Review: Nokia BH-214 Stereo Bluetooth Headphones

Oops, your headphones just popped out of your ears. Whether its from rigorous activities or just plain clumsiness it happens to all us at some point and the experience is irritating to say the least. Sometimes we make adjustments by using longer cords or take better care that we prevent it from happening. Another option is simply cutting the cord. The BH-214′s by Nokia attempt to due just that. It takes what you are used to and makes it wireless. Although the external packaging may differ depending on your country the internal contents should not. Inside the box you should expect a headset, various earphone plugs, a bluetooth module, a charger, and user guide. If you have unique ear canals, fret not! The BH-214′s come with two (small, large) extra set of ear plugs that will hopefully fit!

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The BH-214 comes in two parts, the headphones and the bluetooth module. The package is available in two colors, black/blue and white/blue. The module houses the main controls such as play/pause, forward, back, and phone. The entire body is built from a matte plastic that feels smooth to touch. The button area is also smooth but offers a slight bit of resistance when rubbed against due to its glossy surface.

The white piece of plastic on the front wraps to the back seamlessly creating the clip mechanism. Although the clip is firm, since it has no hinge I fear that over extending it might cause it to snap off. I always make sure to use extra care when clipping it on. The included headphones contrast heavily in material when compared to the bluetooth module. While the BT module is smooth the headphones cabling is rubberized and “sticky”. The texture often causes the headphones to cling to softer materials.

The top area has a power button and LED indicators. When powered up the indicator will flash green, when connected via bluetooth it will flash blue. The power can be determined by pressing the phone key while powered on. It will flash one of three colors indicating its current level of charge (green=good, yellow(which looks more orange)=recharge soon, and red=recharge asap). Once you reach red it will also sound an audible beep every five minutes. The manual states that up to 7 hours of music can be played on a single charge and I was able to achieve this.

So how do they sound? Well the in ear experience is good providing enjoyable sound. It does have a volume rocker on the module but only seems to control the volume of the module itself. In order maximize volume make sure the volume on your BT tethered device is also turned up.  The included headphones do a great job of sealing out external noise and are comfortable. What’s exciting about the BH-214 is its flexibility. Since the bluetooth module has a 3.5mm headphone jack you have the freedom to plug in the headphones of your choice or go beyond that and plug in any 3.5mm device (speakers) and make it wireless.

The BH-214 is a good device with its main strength being the freedom to use whatever headphone you desire and making it wireless. While I enjoy the freedom of being unrestricted from cables, this solution is only as good as its clip. The clip on the device makes it incredibly difficult to find a suitable location for the device to rest and reminds me that I am still restricted.

 

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  • http://www.themobilefanatics.com Mike Macias

    I just came up with an awesome idea for that bluetooth module!

    Great review Timi and nice pics.

  • http://twitter.com/EdmondJDantes Edmond J Dantes

    Thanks. Cant wait to hear your idea!

  • http://antoinerjwright.com Antoine RJ Wright

    Ooh, these are so nice. Mine came in the box with my X6 16GB; the device is dead (drat) but the headphones stay on me for coffeeshop and biking runs. Mine are grey instead of white – I really like the white.

  • http://twitter.com/EdmondJDantes Edmond J Dantes

    They are. I like the fact you can use any headphones for them. The stock ones work well. Mine are starting to get a little beat up though :(

  • http://www.themobilefanatics.com Mike Macias

    I really want to get myself a pair after seeing so much good feedback. Does it connect fine with other devices?

    - Mike

    Sent from my Nokia phone

  • http://antoinerjwright.com Antoine RJ Wright

    I’ve not had a problem with them connecting to other devices, but the audio controls don’t work for all devices (Android devices that I’ve connected to for example). Nokia ones, no problem though. They’ve actually been better in that respect than the wired audio headsets that come with many devices.

  • http://twitter.com/EdmondJDantes Edmond J Dantes

    weird part is I use a Samsung Vibrant and all the controls work fine…

  • Sophia

    I have a pair of these and they pair with my iphone 4G & my macbook air and A bog standard Acre laptop with bluetooth usb. They all work perfectly well and all controls work fine. The cheapest i’ve found so far is from http://www.allthingswireless.co.uk. 

  • Sophia

    I have a pair of these and they pair with my iphone 4G & my macbook air and A bog standard Acre laptop with bluetooth usb. They all work perfectly well and all controls work fine. The cheapest i’ve found so far is from http://www.allthingswireless.co.uk. 

  • Chrisexpress

    Does anyone know whether the Nokia Bluetooth headset BH-214 is compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S2

  • http://www.themobilefanatics.com Mike Macias

    I’m sure the BH-214 is compatible with the SGS2 but I’m sure that’s a question our editor @twitter-160114189:disqus can clarify. 

  • http://twitter.com/EdmondJDantes Edmond J Dantes

    This headset is indeed compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S2. I tested it tonight to make sure. The cool thing is if you hold down the call button on the BH214 remote it will activate “voice talk” option which gives you access to the phone via voice command. 

  • http://twitter.com/EdmondJDantes Edmond J Dantes

    This headset is indeed compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S2. I tested it tonight to make sure. The cool thing is if you hold down the call button on the BH214 remote it will activate “voice talk” option which gives you access to the phone via voice command. 

  • http://twitter.com/EdmondJDantes Edmond J Dantes

    This headset is indeed compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S2. I tested it tonight to make sure. The cool thing is if you hold down the call button on the BH214 remote it will activate “voice talk” option which gives you access to the phone via voice command. 

  • http://twitter.com/EdmondJDantes Edmond J Dantes

    This headset is indeed compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S2. I tested it tonight to make sure. The cool thing is if you hold down the call button on the BH214 remote it will activate “voice talk” option which gives you access to the phone via voice command. 

  • http://twitter.com/EdmondJDantes Edmond J Dantes

    This headset is indeed compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S2. I tested it tonight to make sure. The cool thing is if you hold down the call button on the BH214 remote it will activate “voice talk” option which gives you access to the phone via voice command. 

  • Shivprasad 78

    Hi Edmond,
    Am trying to pair them, not happening.
    Can you pls let me know how did you manage the same.

  • Mr_Thomas_way

    http://nds1.nokia.com/files/support/apac/phones/guides/Nokia_BH-214_APAC_EN.pdf  to pairr with new device press button untill blue light flashes then pair with new device! Simples

  • Rahul

    is it compatible with laptop