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Apple iPhone Bluetooth Headset Review


Aug 16, 20078755Views11Comments

Update: Apple has discontinued this headset.

I purchased the Apple iPhone Bluetooth headset three days ago for a thorough unboxing and review of the $129 iPhone accessory. The headset came neatly stuffed with a dock and travel cable in a simple black box the shape and size of iPhone’s.

See photos of the box and its contents in my iPhone Bluetooth headset unboxing after the jump. Or if you prefer, skip straight to my iPhone Bluetooth headset review.

iPhone Bluetooth Headset Unboxing

iPhone Bluetooth Headset Box
iPhone Bluetooth headset box.

iPhone Bluetooth In Box

iPhone Bluetooth Headset
The iPhone Bluetooth headset is just 2 inches long.

iPhone Bluetooth Charger & Travel Kit
In the box: the iPhone Bluetooth travel cable and dock.

iPhone Bluetooth Box Contents

iPhone Bluetooth Headset Review

I’ve been testing my iPhone Bluetooth headset for three days now. It’s overall a well-made and useful device, but when you consider the $129 price tag and the innovative reputation of the company that built it, you’re left wishing Apple had done a bit more.

The first thing I noticed after putting on the iPhone headset was how light it felt at 6.5 grams. During all the time I had it on — most phone calls — it never felt unstable or like it would fall out of my ear, as some other reviewers have experienced. The headset is a “one size fits all” earpiece, so the stability may vary among different people.

iPhone Bluetooth Headset Sound Quality

The sound quality out of Apple’s Bluetooth headset is nothing to call home about. Often, people’s voices sounded choppy. To be fair, this could very well have been an AT&T issue, as we all know AT&T is not exactly acclaimed for its stable network.

Also, an audible hum buzzed on consistently in the background of all phone calls. Although somewhat quiet, the noise was noticeable in low-volume areas. In public places like the grocery store, however, the static wasn’t particularly notable.

Often the hum would continue after hanging up on calls. If you’re an optimist, you might appreciate this as a reminder to turn off your Bluetooth headset and save battery.

People on the other end of the line said my voice was clear on the Bluetooth headset and sounded no different than on normal phone calls. This was a bit surprising to me because of the microphone’s placement far from the ear.

iPhone Bluetooth Headset Battery Life

iPhone Bluetooth Battery

When you set the Bluetooth headset in the included dock to charge along with your iPhone, you see a headset displayed on the iPhone screen with a green meter that tells the battery life. Very clever, Apple.

I charged the headset fully about 2 and a half days ago and the battery meter has about a quarter of its “juice” left. I’m a moderate phone talker (I have the 450 minutes/month plan). I’m on calls perhaps 10 to 12 times a day, usually for around 2-4 minutes. I used the headset for most phone calls, usually forgetting to turn it off afterwards, so it has been on standby much of the time.

The Verdict on the iPhone Bluetooth Headset

If you’re thinking about getting a hands-free headset and you don’t mind a little static, you’ll probably enjoy the iPhone Bluetooth headset.

But its very basic functions may leave you wishing you’d got a little more for your money. The good news is Apple offers a 14-day return period with no restocking fee for the headset, so you’ve got nothing to lose for trying it.

3 Features I Wish the iPhone Headset Had

Apple could have offered a little bit more functionality on the iPhone Bluetooth headset. Three features they should have added, in my opinion, are:

1. Music listening via Bluetooth

You cannot listen to music on the Apple headset. Did Apple forget that the iPhone would hardly have been possible without the iPod? I think they should have let the iPhone earpiece interact with the music player in some way.

2. Voice Dialing

One major benefit of the Apple Bluetooth headset is that it helps you avoid distractions if you’re calling someone while driving. But if you have to take out your phone to dial a number, then what good is the headset? Apple should have let us voice dial our contacts and keep car calls 100% hands-free.

3. Volume controls

Why make me reach into my pocket to adjust the volume on phone calls? I would have liked to see simple volume buttons on the side of the headset or something to that effect.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m pleased with the simplicity and minimalism of the iPhone Bluetooth headset, but I think Apple could have worked its creative brains a little harder to offer something more remarkable for the price.

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9 Comments

  1. Yo have to turn it off and the press the on botton and keep it press until the green light flashes and at the same time the other phone has to be serching for a BT divice and the the phone will ask yo to pair it and use 0000 and thats it, but still the same as with the IPhones no good volume on the speeker.

  2. i don’t know because i have the same problem too.
    but a lot of people have told me that u can’t use bluetooth unless with another iphone if this is the answer can anybody tell me how to use bluetooth with other phones or if there is an app for this !!

  3. My i-phones bluetooth does not work, well it does i can turn it on and stuff but then other people cant find me using other bluetooth devices and also my i-phone cant find anyone else either.
    why is this?

  4. Very nice review. Unfortunately, I didn’t do much research before purchasing the iPhone headset. Really wish I would have come across this post before spending too much money on it. I bought it completely on the looks – seriously, it looks gorgeous; but the functionality is terrible at best.

    However bad the decision to buy it may have been, the 14 day return policy (thanks for that info) puts me a few days over the purchase of the 3G iPhone in week. So we’ll see if that has any significant improvements…

    Your confirmation that the hardware is terrible (and not being completely my fault) makes me feel better. Many thanks.

  5. My iPhone bluetooth has so much static that it is useless. I’ve only had it for about three months. The static began about a week ago and no matter what solution I’ve tried (there are not many), nothing works to resolve it.

  6. Has the iphone got bluetooth? Because i might be getting one but everyone is saying they are rubbish! Wat do u think?

  7. I tried watching a movie while i was on the phone with someone via the iphone bluetooth headset. The movie audio came OUT OF THE BLUETOOTH HEADSET. Appearantly while you are on the phone, all audio, including music and movies from the ipod division comes out of the bluetooth headset. I don’t know if this has been mentioned before.

  8. I have to agree with you on the voice dailing that would be very helpfull, oh I’m going to get the iPhone very soon but I have to ask . Can you only activate it using at&t or can you use another company like Vodaphone?

    Please reply!

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