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Sony SBH 20 review - useful Bluetooth headset hands free device to avoid flaring up RSI

Due to the chronic pain in the neck and shoulders, it has been difficult for me to hold the mobile phone. I'd tried different Bluetooth headsets including the ones that worn in the ear like the Jabra BT2046. However, perhaps due to the distance between the mouth and the microphone of the headset, the person on the other line frequently complained of the environmental noise. The headset with the boom mike like Jabra Motion were very expensive.

I also tried wired headsets but they would break frequently because the wires would entangle when I kept them along with the phone in the pocket.

Finally, I found the Sony Bluetooth headset SBH20 that I have been using for over a year now. The good thing about it is that it can be clipped on to the T-shirt / shirt near the mouth so it does not pick up environmental noise. Initially, I used to frequently clip and unclip it depending on the phone usage. The clip came off after several months but fortunately, I was able to re-stick it using Fevicol.
Now, I usually leave it clipped on for extended period and when I'm not using it I simply took the wires underneath the T-shirt. 

Couple of other features that I was not really looking for but have proven very useful are the ability of the headset to connect to 2 devices simultaneously and also the ability to stop or forward when listening to music. So, for example, it connects to my mobile phone and tablet and if I'm listening to any lecture on you tube on the tablet, I can stop it by using the touch controls on the device. Additionally, if I get a phone call on the mobile, it will pause the YouTube video and after the call is over, the video will again start playing.

Unfortunately though, unlike other electronic devices the price of this has not reduced below the nearly Rs 2000 mark since I bought the first one. It does fluctuate between Rs 2000 and Rs 5000 though. So make sure that you shop around and look for the best price before purchasing.

 If you have the money, you should try SBH 54 which is all the good qualities of the one that I  have plus also the ability to read whatsapp and SMS  messages. This is quite handy if you want to avoid operating the mobile phone whenever there is an incoming message. Right now I'm using an android app like Shouter but then all the SMS are read out loud. This is a problem especially when I am in public places, for example a doctors office or riding in a shared uber.



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