Description: It doesn't take too much bad audio, or interruptions from texts and other apps, to put your average commuter off the smartphone-based audio experience. Blue Ant's Ribbon tries to smooth over some of the rough spots with a set of earbuds and a controller that can clip anywhere and be used to pause tunes so they're not interrupted every time you use the phone for what it was meant for--Web browsing. It's not a remote mic replacement, so don't ditch that not-at-all-obnoxious-looking Bluetooth headset. It does let you listen to your Android or iOS device read texts or GPS updates, however.
Kevin Fogarty is a freelance writer covering networking, security, virtualization, cloud computing, big data and IT innovation. His byline has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, CNN.com, CIO, Computerworld, Network World and other leading IT publications. View Full Bio