product lacks durability."
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Fit

Fit:
"They fit well, don't fall out and are comfortable and sweat proof."
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"We are an Apple household and although we have other electronics around the house it was hard to find another plug to plug into the headset that fit when I missed placed my cord for about a month."
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"Some adjustment fit issues - not perfect but they provide you with many different pieces to get them to fit."
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"earlier today (and it was my fault), i was charging it like normal, and unfortunately my dog got hold of it and the secure fit ear cushion on one ear bud is history."
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"Fitting can be a bit of a challenge to find the right combo between plug sizing and ear grips."
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"The do not fit as comfortably in my ears as I thought they might."
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"Sound and fit are great and battery is long lasting."
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"I love these, but have an issue the fit of the bud add-ons."
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"These headphones fit well and stay in place even over rough terrain."
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"They fit well and I enjoyed the behind the neck wire."
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"great headphones - very secure fit (used during Gym workouts)audio quality is good+ ,but not for the audiophiles out there."
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Functionality

Functionality:
"Gogroove F1T: - 44.99- 6 hour + battery life- solid behind the head support pieceJaybird freedom:-59.98- 4 hour - battery life- soft behind the head support pieceThe Jaybird is much better quality overall, but in terms of functionality it is not as effective for my preferences."
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"Summary:The construction quality and sound quality was greatCheaper priced headphones with longer battery lifeSticky behind head ear wire limits the functionality and makes them not enjoyable"
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"Negative and the reason for one star: The Bluetooth functionality is just garbage."
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"Have not been able to get full functionality of device as advertised"
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"Additionally, if you are looking for earbuds that automatically and all the time are connected to your MacBook Pro (June 2012 release) via the built-in bluetooth functionality, you will be disappointed."
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"Sound is great, and you have all functionality from the right ear piece."
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"Sound call quality is good and functionality is simple."
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"It is truly waterproof, has great fit and functionality."
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"love the functionality, they are a little bulky on but the sound and the functionality will make up for the size"
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Hook

Hook:
"The manufacturer provides ear inserts and hooks for extra security work, but are quite uncomfortable."
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"Different sized buds, different sized ear sponges (uncomfortable imho), and even ear hooks, which I actually use because jogging will rattle these right out of your ear otherwise and the hooks are comfortable enough."
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"I really don't see any advantage of using the hooks unless they came in a smaller size."
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"The problem is, none of the bud hook combos keep the buds in my ears."
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"The buds don't fit easily with the ear hooks and the magnetic lid never really closes all of the way unless I take the time to fiddle with it."
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"Really nice size , not to big , not really heavy, patented secure tips not really a big thing , they do stay on position under regular conditions, but on the gym I rather prefer the ear hooks , sound has really good bass, remember also that mp3 quality matters, not the same to play a 192-160 mp3 quality compare to 128 quality."
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"Ear hooks pop off easy and could be easy to lose."
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"Different sized buds, different sized ear sponges (uncomfortable imho), and even ear hooks, which I actually use because jogging will rattle these right out of your ear otherwise and the hooks are comfortable enough."
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"Multiple ear-bud tips and hooks to make them the most comfortable."
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"Mine fit great and feel comfortable and both sets of hooks are options depending on how active you are."
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Instruction

Instruction:
"So, even though you do the set-up steps as provided in the super easy instructions (and there aren't any simpler, easier instructions out there, believe me! )"
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"Buttons were a little confusing... im a guy i don't read instructions but after a few minutes i decided i needed to take a look so i can see how to change tracks."
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"Well, I followed the instructions exactly, and it would often take 5-10 attempts before ever getting the audio to come in."
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"This was not mentioned on Jaybird's website or in the instructions, unless I missed it."
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"Just follow the instructions and you wont have any problems."
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"A read thru the very small instruction book solved that easily."
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"Despite what others have said as well as what the instructions say, I'm able to put my phone on my left arm and still get transmission to these earbuds--however, I'm a small person, so that may make a difference."
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"They synched effortlessly with my iPhone (not sure how hard it would be to sync with a bluetooth adapter though) and the quickstart instructions were super easy to follow."
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"Now I have not used them out doors.... but the instructions are VERY clear on which side of your body you should have whatever bluetooth device you are connecting to."
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"Well, I followed the instructions exactly, and it would often take 5-10 attempts before ever getting the audio to come in."
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Light

Light:
"If they broke after 3 months of light use I'm not investing in another pair just to have the same thing happen."
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"Because I do a lot of floor exercises, I need to find something that is light and also won't easily fall off."
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"But there is no clear light or sound signal to be sure it's off."
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"I then tried charging them thinking that was the problem, however the red light only stayed on for a few minutes before turning off (which should mean its fully charged)."
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"The volume and next buttons do not have this problem, they an easily be activated with a light touch."
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"These are light weight, clear sounding and a great battery time."
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"They are light and stay in the ear very well - but pretty short range and battery life."
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"They were light weight and had a great sound."
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"It has a stylish appearance, is seemingly built well, and is very light."
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"Nice and light, tight fit for activity."
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Listening

Listening:
"At high volumes, the mids can get kind of lost, but it's hard to notice unless you're really listening for it."
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"They work very well for just listening to music or podcasts, but the negative aspects make them unfit for me."
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"For listening, I was pretty happy - not as good as wired earbuds (of which I have MANY) but good enough."
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"Read about great reviews of this product - overall I am very happy with the headsets - love the sound quality and able to take calls while listening to your music - the only downside is the connection gets affected when you have your limb (ie: arm covering the earpiece) close to the earpiece when you do stretches and the band connecting the two earpieces is more a hindrance as it gets sticky on the back of your neck and pulls one side of the earpiece therefore you need to readjust the earpiece(s)And as always Amazon provides me with a great service & delivery time"
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"Using a belt clip for my phone, or putting it in my pocket, I am unable to walk without listening to a remix of my music since it seems the range is so limited that when my leg moves back, I lose the connection."
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"Mic is a tad quiet when calling, but headphones are great for listening to music!"
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"Nice having the cord out of the way when listening to music while working out."
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"These speaker are great for listening to music and making phone calls."
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"I couldn't imagine being able to walk away from my device to another room while still listening to my music as I am able to with those headphones."
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"By then I get tired of listening for the day anyway so it works out well."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"also, the mic quality is terrible."
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"Microphone isn't great for phone calls as there is no noise canceling, but we aren't really buying this for that."
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"when i first bought them they where 100$PROS: Excellent sound qualitygood designsweat proof for does that like to jog or sweat a-lot like myselfin ear and over the ear straps so they dont fall offsimple to use easy to remember functionsexcellent and fast pairing of deviceCONS: Horrible mic, when talking to others they often said you sound muffled not cleared at all like they described, if you don't care about using this headset to talk other then to just listen to music then this is a good headset otherwise i recommend looking into the motorola HD flex 11 or the LG over the neck headset their mics are much better."
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"I do have a few complaints -- 1) the microphone for phone calls is horrible, as anyone I've spoken too says it sounds like I'm about 30 feet away from the microphone; 2) they are a bit bulky, but, you soon get over that fact; 3) the bat-ear wing tip thingies that help to fit the ear bud into the aurucle (sp? )"
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"The microphone is horrible on these."
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"Perhaps the mic just is not great."
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"Mic is a tad quiet when calling, but headphones are great for listening to music!"
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"The built-in also mic works decent enough to hello and goodbye."
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"The mic also works well enough, as I was able to answer a call and communicate without any issues."
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"Good products however they just hadn't figured out the mic yet on this model before release..."
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"Manufacturer recommended the Bluebuds for better range and cleaner mic that actually works, incorprating ambient noise cancellation (something this model does NOT have)."
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Music

Music:
"a little not clear when having call, music sound is good"
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"If I bend forward, or move my head the wrong way the music cuts in and out."
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"Bluetooth connection sometimes are not reliable, music cuts off at times when my iphone is in my pocket while working out."
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"I find myself missing my HD flex 11's now because i like to listen to music with heavy bass."
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"At the end of the day though, if you cannot hear your music its pretty significant downside to any headset."
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"The sound quality on music is good ... not great, but good."
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"I am not a sterophile so can't speak to their true music quality but for me they work well."
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"Mic is a tad quiet when calling, but headphones are great for listening to music!"
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"Nice having the cord out of the way when listening to music while working out."
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"Been using this for upwards of 3 years, and they've been working amazingly still, even if they only get about 4-5 hours of music playback before needing to be recharged."
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"Worked well for about 6 months as my gym music provider."
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Outdoor

Outdoor:
"I bought these at the end of November for running outdoors and after 3 months they broke."
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"It doesn't work well when running outdoors, but indoors it's good! "
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"I brought that up first because most of the negative reviews here are from people who are not informed about the technology in general, and complain about the outdoor range."
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"This was my first set of Bluetooth headphones, so initially I was disappointing with the outdoor range."
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"The range outdoors while running or biking is ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE."
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"It seems to me that they are using a paper-thin excuse (Bluetooth not bouncing off walls in outdoor excercise) to compensate for a terribly flawed product."
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"Loses connection way to easy and has to be on the right arm for it to work the best outdoor without walls for the Bluetooth can be contained."
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"As soon as you start sweating, which is pretty common during outdoor activities, these become a pain to continually adjust as they no longer stay in place due to sweat."
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"These puppies hold up pretty darn well against sweat and the brutalness of a gym or outdoors."
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"Simply great for running; indoors or outdoors."
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"Great sound and comfortable but the reception is in and out unless your BT device is very close when outdoors."
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Pairing

Pairing:
"when i first bought them they where 100$PROS: Excellent sound qualitygood designsweat proof for does that like to jog or sweat a-lot like myselfin ear and over the ear straps so they dont fall offsimple to use easy to remember functionsexcellent and fast pairing of deviceCONS: Horrible mic, when talking to others they often said you sound muffled not cleared at all like they described, if you don't care about using this headset to talk other then to just listen to music then this is a good headset otherwise i recommend looking into the motorola HD flex 11 or the LG over the neck headset their mics are much better."
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"However, place the paired device at a distances of more than 2 feet or hidden from the receiver you can forget about getting quality sound only drop offs and the cutting out of sound."
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"This creates a problem when turning on because if you go over the time when turning on, it will go to pairing mode."
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"I'll keep this short - I WAS pretty happy with my purchase of the Jaybird Freedom set at first - until people complained that they couldn't understand me when I used it with my phone and other gamers said they couldn't hear me well when I paired it with my PS3 for Black Ops."
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"iPhone 4 was mediocre as far as loudness, but when paired with macbook pro, they were phenomenal! "
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"In fact, I had ZERO problems pairing, I didn't even need to enter the 4 digit code the instructions provided.2- Jaybirds have 3 different ways to stay in place while exercising or just doing work around the house."
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"Other than that, they sound great and pairing is seamless."
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"They paired easily with my Nexus 7 tablet, Galaxy S3 phone, and even my laptop."
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"They are amazing and paired well with my nano 8th edition"
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"Easy pairing."
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"Pairing was easy with my iPhone and the battery life was good."
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Performance

Performance:
"the (very) bad:the wireless performance is terrible!"
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"I firmly believe in paying more to get better quality it is worth it due to less problems, better performance, and better service."
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"Call performance has not been great, but I wasn't expecting it to be."
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"Jaybird has come out with the new headset that not only is smaller, but claims much better Bluetooth performance, so it's unlikely anyone will still be buying the model reviewed here - I know I would go for the new model based solely on BT performance, as this continues to be the lone negative for this product."
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"This might not sound like a long time, but in the middle of a workout, I find it inconvenient to hold my hand up to my ear for that long, not to mention the fact that (as discussed in the previous paragraph) this usually results in a drop out of audio from the weak Bluetooth performance."
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"This must be the weakest BT performance I've ever experienced."
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"They performed well for 3 years of daily use and have no complaints other then battery life."
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"These have performed well since day one."
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"Excellent sound quality and performance."
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"I love their performance."
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"I use them while on the train to work so I'm not an authority on how they perform during exercising but for casual use they work great!"
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Power

Power:
"Also, the low power noise indicator is annoying and does not give much time for you to get to a charging station4) Bluetooth connection is soooooo weak, if my phone is anywhere other than on my right side hip or on my backpack chest strap (right side), then expect small pauses, which does get annoying."
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"The only real complaints I had were that there is no battery indicator when they power on."
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"Items came missing power cable"
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"My only complaints are that the power play pause button is uncomfortable to use while wearing and the cable connecting the two earpieces is too long and tugs on my neck."
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"use for the gym and they work ok, only real problem is that they are sometimes hard to turn on, I hold the power button for a long time and nothing, but this is hit or miss if they turn on or not, but i do like them"
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"The multipurpose button is positioned on the outside, so to press it, you have to press the whole earpiece painfully into your head, and to power on or off requires nearly ten seconds of pressing."
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"That is not a problem, since there are plenty power bricks around us, and you can always use a computer."
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"Awful power button, hard to press and misplaced."
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"Finally, though this isn't a main issue, I feel it should be noted that the power pair pause button would have been much nicer if it were like the volume buttons."
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"Also there's no spoken power on, connecting, power off just a system of beeps that gets tough to figure out when the gestures are hold for 3 seconds to do something, hold for about 10 seconds to power on off (yeah).all my complaints and I still think these are the best of their kind at the time, I'll keep these til they crap out on me but I can't see that happening any time soon."
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"The best way to turn it on is to hold the power button for the required 6 seconds before you put it in your ear."
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Price

Price:
"I would not be happy if I had paid the original retail price."
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"Highly disappointed.....I suggest spending your money elsewhere."
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"Overall I'm not happy with my purchase, it's a waste of money."
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"These looked great and the price was right and though some of the reviews were negative I decided to pick up a pair."
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"Very disappointing and sorry I wasted the money to get another pair."
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"Mine came with usb charger but for anyone looking to buy a pair without headphones good news the charger is available anywhere and cheap."
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"Great headphones - good quality and good sound for the money."
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"Decent product, for the price."
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"They are pretty good for the price but not what I was hoping for."
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"Earbud charge lasts alright, this product could be great with these improvements, price is high for just a so so product!"
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"Great for the money."
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Quality

Quality:
"also, the mic quality is terrible."
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"I can't believe I paid for such terrible quality earbuds"
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"terrible they have bad build quality the onlything good is the sound"
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"I am generally kind to my possessions, and I have to believe the quality was simply not all that good from the start."
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"The sound quality is not the best but it's fairly good."
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"Well, 3 pairs later (an average of about 8 months per pair), I've realized the problem was never on my end, but was in the quality of the headphones themselves."
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"Great headphones and awesome sound quality! "
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"Love these high quality wireless buds."
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"Great headphones - good quality and good sound for the money."
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"I am not a sterophile so can't speak to their true music quality but for me they work well."
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"Quality was decent."
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Range

Range:
"The range is not great, but more importantly if you arm is near the right ear bud, you will lose connection."
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"2.75 stars TBH - they deserve it because the Blue tooth range is weak and that brings great sounding headphones down quite a bit because they should be wireless to a minimum 20 ft without interference."
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"Wireless range was much better, but not as loud, or enjoyable as the Freedom's."
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"The only complaint the that I have was the range."
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"This is pretty much ridiculous when there is supposed to be a range of 30 feet."
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"Cons:* Range is worst."
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"These were very comfortable and had good range."
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"Bluetooth with decent range."
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"Works well for the most part, good sound, very short range."
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"Awful range, the sound is decent though."
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"Can just leave your phone over to the side as they'll work well within about a 30 foot range."
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Reception

Reception:
"The biggest con: Bluetooth reception is terrible."
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"reception is horrible, its to be expected since it is bluetooth version 2, versions 1 and 2 had the worse reception ever found in bluetooth headsets since they always lost connectivity and sometimes had problems trying to reconnect."
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"The Bluetooth reception is horrible."
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"Used with iPhone 4 and have not experienced any major reception problems."
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"Besides they have a very horrible reception (need to be very close to the source, I could live with that) , but they don't charge, and that's a defect that would not allow me to keep the product."
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"Other concerns:- My husband called me on our land line using Jaybird Earbuds, the reception wasn't very good."
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"- Surprisingly well Bluetooth reception and battery life."
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"Works pretty well, get some connection issues once in awhile, but generally the reception is good."
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"When device is not in motion the reception is great and I'm able to go from room to room or at the gym from one station to another and no interuption service.5."
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"Great sound and comfortable but the reception is in and out unless your BT device is very close when outdoors."
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"The sound quality and reception is as good as any bluetooth devices I've used, which is to say OK."
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Response

Response:
"I contacted JayBird because they have a one year warranty but after emailing them a picture I got the following response: Unfortunately that looks like damage not covered under our warranty."
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"Cons: Limited range (I struggled to come to the 10m quoted), the main button is difficult to press as the right earbud tends to move when you try to press the button, there is a noticeable delay when pressing any of the buttons before response, and most importantly the wiring for the left earbud broke internally after only 3 months."
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"The buttons were hard to use and response time for the buttons is slow."
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"Decent bass response and loud enough for me to turn down from full volume4) Bluetooth - button require a firm long press to pair."
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"They sound good and actually have some bass response."
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"BLUETOOTH RECEPTION -- Jaybird's LAME response about where you MUST carry your Bluetooth device for best reception."
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"The sound is great with solid bass response."
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"The Jaybird has by far the best bass response of ANY ear bud I've ever worn."
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Service

Service:
"I recently had an issue with my JF3 earbuds and Jaybird customer service went above and beyond to fix my problem!"
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"To make it even worse when my headset failed i contacted Jaybird Customer Service (Austin Winberg) and they want me to ship the headset back at my own expense at only 3 month old !"
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"However, I called jaybird customer service and they could not have been nicer."
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"i will insure them with squaretrade because i have heard negative things about Jaybird customer service and SquareTrade ROCKS."
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"I think this is terrible customer services."
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"- Unresponsive customer service (still waiting)- The battery life is okay for a wireless set, but it would usually run low after 2-3 days (turned off between uses).Summary:Overall, I am disappointed in the product."
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"The product is great and the service is even better."
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"Great I thought, and hats off to the great customer service from Jaybird, but the new ones never had the bass or the clairity, nor the good fit of the old model."
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"Customer Service: They were terrific."
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"While I was bummed that my first model went bad after a few months I was happy with their customer service."
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"Good Services"
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Simple

Simple:
"It sounds simple but when hurrying or while driving, it's not easy and requires two hands."
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"If something where to go wrong with my product I fear the support that would be provided would be very poor based on my interaction with a Jaybird agent in reference to something as simple as a missing accessory."
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"these headphones are great,very comfortable, don't know how durable, and sounds good(not excellent).three(3) star rating for the weak signal(simple pass of the hand...), and the mic seems to be omnidirectional(omg yuh gotta shout for the other party to hear if you're not in a very x10 quiet surrounding!"
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"In all do fairness, the Freedom's did sound ok, and while they are not amazing, they are definitely good enough for working out in, or for simple casual listening."
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"When I finally did, the setup was simple and very easy to manage."
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"They are simple, recharge easily, and produce a good sound to break the monotony of a workout."
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"Multiple outer ear pieces were included as well and were simple to swap around."
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"Sound call quality is good and functionality is simple."
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"They are simple, well made, and do everything they say (often exceeding).As for the sound quality?"
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Sound

Sound:
"When wired is moved, the dead side would sometimes sound again."
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"No sound in left year, a common complaint when googled."
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"Unfortunately, the sound was not to my liking and I could not get a very secure fit no matter which tip I used."
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"a little not clear when having call, music sound is good"
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"They sound nice, but the bluetooth signal is so weak it cuts out if I leave my phone in my pocket."
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"The sound quality is not the best but it's fairly good."
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"Great headphones and awesome sound quality! "
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"Sound and fit are great and battery is long lasting."
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"The phones are great in sound and work exactly as expected."
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"Great headphones - good quality and good sound for the money."
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"They are extremely comfortable and they block out environmental sounds very well."
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Sport

Sport:
"Many people use them for sports and are worried about sweat."
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"I made the mistake of buying the jabra wireless sport headphones first."
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"My friend bought the Jabra sport Bluetooth and they were sweat damaged after 1 workout."
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"Comfortable in-ear sport bluetooth headphones."
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"I bought one of them,I was very gald cause the cordless experience is amazing to make sports like run and cycling, but when it had a life claim of 3 months I knew that is not a good product."
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"In looking at the reviews for the later released freedom sprint (JF4), and X Sport models, I opted to stay with the JF3 due to the issues experienced by many with the X Sport fit and no over the ear clips, as well as repeated failure."
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"Good Quality and ergonomic product nice sound perfect for exerciseI think to do sports this are some of the best right now, battery life is very long and sound quality is perfect"
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"This product is amazing, I'm very glad I was able to buy it because I am able to do sports and chores without annoying wires in my way! "
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Stereo

Stereo:
"Not only in the Stereo mode, but when you have to talk with someone, it has the common problem like the other bluetooth headset have -- The echo of the destination voice."
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"I've been searching for a good set of bluetooth headsets for running and am glad to find the Jaybird Freedom after a rather disappointing experience with the Nokia BH-505 Bluetooth Stereo Headset - Ice Blue."
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"The second set... well... my $25 Bluetooth Stereo Headphones sounded better."
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"I enjoyed the fact of a wireless stereo bluetooth and used it to hear music and watch videos but after 4 months the bluetooth stopworking."
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"I say they are the best when i consider a wireless stereo headset in terms of weight (lightest), size and length (just perfect), sound quality (amazing) and one very personal favorite which is that the buds don't vacuum pack your ears (noise cancellation) which i really adore because a lot of my previous headphones with near to nil noise cancellation have always ended up giving me ear pains and dizzy feeling after some time."
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"Though i said a lot in the subject but i would still like to add that these are by far the best stereo Bluetooth headphones i have come across."
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"However the stereo sound seems be great as my husband has bought 3-4 pairs for himself and friends"
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Support

Support:
"In any case, if you have problems even after a year's warranty, just email support and they will send you an RMA to replace your product."
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"If something where to go wrong with my product I fear the support that would be provided would be very poor based on my interaction with a Jaybird agent in reference to something as simple as a missing accessory."
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"One negative that I should point out after owning two pairs of Jaybirds is that although they make a good product, their customer support is really pretty crappy."
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"So yea, good product but not so great support."
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"Great support."
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"-To their credit, phone support is excellent, and may even be Americans!"
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"I contacted tech support at Jaybird, which was ALSO easy."
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"I contacted customer support, they said that is normal with this model, which is pretty depressing"
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"Jaybird support was extremely nice and helpful."
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Sync

Sync:
"It's light, fits in my ear comfortably without falling, and easy to sync."
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"They sync easily with the bluetooth on my Iphone 4S."
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"It syncs with the iphone ipad media seamlessly."
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"They sync easily with the Nano, have clear sound, and with the adjustable ear pieces that are included, are able to be tailored to individual ears."
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"Great sound and ease in sync with iPhone."
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"Synced up with no problems to my iphone."
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USB

USB:
"my daughter forced the wrong usb charger in the port and broke the contacts."
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"only complain I have here is it still uses the old micro usb plug"
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"The annoying thing is that the usb charger doesn't come with a wall plug, just a standard usb plug."
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"So loose that I am not able to charge the earbuds without taping the usb cable to the earphone in a certain way."
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"Granted, it is a mini USB cable, it's still a version of the mini USB that's hard to find."
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"The only problem is the USB charging cable."
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"However, I found that it does play nice with my phone charger (USB plug type) and my car lighter adapter - both working just fine to recharge it."
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"Charging is simple and you can easily plug the USB cord (included) into your computer."
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"Also, the micro USB port is easier to use and seems more robust then the mini USB port on many of these blue tooth headphones, easy to pair and connect to your iphone and ipad devices."
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"Cons... not a micro usb cable to charge it (its a micro 8pin *thank you Paul for the comment below to correct this) I have a ton of other devices that use the micro usb... oh well."
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Warranty

Warranty:
"since then I contacted Jaybird, they honored the warranty and sent me a new pair but the same problem appeared."
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"In any case, if you have problems even after a year's warranty, just email support and they will send you an RMA to replace your product."
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"Eventually the earpiece broke off and the warranty through JayBird was amazing."
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"I contacted JayBird because they have a one year warranty but after emailing them a picture I got the following response: Unfortunately that looks like damage not covered under our warranty."
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"Terrible product, worse warranty."
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"I failed to do that in time and the 1 year warranty expired."
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"There is a one year warranty on the products and I recommend sending them back for a new pair before the warranty is up."
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"Eventually the earpiece broke off and the warranty through JayBird was amazing."
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"I seem to go through Bluetooth earbuds every few months, however, JayBird has an excellent warranty."
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"Jaybird has, however, been good about honoring their warranty."
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Wireless

Wireless:
"It was good as a wireless headset while it worked, but it broke too quickly, and it is not usable as a phone headset."
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"Long story short, these solved all my problems for wireless headphones for the gym that can also take calls if needed!"
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"the (very) bad:the wireless performance is terrible!"
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"To me and without a doubt this is the best wireless earphone in the market today and believe me i try some of them for sometime and all bring me frustation but this is top of the line, so much that my wife got the new one a little bit more expense but equally excellent product"
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"I was just disappointed in the wireless range of this device."
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"The buds paired with my phone nicely but skip cut out due to wireless communication problems."
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"Love these high quality wireless buds."
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"I have been using Bose SEi2 sport wired headphones for years and was hoping to find a wireless paid with as good a sound."
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"2.75 stars TBH - they deserve it because the Blue tooth range is weak and that brings great sounding headphones down quite a bit because they should be wireless to a minimum 20 ft without interference."
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"I really enjoy the mostly wireless earbuds."
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"Out of all the bud style wireless headsets these are the best."
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iPad

iPad:
"I can cook for 30 minutes or so with my iPad in the kitchen and it works quite well, but if I walk around the corner the signal cuts out hard."
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"It syncs with the iphone ipad media seamlessly."
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"Has used them with his ipad, laptop, phone with no problems and easy connection."
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"the Bluetooth earbuds have a good sound but are a little too heavy on the ears I use them at home on my iPad but not out as they are too uncomfortable"
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"Also, the micro USB port is easier to use and seems more robust then the mini USB port on many of these blue tooth headphones, easy to pair and connect to your iphone and ipad devices."
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iPod

iPod:
"Placing the iPod in my right pocket wasn't good enough, the signal would die, you actually had to place it in your arm with an armband, any further and the signal dies!"
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"I have paired then with my android tablet, PC, windows mobile phone and ipod with very little problem."
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"The only complaint I do have is that if you have your phone or iPod situated on your body, you may occassionally find yourself blocking the signal, resulting in somewhat of a choppy quality."
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"Removing the Kokkia every time after use to keep the battery from draining will be wearing on the iPod connector...not a good thing."
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"I've read complaints about these that you can't have you phone ipod in your pocket or on your left arm."
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"After about two months of use the bluetooth connection started skipping and was very very inconsistent, I thought this may be my ipod touch, but I matched it with my brother's ipod touch and same problem no matter what the distance...I reflect if it was really worth the money to go wireless..."
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"I was equally impressed with the bluetooth range on my iPod Mini which I was, in some cases, able to listen to across my home."
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"Works great with my iPod."
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"We purchased these for our son, who said they work really well with the new iPod we also purchased for him."
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"I love that I can leave my ipod on the floor and go around the gym doing my workouts without having to hold it."
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"Quality of sound is fine and I have had no issues with putting my IPod in my pocket and still having a good connection for listening while working out."
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