The New Nokia BH-905i Bluetooth headset is in a nutshell, a perfected ANC Headset of the previous model, the BH-905, with a complete redesign of the headband, enabling you to feel more comfortable wearing the BH-905i outdoors, as the original model looked kind of hideous in my personal opinion, although I had to admit, I did wear outdoors on a couple of occasions.
As you can see from my photo comparisons, the headband redesign is a simple one, now keeping the headband closer to your head shape, but also in keeping with the comfortable fitment, and placement of the ear pads over your ears. BH-905i heads on the left in the below photo.
The fitment, and balance is so much better now, they now do not feel like they would fall off whilst out jogging for example.
As to the functionality of the BH-905i Headset, they are pretty much identical to the original headset from Nokia, with a few key changes, which I have highlighted in the specification tables. Click below image for full size.
The BH-905i now boast a powerful Bass Booster.
I wasn’t sent a User Guide with my Review pair, so it was trial and error in locating this extra functionality as there are no obvious additional buttons to activate this.
How to activate the Bass Booster – Whilst wearing the BH-905i Headset, and listening to your favorite music, simple press the “End Call” button once, and you will head an increase in volume, Bass, and a single audible tone, indicating stage one of the Bass functionality. Press the same button again, and you will hear more Bass, and Volume increase, along with a two tone audible notification. Then to set the Maximum setting, press the “End Call” button for the third time, and you will hear a three stage audible tone, and Bass, and Volume increase.
To switch off the Bass Booster, you simply press the “End Call” button once again, and you will be greeted with a long audible tone, and reduction in Bass, and Volume.
Old Design (BH-905)
New Design (BH-905i)
The Bass Booster only appears to work whilst listening to Music on a Nokia device, and does not work whilst listening to music, or a film via a laptop connected via Bluetooth.
Other minor differences with the BH-905i headset are that the underside of the headband is now leather, whereas the Original pair were lined in a Nylon material. I also noticed that the ear padding looks somewhat thinner than that of the Original BH-905’s too.
Sadly Nokia didn’t revise the one thing I was hoping they would with the BH-905i headset, that being, an auto switch off for the ANC (Active Noise Canceling). This is still a manual, physical switch, which is very easy to forget about leaving it switched on after use, resulting in battery drain.
It would of been a welcomed feature if Nokia had used a micro-switch setup, which then, tied with the necessary circuitry, switching off the ANC after a set period of time when the headset was no longer being used, thus saving your battery if you forgot to switch it off.
The BH-905i headset still uses the 2mm Nokia charging tip, and the same led charging indicator notifications, pairing the BH-905i headset is also exactly the same as the previous model.
As to performance of the newly revised headset, I have actually found the BH-905i to be somewhat quieter and more ear friendly, but I don’t mean this is a negative way. With the BH-905i what you hear is pure music, and a full array of music frequencies, giving the overall experience of listening to a vast choice of music that much better. Yes, there are louder headphones out there, but the quality suffers.
With the BH-905i, you get to hear your favorite tunes in all their glory. The higher quality MP3, etc the better, and you will be finding yourself listening to a tune you previously heard elsewhere, on the BH-905i headset you will be discovering hidden gems in the percussion.
Another difference with the BH-905i is the overall package, the hard, zipped carry case is now somewhat smaller, and overall, better designed, with a secure placement of the headset, and a separate inner zipped case for the accessories, and tips bundled with the headset.
Talking of bundled accessories, you now get adapters for the iPhone, and for VoIP functionality.! There is also now, a compact Nokia charger. For full specifics, including part numbers, checkout the table below. Click on table for full size.
Would I recommend the BH-905i headset, in a nutshell, yes! Great quality premium built headset, worthy to be worn on anyones head, indoors, or out! They also come in white!
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More photos of the BH-905, BH-905i, BH-806, and other Nokia accessories can be found here at my Flickr pages.