Counterfeit (Fake) Headsets - How to recognize and avoid them; what are the differences?

Why not using counterfeit headsets?


After we have discussed the physical differences, the most notable were the variations in the headsets performance – battery times, sound quality and range. Even though some of the counterfeits actually performed better in several situations, the overall results shows considerably lower battery lives, range and voice quality.



Quality and Strenght

Quality and Strenght

First, judging sound quality and volume is very subjective. We tried to stay as objective as possible – the team members who were testing the headsets actually did not know if they had a real or a fake one. The overall results show a total score of 21.96 points for the real ones, and 17.83 for the fakes. If the numbers are converted in percentages, the counterfeit had ~25% lesser quality.



Range
Range

Range

Our next test was to distance the headset from the phone to which it was paired to the maximum range at which the conversation could still be sustained. By sustained we mean able to clearly understand the other party. All the headsets were tested with the same two HTC Wizards, at the same exact location. The results again show about 25% difference between the original and fake ones. The overall range accomplished by the genuine ones was 423 feet, while the fakes scored 364.



Battery
Battery

Battery

The continuous stand-by time test was completely flunked by the fakes. They got a total of only 1320 minutes, while the real ones had about 2080 – 50% more ! Almost all fake ones lasted only about 50% of what they real counterparts did.

This should be enough to convince even the most skeptical users that the problem is real. Now we have to determine how widespread it is...

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15 Comments

1. Anthony unregistered

I have a fake BH-700 Nokia headset. I must say I thought it was a fake from the start. Battery life is bad, but on top of that it doesn't keep the "security" code so every time I turn it on & attempt to pair I have to type 0000. That doesn't happen w/ the real BH-700 I also have. Great article! Thanks for confirming my suspicions.

2. unregistered

Wow.....it took this long for someone to actually post an article on fake bluetooths? These have been circulating for months and months now. Another should be written on car and home chargers too. Oh and even the handset themselves.

3. PR5 unregistered

i disagree with the buying from large companies bit, i got my Jabra JX10 from a well establish online US company, and its still a fake, its been 3 months and i havent had a problem with the fake, it works suprisingly good for a POS. it was only $60CAD Vs $200 CAD (bestbuy). i dont mine counterfit as long as it works GOOD and is super cheap. also the motorola headset that i got from bestbuy was a fake too, the HS820, i know there was something wrong with it, it even smelled bad, i returned it that day since it was so obvious

4. raulr unregistered

Motorola does have a site dedicated to fake accessories. It shows you how to identify the real from the fake and give you a link to report it. The site ishttp://www.motorola.com/original

5. ad070 unregistered

i bought 3 of them from retail stores and they were fake but i was more than happy with the quality so i dont really care. your going out to buy a headset, as long as it does the job, the quality is good and your happy, i don't really care, its exactly what i was expecting.

6. PhoneArena unregistered

Raulr, At the time this article was published, Motorola did not have that site. It is something new and I guess created after we wrote our piece.

7. Metallic unregistered

So the motorola h700 FAKE is actually better, am I seeing these charts right?

8. LS unregistered

Hmmm ... I should buy the fake H700 then. According to the charts, in overall the fake H700 has better performance than the real one. Very weird unless the charts were messed up.

9. confused unregistered

I'm a bit confused. I purchased the Nokia BH-800 and read your review on pg 2. The one I have matches up with the genuine one you described... everything except for the box. Mine came in the darker box w/o the animation. Is mine a fake?

10. unregistered

very nice, i didnot know there are such things!

11. jay unregistered

i bought a fake spellchecker on eBay once...

12. malouu unregistered

I BOUGHT A FAKE BH700 FROM EBAY. Sound horrible, But looks like a Nokia. The most faked is the ac3 charger which is NOT an AC3 and the MANUAL which is In English anf Chinese

13. nickel unregistered

To confused, I have the same thing you got. The one we have is the real one. The box is different for different countries and different models. The one in Canada at Tiger Direct have both the darker box and the lighter box. They have different model number, but are both real.

14. Nickel unregistered

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3475109&CatId=1810 The necklace is the dead giveaway. It looks more expensive then the ones you get at the silver necklace stand, so you can't get the real thing for under $30 retail just the necklace alone. And then you have the bluetooth to account for. I don't care how cheap nokia can make them in China, but I am very impressed with the necklace.

15. hooher tod unregistered

Yes there should realize the reader to RSS my feed to RSS commentary, quite simply

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