Nokia BH-500 Review

Introduction and Design

There are times when we crave to get away from the everyday rat race and indulge ourselves in the music of a favorite artist. This should not interfere with our daily duties, of course.

Nokia developers offer their own BH-500 as a solution to the dilemma mentioned above. The device is a combination of a splashproof Bluetooth hands-free on one hand, and stereo headphones, on the other. Listen to music without missing a call from a friend, relative, parent, or maybe the boss, phoning to notify you that you have been promoted, even while working out in the park early in the morning.

You will find the following items in the package:

  • Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-500
  • Nokia Wireless Audio Adapter AD-47W
  • Nokia Compact Charger AC-3
  • Three sizes of rubber pads for earphones
  • User guides


It is quite likely that you mistake BH-500 for a compact MP3 player at first sight - its overall design makes it look like one: it is a device with dimensions of 47 x 35 x 19 mm (1.85 x 1.4 x 0.75 inches), plus the indispensable headphones. The material is matte black plastic with a silver edge on the sides; according to data, supplied by Nokia, the unit’s weight is only 40 grams (1.41 oz.). However, what is interesting is its water-resistance, enabling the outdoor use when it rains, but you should be aware that it would not withstand submerging into water.

All controlbuttons, as well as the green-red-and-blue lit LED indicator, are placed on thefront panel. There are seven buttons: On/Off; Volume Up/Down; Rewind;Fast Forward; Call key; /Pause Key. The easiest to make out are the Call Keyand the Play/Pause key, made of shiny silvery plastic. Pressing the controlbuttons is fairly difficult, requiring the use of your finger tips; most ladieswith long manicure will have some hard time trying to do so, and not only them.Both the Call and the Pause keys are an exception – they are easy to press,even by using the soft part of a finger. From the rest of the buttons surround those two the „+” and „-” protrude the most . Still, the usershould make some efforts to remember their exact location, for they are hard tolocate by touch only. When the sound volume has reached maximum, a short signalwill be heard in the headphones – one that is likely to leave the impression ofa transmission breakdown at the other end of the line.

There is a standard 3.5 mm stereo jack socket on the right side, which enables you to choose among different types of headphones.

You will find the microphone on the upper side and the charging connector, protected against atmospheric contamination by a rubber cap, is just below. The device is equipped with a large clasp for attaching it to the piece of clothing you are wearing – normally to the lapel, the collar, or wherever you might find it most appropriate to do so. It is manufactured in a way that will not leave room for feeling uneasy about losing the unit – it will be secured steadily enough.

The set contains headphones with earplugs along with three differently sized earpads. The users are able to select the most comfortable ones depending on their cochlear duct size.

It is comparatively easy to place the headphones, but it takes both hands to do so. They are manufactured in such a way to strongly reduce the external noise; this will allow for full enjoyment of the music.

BH-500 can be connected to a PC through the Wireless Audio Adapter AD-47W, included in the set. This will enable you to enjoy listening to all the music stored on your computer.

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