400_bpitt_090715_WIREDAugust2009Yesterday’s launch of the Nexus One — known to most of us as “the Googlephone” — overwhelmed us with so many new features, so many specs to nerd out on, that we overlooked what could be the best news of 2010 for society.

The Nexus One uses two microphones, advanced audio processing, and smart software to cut out background noise from conversations. It also understands the spoken word better than any phone yet.

Where we’re going with this: You can toss your Bluetooth headset. Please. Talk into the phone.

A recent Wired magazine cover featured Inglourious Basterds star Brad Pitt sporting a prominent Motorola H500 earpiece, for a cover story titled “New Rules for Digital Gentlemen and other Highly Evolved Humans.” Not everyone spotted the note Wired printed next to Pitt’s collar in the tiniest possible font: “Rule No. 52: Ditch the headset. He can barely pull it off — and you are not him.”

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