Wednesday, January 8, 2014

LG TONE+ Wireless Stereo Headphones Review

Dealing with wires, volume, and music while you run and work out sometimes gets a little tedious. Depending on my mood, I like to sometimes surprise myself with music so I'd just put my iPod on shuffle. This leads to me stopping to change the music when it gets to a slow song or something I may just not be feeling at that point in time. When I heard that these wireless headphones might change that, I was excited to give them a try.

Verizon Wireless sent me the LG TONE+ HBS730 wireless headphones to try out. When I first got them, I thought they looked really good. If you sweat like me when you run, the prospect of earphones that go over your head and look like they won't fall out of your ears is a great thing. And at the same time, they looked like they weren't going to be bulky. Score!

First of all, how do these work? The headphones use Bluetooth technology to connect to your phone or iPod, so pretty much anything with Bluetooth works. It is very easy to connect; you simply switch the on-off button to the ON side, and it immediately becomes discoverable. The headphones come with instructions on how to charge and connect as well.

Naturally, I took the headphones out for a spin. I chose to do a run. While connecting it was easy, and the 'over-the-head' band fit properly on my head and under my hat, I did experience a few issues:
  • While it connects via Bluetooth, for some reason, it does not work with my Nike+iPod app, and so I had to choose between calculating my run distance and listening to music on the headphones. I'm not sure if this is a technical issue. If you use some other form of technology to track your run, this may be fine.
  • The little ear buds are extended from the band, so the band does not actually help them stay in place. I kept sweating, and the ear buds kept slipping from my ears.

There were also some wonderful things about the headphones. In terms of functionality, it is a very nice device:
  • The controls (pause, play, forward, backward) worked perfectly so I didn't need to look at my iPod for the entire run. If I didn't like a song, I just clicked the forward button behind my ear.
  • Connection was very easy. All you have to do is turn the device on.
  • Charging is also very easy as it uses the same chargers that phones use.
  • It is not bulky at all, and I liked that.

So in summary, I give it a B grade in terms of functionality, and a D grade in terms of comfort. Please note that I did not use this device for calling, which a lot of people may purchase it for. If that is the sole purpose, then you probably don't have to deal with the comfort concerns.

I think I will be looking into other wireless headphones to see how they compare.

Cheers Eights & Weights!


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