The tempting Bluetooth gadgets of CTIA

A number of sweet Bluetooth gadgets caught our eye at CTIA 2012. Find out what slick new wireless toys tickled our fancy.

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Mobile phones weren't the only exciting tech that dazzled me at CTIA this week. Bluetooth gizmos put on a show as well. Here are a few of the devices that piqued my interest whether for having a neat skill, good looks, or for being very well priced.

I love Bluetooth accessories, not just for their gee whiz factor, but because if done right they can really make everyday life more enjoyable. For example, I can't imagine washing dishes or doing other household chores without a trusty set of wireless headphones. The same goes for subway rides or walks around town.

That's why when I saw the $99 Supertooth Melody headphones, my heart skipped a beat. Sure it may look a bit complicated with its various controls and buttons, but to me it looks like a gem.

Another set of Bluetooth headphones that look attractive is the Jay Bird Freedom JF3. At a reasonable $99, the JF3s are tiny, designed to stay put during active workouts, and last for up to six hours on a charge.

Moving over to speakers, I really like the potential of the Supertooth Disco 2. It not only acts as a wireless stereo speaker, but when paired with a second Disco unit will become a cordless system with left and right channels. The speaker that has me fired up, though, is the $79 iSound Twist. It's sculpted with Jawbone Jambox flair but offers similar features such as wireless stereo and speakerphone functions for a lot less. Hopefully I'll get review samples soon to see just how these products measure up.

About the author

Brian Bennett is senior editor for appliances at CNET and reviews a wide range of household and smart-home products. These include everything from microwave ovens, blenders, ranges and coffee makers to personal weather stations. An NYC native, Brian now resides in bucolic Louisville, Kentucky where he dreams of someday owning the sparkling house of the future.


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