Pros + Very versatile device - many uses.
+ Very fast charging time.
+ Easy phone use - great intuitive controls.
+ Music sound is excellent.
+ Extremely light - you can't even tell you're wearing it.
Cons - The music sound from my T400 wasn't as rich as the sound from my Droid (not sure why).
- Um....that's all I can think of.
Summary My friends at LG hooked me up with an LG Tone to try out and review during the various activities I engage in. In short, the LG Tone exceeded my expectations and is a GREAT gift idea.
Here's my (unedited, uncensored) review:
I used the LG Tone for phone calls, music around town, on a fairly aggressive 90 minute bike ride, and while listening to music on my laptop while writing this review. I was originally puzzled by the necklace design but when I realized how light it is, I thought it might work well. I was right about that. When wearing the LG Tone, I could not feel it, even when I thought about it, and the earbuds rock.
The phone quality is very good and I wasn't thinking about whether the microphone was close enough for me to be heard. I also like how easy the controls are. This device can perform most of my phone functions - I found myself instantly curious what else it could do after quickly learning the basic functions.
The music quality is even better than the phone quality. I was using a music streaming service over a 3G connection on my Droid X and it was flawless. I walked around several stores listening to music and I was able to have conversations with people without issue (I had the volume at the right level to do this). Controls are very easy and convenient and because the controls are raised, it's easy to tell what you're controlling by touch (i.e., you don't need to see the LG Tone to control it).
I paired the LG Tone with my Lenovo T400 laptop and found it easy to setup and use. I listened to a music streaming service while writing this review and generally browsing the Net. The sound is good and it's extremely convenient to have a totally wireless headset. Since there's also a microphone in the device, it's more than just headphones, meaning it's a great headset for things like Skype.
I generally have trouble with earbuds falling out of my ears. I'm not sure if it's because there's zero pulling because of the necklace design, but the earbuds didn't fall out once during any of my activities (not even my bike ride). I generally never ride my bike with headphones because I'm afraid of not hearing sound around me. With the LG Tone, I heard both the music and ambient sound (such as leaves crushing under the wheels). I think the buds also reduced the wind noise, making surrounding sounds easier to hear (of course, I kept the music volume low enough to hear other sound). I was very impressed with its use on my bike.
One thing I found (which makes me laugh) is that I kept waiting for the cord to pull the earbuds out of my ear because I've been annoyed by that for such a long time. I've wanted Bluetooth headphones for a long time and I'm so glad I finally have something I can use while exercising. The rest (e.g., hands-free phone, cool headphones for my computer) is icing for me.
In sum, the LG Tone rocks. It's a great gift because it's so versatile; great for phone and music whether using a phone, MP3 player, or computer. If I didn't have one already, it would be the only thing on my gift list for the holidays (no, that part wasn't edited either).
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Hope this helps, good luck!
Pros Overall very good audio quality (music not calls). I have had to fiddle with an equalizer but i am very happy with this item. I have owned the S9 and other similar behind the head designed Bluetooth headsets and found all of them painful after a couple ho
Cons You may have to fiddle with the equalizer to get the sound you'd like. Without this it sounded a bit off to me.
Summary If you have had issues with the around the head design causing you lots of pain THIS is the item for you. Great form factor at a great price point.
Pros Phone calls are clear, but you can still hear everything around you while both buds are in your ears. Many compliments on the look. Headset button to play music on your phone as well.
Cons More difficult to adjust in a business setting, having to locate a place to put them or put them under your jacket collar. The charge port is inside the headset itself, just a minor inconvenience.
Summary I have had at least 10-12 different headsets, including Jawbone, motorola, you name it. I love these, both for the sound quality, and I don't hear issues from my callers about not being able to hear me. I was initially concerned with the appearance (I'm a suit and tie guy), but surprisingly I have received many compliments on the look of the head set. This is personally my favorite headset I have ever purchased. It started me in the habit of listening to music on my phone which I never used to do. I highly recommend this set (This is the first review of a headset I have ever posted).
Pros -Magnets help keep the ear buds in place when not in use
-Easy buttons (very simple to keep track of what each button does)
-Very comfortable, sometimes I forget I even have the headset on.
-Great quality sound.
Cons -Wires sometime get in the way but you will get used to it.
-Feels like its always going to break
-Buttons are small for someone who has big finger
Summary I use this at school and its great. It keeps me free from any cords that may get caught on something. The sound quality is also perfect and crisp. I mostly use this for music but i have also used it as a headset to make calls. It has great notifications when someone has sent you a text or a call. It will pause all music and then ring/vibrate. I would not recommend this to someone who travels a lot because it is hard to hear calls in nosier environments. I would recommend this to anyone that just wants to listen to music.
Pros Good sound and comfortable while they worked.
Cons Poor Quality.
No Warranty - they ignore you and do not fix the product.
Summary I bought the LG HBS-700 Headest for 2 months and liked its performance. At the two month mark, the earpiece cracked and the earbud fell off. I went through 4 or 5 LG Customer Service sources - all which did not have this product listed but insisted you put in certain information that made it very difficult. I finally spoke with someone that told me how to return the product - and that if they determined it was my fault they would tell me how much to fix. BTW, I paid to have the product shipped back.
Today I received the product back via Fedex - in the condition I sent it. They determined the break was my fault (it wasn't) and that they could not quote a fix, or a replacement, or a remanufactured replacement. They simply said I was out of luck - LG in effect just said "we are not honoring your warrantee and will not even find a way to try to make you whole". There was no appeal, no nothing - they decided.
I am glad my run in with LG was over a $50 product - I will now know not to buy an LG TV, phone, etc. because I do not want to get stuck with a $2000 TV that LG says "sorry about that 1 year warrantee but weve decided we cant fix or replace your product".
Out of the two Amazon reviews I read on this product, the second I read had exactly the same break at exactly the same place - at the seam in the two piece ear bud. LG would not replace nor refund his money as well. Two products do NOT break in the same place when used lightly and it not be a manufacturing problem. Even after calling them back and telling them about the other review, they insist they will not replace my product. I will NEVER buy LG again.