Lg Tone Platinum Se Specs
- Body: Plastic and rubber, 15.24mm x 17.88mm x 1.27mm , 54 grams
- Battery: 220 mAh, Up to 14 days standby, 12 hours talk, 12 hours music playback Charges in less than 2 hours
- Connectivity: Bluetooth V 4.2 , microUSB port for charging
- Controls: Volume slider, next previous song slider, Google Assistant button, Play/Pause/Call button, Power switch
- Other: Dual MEMS microphones, Hybrid speaker units, Harman Kardon Platinum sound calibration
If you are faced with a purchase decision yourself you may want to keep in mind that the TONE Platinum SE only supports Bluetooth v4.2. In contrast, the cheaper TONE Platinum model is rocking Bluetooth 5.0, and in turn, offers an hour longer endurance out of the same 220 mAh battery pack. Not a huge omission, but still would have been nice.
Design Build Comfort And Controls
Design, quality, and comfort often outweigh specs when it comes to headset purchases. Like most of the LG Tone line, the TONE Platinum SE has a very solid feel to it. In fact, with it tipping the scale at just over 54 grams, you can definitely feel the neck band.
Now, whether that’s a good or bad thing will definitely depend on your personal taste and the intended usage of the TONE Platinum SE. I definitely appreciate that the particular design practically eliminates nasty tugs and pulls on the cords and earbud displacement. However, they are not exactly well suited for sports, since the neckband tends to bounce around a lot.
Unlike the other popular head-strap design, though, which might be better suited for sports, the neck band works a lot better while laying down on a bed or reclining on a couch, since it sits comfortably on your shoulders, instead of getting pushed around by the cushions or pillow. You can definitely find even more comfortable Bluetooth models out there, featuring only a thin wire between the two buds, which could be even more comfortable, but that also means sacrificing on battery life, among other things.
Bottom line, the TONE Platinum SE wins plenty of points in the ergonomics department, when judged within the constraints of their particular form factor. I already mentioned the LG TONE PLATINUM offer a few extra premium material choices, but unless you are really into the brushed metal look, I kind of prefer the TONE Platinum SE.
Lg Tone Platinum+ Bluetooth Headset Newest 2018 Model
- 2 pairs of Extra Ear Gels , Micro-USB charging cable
- Compatible with most Bluetooth enabled cell phones
- Fast charge feature
- Hybrid speaker unit with Harman Kardon PLATINUM sound
- Instant Google Assistant communication
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Setup Google Assistant Integration And Additional Software Features
Apple’s AirPods are pretty much the benchmark for straight-forward and easy setup. You just bring them near your phone, open up the case and like magic – a notification pops up on your iPhone to connect. Google couldn’t afford to stay too far behind the curve and also implemented a similar setup routine and shipped it to all Android devices, running Android 6, or newer, with Google Play Services 11.7+. So, chances are, you have the hidden party trick as well.
However, it can hardly be observed in the wild, since the list of supported headsets for what Google has dubbed Fast Pair is short, to say the least: Google Pixel Buds or Libratone’s Q Adapt On-Ear, Bose QuietComfort 35 II, Plantronics Voyager 8200 series. And, apparently, the TONE Platinum SE, even though it is not listed.
The way setup goes is this: You turn on the TONE Platinum SE and bring it close enough your phone .
Behind the curtains, a BLE broadcast from the phone gets picked up by the headset as long as you have Bluetooth and Location on . After that, the headset sends back its device ID to the phone, which contacts Google servers and fetches the appropriate product image for the headset, its features and app compatibility information.
On the outside however, a popup shows up on the phone alerting you that this headset is around and you can pair it. You get a simple, one tap notification. Color us amazed!
Headset settings within Google Assistant
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Lg Tone Platinum Review
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If these are your first pair of LG Tone’s, you won’t be disappointed. But if you already have a previous version, it might not be worth the upgrade.
The LG Tone line of headphones is one that many people are familiar with, but whether or not theyre fashionable remains a matter of opinion. Now LG is back with the newest version of the series called the Tone Platinums, where they hope to convince you to make these your next pair of Bluetooth headphones. So should you ditch the pair of Tones you already have for the new ones or are you better off staying with what you have?
Getting The Band Together
Truth be told, yours truly isnt a huge fan of the halo headphone design, but the Platinum SE do as good a job of it as any. A rubberized strip at the back makes the band somewhat malleable. Textured strips of silver at the front prongs offer some stick for your grip, and also look clean against the rest of the matte black chassis.
The weak points here have to be the tensiled cables, which extend out to allow each bullet-shaped bud to comfortably stretch to your ears, snapping back with a tug when the buds arent in use. You wont want to play fast and loose with these spidery wires, but we were less than dainty with them in our testing and they never gave any signs of strain. One big miss is the lack of any IPX certification, meaning the headphones arent designed to withstand sweaty workouts or walks in the autumn drizzle.
On a brighter note, while the lack of USB-C means no fast charging, their battery life of up to 13 hours rates among the best in their class, and we didnt have to charge them for days.
While most of the wireless headphones we review use just a couple of multi-functional buttons to control volume, song skip, etc., the Platinum SE essentially feature a button for everything. On the right prongs interior is a power switch which sets the headphones to auto-pair, a toggle key for song skip, and the stand-alone Google Assistant key. On the left is a play/pause/call key, and a volume toggle key.
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Is There A Better Alternative
There are so many available options, we could be here all day, but well just drop a few instead. For some better performance chops, we recommend checking out Shures SE215, which offer a bit less battery life, but also cost less. Phiatons BT 150 NC also offer less battery than the Tone Platinums 13-hours , but swap in noise cancelling for a fair bit less cash. On the true wireless headphones side, Jabras Elite Active 65T give you total wireless freedom, great performance, and no band to break all for less than 200 bones.
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Detailed sound and loads of battery life make LGs Tone Platinum SE worth a serious look.
- No aptX or AAC
- Midrange could use more muscle
LGs Tone wireless headphones have proved an impressive hit for the brand known best for its TVs and appliances. Utilizing a halo-band design with retractable earbuds, the Tone series popularity has spawned all sorts of iterations, from sports models to a pair with actual exterior speakers built directly into the band so you can bring a mobile jam session anywhere.
The latest pair, the Tone Platinum SE headphones, pack their own feature flare, including an impressive 13-hours of battery life and a dedicated button to dial up Google Assistant (and with it, Google Translate. Its a tight little package, and thanks in part to acoustic tuning by Harman Kardon, the Platinum SE dont skimp on performance, either. But at a whopping $200, the latest in LGs aging Tone series have plenty of giants to slay including a growing swell of fully wireless earbuds.
Google For The Assist
To be perfectly honest, this reviewer doesnt really care much for Google Assistant . Theres still far too much Dalek and not enough Her involved.
Still, for those who enjoy the assistant world the most highly touted feature on the Pixel Buds feels just as well utilized here. Its quick and easy to get Google Assistants attention, and for its part, Google Translate works exactly the same, too. Of course, as we stated in our Pixel Buds review, Google Translate will work fine without earphones, but one-button access speeds up the process.
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