Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Nokia Stereo Bluetooth Headset BH-503 Review


The Nokia BH-503s were announced at Nokia’s Go Play event back in August of 2007. Understandably, the BH-503’s spotlight was stolen by the announcements of the Nokia N81 and Nokia N95 8GB. Was it worth it waiting for so long after the BH-503’s announcement for it to finally appear in the shops? Read on for the review.


Box contents:
The BH-503 comes packaged in a sturdy, clean and simple box. Inside the box, you can expect to find:

The Nokia BH-503 Bluetooth headset.
A small Nokia travel charger.
A multilingual. Manuals.
A Carrying pouch.


Design:

The BH-503 is available in 2 colour schemes: Black and grey or Black and Red. Both look very pleasing aesthetically, but I personally prefer the Black and Red variant.

All controls of the Nokia BH-503 can be found on the right side of the headset, Forwards, backwards, play/pause and the multi-function call button. The left side of the headset features only a small Nokia logo in the centre. The markings for the controls of the BH-503 are slightly raised, making it easy to find the correct button.



Like the BH-501s that came before the BH-503, the headset’s neck band ‘floats’ above the back of your head/neck

Here are just a few comparison shots so you can get an idea of the size:


Charging:

The BH-503’s charging port is located on the bottom of the right speaker. It charges via the standard Nokia 2.5mm charger which, as mentioned, comes in the sales package.

The included manual claims that the Nokia BH-503 will take a maximum of 1 hour 15 minutes to fully charge from empty but in my experience the headset was fully charged within 45 minutes. A full charge will give you 13 hours of talk time, 13 hours of music playback, 10 days standby time(While the headset is paired to a device. When there’s no phone/laptop paired to the headset, it will automatically switch off after about 15 minutes). If you don’t have 45 minutes to fully charge the BH-503, I’ve found that a measly 10 minute charge will give atleast a few hours(about 3-4 in my case) of music playback.

Pairing:
If you’re already familiar with Nokia’s Bluetooth headsets, pairing should be like second nature to you. Holding down the multi-function call key for about 5 seconds while the headset is off will place it in pairing mode, when in pairing mode the indicator led will quickly flash blue and you’ll be able to discover the BH-503, connect and pair with the 0000 passcode.

Sound:
These headsets, like the BH-604, produce great, clear sound. They’re pretty loud at the maximum volume but not too loud. I found that they blocked out the majority of ambient sounds but louder noises like the engine of a bus can still be heard ever so slightly.

If you like your bass, you’ll love the BH-503.

Call quality:

As I’ve found with all of Nokia’s Bluetooth headsets that I've used, calls are crisp and clean. The microphone does a great job at picking up your voice, even in the loudest of conditions.

Comfort:
The speakers on the BH-503s go over and behind your ears. This means that they fit in place snugly and even in the most vigorous of activities, this headset isn’t going anywhere. Seriously, you can try shaking your head around as hard as you possibly can, yet the BH-503 will stay perfectly in place.


The foam padding on the BH-503 really is nice. It helps you to forget that there’s anything on your ears. However, I found that after extended periods of time(5 hours+), you may start to notice that your ears have become rather warm.

Annoyances:

I really cannot see any major faults in the Nokia BH-503. If I were to be really picky, the one thing that annoys me the most in Nokia’s Bluetooth headsets like the BH-503 is those annoying beeps! I wish they would just get rid of them; one instance that could make your blood boil is when receiving a text during music playback. The music pauses for your message alert tone but as the music fades back in, you’ll hear numerous beeps as the volume increases. This only happens when you’re on maximum volume, though.

Other people’s opinions:
The BH-503 generally got good receptions from my friends/family. The most praised aspect of the design was the red highlights that go around each of the BH-503’s speakers. One person did mention that they felt the headset was still too big, even after seeing the BH-604. I feel that the size of the BH-503 is excellent, especially considering the sound quality.

Conclusion:
If you’re looking for stylish stereo Bluetooth headsets that are relatively small in size but still produce great sound, look no further than the BH-503. They really are a joy to use and are the perfect compliment for your A2DP enabled device.

The Nokia BH-503 can be bought directly from Nokia for £64.

37 comments:

  1. Anonymous

    can you pair them with a mac? i couldn t..is there any secret?

  2. Anonymous

    nokia bh-503 does not play loud enough.

  3. Anonymous

    Great headset, deep bass, clear and powerfull sound.

  4. neelamshuklla

    that was a honest description of BH 503

  5. Anonymous

    heyyy can you help me my nokia bh 503 is not switching on it is only charging what can i do???????

  6. Mr. X

    Take it to your closest Nokia Service Point.

    Thanks.

  7. anubhav

    awesome.. whoever says its not loud enough, is.. simply.. talking crap..

  8. Prabhat

    does it work with nokia e5....?
    m not able to connect it..
    pls rply asap..

  9. Anonymous

    I have nokia bluetooth stereo headset BH-503, How can i connect it with my laptop(sony vaio), my laptop have inbuiltin bluetooth

  10. Anonymous

    put your headset in pairing mode.. click on add device on ur laptop and select d device by double clicking on it. then click connect..

  11. Anonymous

    hey i purchased dis nokia headset yesterday but even though after charging 4 several hours its not working....it is working only when charger is connected 2 it.,plz helphey i purchased dis nokia headset yesterday but even though after charging 4 several hours its not working....it is working only when charger is connected 2 it.,plz help

  12. krunal

    DOES IT WORK WITH HTC DESIRE (ANDROID) PHONE.. REPLY..

  13. Anonymous

    My headset cant be turned on but it has the red and yellow light what should i do?

  14. Anonymous

    Does Nokia BH 503 work with Nokia 5800 Xpressmusic

  15. Anonymous

    can it be compatible with nokia c3-00. please reply me as i like this one and want to use with my set

  16. Anonymous

    Does it work with X6?

  17. Anonymous

    hey can any one help me im unable to connect dis head sets to nokia E5 pla help me

  18. Anonymous

    3 important things every1 need to know abt bh503

    1.to increase volume there is a +symbol at the side of ur headphone
    2.to connect to phone or laptop u need to put the headset to discovery mode by pressing power on button(looks like call symbol in headset) until it glow blue light and the code is 0000
    3.when in charging mode the headset will be turned on automatically when not in chargin mode press pressing power on button(looks like call symbol in headset)
    thats it answers for all noobs above....reply me at selvak369@gmail.com
    add me selva.smart in facebook

  19. Anonymous

    how to use dis headphn??

  20. Anonymous

    plz plz plz...help me....how to use dis headphn....!!...

  21. Anonymous

    I am not able to connect it with my Nokia C3?

    Please help as soon as possible?

    pwnvrma@ymail.com

    ~Pawan Verma

  22. Biru

    hey i purchased dis nokia headset yesterday but even though after charging 4 several hours its not working....it is working only when charger is connected 2 it.,plz helphey i purchased dis nokia headset yesterday but even though after charging 4 several hours its not working....it is working only when charger is connected 2 it.,plz help

  23. Anonymous

    it works perfectly with mac

  24. Anonymous

    Is this headset is able to connect with my Desktop Computer, I had just buy external blue tooth Chip for my Desktop computer so that via blue tooth i can connect my Nokia Bh-503 wireless head phone to my Desktop computer, Pls any body guide me ???????????????????????????????

  25. Anonymous

    can the headset be charge in the off mode or it should be swithed on to charge???/

  26. Anonymous

    hey plzz anybody help me can i use that headset for my nokia 5233 ??

  27. Anonymous

    Is anyone else having problems with it cuting in and out of the song when using it in open spaces or even in doors?? cause i'm having that problem with it!!

  28. Anonymous

    BH 305 automatically goes to the next track within 5-8 seconds of playing a track

  29. husain kagdi

    my nokia bh503 is not connecting to other devices other than my nokia e 72......it just gets connected to my own cell nokia e72...can n e 1 help me..????????????

  30. debbie

    does anyone know where i can buy this original Nokia Stereo Bluetooth Headset BH-503 online?????
    reply me on dolapoojor@yahoo.co.uk

  31. debbie

    does anyone know where i can buy this original Nokia Stereo Bluetooth Headset BH-503 online?????
    reply me on dolapoojor@yahoo.co.uk

  32. vishal

    my blutooth brake now what can i do ?

  33. navjot singh

    Nokia Stereo Bluetooth Headset BH-503 IT WORK WITH (ANDROID) 4.1 jelly bean PHONE.. REPLY..

  34. navjot singh

    Is this headset is able to connect with my Desktop Computer, I had just buy external blue tooth Chip for my Desktop computer so that via blue tooth i can connect my Nokia Bh-503 wireless head phone to my Desktop computer, Pls any body guide me ????????????

  35. navjot singh

    Nokia Stereo Bluetooth Headset BH-503 IT WORK WITH (ANDROID) 4.1 jelly bean PHONE.. REPLY..

  36. ayush

    i am satisfied with audio quality of this product....
    go for it

  37. Anonymous

    My cp can't find any bh-503 after searching

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