Review: Jabra Tag
Jabra has been known for its premium audio devices such as the Revo Wireless that we did a review on recently. This time Jabra gave us the opportunity to review another Bluetooth audio device – The Jabra Tag!
The Jabra Tag is pretty much a very stright forward and easy to use product from Jabra. The Jabra Tag design is inspired by the dog tag. It weighs 30 grams and measures 56 x 34.5 x 8.3 mm. Its designed to be small and lightweight so that you can hang it around your neck or pretty much keep it in your pocket or waist pouch without much burden. Besides hanging it around your neck, the tag also has a clip attached so that you can clip it on your clothes when you are doing your workout.
The design of the Jabra Tag is pretty much simple, with only three white buttons on the front panel of the device and the volume control on the left hand side of the device. On the top is a 3.5mm headphone jack. You can remove the default earphones from the device and plug in your own earphones. On the bottom is a micro USB port for charging purposes. It takes about 2 hours to fully charge the device. On the back panel of this tiny device is the clip-on of which you can choose to remove if you find it getting in the way. The microphone is located at the top left hand corner of the device.
A tiny little LED light indicator is located at the top right hand corner of the device. When plugged in for charging, the LED light blinks Red. The tag is pretty much very easy to use. Press on the first bar on the front panel to power on or off the device. The first bar also known as the multi-function button functions to pick up calls, end calls, play and pause music besides turning the device on and off. You can double tap on the multi-function button to reject a call and redial the last number.
Upon powering it on, the LED light will blink green and you will hear an audio message telling you to connect to the tag via Bluetooth and if prompted for a PIN, just enter “0000”. The tag can connect up to 2 devices simultaneously. To connect the second device, you will have to power off the device and then power it back on again. Press the first bar again til the LED light blinks blue, then you will be able to connect it to a second device. If you are not connecting the tag to your device, the third bar allows you to switch on FM radio channels. The second bar is used to toggle back and forth for the FM radio and your music.
I put it to the test, by playing some pop music from my phone, the volume controls are quite small and hard to control with the tag hanging around your neck. It would have been easier to have buttons for volume controls on the front panel instead of by its side. On the box, Jabra claims that the ear buds are noise isolating, however it did not really do wonders for me until I cranked up the volume high enough to hear music booming in my ears.
However, what I really do like about this tag device is that I can pick up and hang up any phone calls without having to lift up my phone. The phone can be in my bag and I can still answer calls on the go. After I’m done with my calls, I can swiftly go back to listening to my music. Jabra mentions that a fully charged device should be able to sustain for about seven to eight hours of usage. Frankly, I did not hook the device to my ears that long nor did I continuously place it on loop for hours before it stops playing music as my phone battery couldn’t last the stretch of seven to eight hours of usage. One more thing that you should know about the tag is that its not waterproof, so you can only put it on when the sun shines bright.
Bottomline, this is a pretty simple and easy to use device that is versatile enough for work and play. Plus, it looks really cool and the weight does not burden you when you clip it on during your workout sessions or hang it around your neck during your day job. Price wise, I would say the folks at Jabra can bring the price down a bit more.