Hardware Review NO. 2 : Nokia BH-503
Wires are the real scourge of our times and I suppose that everybody look at them with disgust, but is there any good substitute for them?
The answer is Blutooth 2.0. If you’re curious if it really does the job, read this article.
Some time ago I ordered Nokia BH-503 headphones which I had on eye for almost a month. I bought it suprisingly cheap (yeah, I am lucky I bought the SU-8W paying the half of the price too 😉 )
Sales package contents
- Nokia Bluetooth Stereo Headset BH-503
- Nokia Compact Travel Charger AC-5
- Carrying pouch
- User guide
The good things:
- Headphones are done from solid materials
- The buttons are working flawlessly
- Easy pairing with my phone
- Good sound quality (however it could have been better – comparing to high quality wire headphones)
- The connection is automatically reestablished after you get too far (about 10-15 meters or behind a wall) and go back
The bad things:
- Seemed a little heavy
- After an hour of wearing you have to take a break because their weight is causing ear-ache
I’ve discovered several fine and bad things about those headphones. Firstly their not falling from your head while you’re cycling, running, standing on your hands or even doing backflip’s 🙂
Another good thing is the battery- it lasts even 3-4 days if you’re listening for 3-4 hours, so Nokia doesn’t lie about the battery life telling that’s up to 11 hours. Moreover the headphones use the default Nokia charger, so you don’t have to carry any batteries- just your headphones, phone and really small charger (just in case). God, I wish Nokia could have done the external keyboard SU-8W in such way instead of making it on batteries! If we’re are talking about the SU-8W, the phone works with it almost perfect using the BH-503 headphones at the same time! Now that’s what I’ve been waiting for, I can now listen and code wirelessly!
Now the bad things: The phone works a bit slower while you’re using the headphones and if you’re using it too hard the music can become torn. Secondly the signal isn’t as good as it should while being outside, I mean it should be perfect but for some reasons, the signal do not travel well near the ground and if you’re far away you shouldn’t put your phone on your ground.
Btw. What we should be aware is that, that bluetooth is an electromagnetic wave and it interferes with every metal surface exclusively with aerials. -“Aerials… Ok I don’t have any aerials on my backyard…” – Unfortunetly every metal bar behaves as an aerial and this changes the bluetooth signal in very strange way. For example in one place you have an excellent signal, but doing a step in any direction can destroy your music experience…
On the beginning I alse had problem connecting the headphones to my laptop with Vista, although I managed to do that, if you’re interested in how to do that, please write me a comment. I’ll explain it there. The headphones are now configured in such way that I don’t have to re-pair the devieces and the headphones automaticly choose the available one and connect with it.
As a conclusion I can say that the bh-503 are much better that the traditional headphones for many reasons. If you’re kind of a mobile guy like me you surely should have them.
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