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The new Nokia Enhancements - What's New? The new Nokia Enhancements

28 November 2003
Written by Patrick Tsang


When people hear the name ďNokiaĒ, straight away they would visualise mobile phones at the back of their head, but is that all Nokia is made of; just mobile phones? Nokia sure donít think so, and introduced a wide range of innovative enhancement to their mobile products.

Call it geeky if you like, but these products sure amazes and interested me. Although you may have the chance to be called a nerd by your family and friends but surely, these remark would never be able to put us all off in purchasing one of these devices. Perhaps the nerd comment was just a comment of admiration, seeing something like these that have never been seen before and also appears to be highly expensive and high-tech items, which fortunately, Nokia did not make this a case, and allow consumers to purchase them at a reasonable price. Products which Iíll introduce to you now would fall into two categories; audio and imaging. Iíll introduce them one by one to explain them more clearly to you all.

Audio devices

Nokia Wireless Boom Headset HS-4W
The HS-4W is the successor to the Nokia HDW-2 Bluetooth headset. Being redesigned to a shape of a boom headset, only without wires using Bluetooth wireless technology, the HS-4W is stylish, elegant and comfortable to wear and effortless handsfree functionality. You can easily switch it from one ear to the other without flipping anything such as reconnecting its ear hinge as found in the HDW-2.


Take a closer look!

Simple controls allow you to redial, voice dial activate, and adjust volume right from the headset, so donít worry if you canít find your phone in your office or home, as long as the headset is within the 10 metres range! You can also easily switch between phone and headset mode. =) There is also a multi-coloured LED light integrated for status indication and a rocker switch volume control.

The HS-4W automatically reconnects to the default user or the last user and also automatically reconnects at power on and disconnect at power off, all for your conveniences. Weighing at only 21 grams, it supports both handsfree and headset Bluetooth profiles and can be paired up to 8 devices, one at a time.

Having a talk time of up to 6 hours and a standby time of up to 120 hours, the HS-4W uses a rechargeable 120 mAh lithium-polymer battery and is compatible with basically all Nokia chargers. The sales package contents the HS-4W with the rechargeable lithium-polymer battery inserted and the Userís Guide.

The Nokia Wireless Boom Headset HS-4W should be available around the 2nd quarter of 2004.

Nokia Wireless Audio Adapter AD-5B


Take a closer look!


This small and lightweight Nokia Wireless Audio Adapter allows your non-Bluetooth phone with a Pop-Port connector to become; you guess it, Bluetooth wireless audio compatible! =)

Having a dimension of 31 x 32 x 13 mm, the AD-5B only weights 8 grams and supported the Bluetooth Profiles Headset 1.1, being able to operate up to 10 metres.

With this adapter plug into a compatible device, you can now connect your phone to a Bluetooth headset for your wireless handsfree conveniences. It could support up to two paired devices, one at a time and it receives power from the phone battery. It also has one control button and a LED indicator.

The Nokia Wireless Audio Adapter AD-5B is planned to be available during the 1st quarter of 2004.

Nokia Wireless Clip-on Headset HS-3W


Take a closer look!


Always wanted a Bluetooth headset, but feel looking like a space invader just landed on Earth by wearing one of those gadgets in your ear? Well, to help free your hands, Nokia designed the HS-3W, which is a Bluetooth handsfree that uses an attachment clip with a wired earpiece, allowing you to look as normal as possible without losing your style! =)

Integrated with a status LED, a white LED indicates active connection and a green or red LED indicates call status and charging mode. The HS-3W automatically reconnects to the default user and last user to power on. It also have voice tag activation, redialling of last number, answer/end call control and have a magnetic attachment of the earpiece to the main unit with a handy, wrap-around cable management

Weighing only 29 grams, the Nokia Wireless Clip-on Headset HS-3W supports both Bluetooth Handsfree and Headset profile, so it would work basically with all Bluetooth enabled phones out there in the market and have a range of up to 10 metres. It have a talk time of up to 4 hours and a standby time of up to 100 hours and uses a rechargeable Li-Polymer battery. Charging time takes around 2 hours and 24 minutes and the HS-3W is compatible with basically all Nokia chargers.

Being able to pair with up to 8 devices, the HS-3W allows the convenient to swap multiple devices easily without having the need to keep re-pairing the devices, something which is really annoying to do if you have to do it all the time just to switch device I can tell you! =)

Nokia Radio Headset HS-2R


Take a closer look!


Ever wished your Nokia phone have FM radio function when it doesnít already have it? Well, now itís easier to add a radio to your compatible Nokia phone with the Nokia Radio Headset HS-2R. Requiring no separate battery by powering with your phone, itís a great combination of FM stereo radio and headset, which automatically switch between radio and headset.

Weighing only 38 grams with a dimension of 70 x 21 x 18 mm, the HS-2R has a demi white colour to its body with bright orange buttons with a roller key for volume control and a graphite black lens. It uses a Pop-Port connector, so itís compatible with all Pop-Port Nokia handsets.

The channel youíre listening to is shown on the handy headset display, and when you make or take a call, the radio mutes automatically, then returns to the muted channel when you hang up. The tuning area of the HS-2R is 87.5-108.0 MHz and it has automatic and manual radio channel seek function.

There is also an answer and end button on the headset for convenient operation.

 

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