5 of 5
Handles like a lightbulb
Handles like a lightbulb
Motorola Endeavor HX1
Price to be determined
Weight: 0.4 ounces
Pro: No outside noise
Con: Not best design
Despite its good looks, the Jawbone was somewhat difficult to manage. It lacks traditional volume controls. A button on the back allows you to change the sound level in stages, much like a lightbulb with multiple settings. But going just one click past the loudest setting returns you to the quietest level. And I often hung up on people by mistake while trying to adjust the volume.

The Jawbone also suffers from tiny indicator lights. In bright sunlight you can barely tell if it's on. By contrast, the Motorola features a dedicated on/off slider switch, making it much easier to manage. The same was true for the Jabra, which offers a built-in battery indicator and an on/off button.

Bottom line: For sound quality the Jawbone beats the Motorola in a squeaker. From an ease-of-use standpoint, Motorola is the clear winner. Overall I prefer the Motorola, but I would be happy to own either one.

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