SmallTalk Mini Bluetooth Headset Review

Since Bluetooth was developed way back in 1994, its specifications have changed dramatically, and so have the devices that utilize it.

However, in my opinion, the vast majority of people who use mobile phones still prefer not to use Bluetooth headsets, even though their ease is quite straight forward.  People that I’ve spoken too in the past have always been deterred, mostly due to the size of the headsets on offer.  

If this is true of you, then maybe the SmallTalk Mini Bluetooth Headset developed by Bluetooth R&D company BlueNEXT is the headset for you.   The guys over at MobileFun were kind enough to send me a headset to review, so here goes.

The headset arrived in a very neat box, which contained the headset, ear hook, USB charging cable, in-car USB charging adapter and an instruction manual.  The headset has been designed to charge only with the included cable(which is the same sized fitment as Nokia 6300 phone chargers), which you plug into your PC/Laptop in order to provide a charge.  Or, if you find yourself on the road more than you are at home, simply plug the car charging adapter into your cigarette lighter, the plug-in the charging cable to the USB port on the top and you can charge the headset ‘on-the-go’.

The contents - Headset with ear hook, USB charging cable, car charging adapter & manual

During the charging phase, the LED on the headset glows red.  I charged it out of the box for around 45 minutes, however the instructions do say that a full charge will take around two hours.   Once it is charged, pairing it with your device is very straight forward.  Simply hold down the power button for around 5 seconds and the main LED will flash blue and red, this means the device is ready to be paired.  Then, carry out the pairing process on your handset and within a few seconds, the device is connected and ready to be used.

Having quickly flicked through the manual to confirm the Bluetooth connection code, I connected the headset to my Blackberry 8900 within a matter of seconds, with no issues at all.

The headset has been developed to use ‘Multi-Point’ technology, which basically means that you can pair the headset with two devices at the same time, compared to other headsets which can only pair with one device.  When a call comes in, the headset knows which device is ringing and connects to the device automatically.  You can even connect it both your handset and your PC (If you use Skype to chat for instance) and no matter which phone rings, the headset will connect you.   I connected the headset to both my Nokia 6300 and Blackberry and it worked really well.

In terms of size and weight, the SmallTalk Mini Bluetooth headset really is the cream of the crop.  It’s tiny to say the least, with the main body measuring only 26.2 x 15.6mm.  Plus, weighing in at just 6.5g, when you start wearing it, you will quickly forget it’s there!

The SmallTalk showing removable earhook & side controls

The main button on the headset allows you the receive and end calls, so just a quick press and you can initiate a call using your voice dialling (Or indeed, use your handsets keypad to dial the number) and likewise press the headset button again to end the call.  There are also two small buttons at the top and bottom of the headset which adjust the volume levels during a call.  Although, I tended to leave the volume up all the time as the buttons are quite difficult to press.

When I made a call, the quality was very good in my opinion.  Audio clarity was crisp and clear, even when I realised the volume wasn’t even turned all the way up initially!  It worked equally well during voice activation and when I spoke, the person on the phone could easily hear every word I was saying.

The main button, used to initiate/end calls

The ear hook on the headset can also be easily removed if you’re not keen on using it.  You simply detach it from the main body and you can then use it as an ‘in-ear’ headset instead, which can provide maximum levels of comfort.  Both methods worked well for me, however I did prefer using the ear hook.

When it comes to talk time, you can walk around and chat for 3 hours before you need to recharge it.  This isn’t bad to be honest, considering the size of the unit.  Plus, if you don’t want to use it, it has a standby time of just over 4 days, or 100 hours to be exact!

Conclusion

During the review, I found the SmallTalk Mini Bluetooth headset small, light, sleek and very comfortable to wear.  The audio was very good, especially for the cost.  At £15 ($23.45) for the headset, charging cable and car adapter, I think it’s exceptional value for money.

You can get the SmallTalk Mini Bluetooth headset, either in black or if you prefer, bright pink, direct from the Mobile Fun website, as well as checking out their huge range of other Bluetooth headphones on offer.

Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, Reviews

9 comments… add one

  • Clymmer April 28, 2010, 11:13 pm

    Does this have any noise cancellation tech capabilities? How did it sound in real world situations…like in a car or in a windy place or in a louder/crowded room?

  • Wolfman2200 April 29, 2010, 12:41 am

    I use a stereo bluetooth headset. I don’t see any problem with setting it up with my Blackberry that I have if I plugged in a wired headset. People just don’t know how to go about pairing things up. They can’t be bothered with the process or even learn to do something new that is obviously better.

  • James Branch April 29, 2010, 5:33 am

    @Clymmer I noted your comment and used it this morning when I took the kids to school. I decided to walk them to school rather than drive, just so I could use the headset outside. The company doesn’t state that the headset has any noise cancelling capabilities, so I’m doubting it does. However, when I did make a couple of calls this morning, I had no problems hearing everything that was being said, even though it was quite breezy outside. Plus, they (my wife) could hear everything I was saying equally well.

    I’m not sure how it would operate in a crowded room, as I didn’t test it in this environment. However, when I get back to work, I’ll test it in the office and on the factory floor next to the larger machines and see how it fairs.

  • Clymmer April 29, 2010, 7:31 am

    James: thanks for the additional check & info. I’ll be curious to see how the loud-background test goes.

    I’m still using a first-generation Jawbone & am looking for a worthy successor. The plantronics 975 seems to be leading the pack so far. I’ve heard mixed reviews of the later Jawbones, unfortunately. This one’s size is intriguing…if the performance holds up. :-)

    Thanks again for the extra checks.

  • p51d007 April 29, 2010, 10:44 am

    Take a look at the jawbone icon series. They just added A2DP, and you have the option of leaving it on the BT headset, or taking it off anytime you want. I’ve had it for about a month, yeah, it’s a little bad in wind, but everything else works perfectly.

  • Kimberly O. April 29, 2010, 11:55 am

    Ah bummer, they don’t ship outside the EU. :( (Or please tell me I am missing a shipping option to the U.S.!!)

  • Brad Doxey April 29, 2010, 5:58 pm

    The website doesn’t ship outside of the EU. Aren’t you guys in the states?

    I would love to try this, but I cannot get one shipped to the USA.

  • James Branch April 30, 2010, 10:25 am

    @Kimberly & Brad – There is a UK seller on eBay that ships the headset Worldwide. I found the link via buycentral.co.uk.

    MobileFun.co.uk don’t ship to the states unfortunately!

    I’ve shrunk the link, as it was huge! :)

    http://bit.ly/calsWq

  • sydney February 22, 2013, 11:42 am

    hey, does the wireless earpiece play music. I really want it. I have tried many websites but it has only calling function. If so please contact me ASAP with the price. Otherwise suggestion of other site would be very helpfull

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