I love the Bose, and they are truly part of my EDC. Always around my neck at work, and in my pocket on weekends. The big benefit is the design of the silicone thingys that snap into your ear -- very secure and comfortable! They don't completely block the ear canal, so, you can still hear what's going on around you. That's my preference -- for general daily use, I don't want isolation, I want situational awareness. (But, I don't ride a subway to work...) They have the Bose sound, which, though I don't prefer for music, is ideal for phone calls and podcasts. They're not the most durable at the device connector end... I'm on my fourth pair in five years. I've started purchasing the 2yr extended warranty (square trade, best buy) and replacing them after a year when one channel or the other craps out. I work at a large high-tech company with lots of folks with mobile phones on conference calls. I've seen the adoption of the Bose skyrocket over the last year or two... they're by far the most common headsets in use. BTW, their noise-cancelling version are the best NC's I've ever used. Magic. Not cheap, but, magic.