REVIEW: Radtech BT400 G5 Bluetooth Headset

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Date: Sunday, March 5th, 2006, 22:48
Category: Accessory

radtech-bt400-g5-headset.jpgI’ve been testing the BT400 G5 Bluetooth Headset from Radtech (a sponsor of this site) for a few days now and like it. The BT400 connects to virtually any Bluetooth phone (in my case a Treo 650) and allows you to talk handsfree and remain in compliance with many local laws for using your mobile phone while driving.
The BT400 weighs 20g, fits me perfectly and works well. The rubber earhook is easy to switch from right to left ear operation. It’s slightly larger than my other headset (Motorola’s H500) so it may not be a good choice for small ears.
Pairing the BT400 to my phone was easy and sound quality is clear – no one I spoke to could tell that I was using a headset. Rubber ribs on the outside of the BT400 contain buttons for power/mute and talk/transfer, but sometimes it is difficult to tell the buttons from the ribs.
The volume buttons makes the BT400 loud enough to hear the caller clearly – which is more than I can say for the H500 which is barely audible sometimes.
The BT400 G5 Bluetooth Headset is available in light blue (Dolphin), silver (Marlin) and black (Sea Bass) for US$65 from Radtech. A USB charging cable is available for US$6 extra.
BT400 G5 Headset Specs:

Radio Class: Bluetooth II
Frequency: 2.4 – 2.48 GHz
Rx sensitivity: < -80 dBm
Antenna: Internal - chip-type
Range: 10 meter free-space
Input power: 5V 200-500mA
Battery: Internal Li-Polymer 3.7V, 120mA Rechargeable
Profiles: HSP, HFP, voice dialing, multi-pairing
Power Rating : 5mW (Min) - 10mW (Max)
Standby / Talk time: 250 / 5 hrs
Dimensions: 82 x 53 x 24mm
Weight: 20g

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Blackberry maker, NTP settle patent dispute for $612.5M – Mar. 3, 2006

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Date: Sunday, March 5th, 2006, 11:06
Category: Mobile Phone

Blackberry maker, NTP settle patent dispute for $612.5M – Mar. 3, 2006:

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion said Friday it agreed to pay $612.5 million to patent holding company NTP to settle a long-running dispute that had threatened to shut down the popular wireless e-mail service for its 3 million users.

That’s a tidy sum. But it appears to be over. Although they’ve settled before.

The real question is this: is Apple really comfortable acquiescing mobile sync to RIM, Microsoft, and smaller players?

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