headsets aren't just a convenience. If you happen to live
in an area that bans the use of mobile phones without a headset
while driving, they're a necessity. Whether you're behind
the wheel or walking down the street, a headset frees up your
hands, and you can even plug it into a wireless phone-recording
controller for capturing conversations or interviews.
you find the best fit, we tested some models on the market
today representing three different styles: ear-buds with in-line
or integrated microphones, headsets with boom microphones,
and units with retractable cords. Most of them work with any
phone that has a standard 2.5mm headset jack and are reasonably
of the headsets, with the mike resting on either the wire
or the ear-piece itself, these ear-bud models can fool others
into thinking you're talking to yourself.
Body Glove Earglove Flex
A cross between a ear-bud and a boom headset, the Earglove
Flex has an appealing design, but the Body Glove name doesn't
add much to its overall style. The ear-piece dangles on a
short cord away from the ear loop, which fits comfortably
over either ear. We also liked the small microphone that comes
out from underneath your ear, but callers reported difficulty
hearing us. On the upside, it features a call-answer/end button,
as well as a Mute switch.
Mobile Over Ear
Logitech's ear clip, designed to fit over your right ear,
is flexible but not removable, so forget about putting it
in your left ear. But even worn on the right, we had a difficult
time getting a good fit. On the plus side, a multifunction
button on the mike lets you answer and end calls; if you have
a flip phone, you don't have to open the cover to accept a
call. And if red isn't your colour, it also comes in blue.
We tested a headset with a 2.5mm plug, but Logitech makes
models for Nokia and Sony Ericsson handsets as well.
provide more comfort when you're on the go, but some users
may fret they won't be heard unless the microphone is positioned
near their mouths. Boom headsets provide you with the feeling
you're actually speaking into an object.
Resembling a blue shrimp, this headset wraps around the ear
instead of pressing against it, and it's secure and comfortable
to wear. Pivoting action also makes it wearable in either
ear, while the little gel earpiece (you get two sizes) funnels
sound for good clarity and volume. We tested a model with
a Nokia plug, but you can buy it for other phones.
The M220 provides decent sound quality, but we had a hard
time getting a secure fit. The ear cuff, which you can switch
to fit over either ear, is tough to remove. Also, while it
sports an eye-catching blue and silver colour, its long boom
means it's definitely not on the small side.
of digging your headset out of a briefcase, only to find a
tangled web of wires? These retractable headsets store the
wire in a small case, and you can adjust the length during
Mobile Earbud Miniboom 6
The earpiece on the Miniboom doesn't offer the most comfortable
fit, and the case is a bit large and cumbersome for walking
around outdoors, but the audio quality is good. A multifunction
button (call answer/end, mute, redial) on the earpiece is
a nice touch, and a handy switch rewinds the cord back into
its casing. Just be careful not to touch it in the middle
of a conversation.
Mobile Earbud Retractable
This Logitech offers the same features as the Earbud Miniboom,
only the microphone is integrated into the earpiece. Callers
frequently noted that we sounded muffled, a complaint we didn't
get when using the Miniboom version.
that blocks your cell-phone's beeping noise!
if you are a peace-loving soul but your cell phone doesn't
let you have it, help is at hand as scientists have developed
a high tech "wallpaper" that blocks the signals
of a mobile phone.
to Sydney Morning Herald, the wallpaper is made of
a metallic grid and could also help foil terrorists if scientists
who have managed to mass-produce large sheets of it are to
to Michael Burns, director of aviation at British company
QinetiQ, a former part of the British Department of Defence,
"Phones can not only be disruptive or annoying but on
occasions pose a real security threat as they could be used
to set off a device."
was to use the company's wallpaper, or frequency-selective
surface, to protect areas at airports where suspicious packages
were kept, so any bombs could not be triggered from a phone.
low-cost manufacturing process involves printing a grid pattern
onto material. The metal is then "grown" where required
by immersing the material in a chemical bath.
wallpaper could also prevent electronic eavesdropping on WiFi
networks - wireless local area networks installed in buildings
so people can move around with their laptops still connected
to the Internet.
(R) thedailystar.net 2004