Bluetooth headset that doesn't suck?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by Phatpat, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. Phatpat, Nov 17, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2010

    Phatpat macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2003
    Cambridge, MA
    I just got an iPhone 4 the other day. My current headset, a Plantronics Voyager 520, isn't working well. The listener hears a lot of static/noise. This headset worked fine on my previous dumbphone.

    Assuming I just need a new headset (not a new phone), what's a good one to get? People seem to like the Jawbone Icon, but I'd like some real world experience, with people on 4.1 or 4.2. I don't care about fancy features or even noise canceling; I want it to sound good in my quiet apartment. I will use it for talking, no music. Decent battery life would be a plus.
  2. ipadguru macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2010
    Cupertino California
    Jawbone Icon, Works great with my iPhone 4. even has a little battery meter on the iPhone screen
  3. LyndaP macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2010
    I have a Jawbone 2 and a Jawbone Icon. Both worked just fine with my iPhone 3g and are completely unusable with my iPhone 4. iOs 4.1 DID NOT fix my problems with muffled "underwater" sound - the people I am talking to cannot hear or understand me. The problem is with the phone, not with the bluetooth device. Before you spend any money on a new bluetooth device, pair it with your iPhone 4 in the store and try to make a couple of calls - it just might save you some money and a lot of frustration!
  4. bmms8 macrumors 68020

    Dec 19, 2007
    i have a plantronics 975. works really well but of course i do get the random muffled sound with iphone 4.
  5. jmgregory1 macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2010
    Chicago and a few other places around the world
    After having issues (connection drops, almost constant sound issues according to those listening to me) with my jawbone prime2, jabra, blueant T1 and then the plantronics pro, I got a sony VH110, $30 at a sony style store. I've been using it for almost a week and it has been flawless. No dropped connections, I can walk away from the phone and maintain connection at more than 3 feet - a problem with all the others I've tried.

    I also get more than 8 hours of use out of it too, although it could last longer as I haven't even gotten to the point where it tells me it needs charging.

    It also happens to be the first headset I can wear without the loop attached and it stays in my ear. I am just all sorts of pleased with this, the cheapest headset I've purchased so far. Anyone looking to buy to very slightly used Plantronics Pro?
  6. indyzzzz, Jan 25, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2011

    indyzzzz macrumors 6502a

    Nov 14, 2010
    A vote for Sony MW600 Stereo Bluetooth Headset.
    Bought one for $55, crystal clear calls from ~10 feet away. :D
    The only drawback is the unusual volume button, which can get activated while handling the dongle.

    Wish skype would support bluetooth already!! :mad: :p

    Ive also ordered the Sony DRBT100CX for $65, will post once Ive used it for a week or so :)
  7. OneForGadgets macrumors member

    Sep 1, 2010
    Just received the Jawbone ERA. Opened it last night and was loving the call quality and features. Will have a full review up before the end of the week so check out my site.

    Agree with ipadguru...the Jawbone Hero is my personal bluetooth headset and love it. It is small, has great call quality, and range. After doing some research I hear this ERA is better than the Hero so we shall see.
  8. Bogart24, Feb 10, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2011

    Bogart24 macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2010

    I've been using the Era for a few days. Sound in both directions is good, but it keeps dropping the iPhone 4 (or the iPhone 4 keeps dropping it) when the phone is in my pocket and in other very close situations.

    Edit: I called Jawbone and they said they are getting a ton of calls complaining about connectivity with the iPhone 4. She said to try resetting network connections and resetting the Era. I will update.

    Update: One or both of the procedures worked. I now stay connected even when I'm in a different room from the phone.

    And I agree with the poster I quote in the next thread. Jawbone support was excellent.
  9. Bogart24 macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2010
    Found this on the Apple website dated 2/1/11:

    Just got off the phone with Jawbone support. By the way, I LOVE JAWBONE SUPPORT. Every time I've contacted them I've had an A+ experience.

    Anyway, they confirmed for me that Apple has told them that they acknowledge this Bluetooth connectivity issue, and they are working on fixing it in the next iOS update (4.3). Since 4.3 Beta3 was released today, hopefully the full release will come in the next few months.
  10. NWI73 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 22, 2010
    Jawbone icon hero user here with zero connectivity issues.
  11. Dahammer macrumors newbie

    Dec 23, 2010
    Another vote for the Blueant Q2. The only issue I have with it is that it will drop the connection to the phone sometimes, but it isn't that bad after upgrading the firmware.

Share This Page