- Brand Name: ThinkGeek
ThinkGeek Bluetooth Retro Handset
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- Battery charges via USB connection
- Make and receive calls
- Approximately 30 ft range
- Comes with: Handset, USB cable, Instructions
- Please note: cell phone not included
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Top Customer Reviews
*This is the first bluetooh anything that has actually been able to answer my phone from 20 feet away.
*Has a incredible standby time for a bluetooth receiver.
*The bright blue indicator lamp on the reciever is a winner and lets people around you know you are not a looney walking around with half a telephone set.
*Has a great wow factor when you pull it out of your bag in public and answer your phone.
* Its made of lightweight plastic.
* Its impossible to hold the handset between your shoulder and ear, in hands-free attempt.
* While I was able to hear callers clearly, people on the receiving end complained of echos, poor call quality or low volume or all three at the same time.
* Unreliable pairing with my phones. I have tried this with a lower tech Razr as well as my iPhone and I had the same predictable results with both.
Its a neat concept. But the execution is a joke. I would have paid $50 for this accessory to not be a piece of junk.
The range is probably close to what they say, around 30 feet or so. The sound quality is good, it sounds as good to me through the handset as through my iPhone. I love walking around home with it. It also prevents me from getting my iPhone screen all greasy. I'm not sure the battery lasts as long as they say, I've started turning it off at night and doing that it lasts about a week.
If you want something a little different and fun and something that's sure to start conversation with guests, get this handset.
PROS: It works. It looks really cool. Has a nice feel to it, and way better to hold than the phone.
CONS: Took more than one attempt to pair it. Could have better On/Off switching.
The primary problem is that the device is not built according to the design standards of the phone it is modeled after, to the extent that the advantages of the older phone design are turned into weaknesses on this device. It is very difficult to cradle the device using your shoulder because the back of the phone is far too narrow (blade-shaped). The original design featured a flat back that wedged the cell phone between ear and shrugged shoulder. More fundamentally, the phone's casing is very cheap plastic, nothing like the rugged design of the older phone. Simply put, you are not buying a device that accurately replicates the old design.
In addition, sound quality on the phone was lacking, both with respect to the caller and callee. Parties on the other end complained about the sound being "tinny" and too quiet, even at max volume. I noticed similar problems on my end. I have used other Bluetooth headsets, and this device is clearly inferior. Yet another problem is that it requires an excessive amount of time -- according to the manual 6-8 hours -- to charge the device (via USB).
The decision whether to spend the money on this device is yours to make, but appreciate this device for what it is: a humorous novelty gift and not an actual handset to be used daily. I would be curious to hear if the people who commented positively on this item continued using it on a regular or even sporadic basis--or if it ended up in the bottom of a junk drawer, as mine so ingloriously did.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I knew when I ordered this item it was a roll of the dice based on other reviews of this product. So I know I took a chance...and in this case, I lost. Read morePublished on December 4, 2012 by Kos
This item is extremely cheap...and it shows.
Starting with the exterior, sure its light, but the plastic is extremely cheap and thin I felt as if it would break if I... Read more
This thing is great. Works well. The only issue is that it should weigh more to give you more of the retro experience. Read morePublished on May 10, 2012 by Fat Old Guy
As a person with tinnitus, this handset comes in very handy for blocking out external sounds, and the sound clarity is amazing! Read morePublished on May 3, 2012 by Gordon419
Bought this directly from ThinkGeek website.
CHARGING: Have to wait for unblinking blue light to turn off in order to know when phone is charged (about 30-40 minutes). Read more
perfect for what it represents- a fun look back.
though light on documentation, it works well and feels good in the hand.
Awesome gadget.....enables me to comfortably talk on my iphone for long periods of time in any room of my house or while traveling in my car.Published on January 21, 2012 by Emme
This retro ain't no joke people think I'm crazy when they see me on this phone thankx 4 tha hello helloPublished on November 6, 2011 by Popasol
I love this phone! It really works great! I use it everyday in my office! My only regret is that it doesn't come with one of those cradles for your shoulder so you can be hands... Read morePublished on September 20, 2011 by Symetrist