Hands free mobile, namely Bluetooth, is a huge market without much slowdown in sight. With more and more Bluetooth enabled phones on the market, it makes hands-free talking even easier to use. Bluetooth not only provides hands-free use of your phone, but also close range wireless use. We have the Logitech Mobile Freedom headset to play with. Let's see how well it does pairing with our Palm Treo 650 smartphone.
I've always had a lot of issues using a normal wired 2.5mm headset. Imagine driving with your phone charging and having a wired headset plugged in. It's a wired nightmare which I think is even worse than just picking up the phone and talking into it. I have a Palm Treo 650 smartphone which does just about everything under the sun, including Bluetooth support. So I did a bit of searching to see what other users were using for their 650s. Not all headsets are created equal, some may not pair up easily or it just might not provide the adequate sound quality.
I found the Logitech Mobile Freedom headset mainly because of it's low price. I've used Logitech equipment before and they have always delivered. I'm hoping this continues to be true with their bluetooth headset.
Here are some specifications:
Bluetooth 1.2 compatible: No additional phone dongle needed to enjoy 10 meters (30 feet) of range. It also works with your Bluetooth-compatible PC. And Bluetooth v1.2 gives you adaptive frequency hopping, quick connect time, and improved audio quality.
Logitech's patent-pending WindStop technology: WindStop enables clear conversations in adverse conditions by reducing the disruptive effects of wind noise, including automobile air conditioners.
Comfortable and lightweight: Rotating clip conveniently fits either ear, and lightweight soft foam ear pad stays comfortable even after long talk sessions.
Long-life battery: Enjoy up to 7 hours of talk time or up to 250 hours of standby time between charges.
Multifunction button: Call/answer button on the headset lets you conduct calls without having to pick up the phone. The Logitech Mobile Freedom Headset also supports several features built into many handsets, such as voice dialing, three-way calling, and mute.
One feature which I wanted was a rechargeable unit. This BT unit comes with a ultra small charger which you can carry just about everywhere. It takes roughly four hours to fully charge the headset for use. Another nice feature is Logitech's WindStop technology. It helps eliminate the noise you hear when air passes over the headset. Quite useful if you like to leave the windows open while you drive.
The Logitech Mobile Freedom supports both ears. You will need to swivel and flip the ear clip around to your preference. When I first received the unit, I wasn't sure where the plug was supposed to go to recharge it. After turning the ear piece around a bit, the tiny port is on the base near the ear piece.