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Nokia BH-904 Review

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Nokia BH-904 Review
Introduction and Design:

Nokia BH-904 Review
„N  s – r k r  n   s   n  l t   n t  c    l…” – No, this is not Klingon writing out of a Star Trek movie. Actually, it´s what „Noise-free background noise cancellation technology” sounds like on the other end of the line when you are in a noisy place and using a Bluetooth headset without noise cancellation technology, at least according to Nokia. In other words, what you callers hear anytime you don’t use the Nokia BH-904. That´s enough with the free advertising and let´s get to brass tacks. Successor to the BH-900, the Nokia BH-904 is a high-end headset that aims to deliver exceptional in-call quality. The target audience of the gadget can be collectively referred to as professionals, who don’t mind spending a bit more cash, use their phones for important talks and cannot accept to be bothered by annoying little things like environmental noise.

Unfortunately, the Nokia BH-904 is by no means compact. It sports a sliding microphone that when extended, has the size of a small handset. Pull it out to answer a call and push it back in to hang up. Quite comfy indeed, because the sliding motion is really smooth.



Nokia BH-904 Review
Nokia BH-904 Review
Nokia BH-904 Review
Nokia BH-904 Review
Nokia BH-904 Review

Unfortunately, the Nokia BH-904  is by no means compact - Nokia BH-904 Review
Unfortunately, the Nokia BH-904  is by no means compact - Nokia BH-904 Review
Unfortunately, the Nokia BH-904  is by no means compact - Nokia BH-904 Review
Unfortunately, the Nokia BH-904  is by no means compact - Nokia BH-904 Review

Unfortunately, the Nokia BH-904  is by no means compact



Similarly to the Plantronics Voyager PRO, there are four buttons on the body of the Nokia BH-904. The power on/off button is on the bottom, next to a small LED indicator. On either side you have volume rocker, call answer key and mute switch. All four of them are tiny, but we didn’t have any troubles pressing them. We have to admit that using dedicated buttons for the various functions is much handier than having to resort to Mortal Combat or Street Fighter style combination of keys, unless you´re exceptionally dexterous of hand and inventive of mind of course.

Similarly to the Plantronics Voyager PRO, there are four buttons on the body of the Nokia BH-904 - Nokia BH-904 Review
Similarly to the Plantronics Voyager PRO, there are four buttons on the body of the Nokia BH-904 - Nokia BH-904 Review
Similarly to the Plantronics Voyager PRO, there are four buttons on the body of the Nokia BH-904 - Nokia BH-904 Review

Similarly to the Plantronics Voyager PRO, there are four buttons
on the body of the Nokia BH-904



It´s a good thing you charge the Nokia BH-904 via standard microUSB port and respectively, that´s the wall charger you will find in the set. Moreover, the gadget comes boxed with three different rubber earbuds and 512MB expansion card with the user manual on it.

As a whole, we can´t say we like the Nokia BH-904 design-wise. We would use it in the office or in a car, but we won´t be caught dead wearing the headset while walking in the street. It´s not all about style really and there is one more major reason, called wear comfort. Read on to find out what we mean.


Performance and Conclusion:

The Nokia BH-904 gets attached by a rubber U-shaped earhook that should fit even people with larger ears. The headset itself feels sturdy, but relatively comfy if you don’t move. The hefty weight is a source of slight, yet constant discomfort. Probably, most people would be able to wear the headset for several hours, but certainly not the entire day. Once you´ve started moving, however, the gadget becomes wobbly and unstable, so that´s one of the reasons why we recommend the Nokia BH-904 for in-house use only, say in busy offices and the like.

The Nokia BH-904 gets attached by a rubber U-shaped earhook - Nokia BH-904 Review
The Nokia BH-904 gets attached by a rubber U-shaped earhook - Nokia BH-904 Review
The Nokia BH-904 gets attached by a rubber U-shaped earhook - Nokia BH-904 Review

The Nokia BH-904 gets attached by a rubber U-shaped earhook



The Nokia BH-904 We tested the noise cancellation technology and it turned out the environmental din was not fully cancelled out, because our callers could clearly hear the clamor we were drowning in. Annoying indeed, but at least they were able to understand us. The problem was evident when we used the headset outdoors, in a windy street with heavy traffic, but became virtually non-existent (and the sound almost perfect) in our busy office with calm music and low-voice conversations in the background. Finally, the quality proved to be exceptional when we quarantined ourselves in a really quiet room and people on the other end rated the experience 9/10. The sound on our end was really good as well and we didn’t have any troubles making out what we were told. that should fit even people with larger ears. The headset itself feels sturdy, but relatively comfy if you don’t move. The hefty weight is a source of slight, yet constant discomfort. Probably, most people would be able to wear the headset for several hours, but certainly not the entire day. Once you´ve started moving, however, the gadget becomes wobbly and unstable, so that´s one of the reasons why we recommend the Nokia BH-904 for in-house use only, say in busy offices and the like.

One of the major advantages of the Nokia BH-904 is its robust battery that provides up to 8 hours of continuous talk time on a full battery and about 5 hours after getting charged for 15 minutes. Finally, it should remain operational for 6 days in standby mode.

As a whole, the Nokia BH-904 performs much better than the Plantronics Voyager PRO in terms of sound quality, although both headsets share the same problem - large size that. Paired with the feeling of the gadget becoming unstable when you walk, it makes the new hands-free usable indoors. We can recommend it to anyone who needs high in-call quality, handy controls and doesn’t travel much. The relatively steep price tag of $100 will certainly make the Nokia BH-904 unappealing to ordinary users.


Pros

  • High in-call quality even in noisy places
  • Easy controls and handy buttons
  • Robust battery

Cons

  • Respectable size, hence unappealing
  • Uncomfortable to wear for a long time
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posted on 31 Jan 2012, 03:18

1. Jancukas (Posts: 2; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


I'm sorry, but this is not a good product at all - just way too buggy. I've changed like 4 or 5 phones with this crap of a product and with all phones it's acting up weird. Leave alone sudden disconnects, "popcorn" baking sounds and other symptoms plagueing lots of sets out there in the market - I'm talking about serious issues, like not being able to connect, not being able to hear anything and so on and so forth. So just don't waste your money on this crap, avoid at all costs. Get yourself a decent device, something like jawbone.

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