Apple iPhone Bluetooth headset review: Apple iPhone Bluetooth headset

Typical Price: £79.00
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3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

4.5 stars 1 user review

The Good Ease of pairing with iPhone; charging dock.

The Bad No mute or redial; no volume rocker; price.

The Bottom Line The Apple iPhone Bluetooth headset is a beautifully made device, and we like how easy it was to use. Pairing with the iPhone is extremely easy, and the headset comes with a charging dock plus USB cable. We do wish it had a few more features plus a lower price tag

7.5 Overall

The iPhone is undoubtedly the most talked about gadget of the year, with its innovative touchscreen design and attractive good looks. To match the iPhone's high-end style, Apple has also introduced the Apple iPhone Bluetooth headset to go along with it.

And it certainly does match the iPhone, in elegance, simplicity and style. But like the iPhone itself, it falls short in features. Each iPhone Bluetooth headset goes for £79, a rather steep price.

Design
Shaped like a skinny black stick, the iPhone Bluetooth headset measures close to 50 by 12 by 5mm if you count the earpiece (It's about 3mm thick without the earpiece). The headset is also remarkably light at 6.5g, and we admit that we quite like its metal construction, glossy finish and smooth, clean lines. Certainly, it looks more like art than a simple headset.

The controls are dead simple -- in fact, there's only one button for everything. It's not obvious at first, but the multifunction button is located on top of the device. The button has a slightly curved feel and gives easily to pressure.

On the back of the headset is the earpiece, which is designed to fit inside the ear, much like the old-school iPod earbuds. It fits very nicely in the ear and we found it to be quite comfortable. However, the lack of an ear hook may make some people feel uneasy since it doesn't feel as secure. Also, we really would've liked to have volume controls on the headset itself. If you need to adjust the volume, you'll have to change it with your phone.

Features
Maybe part of the reason why the iPhone Bluetooth headset is so pricey is that it comes with its own iPhone charging dock plus a USB travel charger. The charging dock has two slots -- one for the iPhone, and one for the Bluetooth headset.

Similarly, the USB cable is designed with two slots as well. Pairing the headset with the iPhone couldn't be easier -- simply pop in both the iPhone and the headset into the dock, and voila, they are paired to each other. This is probably the easiest pairing process we've ever experienced.

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