The 1-inch-diagonal monochrome display sports a pleasant backlighting that makes it visible in most situations. In addition to caller ID information and the Recent Calls and Settings menus, the LCD shows the headset's battery level. Similarly, controls on the Jabra BT800 were tactile and easy to master. A power button doubles as the control for ending calls, while a button for placing calls and putting callers on hold sits just next to it. These keys also serve as soft keys for the menu, as they rest just below the LCD. A single button (which doubles as a blue LED light) on the device's exterior activates the menu and mutes calls, and we loved the handy scrollwheel that is used for volume control and menu navigation.
Accolades aside, things are not entirely perfect with the BT800. Our primary complaint rests with the pairing process. As written in the manual, the primary pairing method is via a tiny port next to the multifunction buttons. The port can be activated only by pressing the included--and equally tiny--stylus into the port. While the process worked, it was cumbersome at best, and we wouldn't trust ourselves for a second to carry the stylus around with us. On the upside, you are offered an alternative method of pairing through the headset's menu system. Since that process is much easier, Jabra's logic for including the primary method is puzzling. That said, we also ran into trouble with another pairing function. Though Jabra promises you can activate a previous pairing through the headset alone, we were unable to make it work.
We tested the BT800 on the Motorola V600. Once we got the hang of it, the pairing problem took mere seconds to fix. Audio quality during calls was impressive, with plenty of volume and clear conversations. We had no problem hearing callers, and they said we sounded great as well. The polyphonic ring tones were especially enjoyable, but we must admit that while the vibrate mode is cool, the buzzing on our head took a little getting used to. On the higher-function side, caller ID worked without a hitch, and we were able to place calls easily from our Recent Calls list. Be advised, though, that the headset loses a Recent Calls list once the pairing with a phone is terminated.
Jabra promises a total of six hours of talk time and just more than five days of standby time with the BT800. We met the promised standby time in our tests. There is an included travel charger, and it comes with a USB cable for charging from a PC.