Feeds
75%
Nokia Digital Radio Headset DAB

Nokia Digital Radio Headset DAB

Well received?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

Review It’s not uncommon to find an FM radio on a smart phone these days. And while the iPhone has seen fit to do without such a thing, it’s a great way to get your music and news on the move, without the need for Wi-Fi connection or any drain on your data tariff.

Nokia Digital Radio Headset DAB

Tell-tale signals: Nokia's DAB headset

Every once in a while a device comes along that makes you wonder why it wasn’t available ages ago. For me, the Nokia Digital Radio Headset DAB falls into this category. It brings the wide, wide range of DAB radio stations to your Nokia mobile, cunningly disguised as a standard headset. Look a little closer however and there are a couple of clues as to its real purpose.

For a start, the plug is mini USB digital rather than a 3.5mm analogue jack, so you know this is no ordinary headset. Also, the inline box of player controls is considerably larger than you’d expect in 2011, measuring 55 x 23 x 15mm with a big clip on the back. The large buttons for forward, back and play/pause aren’t subtle but they are very easy to find and use. Next to them is a DAB button, which will get you straight into DAB mode and on the side are volume and call answer buttons.

Usefully, there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack on the control box too, so if Nokia’s own earbuds aren’t doing it for you, you can always add your own. They’re not bad though, with noise-isolating grommets and fair control of the bass, though not perhaps the most revealing in the upper range.

Nokia Digital Radio Headset DAB

A free Ovi Store app unlocks the functionality

So far so good, but this is very much a Nokia-only headset – you can’t plug it into just any phone and expect it to work. Oh no. And not even any Nokia phone either. As yet, it will only work with phones running Nokia’s latest Symbian^3 operating system, which basically means the C7 and the N8 for now.

Boost IT visibility and business value

Next page: Action stations

More from The Register

next story
Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
Shaves price, not screen on mid-2014 model
iPhone 6 flip tip slips in Aussie's clip: Apple's 'reversible USB' leaks
New plug not compatible with official Type-C, according to fresh rumors
FEAST YOUR EYES: Samsung's Galaxy Alpha has an 'entirely new appearance'
Wow, it looks like nothing else on the market, for sure
YES YES YES! Apple patents mousy, pressure-sensing iVibrator
Fanbois prepare to experience the great Cupertin-O
Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE
Can't face sea of wobbling fondle implements. What happened to lighters, eh?
Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer
Xerox? Pff, not even in the same league as His Jobsiness
TV transport tech, part 1: From server to sofa at the touch of a button
You won't believe how much goes into today's telly tech
Apple analyst: fruity firm set to shift 75 million iPhones
We'll have some of whatever he's having please
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.