One of the most popular accessories for a cellular phone is a headset. A headset allows you to keep your hands free while still talking on the phone. Many states require headsets if you want to use a phone while driving, but how do you choose the right one? What options are out there and what are the benefits of each?
This is the most basic and cheapest form of a headset. They often look like regular headphones but have a microphone wired into the cable. This type of headset is a good for people listening to music with an occasional call but since it uses a wire, it can get snagged on items.
This type of headset is especially good for people who miss the feel of a traditional telephone receiver but want to cut the landline cord and go all cellular. The sound quality emulates a traditional phone, but it is not going to offer quality music playback.
These small devices fit on or over the ear and connect wirelessly using the Bluetooth communications feature of many phones. These headsets typically last between 4 and 10 hours of talk time and can work up to 30 feet away from the phone, though range varies greatly depending on model. Make sure your version of Bluetooth listed is at least as high or higher then the version required by the headset. For example, if a Bluetooth headset says Bluetooth 2.1 EDR and you have a phone that says Bluetooth 3.0, then you’ll be able to use it. If your phone says Bluetooth 1.0, you would not. You must pair a device with a phone to be able to use it and your phone and headset manufacturer will have pairing instructions in the manual. Bluetooth can work well for listening to music if the device includes two earpieces or has a headphone style design.
Bluetooth Speakers & Car Audio Systems
Much like Bluetooth headsets, these devices connect the same way to your phone. Instead of fitting to your ear they sit on a desk, on a car visor or can even be built into the car’s audio system. The devices usually require power but may include a battery good for a few hours of talk time in-between charges. These devices work very well for occasional calls, but expect for the person on the other end to know your using a speakerphone and for them to hear everything going on in the car. Some devices which support EDR can work very well for music with quality approaching that of wired connections.
Ok, you got me, these do not exist yet, but I wanted to leave a spot in the article for the future. With in-ear hearing aids and technology shrinking, I can foresee within our lifetime the possibility of connecting a phone to an implant for those businessmen always on the go or the teen who can’t help but talk to her school crush. Let’s hope the devices don’t crash!