The BT8010 has quite an attractive black tapered design with a prominent silver jog wheel above the OLED display. The jog wheel lets you scroll through the contacts listed on the phone, or you could use it to control the headset's volume. Within the jog wheel is a multifunctional button that in addition to letting you answer and end calls, also lets you play and pause music. The headset's right spine is home to a menu button, a mode button, and an on/off slider switch that can be slid downward to activate pairing. The menu button lets you access the recent call list, the phonebook, and the settings menu. The mode button simply lets you toggle between phone and music mode.
Turn the headset over, and you'll find a rather large earpiece and a flexible ear loop. We're big fans of the flexible ear loop, as it can be bent in a number of ways to fit comfortably around the ear, plus it can be switched around to fit either the right or left ear. Even though the earpiece is the kind that rests against the ear instead of being inserted in, we still found it a tad uncomfortable, especially for smaller ears. We would've appreciated an in-ear style with a choice of earbud covers, but that's our personal preference. When the second earpiece is attached, you wear the cable around your neck much like a typical pair of headphones.
Features of the headset are pretty impressive. Aside from the internal phonebook of up to 30 contacts, you can use it to answer, end, and reject calls, play and pause music, or skip to the next song in a playlist. Other features include call waiting support, voice command support, last number redial, and the capability to put a call on hold. You also can pair up to two devices simultaneously. There's a vibrate alert, plus a list of preset equalizer settings for listening to music.
We paired the Jabra BT8010 with the Helio Heat, and it worked flawlessly. The moment we activated the music player in the phone, the headset went immediately into music mode, and we could hear the MP3 loud and clear. Call quality was fairly good as well, and callers heard us just fine even when we were walking down a busy sidewalk, thanks to the headset's noise cancellation of background noise. It comes with a carry pouch, an AC charger, and a USB cable. The Jabra BT8010 has a rated talk time of 10 hours, up to 6 hours of music streaming, and a standby time of 12.5 days. .