Bleg: Bluetooth Earpiece

As I look for an opening to make a transition to Android for my smartphone alignment, I am stymied by a few things. One of which is my apparent need for a particular type of Bluetooth earpiece. I am hoping that one of you has or is familiar with what I am looking for. It needs to be:

1) A single-ear earpiece. Something with an optional latch-on for a second ear is okay, provided that I can take it out.

2) A2DP-compliant. If you don’t know what that means, it basically means that it needs to be able to pick up not only phone calls and rings, but also general audio such as the music coming from an MP3 player on the device.

3) AVRCP-compliant with a Pause/Play button on the earpiece (note, on the earpiece, not on a separate thing I have to put in my pocket or clip on). I want to be able to pause and play MP3s from the headset.

4) Preferred: Micro-USB connected. Mini-USB is okay. If its proprietary, this isn’t a dealbreaker. If you don’t know what the hell this is talking about, disregard it for now and suggest anything that meets criteria #1-3.

The Plantronics Voyager 855 actually meets this criteria, but I hate it. It’s uncomfortable, looks goofy, and they pulled it off the market quickly (perhaps because it is uncomfortable and looks goofy) and so it’s not easy to get a hold of. So if anyone has a lead on something I can shift to, let me know.

Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.


  1. I have a Motorola Elite Sliver. I believe it meets every single one of your criteria. It’s this one, in case you need to see it more up close:

    Send me an email and we can discuss ways in which it becomes yours at no cost. (I didn’t pay for it and don’t use it. All I want in return from you is a paragraph or two of review text.)

  2. I contacted Ryan about the Sliver, but if anyone else has any suggestions, I’m all… err.. ears. I plan on buying multiple (I have 5 of my Plantronics 330’s, so more than one is always charged and I never have to worry about running out of juice – it helps that the 330’s are dirt cheap and up until now were all I needed.)

    • Cause Microsoft ceased development on Windows Mobile and its successor is something that is less appealing to me than Android. I’ve been hobbling along on WinMo, knowing it wasn’t going to be long-term, but I had to wait for somebody to catch up (or come close to it) on my core functionality and had to see which platform did it (figuring it would be Android, but also keeping an eye on Windows Phone).

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