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March 7, 2008 / Marco

Nokia N81 8GB Cell Phone Review: Part 3 Bose QC3 Headphones

I was going to dedicate this post to my final thoughts and words on the Nokia N81 8GB I’ve received from WOM World, but the Bose QuietComfort 3 headphones very well managed to postpone that article. After all, who can ignore a $349 gadget and not praise Nokia for providing a special edition of the N81 8GB to customers?

What’s so special about Bose Quiet Comfort 3 Acoustic Noise Canceling Headphones?

Bose is a recognized company in the field of high-quality headphones, and it was the first company to produce acoustic noise canceling headphones. The QC 3 headphones were introduced in June 2006 with a price tag of $349. Now you may be lucky enough to find a pair at $299, so the original price hasn’t changed a lot after more than 20 months. The older QC 2 headphones were a runaway success, and their younger sibling, the QC 3 headphones, have managed to raise the bar.

What’s in the QC 3 headphones?

The QC 3 headphones are on-ear ones, meaning the headband should be adjusted to find the optimal position for the speaker pads, also called earcups: IMG: Bose QC3 headphones 1,
IMG: Bose QC3 headphones 2. The right ear cup houses the power on/off button, and this is the only button found on the QC 3. The top of this earcup also hosts a proprietary rechargeable battery which provides up to 20 hours of juice. When recharging is needed, the battery should be removed and placed in the AC adapter/charger. The left ear cup has a 2.5 mm jack for connecting the 2.5 mm to 3.5 mm cable to the headphones. This cable allows the QC 3 to be connected to virtually all sorts of audio-producing devices.

Each ear cup also houses a small microphone which is activated as soon as the headphones are switched on. The microphones listen to surrounding sounds and nullify them by a specialized high-frequency sound. As soon as you wear the headphones and switch them on, you will notice the highly reduced surrounding sounds even without connecting the QC 3 to an audio-producing source. If the battery runs out of juice, the headphones become unusable unless you recharge the battery.

The N81 and Bose QC3 headphones: befitting bedfellows

If The N81 8GB has the eminent title of “the audio-centric handset”, it deserves an above-average pair of headphones, and the Bose QC 3 is the best gadget which can accompany the N81 8GB. Nokia even makes this duo more attractive by tossing in a spare rechargeable battery which costs $49, several connectors for different audio jacks, and a rigid but pretty bag. Although the headphones cannot be directly used for call management, you can connect them to the standard Nokia headset adaptor to achieve this goal.

To conclude, the Bose QC 3 is, in my opinion, the best wired headphone pair I’ve ever seen, and its noise canceling feature is superb. It’s also highly portable, meaning it easily finds its place in your bag. I hope Nokia continues this trend by shipping its stereo Bluetooth headsets with future Nseries handsets. For more information about the QC 3, visit the Bose web site.

Pros and cons


  • Highly portable at 158 g,
  • Excellent battery life,
  • Above-average noise cancellation,
  • Enhanced on-ear style.


  • Absence of music-dedicated buttons on the headphones,
  • Inability to switch on and off noise cancelation without turning on and off audio,
  • No volume control on the headphones,
  • Being tied to the restrictions of a wired gadget.

Related Info:

Nokia N81 Review: Part 1

Nokia N81 Review: Part 2

Nokia N81 Review: Conclusions



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  1. Sue Massey / Mar 7 2008 12:47 pm

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    – Sue.

  2. Amir / Mar 7 2008 8:04 pm

    Good to know that you like my blog, Sue. Stay tuned for more articles.

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