With the move to the Samsung SCH-u740 phone (still lovin that name!) I’m somewhat forced into the bluetooth headset world. It’s sad, as I absolutely love my Shure headset – hey, I may look like a telemarketer with it on, but it’s super-comfortable, the sound quality is great, and the microphone works in a windstorm. At under $50 (on Amazon), it’s the best bargain around for a wired headset.
The SCH-u740 (say it out loud with me… the “ess see aich you seven forty”) has an adapter that works with analog headsets, but it’s kinda janky to carry it around. So I’m going for Bluetooth. The good news is, I’ve got the what many call “the best” units around to try: the Jabra JX10, Plantronics Voyager 510, and Aliph Jawbone (which came in about the sexiest packaging I’ve ever seen for any gadget, ever).
I’m still in testing, but I’ve learned one thing so far: wearing an in-ear headset for more than 7 hours straight can cause a multi-day lasting earache! I see a lot of people wearing these silly things all day long (psst, if you are in a restaurant and having dinner and wearing a bluetooth headset, you don’t look cool, you look stupid), and I don’t know how they do it. It hurts, and no matter which one makes the cut, you can rest assured it only goes on during a call.
Full review to come, and if you missed out, check out Ron’s report on the Jabra BT620s bluetooth stereo headset from earlier this week.