A few months ago I got a new phone, and I’m so incredibly in love with it. It’s a HTC Desire android phone and I honestly don’t know what I would do without it. It does everything for me, it’s my mp3 player, phone, camera, ereader, agenda… it’s my brain!
Isn’t it pretty?
I love that I can lay in bed and read, and if I’m still awake and reading an hour later I can check my email and maybe throw out a few messages on Twitter before I go to sleep.
I love that when I’m going somewhere I can use it as my mp3 player to listen to music or as a GPS if I need directions.
I love that if I’m out and see something interesting or funny, but don’t have my cameras with me, I can use it as my camera. I can even quickly pop the photo up on Facebook and share it with my friends if I want to.
I love that if I go to the doctor and need to make a new appointment, or am out with friends and am making plans, I can open my Google calendar and have my agenda at my fingertips.
I love that when I do enter the appointments that my phone automatically syncs with Google so when I get home all the appointments I’ve made are already automatically added to my agenda when I look at it on my laptop.
I love so many things about this phone that I won’t bore you by continuing this list…
There is one thing I don’t love though, in fact I hate it with the fire of a thousand suns.
This POS headset that comes along with it.
If there is one complaint I would ever have about HTC it’s that they are yet to really put thought into what consumers are looking for in a headset nowadays. Does anyone even buy this type of headphone anymore? I absolutely despise them because the sound is terrible, they don’t fit in my ears properly, the foamy little covers always get all manky no matter how much you clean your ears.. ugh. HATE.
This lead me to a rather frustrated search for a replacement which wasn’t a very easy task as I was quite fussy about what I wanted.
It had to have a remote that allowed me to control my music which included skipping back and forth between tracks and volume control while also having the ability to answer calls. It’s more difficult to find than you think!
Then I found this baby… the Jabra BT3030 Bluetooth Headset.
I was a little unsure at first because I’ve never used bluetooth for anything other than transferring things between my laptop and my phone, but I loved the idea of not having to deal with cords connecting my earphones to the phone. Many times I’ve dropped my bag just to have my earplugs wrenched painfully from my ears after forgetting I was attached to the phone!
This remote can either hang around your neck dog tag style or clip onto your clothes using the clip on the back. The earphones are corded to that, but that’s not really a nuisance at all as I wear it around my neck and the cord doesn’t get in the way of anything. I can walk around with my phone in my bag while controlling music and phone calls with the remote hanging around my neck. I can also sit my phone on a table in my house and wear the headset around while I do housework or cook. It’s fantastic!
If you don’t like the dog tag style thing that goes around your neck it is also easily removed and can be replaced with a lanyard or something else of your choice. I quite like it though.
I worried about it draining the battery on my phone, which has not been an issue. I don’t notice the battery going down any quicker than it did any other time. Also the battery in the remote seems to last quite a long time. There are different sequences of button presses for different things you want to do, and to check the battery you press the volume + or – button which causes the “Jabra” on the bottom to flash either green, yellow or red to show the battery level. I’ve used it for a number of hours already and it’s still green.
Also, as you can see on the photo to the left, it’s backlit. So if you are using it at night, listening to music in bed or in a generally badly lit area, you can still see the buttons. It doesn’t stay lit, so you aren’t walking around looking like a tool. It just stays on for a few seconds while you do what you need to do.
So if you, like me, have an HTC phone or other mobile and are having trouble finding a headset for all your needs, you really should check this out. I recommend it wholeheartedly.
If you want more technical details you’ll need to click one of the links. That’s really not my bag, sorry.