How to Choose a Headset for the Samsung Galaxy S 5 - dummies

How to Choose a Headset for the Samsung Galaxy S 5

By Bill Hughes

You can use wired or wireless (Bluetooth) headsets with your Samsung Galaxy S 5 phone. Wired headsets are less expensive than Bluetooth headsets, and of course, wired headsets don’t need charging, as do the Bluetooth headsets.

On the other hand, you lose freedom of mobility if you’re tangled up in wires. In addition, the battery in Bluetooth headsets last much longer than the battery in your phone.

Wired headsets for the Samsung Galaxy S 5

At the top of your Galaxy S 5 phone is a headset jack. If you try to use your regular headphone jack in this jack, you’ll hear the audio, but the person on the other end of the call may not hear you because the headphones don’t come with a microphone. In such a case, your phone tries to use the built-in mic as a speakerphone.

Depending upon the ambient noise conditions, it may work fine or sound awful. Of course, you can always ask the person you’re talking to whether he or she can hear you.

To address that problem, your phone might come with a wired headset. In that case, just plug it in to use the device. The Galaxy S 5 uses ear buds.

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Some people dislike ear buds. You can obtain other styles at a number of retail franchises that offer the following options, including

  • Around-the-ear headphones that place the speakers on the ear and are held in place with a clip

  • A behind-the-neck band that holds around-the-ear headphones in place

  • An over-the-head band that places the headphones on the ear

The laws in some regions prohibit the use of headphones while driving. Correcting the officer and explaining that these are really “headsets” and not “headphones” won’t help your case if you’re pulled over. Even if not explicitly illegal in an area, it’s still a bad idea to play music in both ears at a volume that inhibits your ability to hear warnings while driving.

In any case, give yourself some time to get used to any new headset. There is often an adjustment period while you get used to having a foreign object in or around your ear.

Stereo Bluetooth headsets for the Samsung Galaxy S 5

The other option is to use a stereo Bluetooth headset.

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A stereo Bluetooth headset is paired the same way as any other Bluetooth headset. When your Galaxy S 5 phone and the headset connect, the phone recognizes that the headset operates in stereo when you’re listening to music or videos.

There are also several variations on how to place the headphone part of the headset near your ear with a Bluetooth headset. Be aware that some products on the market are strictly Bluetooth headphones, and not headsets; they don’t have microphones.

In this case, you might want to remove your headphones when a call comes in, or move the phone near your mouth. Of course, this effort defeats some of the convenience of having a Bluetooth connection.