Now that our long national nightmare-winter seems to be over (hope I didn't just jinx it), it's time to rediscover the great outdoors -- and get some exercise! Walking, running, hiking, biking -- it's all good.
Especially with music. And the last thing you want is some pesky cord flopping around. That's why the technology gods gave us Bluetooth headphones. But did they have to charge so much for them?
Not today. For a limited time, and while supplies last, Tanga has two Bluetooth sport earphones on sale:
So, yep, two very different styles, but for the same price. Which one should you pick? That's a tough call.
The Sacool (which, I should note, currently have the wrong description on Tanga's product page, but you can find the proper deets at Avantree) employs a noise-isolating design, meaning the earbuds tuck snugly inside your ear canals. That's great for blocking wind and road noise, but also potentially dangerous because you can't hear things like cars approaching from behind.
That said, read the mostly positive reviews over at Amazon, where the same pair would run you $39.99.
The Jogger comes with more like traditional earbuds, meaning they rest just inside your ears. So you don't get the benefits (and dangers) of noise-isolation, but you do get Bluetooth 4.0 with the aptX codec -- meaning you should enjoy the best audio fidelity Bluetooth has to offer. (Not sure how big a deal that is when you're exercising, but there it is.)
Once again, Amazon reviews: mostly positive.
If you've never used Bluetooth earphones before, take note that when you go outdoors, the signal between phone and 'phones has nothing to bounce off. Thus, unless you keep your phone strapped to your arm (as opposed to tucked in a pocket or waistband), you may experience audio drop-outs.
Of course, for just $25 apiece, these give you an inexpensive way to test the Bluetooth sport-phone waters. If you've already done so, hit the comments and share your thoughts.
By the way, Tanga also has a bunch of other Bluetooth gear on sale, including the Roxa Bluetooth 4.0 home-stereo receiver for $24.99.
Bonus deal: In case you missed it yesterday, check out HitBliss. This free service awards you credit for watching commercials, credit you can exchange for movie and TV rentals or a Pandora One subscription. And thanks to new HitBliss apps, you can earn on the go.
Bonus deal No. 2: Not so much a deal as freakin' awesome contest! The good folks here at CNET are giving away a Makerbot 3D printer and supplies worth nearly $2,500. So hurry up and enter the 3rd Dimension Sweeps for your chance to win.