Jabra BT325s Review
Jabra has a long history of making headsets, and the BT325s doesn’t disappoint. It’s not the smallest or simplest, nor does it have the most features. However, it does everything well, and looks cool. The BT325s connects to your iPod – or any other MP3 player – via the player’s headphone jack, passing audio through to another 3.5mm output jack, into which you plug your headphones (supplied or your own).
Pairing is simple: press and hold the call-answer button until a blue light comes on, and then set your phone to ‘discover’ mode. When prompted by your phone, enter a pairing passkey and you’re finished. When a call comes in to your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone, the BT325s automatically fades the music out and routes the call audio to the headphones. Three large, rubberized buttons on the BT325s handle all its functions, with some advanced features thrown in. In addition to volume controls and call initiation, the BT325s supports voice dialling, call waiting, redialling, mute, and hold functions.
It works very well and is easy to use. The Jabra handled switching between calls and music better than any of the other Bluetooth accessories we’ve tested. When a call comes in, music fades seamlessly, and when you hang up, music picks up again. However, since the BT325s relies on your iPod’s headphone jack for audio, your tunes won’t pause as you talk.
The BT325s also provided the best voice quality we’ve heard. The microphone is built in and picks up audio very well. Callers reported they could hear clearly. If you have multiple Bluetooth phones, or want to use the same headset with your computer for Skype, the BT325s can pair with up to eight devices.
The Jabra claims up to eight hours of talk time from a two-hour charge. However, we only managed to get about six. Our only real complaint with the Jabra was that its included clip doesn’t attach to clothing very well, especially if you’re wearing a bulky coat.
If you want a Bluetooth gateway between iPod and phone, the Jabra is tough to beat. It works with any iPod (or other MP3 player), has great voice quality, and is simple to use.