23 martie, 2011

Nokia BH-905i Headphones Review

Here is my first post in English and it is an amazing start! From now on I will be writing in English the articles that might interest the non-Romanian speaking readers of my blog and thus my posts will be able to reach a broader audience. I begin by reviewing the Nokia BH-905i Bluetooth headphones that Womworld kindly have sent to me to review along with the Nokia E7 that I've won at the "Behind the E7" contest. But about the E7 in another post, lets talk about the BH-905i now. And please be gentle, this is my first ever review.

e package
The headphones come in a great white caring case made with leather-like material that's fitted in a classical Nokia blue box that has on the back of it described the Active Noise Cancellation technology and some of the accessories that come in the package.

The travel case can accommodate the headphones along with the charger and all the accessories so it's easy to carry around. Talking about the accessories, Nokia have put in a bunch of them including: a 3.5 mm Nokia AV connector, 3.5 mm iPhone compatible AV connector, audio cable and supporting adapters for: 2.5 mm Nokia AV connector, Standard 3.5 mm jack, Standard 6.3 mm jack, Standard airplane jack and an Adapter for VoIP calls.

Build quality
The Nokia engineers have accustomed us with great engineered devices, and the Nokia BH-905i headphones are no different. The headphones are made by hard plastic, covered by soft leatherette and the part that touches the ears let them breathe so you do not sweat wearing them. This also make the headphones very comfortable to wear even if the headphones are a little bit on the heavy side, weighing about 170 grams, but considering the fact that the headphones hold a 600 mAh Li-Ion Polymer battery inside I thing it's a fair bargain.

The controls
The operating keys present on the headphones accomplish a lot of task, by switching or pressing a button you can use the multifunction key for power on/off, answer/end, and voice dial/redial, or turn the bass booster on/off, stereo widening on/off, we also have the Volume up/Volume down buttons, the Play/pause, Next and Previous track and the differentiating feature of the Nokia BH-905i headphones, the active noise cancelling on/off. So considering all the commands at your disposal it's very easy to use the headphones to control your phone when playing music.

Battery life
The usage time given by Nokia are the follwoing:
Operating time (maximum)
  • Talk (Bluetooth): 24 h
  • Music (Bluetooth): 25 h
  • Talk (Bluetooth, with active noise cancellation): 15 h
  • Music (Bluetooth, with active noise cancellation): 16 h
  • Music (Wired, with active noise cancellation): 40 h
Standby time (maximum): With Bluetooth: 600 h
Charging time (maximum): 2h
Personally during the time I've tested the headphones, almoust 2 weeks, I only had to recharge once the battery. So like I said before the tradeoff between weight and battery life is a clever choice made by Nokia.
Another good news is that Nokia uses a standard 2mm charging port so you can use somebody else's Nokia charger if you don't have yours. The one provided with the headphones is the smallest Nokia charger I've seen until now.

Usage/sound quality:
The sound on the BH-905i headphones is spectacular, especially when you activate the ANC (Active Noise Cancelation). The 8 microphones present in the headphones do a great job when it comes to capture the environmental noise and then insert a "white noise" in the speakers accordingly to the noise level perceived. The difference when you switch the ANC button is AMAZING! Active noise cancellation technology is advertised to reduce up to 99% background noise. You can hear all the different sounds in a certain track more clearer and when walking outside is much more relaxing not hearing the noise of the city and concentrating only on the music.
The headphones also act as hands-free so you can answer calls when wearing them. I found the quality of the calls to be very crisp and clear and the feedback from the person to whom I was talking was also great.
If you succeed in finishing the battery power you can also use the headphones by connecting them through cable to your phone, iPod or other device that do not support Bluetooth connection.
Pairing the headphones with your device is very easy and by only pressing one button you will be able to find the headphones and connect to it.

Even if the price tag here in Romania is between 200 and 250 euros the Nokia BH-905i headphones still make for a great gadget to have around if you like listening to music during your commute to work or in other occasions, especially when out in the city where you can truly appreciate the miracles of Nokia's Active Noise Cancellation technology.
The white version of the headphones that I had for testing is more appealing and looks better, in my opinion, than the black version ones. But this is a matter of taste.
So if you are considering buying the BH-905i headphones I can guarantee you will not be disappointed with your purchase.

16 martie, 2011

Breaking News !

Salutare! Stiu ca de anul trecut nu am mai scris nimic, si chiar si anul trecut articolele mele erau mai mult copy/paste. Am fost destul de ocupat dar am decis sa nu renunt la blog, asa ca pe voi cele 3-4 persoane care ma cititi voi incerca sa nu va dezamagesc si sa creez continut interesant in legatura cu lucrurile care ma intereseaza.
De asemenea am decis ca in continuare sa scriu in engleza pentru a avea acces la o audienta mai mare.
Deci atentie, urmeaza lucruri interesante !

Mai jos aveti cateva poze teaser ca sa va faceti o mica idee in legatura cu subiectele pe care le voi aborda in viitorul apropiat.