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Nokia BH-200 Bluetooth Headset Review

by Shivaranjan on September 11, 2006


Now that my father has got a Nokia BH-200 Bluetooth headset, so here is the review.

Nokia BH-200 is an entry level Bluetooth headset, which is solely aimed at the masses.
So what is in the box?

  • Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-200
  • Nokia Compact Charger AC-3U
  • User Guide

Specifications Nokia BH-200 Bluetooth Headset:

  • Interfaces: Bluetooth 2.0, 1.2 and 1.1 specification, Handsfree 1.0 (HFP) and Headset 1.1 (HSP) profiles
  • Talk time: Approximately 5.5 hours
  • Standby time: Approximately 150 hours
  • Battery: Rechargeable 69 mAh Lithium-Polymer
  • Operating Range: 30 feet or 9.5 meters
  • Flexible ear loops.
  • Mono Headset

Looks and build quality:
The looks of this headset is little different i.e the ear loops look like a bull’s horn :D but it is extremely easy to wear. The build is as usual solid Nokia quality.

Features and Ease of Use:
Nokia BH-200 can be paired with upto six phones. I paired this phone with Nokia 6680 and Nokia 6630 and it worked perfectly. To pair this headset to a phone is so simple that it takes only a minute. The phone has got a LED indicator which blinks (green colour) in intervals to let you know that the headset is ON; when this headset is put to charge the LED indicator continuously glows in red colour. The working range of this headset is approximately 9.5 meters or 30 feet, even in heavily concreted area it worked flawlessly within its operating range.
Button Controls: Power ON/OFF, Call answer/end, volume up/down and mute. I felt the buttons controls for power ON/OFF and volume control to be a bit small and little difficult to operate.

Audio Quality:
The call quality or audio quality is crisp and clear but it lacks loudness, if you are in a noisy place it would be difficult to hear where as the caller at the end is able to hear your voice clearly. I tried to hear music via this headset and found that it does not fair well, frankly speaking this headset is not meant for listening music so it cannot be considered a shortcoming.

Battery Life:
This headset is powered by the latest generation of lithium polymer batteries which does a good job. Nokia claims battery life of around 5.5 hours but I got around 5 hrs and 10 minutes and that’s pretty decent. One major shortcoming of this headset is the battery cannot be replaced i.e. if your battery goes dead then you have to discard this headset and get a new one.

Re-Charging Time:
It took around two hours to fully charge the headset.

Price / Cost:
Nokia BH-200 Bluetooth headset will set you back by INR 2,000 (USD $ 43) in India.

  • Solid build quality
  • Flexible and rugged ear loops.
  • Good battery performance
  • Sufficient operating range
  • Acceptable audio quality: crisp and clear
  • Easy to use.


  • Lacks loudness.
  • No replaceable battery.
  • Power ON/OFF and Volume control buttons could have been bigger.

Verdict / Conclusion:
Nokia BH-200 Bluetooth headset is a great buy considering all the features and for the price it is available. I hope Nokia can clear those minor shortcomings which I mentioned in next product revision.

Photos of Nokia BH-200 Bluetooth Headset:
Click on the image to enlarge it.

So next time you go shopping for a bluetooth headset, don’t forget to read this review. ;)

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