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1

Just got this today. Not sure if I'm keeping it or not, but it's a pretty good unit.

Pros - Small size, it's pretty comfortable, iPhone screen shows battery life, and pairing is done automatically via the dock.

Indifferent - To change headset volume, you use the volume buttons on the iPhone. It's nice to have a smaller unit without extra buttons, but there are certain situations in the wet, snow, or car where you wouldn't have good access to the iPhone to adjust the volume.

Cons - No way to redial from the headset (e.g., by pushing the button twice).

Sound quality is very good in quiet situations, but only OK in louder situations, including driving down the highway. Seems on par with most BT headsets in this regard. Of the 6 headsets I've tested with the iPhone, this is the only one with no static with the iPhone in my left pocket and the headset on my right ear. I tried the Jawbone, and the noise cancelling is good, but just wasn't comfortable for me and was too big to carry in my pocket when needed. This model would be perfect at $80.

Posted by Rod Dunn on July 25, 2007 at 8:34 PM (PDT)

2

If we Australians are denied the iPhone, I wonder if we could still get this unit? I could use it with my existing phone or computer.

Posted by Japester on July 26, 2007 at 5:27 PM (PDT)

3

Like it or not, Bluetooth headsets have a geek factor associated with them. Models like the Jawbone may perform well but look as if you're wearing a Borg-like prosthetic device on your head-- its huge compared to the Apple model. Apple's headset fits snug along your head when positioned correctly and you don't need to worry about blocking the microphone like some models.

I've had the Apple headset for a day now and while its not as stable in my ear as a Plantronics 655, it performs well and the single button works great and especially because of its location and angle on the headset's body.

The dual dock is nice and the travel cable make it an overall good package and great first Bluetooth headset from Apple.

Posted by MegaBit on July 26, 2007 at 7:54 PM (PDT)

4

I am considering getting this headset, and the dual dock is indeed a nice option. The one thing I wish Apple would have done with this is to make this dual dock a universal dock. I still use my 60GB iPod as well as my 2G Nano in certain situations and I don't like the idea of having two or more docks on my already crowded desk. I guess my point is that I wish I could just get the headset alone without paying for the dock. I'd rather use that money to get myself a universal dock instead. I'd be fine with charging the headset alone.

Posted by Tenchi211 in California on July 29, 2007 at 1:26 PM (PDT)

5

@Tenchi211: I also have both an iPhone and a 2G nano that I use (the 2G nano mostly in my Logitech mm50 speakers in the bathroom, where I'm afraid I'll drop my iPhone). I find that the nano goes into the iPhone dock just fine. It's so small and light that it doesn't matter that the dock's inset isn't sized for it; it's completely stable on the dock connector itself. I dock/charge it this way all the time.

Posted by Alderete in San Francisco on July 31, 2007 at 9:23 AM (PDT)

6

I took a Jabra eargel from a wired headset that (of course) won't work with the iPhone and put it on the iPhone headset. With that addition, the iPhone headset is super stable and sounds better (since the eargel provides a better seal). I was disappointed in the iPhone headset only in the fit (I have always had trouble keeping earbuds of any type in my ears), but with the eargel that has been fixed.

Posted by CampyOnly on August 6, 2007 at 11:42 AM (PDT)

7

I usually have problems with ear phones sliding out of my ear, and the new iPhone headset is noe exception. I just purchased a pair of Sennheiser ear phones that have an additional protrusion located on the top of the earbud to lock it into the ear. They supply additional foam and rubber pieces so that you can adjust the dimensions of the ear peace to comfortably lock onto the ear surface. It took a little trial and errot to get the proper fit, but I have had no problems. This kind of system would work great with the iPhone headset without impacting the look.

Posted by malmills on August 8, 2007 at 7:55 AM (PDT)

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