I have used many bluetooth headsets over the years; Motorola, Samsung, Plantronics to name a few. None of them have qualified as truly tech-worthy. They either did not fit my ear, the connection quality was poor, or operating the device was painful. One was actually so bad I had to decline finishing a review because I didn’t have a single positive comment. All that being said, I have finally found bluetooth headset Zen. Apple has hit the sweet-spot once again with the iPhone bluetooth headset. It is lightweight, comfortable, well constructed, easy to use, and very stylish to say the least.
Apple’s Bluetooth Headset easily paired with all the bluetooth enabled cellphones I have tried it on; Motorola Razr, Treo 680, and Blackberry 8800. The headset has a single function button that controls pairing, connect/disconnect of phone calls, and on/off of the headset itself. The sound quality is the best of any device I have ever used. Its in-the-ear design does a great job of blocking out ambient noise, making the calls much easier to hear. As the pictures show, the device is small, black, made of aluminum, and definitely precision engineered. The headset does not have built-in volume control, you control its volume via the cellphone, Blackberry, or smartphone. Some find this to be an issue, but I rarely change the volume and it is one less thing that might go wrong. According to Apple, the headsets built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery lasts 5.5 hours of talk time and up to 72 hours of standby time.
The Apple Bluetooth Headset comes with a Dual Dock which enables the iPhone and iPhone Bluetooth Headset to sync and charge. I do not have an iPhone but do have an iPod Touch that I use daily. Since the Touch is not the exact shape and size as the iPhone, I had to slightly modify (i.e., Macgyver) the Dual Dock with a dremel so that the Touch fit into the dock allowing it to sync/charge.
The Apple Bluetooth Headset also comes with the iPhone Bluetooth Travel Cable which enables you to charge/sync any iPod (except the Shuffle) and the headset by plugging the cable into your computers USB port or Apple’s USB Power Adapter. The travel cable has a connection point at the back of the iPod connector that the headset slips into and is held in place magnetically similar in technology to the Macbook MagSafe power adapter.
The Apple Bluetooth Headset is extremely stylish. I have been approached many times while out and about by folks asking who makes the earpiece and how I like it. As I stated at the beginning of this review, I really like this bluetooth earpiece and highly recommend it. Before I purchased it, I did check the reviews and found a very mediocre reaction to the headset. All I can say is that if you want a stylish, well made, easy to use bluetooth earpiece; you should at least try this one to see if it’s for you.
The iPhone Bluetooth Headset package (earpiece, Dual Dock, and travel cable) is not cheap (a shame Apple does not sell the headset separately). At $129, it’s more expensive (more than double) than the average bluetooth headset these days. Its price compares to the Aliph Jawbone Bluetooth Headset which obviously does not include added accessories for the iPhone or other iPods, but compares in terms of call/sound and construction quality.