Bluetooth earbuds are great, but they’re pretty useless by themselves. Before you purchase your first headset, you’ll want to make sure that the device you want to use with them is compatible. Though most devices on the market these days offer Bluetooth compatibility, some do not. We’ve put together a list of the gadgets we recommend you use to get the most out of your Bluetooth earbuds.
The most popular portable music player, the Apple iPod Touch, is the perfect device to pair with your Bluetooth earbuds. Keep in mind the Touch is the only model of iPod that includes support for Bluetooth.
[easyazon-image-link asin="B00414WBT4" alt="Apple iPhone 4G 16GB Quadband World GSM Phone (Manufacturer Unlocked)" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41Pthp4ZJFL._SL75_.jpg" align="left" width="75" height="66"] The iPhone is the most popular single model of smartphone in the US. Virtually anything you can do with a computer, you can do with an iPhone, including Bluetooth streaming. All models of iPhone after the 3G have support for Bluetooth.
If you have a smartphone that isn’t and iPhone, you probably have an Android phone. Unlike the iPhone, Android phones come in all shapes and sizes. Some support Bluetooth, like the Samsung Galaxy S or the HTC DROID Incredible 2. Some other older phones may not be compatible, so check the phone specs before you purchase.
[easyazon-image-link asin="B0013FRNKG" alt="Apple iPad 2 MC769LL/A Tablet (16GB, Wifi, Black) NEWEST MODEL" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31mRJLNfKlL._SL75_.jpg" align="left" width="54" height="75"]Apple’s latest device is the iPad. It’s basically like an overgrown iPhone, without the phone. In that respect, it also contains support for Bluetooth audio much like it’s cellular counterpart. Both the first and second generation iPad can utilize wireless headsets to listen to games, movies, and music privately and wire-free.
The iPad isn’t the only tablet in town anymore. Some great new devices have been released for those who aren’t Apple fans. These include tablets such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab, Blackberry Playbook, and Motorola Xoom, all which come with Bluetooth connectivity.
[easyazon-image-link asin="B002C7489S" alt="Apple MacBook MC516LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41Nz1xXmrLL._SL75_.jpg" align="left" width="75" height="48"]Almost all Laptops on the market these days come with Bluetooth support. Because the technology has been around for a while, it’s relatively cheap to integrate into computers now. Throw on a pair of wire free earbuds when you’re working at the coffee shop or library and listen in peace.
Netbooks, laptop’s smaller siblings, are the perfect size for travelling. You can use them while commuting on the train or flying overseas on vacation. In those situations you may consider using noise cancelling Bluetooth earbuds in order to cut out all distractions. Like laptops, most netbooks come with Bluetooth installed, so that shouldn’t be a problem.
[easyazon-image-link asin="B003VUO6H4" alt="PlayStation 3 160GB System" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31HdHfTMvIL._SL75_.jpg" align="left" width="75" height="44"]If you’re a fan of video games, you know that they are best experienced with the volume turned up! But not all living situations are conducive to loud machine gun bursts and epic soundtracks blaring at all hours of the night. That’s where something like a wireless headset will come in handy. Both the Playstation 3 and the Nintendo Wii support Bluetooth.
Home Stereo System
The latest craze in Bluetooth technology is the ability to listen to music from your home stereo on your wireless earbuds. This can be accomplished by using wireless stereo adapters on like the Motorola Bluetooth Stereo Gateway or the Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver. This allows you to listen wirelessly to radio, CDs, movies, or even vinyl!
[easyazon-image-link asin="B000FL4GBI" alt="Jabra Bluetooth Music Adaptor" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/315F30FCFFL._SL75_.jpg" align="left" width="75" height="75"]Don’t have any of the above devices? No problem! Any gadget that allows you to use regular headphones can be made compatible with your Bluetooth earbuds by simply using an adapter. Some great adapters on the market include BlueBridge Mini-Jack or the Jabra Bluetooth Music Adaptor. So you literally have no reason not to go out and get a pair of Bluetooth Earbuds for your device today!