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Nokia HS-3BK Fashion Stereo Headset [21 Jul 2006|09:54pm]

(I submitted this to Amazon reviews today.)

I waited a while before writing this review to make sure I was not acting rashly. I've had these headphones for about a month now, to use with my Nokia E61, which has a very nice music player.

They are without a doubt the worst headphones of any kind that I have ever tried to use.

As the other reviews say, the earbuds are strangely large. They are so large that they will not stay in my ears. I am confident that they would not even stay in the ears of George "The Animal" Steel, even with all the hair in there to provide extra grip.

They barely stay in when I'm standing still. If I do anything radical like nod, yawn, swallow, or turn my head 45 degrees, they are almost guaranteed to fall out. If they don't quite fall out, they nonetheless require readjustment. I am a 6' 2" (maybe 3") guy and do not have dainty ears as much as I might like to. I've never had this problem with any kind of ear device before, ever.

The stiff cord does not help this situation. The cord is extremely heavy and thick. It's also totally bizarre looking, which is mighty strange for something labeled a "fashion" headset. It's possible that it might be fashionable 20,000 leagues under the sea, accessorized with a fishbowl for your head.

I was willing to give the cord texture a chance, because its stiffness helps it not get tangled if you have a tendency to shove them in a bag or pocket without coiling them. However, it turns out to be totally annoying. You're guaranteed to flinch whenever its snaky scaliness touches your skin. Its rigidity means it's hard to hide the cord. It will always be sticking out in a loop away from your neck or waist somewhere. This is not only unattractive, it makes it kind of dangerous for getting caught on doorknobs and unsuspecting small children when you are walking around.

They sound terrible. There is crackling and a general lack of body to the sound. I'm not an audiophile but I know enough to know that I've heard better sound come out of the free headphones you get on airplanes. It's not my phone. I get a better sound from the phone's loudspeaker, but unfortunately people give me funny looks on the train when I turn that on. I could, however, put up with the sound quality if the other shortcomings did not traumatize me so.

I have never even tried to use the microphone. I also don't understand how you are supposed to use it. On me (height previously mentioned), the microphone hangs at around my sternum. I don't think they can hear me down there, and I don't see any way to adjust where the microphone is on the cord. This means that in order to talk, you will have to hold the microphone up to your mouth. This moving of the cord will cause both headphones to fall out. Rinse and repeat.

I don't know what I'm going to do now. There are not many options available for the Nokia pop port in the way of stereo headphones that have a phone mic. I guess I'll try the over-the-ears ones next.

I'm a fan of Nokia products in general but this is inexcusable.

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