Monster and Nokia have joined forces to build the world’s very first pair of Windows Phone Headphones. The Monster Purity HD On-Ear headphones are a beautifully crafted pair of headphones, that for once, are not iPhone/iOS compatible.
The Nokia Purity HD On-Ear Headphones have a very chic new age look to them, without sacrificing practicality, comfort, or quality. The Purity HDs sport the ever-so-popular tri-folding feature for easy portability along with Monster’s dedication to design and quality. Nokia obviously played a big part in collaborating on the design of the Purity HDs, since it is marketed to compliment the Lumia 900 Windows Phone, which just happens to be one of the most unique, and arguably one of the most beautiful, smartphones on the market. The Purity HDs are even available in matching colors: black, white, cyan, and fuchsia.
The Monster Purity HDs are collapsible On-Ear headphones with smoothed rectangular earcups. They have a low profile design that gives them a trendy and unique appearance. While these swiveling ear cups are narrow, they’re wide enough to cover large ears comfortably. The narrowness actually helps the ear cups form a good seal around ears, aiding in noise isolation. The headband is padded on the underside with rubber so soft that it feels like silk. The leather ear cups are also extremely soft. The outside band is high-gloss scratch resistant plastic, which unfortunately is quick to show grease and prints on the black model.
The Purity HDs come with two removable audio cables, one with a mic, the other with a mic and ControlTalk. The ControlTalk includes volume buttons and a universal button for controlling music and phone calls. Neither cable worked on iPhone (they made clicking sounds), however this didn’t stop me from swapping the cable for something that is iPhone compatible. The cables are flat and don’t easily tangle. We tested them on the HTC Titan II Windows Phone and the Nokia Lumia 900, and both worked well with mic and controls.
The design of the Purity HDs is fantastic but the build quality isn’t quite as good. They’re decently durable, and there’s no aspect we’d expect to break soon. Our only gripe is, that they are a bit plasticky and creaky. They don’t feel as solid as they could be.
The Purity HD headphones are, arguably, much cooler looking (and definitely more original) than alot of other headphones out on the market. The Purity HDs are much better all-around headphones which sound great with any genre. The bass isn’t overwhelming, but it’s still strong and punchy. The mid-range audio is very clear and rich, defining voices very well. The highs are detailed and responsive. The audio is balanced, and impartial. The Purity is even kind to lower bit rate music (128kb). Even though they’re not specifically tuned for rap and hard rock, both sound fantastic, as does classical, acoustic, and electronic music.
Overall, Monster and Nokia’s Purity HD On-Ear Headphones for Windows Phones are a fantastic pair of headphones that look as amazing as they sound. While lack of iOS/iPhone compatibility is a drawback, it’s nothing an inexpensive cable can’t solve. The Purity HDs by Monster and Nokia are great everyday headphones, they’re small light, collapsible, comfortable, unbiased, and sound awesome. They retail for $199.99, but can be found for as little as $124 on Amazon, depending on color.
The Good: Made Specifically for Windows Phones, Great Design, Comfortable, Lightweight, Collapseable, Carrying Case, Two Non-Tangle Cables Included, Fun Colors
The Bad: Doesn’t Work with iPhone/iOS, Plasticky Build, Black Shows Fingerprints