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Recommendations for new bluetooth headset???

Hey gang,

Long-time listener, first time caller ...

I'm in the process of "upgrading" my bluetooth headset. I currently have the Motorola H500 (I think that's the model number) that I use exclusively with my cell phone (a Motorola Q).

Lately the headset has been making me very unhappy. It has a propensity to switch the call from handset to headset with little warning and even less reason. I'm sure there's something I'm doing wrong here, but its unclear to me what that is.

The single button design might be elegant, but its not all that convenient. I'm not a big fan of wearing the thing on my ear all the time, so I frequently turn it off and slip it into a pocket. The problem comes when the single button gets bumped while in my pocket - one click turns the headset on, the second click brings up the last dialed number, and the third click dials the number. Thankfully I've only called my wife, but even I can tell this is a disaster waiting to happen.

So I'm considering replacing the headset. The problem is that I have no idea what to buy. So I thought I'd ask the trusty 43f crew what they recommend and why.

Thanks a bunch. Max

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I've never been impressed in any way with MOT headsets.

I've probably used two dozen different Bluetooth headsets over the last few years, and I've had really good luck with Plantronics and Nokia.

I currently use a Nokia BH-900 and love it, and had a BH-700 and really loved that, but my ears were too small for it to sit right! I was so disappointed too, because that headset is beautiful and has a nice chain and mount to carry it when you're not using it.

The BH-900 is solid though. And inexpensive, to boot.

I've had the Plantronics Discovery line and found them to be excellent, especially for travelers since the 640 and some others have portable chargers that are battery powered, as well as a wealth of adapters to use existing phone chargers instead of having to carry Yet Another Wall-wart.

My only complaint about the Plantronics 640 was that the swivel tension got too loose after a couple of weeks, requiring the ear loop, which easily pops off, taking the earpiece with it. I can't tell you how many times I had to dig around under chairs and seats looking for pieces of it. That right there made me step away.

The Jawbone headsets are nice, but not anything special in spite of the hype around them.

Jabra has been pretty good to me. They have a model that takes a AAA battery, so you don't have to charge it constantly and can easily replenish it when you're away from home.

The Nextlink Bluespoon headsets are tiny, and pack a punch, as well as being the nicest sounding of the bunch, but they're also the most expensive on the high end, costing more than USD$300 at times. Their new ones are bone conductive with digital noise cancelation.

I wouldn't bother with the cheaper Bluespoons unless you really like the way they're designed (super super tiny and sitting inside your ear like you're a Secret Service agent), as their lower end headsets are not any better (nor worse) than other commonly available headsets.




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