An iPhone bluetooth headset is a wireless headphone that allows you to privately hear music and/or phone calls from your
iPhone. The initial
iPhone bluetooth that came with the first generation iPhone only supported pairing
for hands free phone calls.
With iOS3.0, Apple
enabled a new profile called Stereo Bluetooth or A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile). This profile allows you to stream iPhone music to an A2DP capable headphone
headset. Although the original
iPhone bluetooth chip in the first generation
is the same as the
and 3GS bluetooth chip, Apple
didn't enable the A2DP profile until iPhone OS3.0.
Many headsets come with a single monophonic speaker that you holdagainst your ear, and a boom microphone that extends in and out, and can be adjusted to be close to the mouth. Others have two speakers giving stereosound and the ability to listen to music.
iPhone Bluetooth Headsets Styles:
come in different shapes and styles. Most new headsets and headphones are at bluetooth version 2.1 which is backward compatible with bluetooth 1.0 and 1.1. Bluetooth 1.0 or 1.1 are single sided with
This gives a nice stylish looking design. Although those types of headsets are small and stylish, they might be uncomfortable over along period of time.
Bluetooth headsets that set against the ear might be a better choice if you plan to stay on the phone for a long time in an office for example.
Against the ear headsets can have an extended
boom microphone that retract or collapse to give better microphone sound. You would speak directly to the microphone. However, those
boom bluetooth headsets look a little bulky. They rest against the ear just like a regular headphone and require a holding equipment or an ear loop to hold the headset against the ear.
Other new design opt out from the extended microphone, and they just wrap around the ear. Those types of headsets could also be uncomfortable for long period of time.
You could easily forget that you are wearing one, and suddenly hit it or drop it. Therefore, it is best to use them on occasions and for short periods of time.
With the additional A2DP bluetooth profile support, you can listen to your music in stereo.
With this type of iPhone bluetooth headset you can listen to both phone conversations and stereo music using your iPhone running iPhone OS 3.0.
iPhone bluetooth headsets work as both a mono and stereo headsets by simply attaching a second ear piece to the main mono headset.
Some headsets even try to be more creative that combine the capability of a speaker phone with the headset. You simply slid the headset inside a little speaker that converts the headset into a speaker phone.
Most of those iPhone bluetooth headsets have a mini USB charging port with the capability to charge from any USB source. Some headsets have a cradle that holds and charges them.
iPhone Bluetooth Headset Features:
There are some basic features that you might want to consider when shopping for an iPhone bluetooth headset.
First of all, the range of bluetooth headsets shouldn't be an issue. Most of the time the iPhone will either be in your pocket/purse or in your hand while either making a phone call or listening to wireless music.
Therefore, most of time you will be within any iPhone bluetooth headsets range of 33 ft.
Most iPhone bluetooth headsets have the capability of answering a phone call, end a phone call or dialing the last called phone number. Moreover, with A2DP iPhone bluetooth headsets, it is possible to play and pause, forward and rewind a song from your music library.
This hack converts the music or any sound playing from your iPhone into phone sound. This means that you can stream your music with a regular mono non A2DP headset.
The hack is called Bluetooth Mono, and it can be downloaded from Cydia. It converts your stereo music to mono.
Regular mono non-A2DP headsets are very cheap, and with this hack you can use them to listen to your music, radio, or TV on your iPhone. The sound quality is not great with this hack as the sound is converted to phone quality.