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It wasn't too long ago that stereo Bluetooth was a rarity in most cell phones. Now, thanks to the popularity of music phones, stereo Bluetooth has become increasingly prevalent in most multimedia handsets. While regular Bluetooth (or Bluetooth 1.0) only allowed the use of a mono headset, stereo Bluetooth lets you stream stereo-quality audio. Stereo Bluetooth headsets have therefore become more commonplace in the market, but they aren't really sought after if all you want is to make calls and only listen to the music occasionally. The Jabra BT8010 solves that problem--not only is it a mono Bluetooth headset, but it also converts into a stereo Bluetooth headset simply by attaching a second earpiece. This simple innovation is what prompted CNET to nominate it for a Best of CES award in the MP3 category earlier this year. Along with a useful OLED display and built-in noise cancellation technology, the Jabra BT8010 is definitely a great choice if you have a music phone with stereo Bluetooth. The Jabra BT8010 is currently available for $149, which is a bit pricey for a Bluetooth headset, but the BT8010's features make it well worth the money.
The Jabra BT8010 consists of two pieces; the mono unit, which has the OLED display and all the buttons, and the stereo unit, which is the secondary earpiece that connects to the first via a flexible cable. When left unattached, the mono unit looks like most other Bluetooth headsets. It is slightly large (measuring at 2.4 by 0.5 by 1.0 inch) but that's probably due to the 0.8-inch scrollable OLED display on the front. We really like the appearance of the display--the blue characters look nice and bright when compared to the dark background. The display shows the headset's volume level, a battery strength indicator, whether or not the headset is in phone or music mode, the name of the device it's connected to, and caller ID. It also has a scrollable call history of the latest 15 incoming calls, plus you can scroll through the headset's own internal phonebook, which holds up to 30 contacts. You can dial directly from this list of numbers and you can erase it if you wish. You also can change the orientation of the screen depending on whether you're wearing it on the right or left side. The second earpiece looks like a mini-me version of the first one (measuring only 1.8 by 0.7 by 0.3 inch), except it doesn't have the screen nor the buttons. The silver wheel on the second earpiece has no purpose and is just for cosmetic reasons.