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HTC One and Jabra Bluetooth Headset Experience

I have a 1-month-old Jabra bluetooth ver. 4 headset that I use every day with my HTC One Android smartphone which runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat Google Play Edition, for hours with absolutely no reception problems or static. In other words, it works perfectly.

I have even found it to work on different levels of my townhouse. My phone could be in the lower level at one end and I could be upstairs at the other end, and I can still answer calls.

Needless to say, I am beyond impressed with the bluetooth combo the One and this Jabra make. In previous years of using every iPhone up to the 5, I never had that kind of range with a bluetooth device.

I use Google Play Music All Access on my One, and it streams to a Bose bluetooth speaker in my living room without any problems, even when the phone is upstairs. Again, excellent range, no skips or dropouts.

Today I went for a walk through the neighborhood and wanted to try out the A2DP functionality of the Jabra headset. I turned it on, fired up Play Music, and started playing some tracks. This worked fine, great quality, plenty enough volume, no skips… I was impressed… until… I put my One in my pocket.

That’s right, I just put my One in my front left jeans pocket and audio cut out entirely. As soon as I pulled my One back out of my pocket, the audio came back. I tried my back pocket, same thing.

With my One in my hand, no problem. I could set my One on the kitchen counter and walk upstairs, down the hall to my bedroom, and music streamed to the Jabra just fine. But as soon as I put my One in a pocket it cuts out.

If I set the phone on my bed and place a pair of jeans over it, no problems. So it’s obviously something about my body that is completely killing bluetooth when the device is in my pocket.┬áMind you, the headset was less than 3 feet away, with the headset on my left ear and phone in either front or back left jeans pocket. I have no metal in my body, and I’m right in the middle of average on the body mass index.

I guess my curiosity is this. Why does the One have no problems streaming music to my Bose speaker when my One is in my pocket, and through walls and even a different floor of the house (maybe 50 feet away in a direct line, through 4 walls including the kitchen with all it’s additional cabinets and appliances), but it can’t stream music to a brand-new Jabra bt ver 4 headset when it’s less than 36 inches away in my pocket?

4 Comments

  1. Thk u for your review. What about battery. Does 4.0 bluetooth drains less battery of the phone than a 2.0 bluetooth?

    • I’ve definitely noticed a difference in battery life between my BT 2.0 devices and my BT 4.0 devices. The BT 4.0 headset itself has improved battery life, due in part to simply being newer, but also because it can take advantage of BT 4.0 low power mode. Also, my HTC One suffers less batter draw when using it with a BT 4.0 device versus a BT 2.0 device.

  2. Thk for your information. Can you please tell me which ROM + Kernel combo to use on HTC one for best battery performance?

    • I have found the InsertCoin ROMs (both Sense and GPE versions) to be the best performing ROMs for the HTC One. I’ve tried ElementalX, teaMSeven, and Faux Kernels, but have never found the benefits to be worth the time to configure and find the best settings. I have never had any complaints with the stock kernels on this device, and with my usage pattern, have never had any issues with battery life. I don’t bother with disabling gps, bluetooth, LTE, wifi etc. I just use the device with all features enabled, screen set to auto-brightness, and it works for me.

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