Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-703
This is my first review as a ‘Nokia Enhancement Specialist’ for WOM World which means I’ll be getting pre-sale items to trial, so first up is the Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-703.
As I took the BH-703 out the sparkly red envelope it was placed in (leftovers for undelivered Christmas presents?), I noticed the micro-USB connector (as used on N82) and no other connection. What I thought to myself is, how do I charge the friggin thing as there was no cable or charger provided? Soon realised a cable was missing and one email later it was on its way from WOMWorld central park. The cable supplied with the BH-703 will allow you to charge the headset via USB, now this is great for myself as I’m constantly either sitting at my work PC or travelling then sitting at my home PC, but some others maybe put off by this if they just want simple mains or car charging?
The only other things which were in the red envelope were a neck lanyard and different sized ear plugs for the headset. The neck lanyard is a great idea as when the headset was not in use I could put around my neck or leave dangling from the rear view mirror in the car.
Now the BH-703 is a plug in the ear type which then has a metal wire to hold stable round the top of the ear. This is where I hit a major problem with the BH-703. I tried all the different size ear plugs and tried bending the metal wire every which way but loose, but I could not get the thing to stay comfortably on my standard sized head for any length of time. Now I’ve had a few stick in the ear type Nokia Headsets and not had a problem with them, hell I really liked the Spangle Earring type BH-701 and gave it a great review a few months ago, but this one just would not stay at peace. I ended up always having to adjust the headset when I was driving, something you really don’t want to do. Now I did a quick google search and I’ve found a few reviews and others have stated they had no problems with this headset, but wouldn’t go running with it.
When the BH-703 was stable on my head it was easy to connect and pair to my N95 8GB (usual standard, search & 0000 pairing) using the single and only button on the headset, yip NO volume keys/buttons, the volume is controlled from whichever mobile phone you use and to be honest I could have been doing with it being a bit louder, but the call quality was great and the Wife on the other end didn’t even know I was using it in the car (the wife picks up and comments on these type of things: “Are you using one of those stupid ear things again?”, aaahhh! I’ll stop now).
Looks wise the BH-703 is cool looking (styled a bit like the Nokia NSeries theme in black, I thought) and combined with the neck lanyard and USB charging is a great design idea from Nokia, just a pity it was let down by not being functional for myself by staying put on my ear for long enough to truely use and enjoy.