Have you ever wondered how ridiculous typical bluetooth headsets look when worn over the ear? That is the only reason I don’t use one… until now.
I have found the perfect wireless stereo bluetooth headset. It is the LG Tone (HBS-700) Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Headset.
Unlike most bluetooth headsets, it is shaped like a neck band. When not in use, I simply wear it around the neck (and tuck it under the collar).
The in-ear type ear buds are magnetically attached to the ends for easy storage.
When the phone rings, the LG Tone HBS-700 vibrates. I detach the ear buds, pop it into my ear, and press the “call” button to answer the phone. That means I don’t have to wear the ear buds to know that a call is coming in.
Not that I have any issue wearing them. The ear buds are very comfortable to wear and I have no trouble listening to music or watching videos the whole day (battery life is rated for 10 hours of use, 15 days of standby).
The LG Tone (HBS-700) Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Headset can also connect to multiple devices simultaneously due to its A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) capability. For example, I pair it with my Huawei MediPad for audio, and with my BlackBerry 9780 for telephone calls. When the phone rings, the audio pauses, and then automatically resumes after the call has ended.
However, you may need to make some manual adjustments. When I turn on the LG Tone HBS-700, it connects to my Huawei MediaPad for both phone and audio (even though I cannot make phone calls on a Honeycomb tablet). I need to first disconnect the phone channel on the Huawei MediaPad, before connecting my BlackBerry. This can’t be done automatically – I see it more as a limitation of Android Honeycomb than a shortcoming of the LG Tone HBS-700.
The controls are well-designed, and can be easily manipulated by touch alone. Range is decent. I get consistently good connection with no gaps till about 10m away. If there is a wall in the way, then the range drops slightly to around 8m. Beyond these distances, I occasionally experience dropped signals (pockets of silence).
I simply can’t praise the LG Tone HBS-700 headset enough. I couldn’t find it in Singapore, and had to order it from Amazon.
At the moment of writing, it’s going for about USD20 less than when I ordered, that makes it an ever better deal.
Get it before they realise they are under-pricing it. :)
Edited on 11/11/2011: Added content on range and phone connection.