Nokia Corporation, is a Finnish based multinational communications corporation. The company is involved in manufacturing the mobile devices and also in converging the internet and the communications industries. It is also the largest manufacturer of the mobile phones in the entire world. The company also manufactures Bluetooth headsets and other accessories. The release of the company’s N8 handset has hid all the other devices that are being let out by Nokia in the market. The BH-218 is one of the latest headsets released by Nokia. It has almost all of the necessary features. It carries the same features as the previous headset from Nokia, the BH-217.
- Dimensions: 54 x 19 x 13.8 mm
- Weight: 13.8 grams
- Connectors: 2 mm charger connector interface
- Operating Range: 10 m (Bluetooth)
- Power supply: 70 mAh rechargeable lithium ion polymer battery
- Talk time: 8 hours (Bluetooth)
- Stand by time: 3 months when the earpiece is in the clip; 150 hours when it is not in the clip
- Charging time: 2 hours
- Features: DSP noise reduction, automatic volume adjustment, voice prompts
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR
- Package contents: BH-218 Bluetooth headset, Nokia charger AC-3, earplugs (S and L), user guide
- Price: $50
The BH-218 headset has an unconventional design with a separate clip in order to make it have a clip on type of design. The headset possesses a single ear bud that is attached with a cable. Though the design is unusual, it is highly convenient and comfortable to use in most of the cases. The headset turns on and off automatically whenever the ear piece is taken away from the clip. This will definitely boost the battery life to a large extent. The design of the BH-218 is alone different from that of the BH-217. All the other features are the same. The clip of the headset is slim and minimalistic with an answer or end key alone. The company logo is also found on the clip. The cable that connects the ear bud is a controversial design element of the headset as it is found to dangle from the clip and it has to be hid to obtain a better fit after a call is over. There is a tiny plastic part with the mute switch and the microphone on the cable. The volume rocker would be a terrible lack in the beginning but it goes off after getting aware about the automatic volume adjustment. The ear bud offers a nice and comfortable fit just as the regular ear buds.
The BH-218 headset is a always ready for use. It can be quickly turned on by picking up the ear piece. It automatically gets connects as soon as the ear piece is taken out of the clip. It has a stand by time of up to 3 months, provided the ear piece is stored on the clip itself. The users can benefit more from the headset as it produces excellent call quality with the built in DSP noise reduction feature. The microphone is also in built in the cable for the high voice quality. The headset has the Advanced Multipoint feature which allows the users to connect it to a maximum of two devices simultaneously. It is also equipped with the Adaptive volume adjustment which compensates for the lack of the volume rocker. The voice prompts are also present in the headset to provide guidance during the Bluetooth pairing process and in the indication of the battery and connection status.
The headset can be simply powered on by taking the ear bud off the clip. The headset flashes blue when it is ready for the pairing process. There are absolutely no issues in connecting the headset with an iPhone or with a Nokia handset. The multipoint feature is surely a benefit for the users who tend to use different handsets. The headset detects the handset that receives a call at first. The voice prompts that indicates the status of the battery and the connection is also quite useful. The headset supports the headset profile and the hands-free profile. The volume adjustment takes place quickly as well as accurately. The headset is highly good in performance when used in noisy environments. The call quality is clear and the callers can hear us clearly despite of the noise. The callers sound natural and cleat and they can hear us loud enough. The headset has a talk time of 8 hours and a charging time of 2 hours. The headset has a battery life that is quite on par with that claimed by the company.
The BH-218 is an inexpensive headset costing nearly around $50 when compared with the headset series of Nokia. It has some unconventional design aspects and it is quite easy to handle once the user is capable of managing the dangling cable. The headset offers excellent call quality and a comfortable fit. These two aspects are the main features that are expected out of a Bluetooth headset. Pros – excellent call quality and unconventional design. Cons – dangling cable and quiet sound output.