Review: Samsung BSH700 Bluetooth Stereo Headset

By Adam Zeis on 24 Nov 2008 12:04 pm EST
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I must say I was excited at the prospect of a stereo bluetooth headset for my Curve.  I had only recently started listening to music on my BlackBerry, and had run into big issues with my standard iPod earbuds.  Whenever I removed them from my device, I would lose sound on calls until I reset my phone - a big problem for me.  So as I pulled my new Samsung BHV700 Stereo Bluetooth Headset out of the box, I was eager to get started.  

Let's Get Ready to Rock!

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As every good little boy should, I read the quick start guide first and realized that I had to charge the device before starting. I plugged it in and waited about 3 hours for it to achieve a full charge. When it was ready to go, I followed the simple instructions and easily paired it with my 8330 in about a minute and I was good to go.  

Now when I went to actually put the headset on - I knew there was going to be an issue.  I had a good amount of difficulty getting the headset to actually fit properly on my head. It is essentially one size, with no real room for adjustment (aside from the slight tilting of the earbuds) so already I wasn't doing so hot as it didn't quite sit right on my 20" head. I played with it a bit, and realized that there wasn't much to be done, so I'd have to live with the "iffy" fit.  I also tried pawning it off on my girlfiend (who's head is much smaller than mine) and she ran into the problem of it not staying on at all when she moved around. So fit aside, I tried to give it my best shot.  

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The earbuds tilt a bit, but thats as far as the size adjustment goes

Putting it to Use

When I got ready to actually play music, I was disappointed to find out that I could couldn't use it with FlipSide, as the program doesn't support AVRCP at the moment.  However this is a software issue so I really can't hold it against the Samsung.  I then fired up the Blackberry Media Player, picked a song, and the headset picked right up.  The sound was crisp and clear. Nothing overly impressive that blew my mind, but it did just what I needed. The sound pretty much matched that of my old iPod earbuds.  Nothing of "Bose" quality, but I'm not too picky when it comes to portable music. I jumped back and forth between a few tracks and the headset followed along flawlessly. The volume has incredible range, as I could get it low enough to keep me occupied and not annoy others, or if I felt the need to blow out my eardrums I have that option as well.  

Now to the usage - another slight drawback.  From the get-go I noticed the buttons on the headset weren't layed out in a very user friendly manner. There are 4 sets of buttons for Call/Power, Volume, Forward/Back and Play/Pause. The only two that worked well for me were the Call/Power button and the Play/Pause - which are located over the right and left earbuds.  The other buttons for Volume and Forward/Back are awkwardly located on the back of the headset. It involved a bit of memorization to get used to these as there is nothing to differentiate them at all. They are all the same size, and have no raised bumps or anything to tell them apart. I found myself looking at the user guide frequently from the start so I knew which was which. They are a bit on the small side as well which made seeking them out and pressing them a bit hard at times. Personally, once I got the volume squared away it wasn't a big issue, since I have my music on shuffle as it is, and rarely find the need to skip tracks or change the volume.  

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The small buttons are located on the back bottom of the headset
 
Play Button  Call Button
The Play/Pause and Call/Power buttons are located right over the ear  



I was perhaps most impressed with the ability of the headset to pause and resume music when a call came in. When my Curve rang, I simply hit the Call/Power button to answer. The caller was clear and crisp, and I was told they had no problems hearing me (I was in my living room). The same caller complained of a slight bit of wind noise when I was calling from my car, but overall said it wasn't unbearable. Upon answering a call, music is paused for the duration. As soon as the call is ended, the music pics up exactly where is left off - very cool.  

Overall I think the Samsung BSH700 is a good unit.  My gripes are mainly that it doesn't fit my head very well (I actually got a headache after wearing it for the 30 minutes or so I tested it out). The fit is a big issue that needs to be addressed.  Some of the buttons aren't in very good places,  but after a bit of use I don't see it being too much of a problem. Pairing was simple, sound quality was great and it was very easy to use overall. 

  • Talk time: 8 hrs
  • Play time: 8 hrs
  • Standby time: 140 hrs
  • Bluetooth version 2.0 
  • Includes travel adapter


Summary: Samsung BSH700 Bluetooth Headset

Pros:

  • Easy to Pair & Use
  • Lightweight
  • Great Sound Quality

Cons:

  • Fit not adjustable
  • Oddly Placed Controls

Ratings:

  • Design/Function: 3.0/5
  • Sound Quality: 4.0/5
  • Aesthetics: 4.5/5
  • Ease of Use: 4.5/5
  • Comfort: 2.0/5

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Review: Samsung BSH700 Bluetooth Stereo Headset

13 Comments

I keep looking into bluetooth headphones so I can pair them with my iPod or curve at will and stop getting stuck on the Subway turnstiles...I was looking at these but since my head is pretty average for a girl I won't bother. I really wish they'd come out with some kind of bluetooth earbud...

I agree - the site needs a Jaybird II review. I traded my Motorola S9 in for the Jaybird and LOVE the Jaybird.

I'm not in love with the idea of these! But yeah, I want more info- a review would be excellent. Have you posted a full one on the forums? I just asked about them... everytime I use wired headphones I end up having them torn out of my ears!

Get the Jabra BT3030...

Its a dog tag that you wear around your neck. It hangs down on your chest like a necklace. You plug whatever earbuds into it that you want, so you get high quality.

It has play/pause, volume, and previous/next track buttons as well as a power button.

it also paused the music when you get a call and unpauses when the call ends.

I ride my bike to work using it. I put my phone in a backpack and use this.

Yes, you still have wires going from the device to your ears, but its SO much more comfortable than these types of one-size-fits-all headsets and does what it's supposed to do.

I agree completley....I tried the Moto S9 and returned it because of fit n comfort issues. Its pretty similar to the Samsung reviewed here. The BT3030 works great! I have NO complaints what so ever! The only thing i cld see sum people complaining about or having issue with is with the unit hanging like a necklace while u were running. It wld probably b annoying swinging around yur neck. But it does come with a clip so u cld clip it 2 yur shirt pocket or collar or whatever. But give it a try - u wont b disappointed!

You really need to try out the Jabra BT8010 - best bluetooth stereo headset around.. Kicks this one's butt from what you're saying! You won't be disappointed - review it!

I currently use the Sony Ericsson HBH-DS980 headphones. They work great. OLED screen for Caller ID, volume, fwd, back, play/pause and power button all easily accessible. I can also access my address book or call log directly from the headset. My only complaint is it doesn't display the song currently playing.

lol!! so it's a no to buy this product, I take it? lol!! that's why i have the problem with these devices I just can't find the perfect one.

I thought it was one of those electronic dog collars! I'm actually not a fan of the behind the neck type of headphones, but does anyone have any thoughts on the Samsung SBH-600 set? I think those are more along the lines of what I'm looking for. I also did check out the Jaybirds which I find quite impressive, but I'm sort of leaning toward going for the over the ear type.

I just purchased a set of the Jaybird jb-200's after researching the S9, S9-HD, this Samsung, Plat Voyager 855. I just ending up really not liking the style of the S9 or this samsung device as I don't think I would like that fat back part bouncing around on my 5 mile daily runs. The Voyager 855 seems pretty cool until I thought do I need a boom sticking out while I run....nope.

So I ended on the Jaybird that seems like the best option, once I receive it I will report back with a little review on how I like it. I bought it new through Ebay for $110 shipped, I used the Microsoft Cashback and that took off $28 making my final price $82. Not too bad of a deal if you ask me!

I've used the HT820 for a few years now, and I still stand by them. They are big and make you look like Princess Leah Jr., but they sound is great, and the functionality is great too. People still stop me and ask me what they are, and are impressed with the sound.

I am still waiting for a pair of wireless earbuds that fit right and provide adequate volume.