Recommended Smartphone Bluetooth Headsets (Updated February 2013)
An update to the Voyager Pro HD, the new Voyager Legend - Plantronics' flagship headset - adds new features, an updated design and improved battery life.
With three microphones, three wind protection layers, and noise-cancelling technology, the Voyager Legend offers the excellent sound experience you'd expect from a high-end headset. With Smart Routing, the Legend transfers a call to your headset when you put it in your ear, or back to the phone when you remove it. The Voyager Legend also features new moisture protection to guard against damage from sweat or rain, voice announcement of incoming Caller ID, A2DP audio streaming, pairing with two devices at once, and more.
The Plantronics Voyager Legend weighs 6 ounces and has a seven hour battery.
If you want to approach the call quality of boom headsets in a smaller form factor, the Jawbone ERA is likely your best choice. With features like motion control (i.e. shake to pair), NoiseAssassin 3.0 noise cancellation, HD quality sound, A2DP support, and downloadable apps, if your Bluetooth headset is a constant companion, this may the be one for you.
The Jawbone weighs 0.3 ounces and offers up to 5.5 hours of talk time with its internal Li-Ion rechargeable battery (10 days standby). Recharges via microUSB cable (included).
Available in four designs - Midnight shown.
If you're looking for a superior audio experience from a Bluetooth headset, particularly in the office or in your car, the Etymotic Research etyBLU2 is one of your best options. There aren't many bells and whistles, but this headset has the goods where it counts: sound.
The long, flexible boom mic provides fantastic phone-level sound for the party on the other end of the call, while the sound-isolating ear tips and a high-output 8mm moving coil driver ensure high quality sound for you, too.
Battery life up to 7 hours. Weight 4-ounces.
The latest model in Motorola's line of flip-out Bluetooth headsets, the HX550 is one of the most affordable high-quality headsets available.
The HX550 can be used with or without the included ear hook, provides up to 9 hours of talk time, and has Motorola's CrystalTalk background noise cancellation. And MOTOSPEAK allows you to dictate texts hands free, or to hear texts read aloud to you (on supported Android handsets). To answer a call, just flip-out the mic boom, and close the mic to hang up.
Powered by Bluetooth 3.0 technology. Includes A2DP for listening to streaming audio. Also supports Siri on the iPhone 4S.
Weighs 3.2 ounces. Standby time up to 16 hours.
The Bose Bluetooth Headset Series 2 is engineered to react automatically as noise levels change, allowing you to hear your end of the call better. Plus, an exclusive noise-rejecting microphone system helps your caller better hear you above both noise and wind.
Other features include A2DP audio streaming, automatic volume adjustment, small, medium and large StayHear removable silicone tips, a dedicated power slider, and more.
The rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides up to 4.5 hours of talk time. A complete recharge takes three hours. Weight 8.8 ounces. You can also choose between right- or left-ear versions (right ear version shown).