Pros Great Geek Appeal, Clear Reception, DSP Flawless
Cons Uncomfortable after 10 minutes, LCD Display Hard to Read, Caller ID almost useless, voice commands rarely work.
Summary Ok, I have the BT250 and thought the BT800 would be just as great; boy was I wrong.
The whole key to the BT800 is not to wear it except when you get a call, THEN you can use the display, but otherwise it's useless and hard to read. I used mine with a Nokia 6620 and even after re-recording my voice commands through the headset, they rarely, if ever work. Wearing the headset for any length of time is uncomfortable, and multiplied by wearing glasses or sunglasses. On the other hand, the headset has great clarity, both incoming and outgoing, is very easy to use, and the Digital Signal Processing works great. I turned the volume on my stereo in my truck up to full blast and could still hear through the headset. Overall, don't waste your money on this.
Pros All functions but one work perfectly
Cons Call rejection feature does not work
Summary Paired in 10 seconds to Sony Ericsson S710a with a simple click of the included stylus. Also paires through the menu but the stylus allows immediate use without with no knowledge of the menus (slick). All caller IDs work using the names assigned to the handset phonebook, otherwise the full 11 digit numbers appear and are archived in numbered order in the headset call list. Sure you can't see it on your ear but I can take it off, answer it and put it back on in the time it takes to open my phone case. The ring tones are nice and the vibrate mode is fun but unnecessary as the tones are inaudible by others. The tones can be combined with the vibration if you need a silent wake up call. The small display gets a 10 for appearance, settings, and numbers. Voice quality is better than the handset both coming and going out and the volume control is easy to find and operate. The answer/end call buttons are big and easy to operate and find with finger tabs so you can't miss them. Voice calling and call waiting functions work fine. The DSP chip does as it claims, raising the headset volume (on maximum setting)above all the noise I could create with a TV and radio blairing almost to max volume. I could clearly hear above all the noise. The flashing blue light on the mute/menu button is cool looking but you can turn it off if it's too cool. The earhook is very comfortable and I was abe to train the rubber to perfectly follow the contours of my ear. I forget it is on until my ear starts vibrating. As a pleasant suprise, there was a leather belt case included that is not even listed on the box! There is only one function that does not work. The call End button is supposed to reject incoming calls to voice mail but it completely disconnects the call and hangs up. Jabra tech support had no resolution to this problem however I can live without it by touching a button on the side of the phone which stops the ring and sends callers to voice mail. This problem may be specific to Sony Ericsson phones but has reduced my rating to a "9". This headset far excedes anything else on the market including the caller ID Sony model HBH-660 and new HBH-662. Unfortunately, the overall rating for the BT-800 has suffered from users of Palm phones which do not work with this headset. Palm phones probably comprise a minority of Bluetooth phones and for most people the BT-800 will transform their phone to the accessory. I love mine. I would much rather drop a $150 handset than my $500 phone, which will stay in it's case from now on.
Pros features, voice quality and functions.
Cons a little expensive but quality never comes cheap..
Summary people are giving bad opinions on the fact that their handsets are not compatible.. the website for bt800 http://www.jabra.com/JabraCMS/NA/EN/MainMenu/Support/CompatibilityGuide.htm
clearly mentions that hp6315,sony ericsson p800/900 are not compatible.so before buying the product the person should be doing enough research about the product..
i think itz a gr8 product. i am using nokia 9500, its working gr8 with it. no voice lag,no problems wid recieving the calls, voice cancelation is gr8..
Pros Caller ID picks up phonebook names, excellent sound quality
Cons No ability to adjust response time when receiving incoming call
Summary I wrote a reply to sammycannon’s post. This is additional info (& my vote).
I’ve seen a lot of gripes about this device not working with every Bluetooth enabled phone/PDA on the market. I think this is unfair, as I’ve found no Bluetooth headsets that work flawlessly with every device. The only real competitor to the Jabra BT800 is the Sony Ericsson HBH-660/662 – and it certainly has it’s fair share of similar complaints. I contacted Jabra before placing my order, to make sure the device was completely compatible with my phone.
I have a Sony Ericsson S710a, and so naturally looked at the HBH-660 first. Although the Sony product has better styling, I chose the Jabra device for features and size of the LCD display (the HBH-660’s is tiny)! After a week’s use, my three biggest complaints with the BT800 are as follows:
• Floppy – the device won’t fall off your ear, but it doesn’t fit as snugly to your face as it should to instill confidence.
• Incoming call response lag – BT800 documentation states that there is a built in lag to allow you to place the headset on your ear after looking at the LCD and deciding to accept the call. This lag time should be user adjustable from the menu – it doesn’t take me nearly that long to place the unit on my ear. Also, a soft tone when the call is connected would be nice - the sound quality is so good, you don’t know you’re connected until the caller responds to your repeated “Hello? Hello? Hello?” – which makes you sound goofy to the caller and to bystanders!
• Menu access button – you currently must press the mute button to access the menu. If I hold the device one-handed (index finger on top, thumb on buttons, middle finger on jog dial), I can access all controls EXCEPT the mute/menu button! It would be nice if one of the two "soft menu" buttons allowed you to access the menu by performing a quick "tap" when you weren’t on a call (if you "press" the left button, it acts as last call redial; if you "hold" the right button, it powers off the headset).
Please read my reply to sammycannon’s “Almost Flawless Performance” comment if you want to read more of my thoughts on this excellent device.Updated
I stated in my initial comments that it would be nice if the device emmited a tone when it connected the call. It does - just very softly. I wish you could set the volume level.Updated
The headset does emmit a soft tone when connecting the call...I just wish that you could adjust the volume - and I still wish you could control how long the pause is before incoming calls are connected.Updated
A quick correction to my review: A tone does sound when an incoming call is connected - it's just very soft. The device should allow you to adjust the volume level of the tone (another wish-list item to be added along with my desire for user adjustable incoming call connection delay).
Pros No noise - no noise inside, outside, in the car at speed - no noise
Cons A little chunky, not nearly as comfortable as the FreeSpeak series, buttons don't always respond
Summary The BT800 is my 4th BT headset and my third from Jabra. It solves the biggest limitation to their use for me: ambient noise that the party at the other end of the call must endure.
I have had conversations in the car, at the gas-pump, in busy airport concourses and in busy restaurants with nary a complaint from the person(s) on the other end of the line. That cannot be said of my previous BT Headsets (Jabra 200, 250, SonyEricsson HBH-600).
I have had zero problems pairing it to my phone (SE P910a). Unlike some of the reviews I found the process to be simple and straight forward.
I do notice two issues:
1. I use the vibrate mode and find that the answer button does not work when the headset is vibrating - so you have to time your button touch well.
2. I must also say that the fit and comfort of the unit, while not bad, do not approach the comfort - for me - of either the BT 250 or my Sony Ericsson sets. It is not uncomfortable, but it does not fit my ear as well as those two, smaller units. That downside, though is more than compensated for by the excellent audio quality and ability to use the headset in nearly all conditions.Updated
Like everyone, I waited anxiously for this headset. Previously, I have used a Jabra BT 200, BT-250 and a Sony Ericsson HBH-300 that came as a package deal with my P910a (a fantastic digital device!).
Ten months in, here is my opinion:
1. Not comfortable. It never feels secure unless I wedge it over so the lower edge rests on my cheek, but then the sound overmodulates according to several test listeners including my classical musician/ geek brother.
2. I have difficulty answering calls with it. Multiple presses on the answer button are required to get it to respond. This is NOT a delay in coupling with the phone as the P910a is ALWAYS coupled with a BT device to eliminate coupling lag. The problem is worse - I think - with Vibrate ON. Jabra has replaced the unit for me once because of this problem. I rate their customer service a 9 of 10...a little slow to respond but always a good response.
3. Where are the updates they promised? Part of the deal here with the mini-USB charge was that we would be able to update the firmware ( mine is V0021). That capability has never come to fruition.
So I am now looking for a new headset that is good with road noise - I mean it IS a MOBILE phone - and in the meantime am using my BT-250 with a windsock over the mic.