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April 15, 2008 / Marco

Nokia BH-903 Bluetooth Headset Review: Part 1 How Shall I Describe Thee?

Have you ever tried to divide stereo Bluetooth headsets into different categories? If so, you might have come up with several benchmarks such as price, battery life, wearing style, portability, audio quality, range of Bluetooth profile support, and so forth. One or more standards of that sort might also play a role in your purchasing decision. However, these days another factor is increasingly pushing itself into our list, and it is use of an OLED display (or lack thereof). Such displays have become popular because they need very little battery power and don’t make their accompanying devices hefty.

When I decided to buy two Nokia stereo Bluetooth headsets, I tried to avoid headsets with OLED displays at all costs, and that’s why I went with Nokia BH-503 and Nokia BH-604. As a visually impaired Symbian user, I was afraid of not being able to utilize the features such headsets provide. Also, I was a tad concerned about their battery life.

The BH-903 and a turnover

When few days ago I received my Nokia BH-903 package from WOM World for trialing, I was so frightened by the OLED display and touch-sensitive volume keys that I decided to spend some time with the headset before publishing my reviews — I wanted to provide everybody with an objective viewpoint. The Nokia BH-903 comes with a pretty small package, reflecting its miniature size: IMG: Nokia BH-903 package,
IMG: Nokia BH-903 package half opened,
IMG: Nokia BH-903 package opened. The BH-903 is a sleek stereo Bluetooth headset which weighs 32 g: IMG: Nokia BH-903. It, I believe, is aimed at high-end customers with its +$200 price tag because currently you cannot find a smaller stereo headset with such a wide array of features in Nokia’s lengthy list of accessories. In fact, the BH-903 is as small as its wired counterpart which ships with the N82: IMG: Nokia BH-903 and N82 headset side by side. Had the BH-903 not been a Bluetooth headset, I couldn’t have told them apart by virtue of touching both.

Back to the features which make the BH-903 unique, it is an in-the-ear headset whose earphones are attached to the display unit via two relatively short pieces of stiff wire: IMG: Nokia BH-903 earphones and strap. It looks as if the BH-903 were a conventional wired headset with its connector removed. Basically, to wear the headset, you should place the strap around your neck and put the earphones into your ears. To adjust the length of the earphone cables, you should pull the cables toward or away from the earphones. A small apparatus can be found on the right wire (near the right earphone) and houses a microphone and a couple more keys which I’ll talk about in a later post.

What to expect from Nokia BH-903

These are just a few features which make the BH-903 a desirable stereo Bluetooth headset.

Weight:

  • 32g.

Operating times:

  • Talk time: up to 11h.
  • Music time: up to 11h.
  • FM radio time when connected to phone: up to 11h.
  • Standby time: up to 150h.
  • Charging time: 45 min to full charge.
  • Talk time, Music time,FM radio time after 20 minutes of charging: up to 9h.

Interfaces:

  • Bluetooth v2.0 with EDR specification.
  • Headset Profile (HSP) 1.1.
  • Handsfree Profile (HFP) 1.5.
  • Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP).
  • Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) 1.0.
  • Phonebook Access Profile PBAP.
  • Nokia charging interface with 2 mm jack.

Sales package:

  • Nokia Bluetooth Stereo Headset BH-903.
  • Nokia Compact Travel Charger AC-5.
  • Spare pair of earphone pads.
  • Print User Guide.

Early verdict

In spite of the fact that I’ve been using the BH-903 quite extensively for the past few days, I want to preserve the description of its keys and performance for upcoming posts. However, at this point suffice it to say that the BH-903 is a fabulous stereo Bluetooth headset, even for visually impaired users. That is, I can now fully control the N82’s music functions via the headset after getting used to its tiny keys. Of course, the internal FM radio is horse of a different color. More on the comparison between the BH-903 and its over-the-ear siblings later . . . .

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4 Comments

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  1. Mick / Apr 23 2008 7:08 pm

    is it possible to connect at the same time an iPod+BT and a Nokia N95 8Go ?
    Thanks

  2. Amir / Apr 24 2008 1:29 am

    No, it’s not possible to do it.

  3. santhosh / May 3 2011 3:33 pm

    is it possible to connect FM radio at the same time Nokia E 72?

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