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February 2, 2006

Bye, Bye, Bluetooth


It's bad tech.

Banished from bookofjoe.

My Apple Bluetooth mouse

1) Loses its connection with my PowerBook about every 10 minutes (yes, I put in fresh batteries: whatchoo tink, mon?)

2) Is heavy and takes way too much effort to use compared to its identically–shaped–and–sized USB 2.0 wired counterpart

My Sony Bluetooth headset for my Nokia phone

1) Needs to be fiddled with every time I try to use it — it's never just on and ready and functioning

2) Sometimes can't be used even with a lot of fussing and effort pushing buttons on both the device and the phone

Bluetooth is bad tech.

Where's the new, new thing?

February 2, 2006 at 03:01 PM | Permalink


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I've had a lot of luck with Jabra headsets, and terrible luck with the few others I've tried. In particular, I LOVE my Jabra BT 800. I never lose the connection between my phone and headset, and the display on the headset means that I don't have to fish my (mammoth Windows Mobile) phone out of my bag to see who's calling or to page through my phone book--it's right on my headset. My only complaint is that battery life could be better, but I think that's true of nearly all BT headsets--no one wants a battery the size of a D cell hanging off their ear, do they?

Of course, if you prefer to wear your headset all the time, a display makes no sense. I like to have it in my pocket or on my belt, set to vibrate ring. When I want to answer or make a call, I use the headset to access the relevant data, then put the thing on.

As for other bluetooth devices, I initially cursed both Microsoft and Logitech for using proprietary radio formats for most of their wireless keyboards and mice, but I've been converted. The have a more reliable connection and MUCH longer battery life. Since they don't use bluetooth, they need a USB dongle to work, which is kind of a pain for laptop use.

Posted by: strunkl | Feb 3, 2006 11:36:06 AM

Thats why you shouldnt buy another phone manufacturers BT headset. Use some universal ones, like Jabra. Coz Nokias BT only trully work with Nokia phones, Sonys with Sonys and so on. Everyone has their own standarts...

Posted by: Jealousy | Feb 3, 2006 8:54:50 AM

I hate to agree, but I do. Bluetooth schmoothooth. Not convenient in any form. I have a nice bluetooth headset that I paid a premium so I'd have it the same time I picked up my new Palm Treo 650, and it was such a hassle to pair all the time. N O T Useful. Not ready for Prime Time.

Posted by: Mattp9 | Feb 2, 2006 8:29:47 PM

ive always been more satified with anything that connected directly to my computer. i had the chance to use my brothers wireless keyboard and mouse for a couple of days and found that in some positions it stopped working. i often curl up on a lazyboy chair with my keyboard (for blog posts, no less) and ive found its better to just have a normal keyboard.

Posted by: scott | Feb 2, 2006 7:14:56 PM

I agree. I specifically got a bluetooth capable cellphone and bought the headset to go with it, just so I could drive and talk hands-free. You have to go through so many just to enable it that I never use it. What a pain.

Posted by: riannan | Feb 2, 2006 6:17:39 PM

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