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Bluetooth what is it good for,

James Kellerman

Absolutely Nothing!

So far my experience of bluetooth has been incredibly disappointing. Bluetooth was probably one of the most hyped technologies of the last 5 years, intending to be a low cost low power cable replacement technology. It unfortunately seems to be out of date before it got going.

Lets start the catalogue of horrors with my headset a Jabra BT250. The best thing that can be said about this is that it sometimes allows you to have a conversation albeit with fairly poor audio quality without having to take your phone out of your pocket, providing that,

  • The phone is on the same side of your body as the headset
  • There is not the slightest breeze blowing across the mic
  • It actually manages to realise the phone is ringing and connect, when it does it has an annoying delay leaving you shouting HELLO to no one in particular
  • You have time to get it out of your pocket, pick it off the dash, fiddle it into your ear and then push the receive call button.
  • The planets are in perfect alignment

  • Next on the list of disasters, the MacMice MouseBT. Completely unusably laggy with my powerbook, overshoots, jumps takes a while to wake up. Went back to my old wired intellimouse. Now replaced by a Logitech mx1000, everything a wireless mouse should be funnily enough not using bluetooth but their own fastRF protocol!

    Sony Ericsson K700i has probably one of the better bluetooth implementations and to a very limited extent it works, I can sync my contacts with my powerbook and control itunes provided I am not more than 2m from my laptop and there are no walls or air molecules between us. On the downside when bluetooth is connected the power drain is enormous, draining the battery in under a day rather than a week.

    It will likely find its home in the automotive industry who from my experience are huge fans of doing everything in a pointlessly difficult way with technology that will date fast and provides a poor user experience.

    So in summary,

    What is it good for
    Absolutely nothing
    What is it good for
    Sometimes syncing your phone with your laptop.