Terry Gardner, Special to Tribune Newspapers
8:46 PM EDT, May 15, 2012
Name: Phiaton PS 20 BT Bluetooth Stereo Earphones with mic
What it is: Lightweight in-ear Bluetooth 3.0 earphones with a remote mic seated in a little receiver/amplifier pod-shaped module that houses its rechargeable lithium battery. A full charge via its micro USB input provides six hours of continuous talk or music listening and 250 hours of standby time. The earphones feature noise-reduction technology, come with four silicone ear tips, a pouch, a micro USB cord and a lanyard (in case you prefer a lanyard to using the clip on the back of the module). The module features a lock button designed to keep you from accidentally switching tracks or changing the volume if the module gets bumped.
The good: These buds comfortably nest in your ear and offer the best call quality of any Bluetooth earphones I've tested. The remote mic module makes it easy to accept a call, switch tracks or crank up the volume. And pairing the earphones with my iPhone was easy; I just had to press two buttons. I only had to charge the earphones about once a week. I also like the large letter "L" and "R" to distinguish the left from the right earphone.
The bad: I wish I could press the same top button on the module to make calls as I use to play music. Because the phone button is on the side, I sometimes fumble for the button to hang up when driving.
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