Jabra BT800 Reviewed

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Navigating the menu is a simple process as well, simply press the center mute/menu button to access the menu, then use the volume control to move up and down the options. Then you can use the two bottom buttons to select items or go back to the previous screen. It would have been nice to have the ability to pair devices through the menu but pairing is actually done through a small hole where you have to push a stylus pen into a small hole.

The BT800 has very clear sound and good range. The maximum range for Bluetooth is 30 feet with a clear line-of-sight. The BT800 has very good range, although some static is apparent when you go beyond 15 feet. It usually takes a second or two for the phone to acknowledge the connection when you push the buttons, but the delay is minor. The Digital Signal Processing automatically adjusts the volume level for noisy environments. The noise canceling microphone does a great job of reducing noise and giving clear sound to the person at the other end of the phone.

Easy to charge is this great device, the BT800 uses a USB connection instead of your regular power cable. Thus you can charge your headset the same way you charge your Blackberry or iPod. The USB cable comes with the headset to ensure that you can charge your BT800 straight from your PC. Talk time varies, but maxed out at around 5 and a half hours which is plenty since you’ll never get that same talk time out of your Blackberry.

The Jabra BT800 is a great device. Although we didn’t find much use for the LCD display the other features definitely make it worth consideration. The noise cancellation is excellent, and it has decent overall audio properties. It’s also pretty comfortable for a bulkier device. The ring tones and vibration mode insures that you will always know where your head set is, so no more scrambling to find it anymore when receiving a call.

The Jabra BT800 retails for $149.99.

  • Eric

    I disagree about the usefulness of the display. If I am walking around and the phone rings, I would love to be able to just look at the display to see who is calling before I answer. Instead with my BT200, I need to put the headset in my ear, pull the blackberry out to see who it is, and then answer.

  • Eric

    I disagree about the usefulness of the display. If I am walking around and the phone rings, I would love to be able to just look at the display to see who is calling before I answer. Instead with my BT200, I need to put the headset in my ear, pull the blackberry out to see who it is, and then answer.

  • Richard

    This review is really incomplete. Did you even try using it with a Blackberry? It is incompatible with the 7290 and 7100G that I have, this was confirmed by Jabra’s technical support team. The incompatibility means the mute button doesn’t work, answering a call requires several presses of the answer button and you can’t dial out from the received call list that the LCD is so useful for. The company says they don’t know when a fix will be available.

  • Richard

    This review is really incomplete. Did you even try using it with a Blackberry? It is incompatible with the 7290 and 7100G that I have, this was confirmed by Jabra’s technical support team. The incompatibility means the mute button doesn’t work, answering a call requires several presses of the answer button and you can’t dial out from the received call list that the LCD is so useful for. The company says they don’t know when a fix will be available.

  • Richard

    This review is really incomplete. Did you even try using it with a Blackberry? It is incompatible with the 7290 and 7100G that I have, this was confirmed by Jabra’s technical support team. The incompatibility means the mute button doesn’t work, answering a call requires several presses of the answer button and you can’t dial out from the received call list that the LCD is so useful for. The company says they don’t know when a fix will be available.

  • Matt

    I have an e-mail into Jabra on compatibility with the 7100-series. It would be great to see who is calling right on the headset. Has anyone tried it yet? I currently have a Motorola HS820 and it seems to lose connection with my 7100t after being idle for and hour or so. Any other headsets work better? Thanks much! -m

  • Matt

    I have an e-mail into Jabra on compatibility with the 7100-series. It would be great to see who is calling right on the headset. Has anyone tried it yet? I currently have a Motorola HS820 and it seems to lose connection with my 7100t after being idle for and hour or so. Any other headsets work better? Thanks much! -m

  • Richard

    Matt, the LCD display works great, it shows the incoming caller ID# (no name), although in direct light and at certain angles it can be very difficult to read, and while wearing polarized sunglasses (in the car) it is difficult to read because of the stress marks in the plastic screen that show up.

    When a call comes in, you see the number straight away, but I do find it frustrating to have to press the answer button in the headset 3-4 times (if my handset is locked – company policy pushed via BES). There have been many occasions where I have missed calls while trying to get the headset to answer the call. When the handset is unlocked, there’s no problem answering or dialing. You can even initiate outbound calls from the headset from the built in list of the last 10 received calls (it can’t access your built in phone book though). the mute button just doesn’t work though with either BB phone, so you need to mute from the handset.

    I haven’t had any Bluetooth disconnect problems with the bt800, although for a few weeks I would get a abrupt call drop with a fast busy while using the headset that hadn’t happened when using just the handset, but I blame Cingular cellular service for that. I haven’t had any recently. I have kept the headset on all day, and have also talked continuously on it for a few hours with no problems (I like the battery life on it!). If Jabra ever fixes the locked handset problems and the mute can be made to work, then this will be a great headset, but as it is, if you use it with a Blackberry, I’d hold off buying it until Jabra fixes the problems.

  • Richard

    Matt, the LCD display works great, it shows the incoming caller ID# (no name), although in direct light and at certain angles it can be very difficult to read, and while wearing polarized sunglasses (in the car) it is difficult to read because of the stress marks in the plastic screen that show up.

    When a call comes in, you see the number straight away, but I do find it frustrating to have to press the answer button in the headset 3-4 times (if my handset is locked – company policy pushed via BES). There have been many occasions where I have missed calls while trying to get the headset to answer the call. When the handset is unlocked, there’s no problem answering or dialing. You can even initiate outbound calls from the headset from the built in list of the last 10 received calls (it can’t access your built in phone book though). the mute button just doesn’t work though with either BB phone, so you need to mute from the handset.

    I haven’t had any Bluetooth disconnect problems with the bt800, although for a few weeks I would get a abrupt call drop with a fast busy while using the headset that hadn’t happened when using just the handset, but I blame Cingular cellular service for that. I haven’t had any recently. I have kept the headset on all day, and have also talked continuously on it for a few hours with no problems (I like the battery life on it!). If Jabra ever fixes the locked handset problems and the mute can be made to work, then this will be a great headset, but as it is, if you use it with a Blackberry, I’d hold off buying it until Jabra fixes the problems.

  • Jamie

    BT800 sucks badly. Released way too soon. Nice paper weight beside my 7100t. Jabra needs to bite the bullet and write some code for this dumb piece of plastic………

  • Jamie

    BT800 sucks badly. Released way too soon. Nice paper weight beside my 7100t. Jabra needs to bite the bullet and write some code for this dumb piece of plastic………

  • Tony

    I just called Jabra and they have the BT800 on the incompatibilty list with BlackBerry (the 7290 and 7100) because of the answering problem. You have to press the answer key several times to answer a phone call. Very frustrating. As cool as this is, don’t buy it.

  • Tony

    I just called Jabra and they have the BT800 on the incompatibilty list with BlackBerry (the 7290 and 7100) because of the answering problem. You have to press the answer key several times to answer a phone call. Very frustrating. As cool as this is, don’t buy it.

  • Tony

    I just called Jabra and they have the BT800 on the incompatibilty list with BlackBerry (the 7290 and 7100) because of the answering problem. You have to press the answer key several times to answer a phone call. Very frustrating. As cool as this is, don’t buy it.

  • Jon

    I haven’t decided if the BT800 is good or bad as of yet….

    The UBS charger thing doesn’t work. I have tried it but nothing happens. The thing never charged and the battery went dead.

    It could have something to do with me plugging in the charger backwards. I found it way to easy to plug the cable in the wrong way and that could have damaged the circuitry. HOWEVER, I know that it is very simple to protect the circuits from this sort of stuff…..Hey Jabra, fire your dumbass who designed this flaw or use a connector that either can’t be plugged in upside down or move the pins around so it doesn’t matter which way this device is plugged in.

    I just plugged this in on the USB and the BT800 got hot to the touch and guess what? The smoke got out and now it doesn’t work….

  • Jon

    I haven’t decided if the BT800 is good or bad as of yet….

    The UBS charger thing doesn’t work. I have tried it but nothing happens. The thing never charged and the battery went dead.

    It could have something to do with me plugging in the charger backwards. I found it way to easy to plug the cable in the wrong way and that could have damaged the circuitry. HOWEVER, I know that it is very simple to protect the circuits from this sort of stuff…..Hey Jabra, fire your dumbass who designed this flaw or use a connector that either can’t be plugged in upside down or move the pins around so it doesn’t matter which way this device is plugged in.

    I just plugged this in on the USB and the BT800 got hot to the touch and guess what? The smoke got out and now it doesn’t work….

  • Jon

    I haven’t decided if the BT800 is good or bad as of yet….

    The UBS charger thing doesn’t work. I have tried it but nothing happens. The thing never charged and the battery went dead.

    It could have something to do with me plugging in the charger backwards. I found it way to easy to plug the cable in the wrong way and that could have damaged the circuitry. HOWEVER, I know that it is very simple to protect the circuits from this sort of stuff…..Hey Jabra, fire your dumbass who designed this flaw or use a connector that either can’t be plugged in upside down or move the pins around so it doesn’t matter which way this device is plugged in.

    I just plugged this in on the USB and the BT800 got hot to the touch and guess what? The smoke got out and now it doesn’t work….