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4.0 out of 5 stars HS-12W, N95 and Kubuntu
Flawless integration between the HS-12W and the N95, once paired the HW-12W automatically connects to the N95 when powered on, current track display when using the N95 music player app, buttons function correctly. No track information when using realplayer unfortunately, although the play/pause, stop and volume buttons do function correctly.

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Published on 29 Jun. 2007 by anon

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1.0 out of 5 stars You will be dissapointed
This is not the device you will want it to be. The technology is there, it does everything it says on the tin, and yet, it just won't live up to your expectations. Within 30 seconds of putting it on I knew it was going to be rubbish. The sound quality just wasn't there. The problem is the headphones, which Nokia, in their infinite 'proprietary' wisdom, have hardwired into...
Published on 31 Jan. 2008 by Mr. T. R. Cooke


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1.0 out of 5 stars You will be dissapointed, 31 Jan. 2008
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This review is from: Nokia HS-12W Blue Tooth headset (Accessory)
This is not the device you will want it to be. The technology is there, it does everything it says on the tin, and yet, it just won't live up to your expectations. Within 30 seconds of putting it on I knew it was going to be rubbish. The sound quality just wasn't there. The problem is the headphones, which Nokia, in their infinite 'proprietary' wisdom, have hardwired into the device. If they were even HALF decent it wouldn't be so bad, but they are TERRIBLE. Tinny, distorty, weak. I can't think of an expletive strong enough to adequately describe how disappointing they are. Even if the technology works, which it does, what's the point if you can't hear anything coming out of the other end? I just wanted a simple solution that would enable me to listen to music on my nokia E61, that bypassed their ridiculous adapter and wouldn't have me trailing meters of cable everywhere. This product I am sad to say, didn't even come close. You will not be happy with this product, in any way, shape, manner or form.
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4.0 out of 5 stars HS-12W, N95 and Kubuntu, 29 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Nokia HS-12W Blue Tooth headset (Accessory)
Flawless integration between the HS-12W and the N95, once paired the HW-12W automatically connects to the N95 when powered on, current track display when using the N95 music player app, buttons function correctly. No track information when using realplayer unfortunately, although the play/pause, stop and volume buttons do function correctly.

Also successfully used the HS-12W with Kubuntu ([...] with the aid of a2dpd ([...] the headset is simply used as an alsa pcm device, see the bluetooth-alsa page for more info. Again, no current track information, but the buttons can be assigned to any command, so any music player that can be controlled externally is useable, used successfully with amaroK ([...]

Audio quality using A2DP is acceptable (certainly a vast improvement over previous headset profiles), as is battery life (4 hours so far, still going).
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Most useless headset ever, 14 Oct. 2006
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M. Halliday "MopFather" (Sheffield, England) - See all my reviews
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Technical Jargon:

'Plays music in stereo via bluetooth': Means it plays the music on your phone, but at the worst quality imaginable (32kbps?). If it has a dodgy connection, it gets even worse! Also, zaps battery power!

'Compatible phone': No mention of which ones, though, is there? Apparently for the Nokia 8800. A phone which I didn't even know existed.

'FM Radio': What the hell would I want an FM radio for? I've got one on my phone, and analog radio is rubbish anyway! Best thing about the FM radio on this is it's little picture, and that's crap?

'Switches between music and calls': Yes! When someone rings, you can push a little button, and the call is connected! Oh, hear someone rambling incessently down the phone as you scream, "WHAT? I CAN'T HEAR YOU! IT'S A CRAP HEADSET!" Yes, it can get so bad that you can't hear what they're saying.

'Caller and music information': Uh, caller name. That's it. No duration of call or anything like that. Oh and NO music information. But, and this is a BIG 'but', it says the TIME OF DAY! Radical. Well, what did I expect to get for £85? Something that works?

'Long talk time': One-and-three-quarter-hours. Heap of crap.

'A pleasure to use': It might be when you find out what's used for, because it's a crap headset. And a crap paperweight. And a crap doorstop. And a crap football.

'Stainless steel front cover': The rest is plastic and cheap fabric. It's actually a downside, because when you so ticked off with it and hit it with a hammer, it's the only piece that refuses to break.

'View current music track/make selections with control buttons': Err, no you can't. I'd like to see Nokia take me to court on this one.

'Virtuoso performance': Means if you do buy it (God forbid) then don't open the bag for the ear cushions. If you do you can't return the piece of crap. Trust me, I made that mistake.

Oh, and if any of Nokia's PR read this, then I have the Nokia N80. If you and a number of retailers are touting this as such a good new phone, then why doesn't it have the 'Audio Video Remote Control Profile'?
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