This spiffy-looking, diminutive black stub is a Bluetooth monaural in-ear ear bud wireless headset that comes with an over-the-ear hook mount. The Jabra BT2070 headset offers an uncomplicated set-up and simple three-button functionality—two volume buttons on either side of a yellow circle that lights up for incoming calls. The yellow circle is the power button that provides the on/off functionality and also helps you answer and end calls with a tap.

Price: Rs2,490.

Its automatic pairing capabilities ensure easy connects. We tried it with an Apple iPhone, BlackBerry Pearl, BlackBerry Bold, LG Viewty as well as a Sony Ericsson P1i with ease. Calls made and received were clear, with the “voice from a distance" effect barely detectable at the other end.

While the Jabra claims that the headset works very well even 30ft away from the phone, we experienced voice drops at times and intermittent static at a distance of 7-10ft.

At 8g, the headset is light (sturdy, too) and does not feel cumbersome after extended wear. And with its thin earhook wire loop, it is not awkward or uncomfortable when worn for long periods, even with spectacles. The earhook comes in two sizes, so you can pick what fits behind your ear’s “concha" best.

With a (tested) talktime of about 5 hours and a (rated, not tested) standby time of around 200 hours, the BT2070 can hold out for two-three days without recharging. The accompanying charger is about as big and weighty as a regular Nokia phone charger.

Our verdict: The BT2070 is a neat value-for-money investment for people who jaw and jabber a lot.

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Frame wise

The proliferation of digital cameras has ensured that film cameras—and thus bromide photo prints—are almost history for most of us. Digicams have also ensured that thousands of pictures end up crammed and forgotten in a hard disk. The 7-inch screen VU Digital Photo Frame can handle not just photos but also music and video. With its 256MB memory for storage, it has a built-in alarm clock and calendar. Additionally, it can interface with SD, MS, MMC memory cards as well as USB pen/flash drives.

Your pictures play sequentially as an automatic slideshow—even with some MP3 music in the background. A widescreen aspect ratio of 16:9 means that your pictures are not edge-to-edge. An inbuilt light sensor adjusts brightness according to the ambience. It supports up to 8,000X8,000 pixels image files and, apart from JPG and MP3 formats, also handles MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, and DivX files. You can zoom into pictures, get thumbnails of 16 images at a time, play back music and video using the small yet full-function remote. Ports in the rear include two USB (standard and mini), headset, and power.

Though simple to set up and operate, the operation buttons at the top rear of the frame are inconvenient and hence not fumble-free till you are thoroughly familiar with their layout and function. Thankfully, the wireless remote does everything and more.

Our verdict:The image quality of the frame is only passable—no wow factor there. The audio output from the twin 1W speakers is adequate for a screen this size. The built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery lasts about 3 hours. You can save moolah and skip the battery altogether by opting to keep it connected to the mains with an always-on display.