My Gears + Review – Sony Ericsson HBH-IS800 on iPhone 3Gs
Ever since I got my iPhone 3Gs, been wanting to get a new pair of Bluetooth headset to listen to my podcasts as my Plantronics Voyager 855 finally gave up on me (the connection on the detachable earpiece cable worn off), though still work on mono. Been shopping around this past weekend and didn’t do much research into what the newest BT headsets have to offer (now this is dumb).
The design of the Sony Ericsson HBH-IS800 caught my eyes and I ditched out the dough right away, purely shopping on impulse and this is where the problem starts…..(only apply to iPhone 3G or 3Gs)
For the sound quality, the HBH-IS800 is considered one of the best BT headsets I’ve used (Plantronics Voyager 855, Philips SBH7100, Jabra BT8010 and Plantronics Pulsar 590A). The design is neat and clean with one button controlling practically everything, see pic below.
The headset comes with a clip for you to add onto the headset cable so to allow you to clip it to your shirt collar or jacket.
So the sound quality is good and the design neat, what’s the catch then….
Well, two things. First, the charger (no mini USB plug here, it’s Sony Ericsson proprietary plug) connects to the headset via the right earplug and it is really flimsy.
Secondly, once paired up with the iPhone 3Gs or iPhone 3G, one will noticed that there is NO volume control on the headset and one cannot even turn the volume up or down via the iPhone while running the iPod application as the HBH-IS800 utilizes what so called Automatic Volume Adjustment (it automatically adjust the volume of the headset). Now this is bogus. How could this be possible….one has to wonder what those guys at SE are thinking.
Another minor thing I noted this afternoon is that the headset can only be paired with one audio device at any time, now yet another bummer.
To close this out, I don’t think I would recommend this headset (for iPhone users) especially when one cannot adjust the volume on the iPhone (that is if you are using it with the iPhone runing OS 3.0.