Everyone is familiar with the picture of people walking or driving about with these devices hanging off one side of their heads. They’ve got their mobile phone in their pocket or on the hands free bracket in the car and they can control calls from a simple set of interactions with the multi function button on the headset.
Having had a Nokia device come with my phone, and having used it on several occasions, either for hands-free calling while driving or as a headset for conf calls while at home. My experience of them has been of a fair amount of discomfort after a short period of time. No matter how I try to adjust the angle of the headset it causes annoying painful discomfort across the whole ear. The sound quality is acceptable but as it is a mono device it is not always the best way to concentrate on a conversation in a noisy environment.
Also many phones second as a very able portable music player, however, many of these headsets are not able to carry that particular audio signal from the media player on the device. Therefore the users needs to resort to a traditional wired headphones, directly connected to the device via the audio jack.
It seems to me that this has demoted making the delivery of calls via a wireless bluetooth head set to a secondary option or afterthought rather than the main conduit for interaction with a multi-interfaced smartphone.
It functional spec covers many of the gaps from the basic sets:
What I found:
Though this is a Sony Ericsson device several alternative mobile manufacturer devices are supported… HBH-DS980 including the Blackberry Curve 8300 series.
I was able to successful pair with both my Vista Laptop and my Blackberry Curve. However, the multipoint functionality wasn’t very slick; possibly as a result of not the full AD2P bluetooth profile support on both my devices. So I’ve kept it simple and just paired to the Blackberry.
For me this is a fantastic solution, the device is very light (27g), so on the neck loop sits very comfortably, the in-ear headphone buds are comfortable [I know that in-ear is not to everyone’s taste] and provide good noise cancellation.
The functionality of the headset with the phone is slick and responsive, I can easily access the contact list, call log, and operate the media player control for the function control on the headset or the call control button. The display shows the contact details and call log details which is a nice feature when the phone is in it’s carry case in your pocket etc. Also as it’s not directly attached the device I hope that it will be a little longer lasting than it’s wired counterparts which have to contend with a lot of wear and tear from the jerks and jostling of motion.