Recently, I purchased the Nokia BH-505 stereo bluetooth headset for mainly listening to music. I was tired of getting tangled up with wired headsets and therefore tried the wireless option. I’m not the biggest fan of bluetooth for music due to audio quality issues. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the audio when I paired the headset with my Nokia N8.
Nokia’s range of stereo bluetooth headsets can be found here. There are a few good reviews of the BH-505 on the Internet (e.g. Lloyd and MyNokiaBlog). However, “Googling” the BH-505 revealed issues around their proclaimed sweat and splash resistance. Many owners warn that sweat will eventually stop the headset from working properly. Read the Nokia Support Discussion forum related to this problem. One user suggests hard resetting the headset to re-gain all functionality as follows:
- Connect the headset to its charger, then hold the power button and switch on the charger. This hard resets the BH-505.
- Disconnect the charger from the headset and pair it with your phone.
- Play any song in repeat mode till the headset battery totally drains (takes 4 to 6 hours).
- Recharge the headset battery and all functionality should now be restored.
- The BH-505 come with various (six) inner and outer earpieces. The inner earpieces fit snugly into the ear canal, suppressing most external noise. The sound quality is impressive, with good base and volume. However, they eventually feel uncomfortable if worn for extended periods of time. The sound is tinny with poor base when using the outer earpieces. Hence, if you don’t like inner earpieces, I would not recommend the BH-505 headset.
- I would not recommend the headset for jogging, since they are not sweat resistant as advertised. Secondly, the headset does not fit snuggly around the back of the head. This means the BH-505 tends to bounce slightly when jogging, which can get annoying after a while. This issue can be solved if you wear them under a cap.
- If you look up, the headset “digs” into the back of your neck or collar, which causes them to be pushed upwards. This is uncomfortable if you use the inner earpieces. Again, this issue is solved if the headset is worn under a cap.
- The real advantage of my wireless headset is that I can walk around the home and listen to my favourite music without carrying my phone with me. This is particularly useful when washing the car, watering the garden etc.
- Fore more user experiences, check out this Mobilefun’s website.