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4.0 out of 5 stars Nokia Bluetooth Headset HS-3W, 23 Jan 2004
This review is from: Nokia Bluetooth Headset HS-3W (Accessory)
Forget everything sales people tell you about Bluetooth being an “Open standard”; Nokia more than anyone produce kit that is incompatible with other manufacturers’ Bluetooth products, so if you want full functionality between Nokia phone and Bluetooth headset, you have to buy a Nokia headset.
This is not traditionally Nokia’s strongpoint! The much-vaunted HDW-1 never actually made it to market, and the HDW-2 makes your ear flop, as the weight of the headset, supported by a plastic hook, pulls heavily.
The HS-3W is a definite improvement, not least because it’s an in-ear model. I use it with a Nokia 6600.
Positive points:
*It’s well-built and looks stylish.
*It has built-in clip or neck-cord options allowing you to choose how to wear it.
*It supports all the functionality available – e.g. voice dialling, last number recall, volume control.
*The connection has never broken unintentionally for me – my 6310i/Jabra BT200 combo lost each other all the time.
*It recharges via the phone charger, so you don’t have to carry around two.
*The headset can be connected to the phone even when either of them is charging
*Battery life seems excellent.
*Full-duplex sound quality is as good as any I’ve heard from a headset.
Negative points:
*It only supports handsfree profile, NOT headset. This means that I have to have the same configuration for my headset and for my Bluetooth car kit, which is not good – I want auto answering in the car but not on the headset. Similarly, I want to auto-change to a different profile when I’m in the car but I want to use the current profile with the headset. These are not possible with both accessories being linked to handsfree profile – I would have to change the settings every time I got into and out of my car!
*The phone does not ring when you receive a call whilst connected to the headset. I really do not know what Nokia were thinking of with this very annoying feature! I don’t want to walk around with the headset in my ear all the time, and I can’t hear my phone vibrate on a desk eight metres away in a busy office. To make matters worse, the phone does not vibrate when charging. This alone is sensible because it could be in a desk or car charger. However, this means that if you are sitting at your desk with the headset out of your ear and someone calls you, you will only know if you catch sight of the phone’s display out of your peripheral vision. Bonkers! I want the phone to ring so that I can put the headset in my ear and answer the call. Doesn’t seem much to ask.
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