Announced during Nokia World 2010, back in September last year, Nokia’s BH-905i Bluetooth Stereo headset was launched as a follow-up to the BH-905. Mostly known for its mobile phones’ build quality, the Finnish giant has managed to do an excellent job with the BH-905i as well.
Besides design, the main attraction of the headset is the Active Noise Cancellation feature, which makes the music sound and voice calls incredibly clear.
However, all these come for a price, as the BH-905i can be purchased in Europe for around 200 Euro, while customers living in North America will be able to get it for just $180.
Especially designed to offer users a noise-free voice calling experience, the BH-905i is ultra-lightweight (167g) and comfortable to carry around thanks to the compact travel case included in the sales package.
The headset measures 190 x 140 x 35 mm (folded flat) and exudes style and an excellent finishes. It really looks like a premium product with the mix of high quality plastic and metal, as well as excellent padding.
Unlike the BH-905, Nokia Bluetooth BH-905i features a more streamlined headband, which makes them more comfortable to wear. The headband is adjustable and can be expanded or tightened to better fit the owner’s head.
Furthermore, both ear pieces can be swiveled around the headband, so the headset can be placed on flat surfaces. You won't be able to swivel them more than 90 degrees outward and about 30 degrees inward. Additionally, both can be tilted towards their axis, which make the headset fit even better.
The earpieces are covered with brushed aluminum on the outside and feature no less than four microphones each. These microphones are meant to register any surrounding noise and suppress it using the Active Noise Cancellation technology.
The earpieces are padded to take away the background noise and make it more comfortable to wear.
The right earpiece features the most controls of the BH-905i such as the Power button, Play/Pause, as well as the Forward and Back buttons. There's also a 2.5mm jack port that helps users turn the headset into wired headphones, and a long volume key.
A small LED indicator will flash red when the battery is almost depleted, green when it's full, and blue when the headset is discoverable or paired.
The left earpiece features the Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) switch, as well as the headset's standard charger port. A metallic Nokia engraving is also placed at the middle of the headband on the outer side.
The Power button is also used as a Multifunctional key to make calls, pair the device, or even activate the Bass equalizer and Stereo widening function.
To pair the BH-905i for the first time you will need to press and hold the Power key for about 5-6 seconds until the light indicator will start flashing blue. Activate the other mobile device and search for the BH-905i.
You can also call the last number by quickly tapping the Power key twice, as long as the music is stopped.
I have tested the headset with two Nokia smartphones (Nokia C6 and Nokia C5-03), an iPod Touch, a Blackberry Bold 9000, a Samsung Galaxy S and an iPhone 3GS.
With the exception of the iPhone, I didn't have any trouble pairing the headset and listening to music. It seems that the iPhone 3GS recognizes the headset and connects to it, but when I try to play music SpringBoard crashes or the music player doesn't start playing.
When it comes to sound, it looks like Nokia BH-905i has been especially designed to provide the best possible audio quality. Depending on the device used with the BH-905i and the quality of the music files, the multimedia experience can be good or very good.
Controlling the music player with the keys located on the right earpiece may work very well on some devices, or not at all on others.
Even though you'll be able to listen to the music, the volume level on the headset won't be fully synched with the device, or you won't be able to skip a song unless you use the Forward key on the device and not the one on the headset.
In addition, the headset can be paired with a desktop computer through a Bluetooth dongle or by using one of the cables delivered in the sales package.
You'll be able to make VoIP calls when the headset is paired with the PC, but a special cable that's been included with the BH-905i must be used.
The sales package of the headset is pretty impressive and includes a small inside case and a larger carrying case. The small case is divided in two compartments by a zipper and holds the headset's accessories such as: a charger, an airline adapter, a 2.5mm to 3.5mm wire and an extension to that, a Nokia 3.5mm to regular 3.5mm adapter, as well as other adapters that you might need.
Overall, the BH-905i can be considered Nokia's flagship headset, as it embeds the company's latest technologies in the field.
The device's premium look, as well as the build quality will surely attract customers, regardless of their preferred brand. Also, the fact that the headset is universally compatible with almost any device that features the Bluetooth technology makes it even more appealing.Sales package
Nokia Bluetooth Stereo Headset BH-905i
Nokia Carrying Case CP-511
Nokia Audio Cable CA-143U with 3.5mm Nokia AV connector (~1.2m)
Nokia Audio Cable CA-182U with 3.5mm iPhone compatible connector (~1.2m)
Nokia Extension Audio Cable CA-144U (~1.7m)
Nokia AV Adapter AD-52 for 2.5 mm Nokia AV
Nokia Audio Adapter AD-63 for standard 3.5 mm jack
Nokia Adapter AD-71 for airplane
Nokia Adapter AD-70 for 6.3 mm home stereo
Nokia Audio Adapter for Voip AD-77
Nokia Charger AC-15