...I hate the dog tag thing. Sure, if you're in the military or in certain non-governmental aid organisations, it's nice to know that your remains will be identifiable if the worst should happen and your head is cleaved from your shoulders as if it was never there. However, this scenario is unlikely to unfold as you're walking down the street, listening to some tunes - unless you happen to have some Bjork in your playlist.
Now, apparently, dog tags are in fashion. Now i'm not a fashion guru, i'm just an average guy, but unfortunately, in my opinion, it's a kind of Topshop, high-street fashion statement - you know, the kind of 'I've got a tribal style wooden necklace and rings that leave a green stain on my fingers' sort of look. In a word - tacky.
Now luckily, for those of us who don't much care for this look, the metal-bead lanyard is easily detached. When you do this, a miraculous thing happens, the BT3030 becomes a beacon of RAZResque laser-cut style that can be attached to your clothing anywhere. Moreover, you won't look so stupid wearing it - again, my opinion. Score +1 to the BT3030.
So with that controversial appearance bit out of the way, on to the performance:
In a word, incredible. I hate wireless things on principle. I still use a wired mouse and keyboard, because I like the responsiveness. I still use wires to transfer my pictures from my bluetooth enabled digital camera, because I like the transfer speed ; and I never use wifi, because I like the speed of gigabit ethernet. But here is a device that actually performs as well as the wired alternative. Score +1 to the BT3030.
Easily paired with an LG Viewty, the BT3030 automatically opens your MP3 player and navigates to your last played playlist when you press the play/pause button. It's that easy! Score +1 to the BT3030.
Once you hit play again, the level of volume and sound quality is extremely pleasing - but ONLY IF YOU USE DECENT HEADPHONES. Sadly, the headphones supplied with the BT3030 are not decent. I opted for some dependable Sony headphones at an extra £20, but at £40 the Jabra's should have cut the mustard. No score for the BT3030 here, despite the unit's excellent sound quality with third-party earphones.
Finally, call quality. Having a call come in through both ears, right in your ear canal, takes some getting used to. However, remove one earbud, and you're back on familiar territory. The sound is crisp and the caller is easily understood with minimal distortion. Apparently, the microphone is good to, but you'd have to ask someone on the other end of the line from me. I've not had anyone go "WHAT?!?" yet whilst i've been chatting to them. So score another for the BT3030.
So, 4 out of a possible 5.
(Make sure your phone's bluetooth has audio distribution and AV Remote protocols, and you'll be fine!!)