Review: Jabra Journey Bluetooth In-Car Speakerphone

Filed under Reviews by LRA on March 31, 2012 at 3:55 AM
Jabra Journey

Jabra Journey

With just about every state passing a “Hands Free” law, there is no better time than now to purchasing an in-car speaker system.  You don’t want just any Bluetooth device, you want something that is user friendly, sounds great, and is simple to use.  Enter the Jabra Journey. Jabra has a reputation for producing great quality products that work well.  The Jabra Journey is no exception.  It is a product that I would recommend to anyone who is in the market for a Bluetooth in-car speaker system.

Features

  • Rich and crisp sound with HD Voice technology
  • Enhanced noise cancellation with HD Voice microphone
  • Voice button – use your voice to control your mobile phone
  • Voice Guidance gives paring instructions, battery and connection status
  • Advanced Multiuse – Connect to 2 Bluetooth devices at the same time
  • A2DP streaming for playback of music, podcasts and directions from GPS applications
  • Up to 20 hours talk time and up to 45 days standby time
Setup

After charging the Journey for over two hours, it was time to pair with my phone.  Having Bluetooth capabilities in my vehicle, I was prepared to jump through all of the hoops and enter some secret code to get my phone paired.  Much to my pleasant surprise, I did not have to any of that.  The Journey does it automatically and it took no time at all. Other than the ease of setup, the really cool thing is that the Journey speaks to you and walks you through the entire process.  Another cool feature is that the Journey supports “advanced multi-use”, which means it can be connected to two mobile devices at the same.  This is perfect if you share a vehicle with someone or a significant other.

Using the Journey

Using the Journey is very simple.  If your phone has a voice control system, pressing the voice button on the Journey activates it. State who you want to call and in a few seconds, you are talking to them.  You can also choose to initiate calls from your mobile phone and the call will automatically get routed to the Journey.  Pressing the voice button while actively engaged in a call mutes the call.  To un-mute the call you simply press the voice button again.  The large button above the voice button can be used to answer and end calls.   If you want to redial the last number you called, tap the answer/end button twice. If a call comes in and you can’t take your hands off the steering wheel, the Journey has that covered too.  All you have to do is say “answer” or “ignore.” The Journey will also announce incoming calls that match your phone’s address book.  To get the full effect of this feature, I suggest that you set your phone to vibrate so that when an incoming call comes in, you can hear the Journey announced the incoming call by name. Easy and simple.

Sound quality is great on the Journey thanks to the built in HD microphone and enhanced noise cancellation.  I spoke to several individuals that I had called using the device and was told the sound quality was great.

Another great feature is that the Journey is motion activated, which means that you don’t have to worry about turning it on or off.  It has a built in motion sensor that will activate when you get into your vehicle and will automatically connect with your smartphone. Also, as a bonus, once it is connected to your phone, you can play music that is stored on your phone through the device.

Conclusion

Overall, this is another great device from Jabra.  Great sound quality; easy to setup and easy to use; compact; plays music; GPS guidance; and it has a battery that will a long time in-between charges.  What is there not to like? To be honest… nothing.

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