Sony SBH52 Bluetooth handheld device: perfect for big phones like the Xperia Z Ultra

by: Nate SwannerJune 25, 2013

Sony SBH52

Phones are just getting bigger and bigger, but your hands aren’t. For most people, a device like a Nexus 4 or HTC One are comfortable to hold and use, often with one hand. Get into the Note 2 category, though, and things become a little more cumbersome.

On the other hand (bad pun, I know), some people like larger devices. Maybe they are looking for “one device to rule them all”, so they don’t need a phone and a tablet. Compromising a smaller form factor for a larger screen is not unheard of, and is becoming much more normal. With devices like the Samsung Mega 6.3 or new Sony Xperia Z Ultra, the boundaries of size are being pushed.

Sony understands that, and has an interesting little accompaniment for their Xperia Z Ultra: a bluetooth headset! Not the normal in-ear headset, but a handheld device meant to perform the simplest tasks like take phone calls or read text messages. It has a clip on the back which can be used to attach to clothing, and a headset jack for earbuds. The small OLED screen will give you a simple caller ID or text message readout.

It’s got all the normal stuff you’d want, like volume keys and micro USB port, as well. As devices get larger, it’s nice to see Sony make an attempt to bridge a gap. A small bluetooth handheld like the SBH52 could bring more people to their larger devices, and opens Sony up to a broader market. In-ear headsets are bothersome for all day use, but a smaller handheld is a great idea.

The handheld pairs by NFC, so a simple tap to the Ultra and you’re on your way. You can also listen to radio with RDS, and Sony claims it has HD voice. A great device, and another smart innovation from Sony. It’s good to see them back in the game.

  • bob

    Its hardly an innovation. I have used a bluetooth dongle like this for years

    • sarz

      No one is saying it’s an innovation. It’s just a nicely re-packaged bluetooth headset for the new phone. I think people is taking this “innovation” word too far.

  • Ivan Budiutama

    the small OLED screen is a small neat touch, showing up battery level and can control your music from it. I think this accessories will be a-must for some who want to compromise the large size of the ZU and it is a good thing they design it with a clipper. I think it is a nice move, while hardly a ground breaking innovation but a very nice touch.

  • Mike Reid

    FM on the headset, for all those phones that have no FM.

    • wpw

      So will this work on other phones, note 2 for me. I need fm to get me through the day

      • Mike Reid

        No phone is needed, the FM works standalone with no phone around.

        I have the slightly older MW-1 and it works nice.

  • Krisfromf

    Brilliant, I have a Z and i use it as navigation in the car sometimes. With this device i can just pick up a call and keet the navigation screen in front of me. And yes it is innovative as it is like a small phone without ear plug. Sweet and cool!

  • firsta90

    But it doesn’t work with Skype or other apps that allow free call over Internet.

  • A

    Does this work with Xperia T2 Ultra???
    Also does it support Skype video calling???