Nokia BH-501

Good quality Bluetooth headphones, as long as you don't mind it being very obvious you're wearing a Bluetooth headset — and a walking Nokia advert as well.


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Comfort/fit/fashion
Nokia's BH-501 Bluetooth Headset are worn as full wrap-around headphones. Like most full headsets, they're in no way inconspicuous — and because you've got "Nokia" emblazoned in big letters on each ear, you're also providing a significant chunk of mobile advertising when you wear them. Our only concern with the BH-501 concerns the volume up/down buttons; if you're a glasses wearer you may find that tapping on them grinds your frame into your ear a touch.

Sound quality
The BH-501 impressed us with its sound quality, with rich and deep bass comparable to most wired headsets and distinctive treble. Volume range was impressive, with only a touch of distortion at the top level, which is noted by an audible beep when you hit it — a nice safety warning to stop you inadvertently blowing your eardrums off.

Pairing/ease of use
The BH-501's simple three-button setup lets you set normal phone functions — call answering and volume, as well as ordinary music volume if you're using purely as a pair of headphones. Nokia claims an optimal range of around 10 metres from an audio device; we managed around half that in our home test environment.

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someone
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someone posted a review   

The Good:sound quality, battery life

The Bad:very fragile

I got mine as a freebie when I bought a phone. I have been very impressed with them until they broke. I am now considering whether to replace them with the same modal (so the same charger still works) or to try something different (something stronger).

Jumpy
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Jumpy posted a review   

The Good:Great sound, easy to use, fit well

The Bad:Fragile, easily break

I have been through 3 of these headsets in about 1.5 years. The arms are made too weak and always snap in the same place. Also sometimes cut out when I have my phone in my left pocket, I think it receives from the right side. For $50 off E-bay I can't really complain. I recommend anyone trying out bluetooth headsets to start with these ones. They are easy to use (read the instructions) and have excellent sound with a comfortable fit. If they were built stronger they would kick ****

 

DamienJ posted a comment   
Australia

The Good:Sound Quality

The Bad:No Battery power indicator

I have had these headphones for about 2 years, and they havnt broken on me yet. They connect to my Nokia 6120 Classic very easily and its easy to change volume aswell as answer calls or even use the voice feature of my phone, just by doing simple presses with the 3 buttons on the side. I t seems to me that most of the complaints about this product are either its fragility or not being able to pair easily. I have no trouble, so maybe a quick look at the manual could fix a few problems? and you could possibly learn a few extra features. As for the fragility, mine hasnt broken after 2 years, nearly 3 actually, so maybe its just a manufacturing problem?
Overall a great set of headphones.

Damien

Jigish Thakar
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Jigish Thakar posted a review   

The Good:sound quality, pariing, fiting

The Bad:delicate, fragile

i purchased this to get rid of wires, sound is nice, shape is good

but just using it for few months one of its arm got little crack. i approached service center, they said its a physical damage

and now that crack is growing like hell

and it seems like my 4500Rs are complete wast

now i m trying to fix it by my own with some sticky solution

so guys please don't buy it. it wont stay with u for long time

Eric
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Eric posted a review   

The Good:Excellent sound quality, good range, comfortable fit, easy to operate.

The Bad:Band seems overly fragile, no battery level indicator.

I purchased these headphones over a year ago, used them half a dozen times, then sat them in a draw to collect dust.
I recently pulled them out again when I got my new phone, and have not been disappointed. The sound quality is above that of the majority of normal headphones I have owned and they eradicate the annoyance of finding yourself snagged on a door handle by the cords.
The buttons are simple to use, even whilst wearing the headphones, due to the 'braille-style' raised dots to differentiate between the three.

The bluetooth range seems adequate. I'm able to place my phone in my study at one end of my house and walk to my lounge at the opposite end, a good 15-20 metres, without losing the connection.

The band raises some concerns with me, as it seems very fragile, and I find myself fearful of clicking the arms into place in case I accidentally snap them off entirely. I can see this becoming an issue in the future, as the wear and tear of daily use will likely result in them breaking sooner than I should like.

These are the first pair of headphones I have found which sit perfectly comfortable, not pressing against any part of my ears with real force. This is quite an achievement in my books, and as I have numerous ear piercings, it's a welcome change from the usual ill-fitting headphones I test out.

Overall I feel that they are well worth the money I spent on them, and I would happily recommend them to anyone looking to purchase a set of bluetooth headphones.

 

PremnathK posted a comment   
India

The Good:Easy to use, long last charge

The Bad:Sponge tears after use

I have been using these head phones since September '07 and have got good service from it. The only problem is that the sponge is now tearing off after 1½ years of use. I do not know whom to approach for a replacement of the sponge.

nokia fan
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nokia fan posted a review   

The Good:now that it is taped up (!), it doesn't grip my ears as much as before

The Bad:this gear is too fragile!!!

bought off eBay for $A50 in Nov 08. By Mar 09 both arms have cracked (one after the other). I am not rough by any means.

Kal0Adiga
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Kal0Adiga posted a review   

The Good:its comfortable , and dont fall off ur head and easy connection

The Bad:alot actually
-Sound quality isnt that good u can hear crunches so thats bad

no control Buttons except for volume and on/off

easy to break

SO I SUGGEST THIS TO EVERYONE STAY THE HECK AWAY FROM THIS PRODUCT ITS JUST A WASTE OF MONEY

so i managed to make it work FINALLY and i hope it didnt work though so i could return it Coz it actually SUCKS im really disappointed like i've spent almost 60 $$ on total rubbish

Kal0Adiga
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Kal0Adiga posted a review   

The Good:it looks cool and all a bit big

The Bad:1.i cant seem to make it smaller for my head

2. Very hard to make my phone get paired with it

3. a bit expensive for a headphone

i dont know how to make it work ??

that sucks i've bought it yes *Check*
Recharged it for 4 hour *check* but my phone isnt gettin it or pairing with it when i put PLAY VIA BLUETOOTH my phone is Nokia 5610 Xpress Music and its supposed to be with it


if anyone can help plz email me : blue-toxic@hotmail.com

c13833
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c13833 posted a review   

The Good:Sound, bluetooth arrangement.

The Bad:Headband easily breakable.

Great sound from the headphones. I love it. Best I've had. I can't go without them. The crisp sound quality is great.


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User Reviews / Comments  Nokia BH-501

  • someone

    someone

    Rating7

    "I got mine as a freebie when I bought a phone. I have been very impressed with them until they broke. I am now considering whether to replace them with the same modal (so the same charger still wor..."

  • Jumpy

    Jumpy

    Rating7

    "I have been through 3 of these headsets in about 1.5 years. The arms are made too weak and always snap in the same place. Also sometimes cut out when I have my phone in my left pocket, I think it r..."

  • DamienJ

    DamienJ

    "I have had these headphones for about 2 years, and they havnt broken on me yet. They connect to my Nokia 6120 Classic very easily and its easy to change volume aswell as answer calls or even use th..."

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