Rated 5 out of 5
by MrGreen If You have a Z Ultra, You need this.
The SBH52 is probably one of the best phone accesories iv had to date, the best bluetooth device iv had, and the PERFECT companion to the Xperia z ultra. Im usually very picky about my electronics, and get very critical about how they perform by them selves, or with others, and this device (especially for the price point) left me with the feeling that I definately got my monies worth. The first thing I noticed was how nice it was setting up and connecting with a NFC xperia device (will be slightly different with other devices). As soon as I coupled them it connected then promped me on screen to download the supporting apps, then it was good. First thing I tried was audio without headphones its very loud and very clear, songs with really punchy bass make the slightest bit of distortion with the volume all the way up, but nothing terrible (may also be the sound settings I have on my phone). It does a nice job of controlling music, but obviously you have to have a list of tracks qued first. A plesant surprise was the ability for it to control my other media (a recent standard but still nice) movies, youtube whatever, you can control playback with the device. The phone calls are really clear no distortion, and friends actually tell me that it sounds better than my phone, battery life is perfect and the user interface is clean and simple. Reviewing text messages is very convenient and TTS makes it a lot nicer in the event that you are too busy to check the screen. The included headphones are nice, good sound and wires are just the right length for being usable but not being in the way. Another good perk of the headphone jack is the ability to connect the handset to speakers, or a stereo that does not have bluetooth capability and play music without having to leave your phone near the stereo, or have a trail of wires. Id recomend this to anyone, and I even plan on buying one for my wifes HTC one. The only minor complaint I have would be the either lack of/or very little documented ability to change the default Ringtone to that of your phone to fully take advantage of that nice speaker.
January 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Imupindis The best bluetooth handset/headset I've seen
Being able to use this device as a full fledged handset or an earbud style headset makes this versatile device what it is. Absolutely amazing. I was told the sound quality of this was greatly clearer than the bluetooth in my Acura. This is a must have piece for the larger Z Ultra. Much easier to use the phone with this handset. I called 15-20 Sony locations to find this and they were all sold out. Including the online store. That spoke volumes to me.
The Z Ultras speaker is nothing great. Placing the sound through this makes it exponentially louder.
Back to versatility. Speaker phone, handset and headset are all here. It is a great piece for doing everything phone based. Reading notifications, texts, emails, tweets, and facebook updates are all easy to read on the display. The control over my Z Ultra is fascinating.
Only thing I would have asked to upgrade is quality feel of the device. It is really plasticky. It looks great but feels a little flimsy. With everything this does I can definitely overlook that. For $100 this is by far the best bluetooth device you will find. If it becomes available I say don't hesitate.
March 7, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by JOSH1739 Not Fully Compatible with LG-G2
I bought this product today and i found out that it's not fully compatible with my LG-G2, before purchase, i called SONY customer / sales department for my list of questions and they said : YES, it's compatible with LG-G2.
fully compatible meaning - > if i install smart connect application or SBH52 application this bluetooth is not connecting at all.
if i remove this application, it will allow me to connect and voice quality (with headphone) on bluetooth is poor.
can't pay this much of higher amount for this product, not worth it !!!
i'm going to return this product back to SONY !
August 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sawyer Worth the money
Being a big phone enthusiast I have been watching these types of devices for some time. I felt this was the one to pull the trigger on, so I pounced and(I believe) I pushed the order through right as they became available to the US.
Given that I use this with the outstanding, "Yes-it-is-a-phone-not-a-tablet", Xperia Z Ultra they preform flawlessly together. With the appropriate apps Sony provides in the Google Store, you're able to check texts, missed calls and much more.
I feel like there is MUCH more room for improvement for items like these, but I'm sure Sony doesn't want to step on the toes of their SmartWatch...Which I assume tested better in focus groups. Perhaps most consumers don't see the need for a phone for your phone, but I do. I certainly hope Sony has future plans to make many more items like this both for the average consumer and the enthusiasts.
Ignoring my need for exactly what I want out of a product and looking at what this product was designed for - It delivers 100%.
Battery is outstanding and charges very quickly. *Battery SUCKS for the first few days, but after a couple charging cycles it lasts quite a while*
Easy to understand and navigate *Something I feel was left out is a lock button - so you don't hit play on accident and blaring music to everyone within ear shot.*
Loudspeaker works way better than expected *For listening to music, I have not tried it for a phone call yet.
Overall a great device!
December 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by TJT0321 The perfect companion for the Z Ultra
This headset is an absolute must have for Z Ultra owners. If you own one, you know it's a beast of a phone and will likely stay in your pocket or in a bag when it's not needed. Putting that thing to your head will definitely get you some weird looks so this is a great alternative. So great, in fact, that it should probably come in the box with the Z Ultra.
NFC allows a quick one-touch setup which is about as painless as it gets. Then you just add the SBH52BK software to your phone for lots of added features. I added a couple of plugins for gmail, facebook, and hangouts that let me know when I get a new notification, which is handy. The main body acts as a miniature handset to take phone calls when you're on the go and the headphones aren't plugged in. If they are plugged in, then the audio will just come through the included headphones which are perfectly adequate. CallerID shows on the screen and you just hit the big button to answer and hang up. Volume control is on the side with play/pause/skip music controls on the other. Battery life is good. I've gone all day listening to music nonstop and taking calls here and there. Seems to work fine with any music app (i.e. Amazon), although the walkman app is default on Sony phones.
Construction seems solid and waterproof which is good for runners like myself. It has settings to link with two smartphones if you're running a business and personal phone like me, though if one of your phones doesn't have NFC setup can be a pain. There aren't any real instructions in the box so you'd have to find them online. Call quality and volume are excellent. I can hear the handset in the car with no trouble and usually leave the clip attached to my lapel without the headphones as a speaker for turn-by-turn navigation commands.
This thing really is a must have!
July 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Farzad Smart Bluetooth Handset SBH52BK
thank you for your very excellent accessory. it is very use able and useful Particular in android smart phone. I used this device with a nokia lumia 1520 that the OS is windows phone 8. it would be grate if i can use it in full feature like android smart phone. in my phone I have just answer a call and see the phone number, but in android phone you see contact, sms, log call and can dial to call log and also see a digital clock in your display.
February 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by suave97 Sooo Good!
I've had this device now for a couple of weeks and I'm thoroughly enjoying it..It's a great partner to both my Xperia and iPhone. THE sound quality is very good with the enclosed earbuds and I haven't had to reach for my xba-3's to replace them because there is no need. When not paired to any device, I've been very happy with the sound and reception of the FM tuner. You won't be disappointed with this purchase especially if you'll be pairing these with some late-model Xperia.
January 19, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Tigerbyte Great Device
device works well. I would have loved to have this combined with the features of the BRH10. I do have a problem with keeping it charged. I think that wireless charging would help with non diligent people like myself.
May 6, 2014