Sony Ericsson HBH-IV835 Bluetooth Headset Review
The entire front panel is removable (one must proceed so in order to attach the neck strap directly to the headset) and replaceable – in case it has been damaged or another color scheme is needed. Unfortunately there are no different-colored panels for this model on offer by the manufacturer at present. The back is made of mat black plastic and the narrow separating line between both is contrastingly silver. The same color scheme has been applied to the ring between the earpiece (also black) and the corpus.
The weight of IV 835 is only 10 grams (0.3 oz.), but unfortunately one can feel even that little unless the device has been constructed so as to distribute the load evenly on the head. The earpiece is a black mushroom-shaped rubber that can be easily bent and is very soft because it is not made of solid material. It resembles the shape of the rubber pieces of Sony Ericsson’s Walkman phones and one must insert it inside the ear, thus cutting off the outside sounds. It is in fact the only mechanism to attach the headphone to one’s head, so in the set there are rubbers of three different sizes for better results. Since they are all round-shaped you can use them on either ear without the need to alter anything – you simply insert then in the standard way.
We were very strongly surprised indeed when we were examining the set’s buttons, simply because there were only two of them: a calling key and a power key! There are not any sound controls whatsoever (perhaps the manufacturer had decided to eliminate them in view of inability to make them easy to use) – so the device is solely controlled automatically by the DSP system. Unfortunately Sony Ericsson did not do a good job of making the only headset control button usable; it is very small, difficult to detect and there is hardly any tactile feedback after pressing. Moreover, the set is unstable on the head which makes the button usage nearly impossible unless one is holding the device by hand. We may add the unpleasant feeling at doing so because one has to push it to the ear.
1. Marcus Abe (unregistered)
Hi. I bought one IV835 and after charging and testing it I found out it was too unstable in my ear and decided to return it to the store. So, I got one Jabra JX10 and I'm loving it (light, good sound and the battery last enough)
2. Southpark (unregistered)
I have many BT headset and this is the best that I had. Wearing glasses limits your choice and hard plastic hooking the ear ain't quite cutting it. I also have no problems in terms of voice and sound clarity with it (paired with an old K600i)