Top iPhone Bluetooth Headsets For 2015

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If you are the kind of person who perform tasks while talking on the iPhone, it will be better that you use an iPhone bluetooth headset if you want to avoid neck pain and strain.

Tasks such as writing or typing leads to poor posture as the cellphone is being held between the head and neck.

Using a headset with your iPhone allow you to practice healthy spinal alignment while keep your hands free.

Below we take a look at the best iPhone Bluetooth Headsets For 2015. Surely you will find a good bluetooth headset right for you.

Why To Use A Wireless Headset

By plugging in the wireless adaptor a wireless headset offers you more freedom while you talk on your iPhone since you don't have to fight with cords if you need full range of motion.

Good wireless headsets should be small and fit comfortably over your ear and come equipped with volume control and answer buttons.

Bluetooth

Bluetooth is a wireless standard mostly used for short range connectivity. its range is about 30 feet, significantly shorter then other wireless technology.

It is less expensive than other wireless standards and works well. This is why bluetooth has been included in wireless headsets.

iPhone Bluetooth Headsets

An iPhone Bluetooth Headset is a small device you slip over your ear that allows you to talk via your iPhone, but hands free. Using the Bluetooth technology standard, wireless Headsets offer an excellent range and great hands free features.

Plantronics iPhone Bluetooth Headset
Plantronics iPhone Bluetooth Headset

Plantronics Savor M1100

The Plantronics Savor is another fashion-forward model and a sort-of-successor to the Discovery 975. Personally, I do not find this new design attractive.

Features 3-mic noise cancellation, that aims to be the biggest improvement. Standart noise cancellation has two mics, one captures the voice, while the other analyzes external noise and then suppresses or cancels it.

In the Savor two mics work as usual, but the third mic begins to work with at least 65 dB of extreme external noise. But still noise suppression is not one of the Savor's strengths.

Is comfortable to wear and stays put once fitted. The voice quality is good overall in the earpiece. The volume button cycles between four settings.

The Savor comes with one free year of Vocalyst Basic Service, ($2.49 per month after that) it offers voice e-mail, reminders, Twitter updates, and news and weather.

Vocalyst Pro Service converts your voice messages to text, sends text messages, plus some other less-useful services ($5.99 per month).

Plantronics Discovery 975
Plantronics Discovery 975

Plantronics Discovery 975

When Plantronics announced the upgrade to the Discovery 925, it was not possible to imagine that a better product could be produced. However the creative engineers at Plantronics do it again.

The main improvement is the dual microphones to take advantage of the Plantronic's latest version of AudioIQ2 DSP and WindSmart technologies, which help to cancel out background noise.

The carrying case deserves special mention, is an improved rechargeable carrying case. The new case has an LCD screen that displays battery and charge levels of the headset and case, along with current Bluetooth status.

There are just two buttons, the main multifunction button and a single volume button. Given the available space, the buttons are very small, and that would be the only drawback.

The headset’s gel earpiece design is very good and can be worn for hours on end without a hint of causing ear fatigue.

Plantronics Discovery 925

Rather than an earloop that hangs over the ear the Plantronics Discovery 925 has an earbud that fits inside the ear with surprising comfort. This device is extraordinarily comfortable for long-term wear.

Is much more comfortable to wear with eyeglasses than any other headset, it is so comfortable that sometimes you will forget that you wear it.

The sound quality is awesome, audio is crystal clear from both sides.

As soon as you turn it on, it automatically searches for available Bluetooth devices to pair with.

Has a three stages volume control and one touch button for calling and voice dialing.

Comes with an AC charger cable, an USB charger cable and a carrying case that hold a one-time charge. The device charges fully in just a couple of hours, whether via electrical current or the portable charge case. 

Plantronics Voyager Legend

The Plantronics Voyager Legend is an evolution of an award-winning design. While still bigger, it's slightly smaller than its predecessors.

It sounds excellent and is comfortable to wear. Features improved hardware controls that are really easy to find and use.

This is still a large headset, but if you stick to using it at your desk or in the car, the Plantronics Voyager Legend is one of the best ones on the market today.

The hardware controls are refined. The oversized hardware volume rocker and power switch are two good improvements. The Call button has been moved from the edge of the boom to just behind it.

A Mute button (Play/Pause when listening to music) sits on the bottom edge of the boom.

For easy charging a magnetic connector snaps the headset into place on the AC adapter. Fully charging the Voyager Legend takes about 90 minutes.

The Voyager Legend automatically goes into pairing mode the first time you power up it. Subsequent pairings require you to hold down the Call button.

A built-in sensors detect whether you're wearing the headset or not. The sensors worked most of the time, but sometimes they didn't, a reset procedure fix this.

Voyager Legend UC

Is a deluxe version of the standard Voyager Legend. The UC version of the Voyager Legend comes with a bunch of accessories.

A tiny USB-compatible receiver for hooking up to a PC or Mac for use with Skype, Avaya, and other UC standard VoIP clients.

A small desktop dock, which also plugs in via USB and keeps the device charged.

Also includes a hard plastic carrying case that holds the headset and the USB receiver. With a micro USB port on the side you can charge the device while it's inside the case.

Plantronics Voyager Pro
Plantronics Voyager Pro

Plantronics Voyager Pro

Is the best Bluetooth headset you can find for all day chatter.

The Voyager Pro has a better audio quality of it's predesesor, the Voyager 510, and the secret is the Dual mic technology.

It's not small, but it's lightweight. The weight is distributed over the entire ear, it's more comfortable to wear for long periods of time than headsets that fit into the ear canal.

The pivoting mic boom lets you wear the headset on either ear and optimize the position of the two microphones.

The distribution of buttons has been improved. The volume can be controlled with reasonably sized buttons on top of the headset. A big power button put the device into pairing mode. The call-control button sits on the outside of the hinge attached to the boom.

The battery is long lasting, up to six hours.

Voyager Pro Plus

The Voyager Pro Plus Bluetooth headset is an upgrade of the excellent Plantronics Voyager Pro.

Is a great-sounding, very comfortable Bluetooth headset for anyone who needs to wear one all day.

The Pro Plus includes A2DP streaming and Vocalyst voice services and a new voice-prompt-based user interface.

At the top right of the iPhone's home screen, you have a little battery meter.

Voyager Pro UC

The Voyager Pro UC is exactly the same the Pro Plus, although the kit comes with a few more accessories: a leather carrying case, a USB cable, and a Bluetooth dongle for PCs.

The Pro UC has an audible battery and pairing status alerts, that tells you how much talk time you have remaining. You need to press the headset's rear button.

The difference between the Pro UC and the older model is a proximity sensor that can determine if you are wearing the headset. With this information the Pro UC sends calls to your iPhone or to the headset.

Voyager Pro HD

It is an improved version of the Voyager Pro Plus. It implements, like previous models, A2DP streaming, voice-to-text

(Vocalyst) service and the proximity sensor. It has stellar sound quality the SmartSensor proximity-sensor works excellent, is very comfortable and with very good sound quality.

Still a big device to wear, although the design has been subtly refined. The Vocalyst service costs extra after the first year. The mic is much closer to the mouth which improves sound quality.

Available talk time, volume, and connection status through voice alert-based interface. If you are wearing the device, it switches an active call to the headset.

Plantronics Voyager 510
Plantronics Voyager 510

Plantronics Voyager 510

It really works, even if you are driving everyone can hear you clearly. It has worked superbly in all the environments in which you daily encounter noise including walking around in the city.

Is much more comfortable on the ear and stays in place while walking.

The power button is difficult to use when the headset is on the ear, but it is easy to answer and hang-up a call with just a press of the button on the side of the headset.

Comes with three different ear pieces that are each shaped differently.

It might feel a bit less secure on the ear because the grasp of the ear clip is not as strong but it can be used for long periods of time. 

4 stars for Plantrinics
Aliph iPhone Bluetooth Headset
Aliph iPhone Bluetooth Headset
Jawbone - Era
Jawbone - Era

Aliph Jawbone Era

The latest addition to the Aliph Jawbone series is the Era Bluetooth Headset.

The Jawbone Era is a sharp-looking headset. It is slimmer and slightly longer than the Icon.

It provides top-notch audio quality and noise reduction, as well as motion technology and apps.

The noise cancellation and wind noise reduction is just as effective as on the previous Jawbone headsets.

It comes with four sets of ear tips that sit in the ear, and four sets of ear tips that sit on the ear with a hook, an AC charger with a very short micro-USB cable, and a case.

The fit to the ear canal is not as easy and comfortable as one would like.

Like the Icon, it has spoken alerts and custom audio tones, the basic ability to answer, reject, and end calls.

Implement last-number redial, voice-dialing support and multipoint technology (two devices can be connected simultaneously).

Battery life has been improved a bit: 5.5 hours talk time and 10 days standby time.

Jawbone - Icon
Jawbone - Icon

Aliph Jawbone Icon

Aliph again offers to the public the technology developed for extreme environments. The Jawbone Icon was originally developed for use in tanks and helicopters. The new version of NoiseAssassin is more deadly and the voice quality is better than previous generations.

Aliph has learned from its prior generations of headsets, and now includes in the package many rubber earbuds of various sizes.

The Icon's Voice Activity Sensor no longer has to touch the cheek for the headset to work properly. But Aliph still recommends it for the best sound quality.

The Icon is the first Bluetooth headset with apps. It allows you to select iconic voices that speak into the the ear, providing information such as remaining battery power, caller ID and more.

The headset now has full integration with the iPhone, which allows you to monitor the battery life on the iPhone’s status bar.

Battery life is still short : 3 hours and 30 minutes of talk time (10 days of standby).

Jawbone - Prime
Jawbone - Prime

Aliph Jawbone Prime

The Jawbone I was an innovative product, it established the standards for the noise cancellation technology.

The Jawbone II was an intention to add style and elegance to their predecessor, but it lacks in comfort and functionality.

With the new Jawbone III, Aliph wants to regain lost ground now offering a better product, the Prime, eliminating most of the problems of Jawbone II.

The Prime is light and decently comfortable. The fit to the ear canal has been improved (Plantronics Discovery ear gel like) and no ear hook is required. The ear hook can be added and it is still comfortable.

Comes with three Earbuds (small, medium, large). Once you determine which earbud fits you best, the Jawbone sensor never creeps away from the face. The new earpiece tip tilts the headset a bit more toward the cheek to help improve performance.

The Prime's buttons are large but a bit confusing. On the back of the headset an invisible button cycles through five volume levels. A larger button on the body turns the device on/off or triggers voice dialing.

At the moment, the Prime is expensive, but if you value style and compactness the Prime it's a good option.

Aliph Jawbone

Jawbone's Bluetooth headset is the best in noise cancellation. The noise reduction on the signal you are sending is nothing short of phenomenal. Even in really difficult situations not other headset comes close to the sound quality that Jawbone can deliver.

There are different clips and ear pieces that come with the headset, but the earloop is not good. It's difficult to put it on, and it breaks easily.

Jawbone doesn't allow you to buy just the replacement part, you have to buy their full 4-pack, which has 2 different sizes for each ear.

Very good battery life. Propriety USB charger and also a plug for an outlet so you can charge it without your computer.

Aliph Jawbone II

The Jawbone II is a follow-on product to the original Jawbone, but by no means is better than its predecessor. This sleeker and lighter version is only that.

The biggest issue is that the voice sensor must contact your cheek in order for noise suppression to work properly. It's difficult to get the earbud far enough into the ear so that the sensor is aligned properly. Some people have had good results using the Jabra EarGels - Clear. If you have beard, definitively it is not for you.

Accepting, initiating or refusing a call is far from easy to control due to the invisible non-tactile switches, so when you press on it to seat it in your ear properly, it turns off or on.

Ear loops are not flexible to fit perfectly around the ear hence it keep loosening and eventually falling off, they are made of plastic and break easily.

All the good features of the original remain: The reception is great and the noise cancellation excellent.

For something better, we'll have to wait for the next model, but if you want to give it a try...

How To Pair The Bluetooth Headset And The iPhone

1- Turn on Bluetooth in your iPhone

From the iPhone Home Screen go to Settings-General-Bluetooth

2- Put the headset into 'Pairing Mode'

Follow the headset instrucctions, tipically:

  • Ensure that the headset is turned off.
  • Press and hold some button until the indicator light stays solid or blink.

3- Pairing

Highlight on the iPhone screen the headset detected and enter PIN code 0000, hit Connect.

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