Another bonus is that you can use your own headphones. With most mobile phones with integrated MP3 players, you have to use the proprietary and usually rubbish headphones supplied. I want my Koss Porta Pros or noise cancelling Sony’s and that’s it.
An adaptor is supplied that enables you to attach the BluEye to your PC for updating the firmware, so take care not to lose this separate dongle.
Setting up the BluEye was easy. Hold down the Play/Pause and the Bluetooth button to put the BluEye into pairing mode, initiate a search from your mobile and then enter the default code (normally 0000) and your done. Then when your phone rings while you’re listening to your iPod, the music stops and you hear a repeated tone in your headphones. You then press the Play/Pause button to accept the call and the same button to end the call or you press the Forward and Back buttons to reject the call. Your tunes will then automatically kick back in – very neat.
If you answer, the sound is transferred to your headphones and the number along with a phone icon is displayed on the iPod’s screen. The microphone is at the top of the main body of the BluEye, next to the headphone socket, so to be heard properly you’ll need to make sure it’s clipped close to your mouth or you’ll just have to hold it up yourself.
The microphone is very sensitive and in a large, relatively quiet room picked up noises from across the other side of the room, which means that it doesn’t isolate particularly well. That said, if I spoke up I could always be heard even on a busy street.
You can also make calls from the iPod. Hold down the Bluetooth button and the previous received number appears on the screen. The manual says that the last nine numbers can be displayed and I was expecting a list of them on screen at once. In fact, only one at a time is shown and you can choose between them with the remote. I did wonder though that if you’re reaching down to view calls on your iPod you could probably just grab your phone and dial with that.
If you’ve set it up on your phone, you can also voice dial – you hold down the Bluetooth button and say the name after the tone. It worked a treat, but you have to remember to get it working on your phone first.
Even so, the ability to make and take calls while your listening to your iPod is just brilliant. When I’m plugged in to my own music world, I have to make sure that my phone is on vibrate and pressed close in my pocket to be sure of feeling it go off so I don’t miss a call. It’s then a hassle to have to take off your headphones and take it out of my pocket to answer the call. With the BluEye you don’t have to worry about any of that – it just works and it’s seamless to use – just as you’d want.