LG TONE+ Review

LG TONE+ Review
Introduction and design:

Bluetooth headsets come in many different shapes and sizes. Some you clip to your collar, some you place over your ear, and some you wear like a regular pair of cans. Chances are, however, that you haven’t yet seen one quite like the LG TONE+ (model HBS-730). This stereo Bluetooth headset is designed to be worn around the neck, while the wired in-ear headphones deliver the goodness to your ears.

This concept isn't perfect, but its pros outweigh the cons, in our opinion. For starters, we find the LG TONE+ comfortable to wear both because it is lightweight and because it is not prone to falling off easily. The in-ear headphones stay firmly attached in place and the cable connecting them to the main unit is just the right length. We wouldn't recommend the headset for use during workouts, though. While running, for example, the main unit tends to dangle up and down, which quickly gets annoying.

There's a whole bunch of buttons on the LG TONE+ added for convenience. You can play, pause, rewind and fast-forward the song currently playing. There is built-in volume rocker as well. What's good about the headset's buttons is that they are raised and really easy to find with a finger. What got us a bit frustrated, however, was that we needed some time to remember which set of keys was on which side.

Audio quality and functionality:

Listening to music on the LG TONE+ is a pleasure. The earphones produce a decent amount of bass without skimping on higher frequencies, while turning up the volume to the maximum does not result in any crackling. Furthermore, the buds' rubber tips filter out a fair amount of background noise, yet don't isolate you from the surrounding world entirely. After all, car honks are something you should be able to hear at all times. 

We have to warn you that under some conditions – while watching video or during a video chat, for example, you may notice that the sounds are delayed. That is normal and is caused by the way Bluetooth transmits audio. The issue won't be present if your phone supports the aptX codec, which is also enabled on the LG TONE+.

As far as in-call audio is concerned, the LG TONE+ is made with VoLTE calls in mind, which is a feature that enables high-quality voice conversations over cellular networks. Unfortunately, we weren't able to test out the headset on a network that supports VoLTE. The call quality was okay, but it could have been better. Although the TONE+ should be able to filter out background noise, its microphone was still picking up some of it. We could understand the other party well, but the voice quality wasn't as good as it would have been if the sound was produced by our smartphone's earpiece.

Owners of an Android device can take advantage of the BT Reader app, which is available for free on Google Play. Through some clever text-to-speech conversion, it will read incoming text messages for you in a clear, easy-to-understand female voice. We have to point out that the app has collected quite a few negative reviews, so it might be incompatible with some smartphone models, but we didn't have any issues with it during our testing.

The battery life of the LG TONE+ won't disappoint you. It is capable of delivering 15 hours of talk time or 10 hours of music listening time, and will last for up to 500 hours on stand-by. You can use an ordinary microUSB cable to charge the battery – a process that should take less than 2 hours to complete. 


If you're looking for a pair of Bluetooth headphones that you'll use mainly for music listening, then the LG TONE+ is a headset we would recommend. It is comfortable to wear, its earphones sound great considering the gizmo's price, and the battery life is well above the average. The in-call audio quality leaves something to be desired, however, so if you are into lengthy chatters, you might consider looking for an alternative.

PhoneArena Rating:




18. commercialPilot

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

I have them paired with the LG G2. My opinion: They are a clever design, functional, and easy to pair and use. The sound quality, however, is not good when compared to the LG QuadBeat 2 earbuds; too much treble—even with bass boost. Videos are normal with standard earbuds; but with the LG Tone+ HBS-730 (mp4s, YouTube, and Skype), the video and audio never sync. The delay, which is quite obvious, varies as the video plays.

17. Sandipan9

Posts: 1; Member since: May 24, 2013

Is it compatible with Nokia Asha 200? please let me know quickly!!

16. willikrau

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Make sure you are buying the 730. (+) Most stores don't carry them yet and the 700 is last year's model.

13. tcbmaki

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

i cycle a lot, so this headset is perfect...no cord. got mine with free shipping and below msrp at cellularboys

10. DeathR34PER

Posts: 21; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Got one of these thingies, and it is so useful for walking around, listening to music, and/or calling without having to have a phone in your hand and be leaving your phone in your pocket!

9. fervid

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Best Buy has the 700s free with LG Optimus G. Both online and in-store...just ring up with purchase and it promos them out. I got mine a couple days ago. I normally don't like ear buds, but they have yet to make an over-ear bluetooth that is comfortable and these work pretty well.

8. megan23247

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

Ive had my tones for about 3 weeks now and I love them!!

4. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

It's great. I have the LG Tone HBS-700 and I'm very satisfied with it.

6. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

thanks for letting us know much appreciated ;)

11. XYZ360

Posts: 53; Member since: Jan 01, 2012

are they comfortable as they don't seem to

12. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Yeah very comfortable. You won't even notice them around your neck after some time.

15. willikrau

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Yes. very. A slept with mine on once. woke up and was like "oops!... Oh well"

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Looks nice...can be hidden beneath the collar. I didn't know LG was making things like this!

2. AmitMajumder

Posts: 178; Member since: May 21, 2012

Is that nick?

1. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

looks a bit Sci Fi lol but i bet they would be useful..........how much do they cost again? i didnt see the price in the article...

5. Nick_T

Posts: 187; Member since: May 27, 2011

About $50 to $60 in the US.

7. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

thanks :)

14. willikrau

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I got mine BRAND NEW on eBay for $52+shp BTW, I love em.

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