Pros The excellent construction, great aesthetics and good color combination makes it a real treat to use. The apt positioning of the buttons. The provided extra ear buds. No wobbling when using it while jogging. Sufficiently good battery life.
Cons Found a bit of trouble connecting it to the iPod Touch 4G. But all other devices, namely the HTC Desire, a Nokia 5800, an Acer Tavelmate and a Toshiba Satellite laptop could detect it easily and connect automatically once it had been paired.
Summary Nokia has created one of their finest Bluetooth Stereo headsets till date. Excellent aesthetics combined with a great color combination gives it a certain elegance. The body feels velvety to touch.
No abrasive or sharp edges are present. Very smooth surface and a real smooth finish add to the already excellent construction.
The button placements is another plus point. Optimally positioned for easy access. Though the volume knobs on the right and the next - previous knob on the left are a tad small and slightly difficult to use at first, one gets used to it in no time. But, it was to be expected from a construction that has kept its form factor so very less. You have the call answer/end key on the right side and the play pause button on the left. Both are easily accessible.
Nokia provides extra in ear 'buds', so one can choose the most apt for them. This is very much appreciated as I found the standard ones not very comfortable and switched to one of the spare ones.
Once worn, the headset stays in place and does not wobble at all. As the entire weight is placed at the rear, there is not much of weight being placed on the ear and no discomfort is felt even after prolonged use. This is very much appreciated as sometimes the commute from home to workplace and back might take a while.
Call quality is good. The other person was able to hear everything perfectly. Although sometimes, you tend to hear an echo of some sort. But it could also be because the in-ear arrangement of the headset tends to block out all other external noises. There exists only a single microphone on the left side. This means no noise cancelling technology is built-in. But during testing the call quality in a crowded street, the conversation was perfectly legible to the person on the other end.
Music playback was found to be very well done. Even at loud volume, the speakers don't give that screeching noise and no distortion of any kind was observed. Though you hardly ever will use it at those volume levels, as in-ear headsets tend to shut out all other ambient noises to a very great extent.
Battery life is very well for a Bluetooth stereo headset. I got about 16 hours out of it playing music at moderate level of volume and no calls in between. This wasn't done so in one complete stretch.
You can connect about 8 devices to the headset at a time, though I never tried more than 2. But it is to be noted that only one music playback device and a communication based device can be connected at a time together.
The usual procedure of pausing the music playback when a call is received and resuming it on dropping the call is also present. Also, voice dial over Bluetooth is also supported.
For its price, it is indeed a real treat. It retails for around Indian Rupees 3500.
All in all, a great little device that can easily cater to all that you require out of a stereo Bluetooth headset and then some more.
Pros - Lightweight
- Excellent sound quality
- Nicely located buttons
Cons Couldn't find any...
Summary BH-505 is, by far, the best headset I ever had in my whole life. It's small and very discreet. Despite that, it hides an incredible sound potential.
Beats and bass sounds, allied to Dolby Surrond (if your smartphone supports it) can give a joyful and amazing experience, without exposing your music to others (in-ear).
Using it to make/ answer calls spares you time and is even better than using your phone. Sounds are clear and you are even able to whisper through it (outstanding mic).
It features two "rockers" (or "sliders", as I call them), one to change tracks and the other to adjust the volume, easy to use. There is also a play/ pause button and a call/ answer button (calling avaiable if your phone supports "active call").
Other than that, it's the only headset I know that features NFC. This makes it even easier to pair with your phone (if supported) and is also great for showing off (LOL).
Finally, it's ultra flexible, fits in your head even with a hat and doesn't hurt your ears after a long time wearing it.
Pros Looks cool.
Cons Microphone is hopeless.
Bluetooth constantly drops out.
Summary After seeing glowing reviews online, I thought this headset was a safe bet to replace the standard Nokia corded headphones for listening to music and answering calls while walking to and from work.
After trying it for one day, I took great pleasure in snapping it to pieces in my hands and throwing it in the trash where it belongs. It really is that bad.
1. The microphone is useless. I tested it out with my partner when we were both at home in quiet rooms, and she couldn't even hear me then. It would have no chance if you were walking near traffic or on a bus.
2. The bluetooth drops in and out constantly. With my phone in my hip pocket, you couldn't get 5 seconds of music strung together without it stuttering or dropping out completely. You only get smooth music if you hold the phone up near you head.
3. They are very fragile. Mine had a crack in the plastic when they were delivered (bought online) which didn't affect the function, but no doubt if I used them for more than a day they would break sooner rather than later anyway.
4. They really don't fit very well, the rear wrap around hangs down low around your neck.
5. To operate the buttons they have to be pushed forcefully, shoving the ear pieces uncomfortably into your ears.
Pros Small, comfortable, good sound quality (when it works), good battery life
Cons Appalling echo for people at the other end of the line - simply unusable for phone calls
Constant dropouts - unsuitable for listening to media.
With those two faults what is it good for you might ask - not much.
Summary I got this because I used to listen to media with headphones but couldn't take calls while I was doing it. Unfortunately I can't do it with this either - the person on the other end hears everything they say repeated back to them about a second after they say it - very loud. Makes conversation impossible.
OK I though I'll just use it to listen to media (despite the fact I already had headphones for this) - unfortunately I'm getting frequent droputs so I can't use it for media either.
Very very disappointed - I used to have heaps of Nokia stuff - the phones have gone now obviously - this will probably be my last Nokia purchase. I expect they'll go the way of Kodak in the next few years.
Pros Comfortable, light, easy to use, good for sports, good battery life, nice sound...
Cons Mine pair brakedown after 2-3 months of use. Poor Nokia cutumer care.
Summary About the BH-505 ... Fine headset, with good sound, maybe the bass can be stronger, but it's OK. Very confortable, perfect for sports. Unfortunately mine brakedown. FIrst right channel sounded some how quiet, and then stoped working at all.
I called Nokia Care Bulgaria - "Nokia Don't Care" is more correct... :( - they told me they don't deal with end custurmer, they deal only with firms and shops. So I had to sent the headphones to the online shop I bouth it and they had to resent it to Nokia service. I'll update the review when I get it back.
If you buy Nokia from interational online shop, the warraty don't apply to your country.
This is not the first time I deal with Nokia Care- the headset coming with my X6 phone brakedown, and they told me I have to send the headphones with with the phone and charger. Why they need my phone to replace or repair peace of cheap headset. So I didn't send it - instead I bouth BH-505 and they brakedown as well :)