When I upgraded my phone a while back I got a free Nokia Hands-free kit thrown in with it. As I get quite a large amount of free minutes in with my contract I tend to use my mobile when I want to make calls rather than using the land line.
I also like to be able to get on with other things while on the phone, as sometimes if I'm calling my brother or my Mum, the calls can go on for ages, and as I have so much to do it's useful to be able to get on with bits and pieces while chatting, so a hands-free kit would be a god send!
When I received the hands-free kit, I immediately opened it up and stuck it on charge using the mains adapter that was included, a nice little red led lit up on the end to show that it was charging...very handy, my last blue tooth headset didn't have this so it was impossible to tell if it was fully charged or not. When this set is charged, the light goes yellow.
The headset itself is about 2 inches long and about 3/4 or an inch wide by a little under 1/2 inch deep. It's a fairly basic looking unit, just a rounded off rectangle. On the fron there is a button which takes up approximately half the size of the unit which can be used to answer calls and hang up.
On one side there are 2 buttons which control the in-call volume, they are quite small but are easy to operate even when the headset is in place.
At one end there is the small socket for the mains adapter for charging, at the other a small hole where the microphone is housed.
On the back of the headset there is an ear piece which is designed to sit in the ear, and a flexible holder which can be shaped around your ear to keep the head set in place. The holder arm rotates and swivels so the headset can be used for either ear.
Also on the back is a small power button, a long press will switch it on and switch it off. Each action is accompanied with a short set of tones, increasing in pitch when switching on and decreasing in pitch when switching off, so it is easy to tell if it switching on or off, even while it is in your ear and you can't see the LED which lights up when the device is switched on.
When the headset is switched on, it goes into pairing mode so it is simple to pair it with a mobile phone, you just simple need to have blue tooth activated on the phone and then switch on the headset.
Upon using the headset I found that it is actually quite difficult to get the holder arm flexed and into a position which actually holds the headset in place, and even when I did manage it, it wasn't long before it decided to move about and on occasion actually fall off my ear! After a lot of attempts I finally got it sitting quite well though it will still fall off If I'm not careful and moving about a lot.
From a comfort point of view I would say this is not a great headset as the ear piece is rather too large and combined with the awkwardness of the holder arm I tend to find I end up with it wedged into my ear rather more than it being comfortably sat in place.
The actual functionality of the headset is good, the call volume is pretty good and the caller can be heard clearly. For the most part the microphone seems to pick up my talking fairly well although as the headset sometimes moves about, occasionally it moves enough that the mic stops picking my voice up very well and the person I am speaking to can barely hear me.
Despite it's flaws I have used the headset a lot and found it invaluable! It hold a charge for ages and lasts for a good long time even when being used. If it were just a bit more comfy and the holding mechanism actually worked properly I would give it five stars but as it is this is quite a flaw, so I can only really give it three stars but will say that for a freebie it is actually pretty good.
Again, this is another great product from Nokia. It's reasonable priced, is very comfortable to wear and the design is very good, making it easy to use. It also has a great microphone, so the other person can hear you really well, and the speaker is clear so the sound for the user is clear. However, the noise cancellation is rubbish, so it is hard for the other person to hear you if you are outside, or in a loud area.
First, the packaging is really nice, and keeps the product safe. It's easy to open, with no hard plastic to cut. Inside, you get the unit, a charger and the instructions. However, the instructions are rubbish, as it doesn't give any information on how to pair the headset with different items. Simple information is missed out, such as needing to put the headset in discovery mode first.
The design is really nice, as it is small and won't look too bad on your ear. It's lightweight, so you won't feel like you are wearing it. The buttons are in the right place, making it easy to use, this includes volume buttons and buttons for receiving and hanging up on calls. A nice feature is the different beeps which indicate volume level, the louder the beep, the higher the volume level.
The battery in the device is really good, as it lasts a very long time. It is also quick and easy to charge it, and the ability to use a standard Nokia charger means that there is one less cable to carry around if you have a Nokia device.
Setup is really easy, as you just search for the headset under most mobile phone bluetooth settings. However, with other devices, such as computers, you may need to put the device into discovery mode, which the manual doesn't cover.
The sound quality for the user, is as good as listening to the person through a mobile phone speaker. It's very clear. The other person will also be able to hear you, as the microphone is clear and crisp. However, it might be hard for the other person to hear if you are outside, as the noise cancellation doesn't work, and your voice will sound very distorted and quiet.
Overall, a good product for normal use. It's very comfortable, the battery is very good and it is easy to use. However, the noise cancellation doesn't work.
I have owned one of these for about a year and have to say I am very pleased with it.
Comfort wise the BH-104 is great. The ear piece attachment is soft, easy to bend and adjust and I can wear it for several hours without a problem. This compares well with earlier Nokia earpieces which came with solid plastic attachments that became brittle when old and eventually would snap.
The device itself is simple and easy to use. Volume control on the top with a + and - button (the ear piece will beep to tell you when you have reached full volume),a large button on the side for answering the calls and hanging up and a small button for turning it on. The back of the device has the power light - this will flash green every few seconds when the device is switched on. While charging the power light will glow red and will switch to green once it is fully charged.
The sound quality for the user listening to someone else is as good as listening direct on your phone. In most cases people talking to me cannot tell that I am on an earpiece as the sound quality for them is as good as when im talking direct on the phone (with the exception of my gripe about using it outside (see below)
Pairing the device with my nokia n95 was also straightforward. I just turned it on, switched the bluetooth on my phone and searched for new devices and it picked up straightaway. I did however struggle to connect the headset to my laptop for use with skype and that turned out to be due to a lack of information in the manual. It does not tell you anywhere that you sometimes need to put the earpiece into discovery mode for other devices to find it. It also doesn't tell you that to get into discovery mode you need to hold onto the power buttton on the earpiece for several seconds until the green power light flashes continuously.
Being a Nokia phone user the last thing I wanted was to have to use another charger in the car for the ear piece. Luckily the standard nokia charger fits the earpiece. Charging itself takes about an hour from flat and I find that I have at least 7 or 8 hours talk time. When the battery is low the ear piece will beep in your ear....to be honest this is the main fault with it. You have no way of knowing when the battery is nearing the end (no remaining power bar like on a mobile phone)..and the beeps only give you a couple of minutes warning that it is going to die.
I'm sure that my other nitpicking faults are generic to this type of device i.e. it's no good using one of these while walking outside as it will pick up all the wind noise. Also don't bother to use it when listening to mp3's instead of headphones. The sound quality won't be good...but if you want to use it simply for holding conversations then it's a winner!!