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“Can you hear me now?”

This catchy little slogan rings a lot of truth depending on what device you are using. Take phone headsets.


I use a bluetooth headset 99.9% of the time when I’m on a call. If the headset is being charged, then the wired ear buds take their place. I’m at a point where I need to look into replacing the bluetooth headset that I currently use. With this, I started to wonder…

  • “Which bluetooth headsets are just good and which ones are great?”
  • “Is there really that much of a difference from manufacturer to manufacturer?”

So, I decided to put these questions out to YOU.

  • What bluetooth headset are you using?
  • Are you satisfied with it’s quality of sound and lack of noise/interference during your calls?
  • Can the person on the other end hear you just as clearly?
  • Which have you tried and recommend staying away from?
  • Which have you tried that you recommend purchasing?

As yes, aesthetics do matter.

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  • I like the new Jawbone Icon. It uses a standard microUSB connector (unlike the old Jawbone that used a flimsy proprietary power cord), it integrates with iOS devices (supporting one-touch to get to Voice Command), it tells you how much charge is left (by speaking to you) and it shows up on the iPhone with a charge indicator, like the Apple headset did. It can also be used to listen to other content like any other headphone (not great for music, but good for, say news). Battery seems to hold a charge pretty well.

  • Hands down, the Jawbone ICON is the best BT headset I’ve used to date. Originally I hated the first Jawbone simply because I couldn’t get a good fit in my ear. So I sold it. However, the ICON changes all of that for me. Great design, sounds great, feels good and great features:
    http://www.bestappsite.com/reviews/accessories/jawbone-icon-bluetooth-headset-for-iphone-review/

    http://terrywhite.com/techblog/archives/4890

  • And then we have aesthetics.
    My dislike about most bluetooth headsets is their appearance on the wearer.
    I’d like to see bluetooth headsets with a more ‘invisible’ design.

  • James

    Motorola and Plantronics have top reputations for Bluetooth headsets. and headset from them listing for more than $30 should work well. You need to consider how you must operate the headset (buttons, sliders, etc.) as well as aesthetics. Rated battery lifetime is also near the top of my list.

    Cruising Target or Best Buy will provide input on aesthetics. Do you want a stubby in black – inconspicuous – or a long spear with a color stripe and flashing blue light? I like my stubby little Motorola with its cute little jewel case/charger base. It takes up little room in a bag, works well, and is not too conspicuous – I’m not the Spock type.

  • Jim,
    Unfortunately,
    Stubby-black-inconspicuous, long spear with a color stripe and flashing blue light is what most of these headsets want to look like. In a word….UGH! I like to look of the Jabra Stone. It’s much smaller than the previous Jabra over the back of the ear headsets and doesn’t look like something has attacked your face. Maybe I’ll test one of those out.