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Motorola Bluetooth Wireless Headset - Mobile Accessories Motorola Bluetooth Wireless Headset

11 June 2002
Written By Kinny Cheng


Sales package (should contain):
  • 1 x Motorola Bluetooth Wireless Headset
  • 1 x headset pouch with built-in belt clip
  • 1 x travel charger
  • 1 x localised adaptor (for charger)
  • 1 x lanyard (neck strap)
  • 1 x user manual (multi-language)
  • 1 x user guide
Motorola’s first Bluetooth headset cannot be denied as being something practical yet having a sense of style as well. The company’s first attempt at such a product has not gone unnoticed this time round. Actually, I think this is one of the best Motorola phone products/accessories released so far :)

Practicality

If you have used the Ericsson Bluetooth headsets with the long booms (HBH-10/15), you will know what I mean once you fit the Motorola Bluetooth Wireless Headset comfortably onto your ear. But before the headset can be worn, you will have to open up the boom - which turns on and enables the Bluetooth headset’s operation. Once the blue light at the end of the boom starts flashing, it will allow a mobile phone to connect up with the headset without interaction by the user (this will solely depend on the Bluetooth settings on the handset).
In addition to the indicator light at the end of the boom, the headset’s microphone is also incorporated into the part. The microphone should have no problem picking up your voice (even though the microphone seems somewhat far).

Earpiece volume can be adjusted by pressing on either upper or lower button at the top-end of the headset. And if you’re wondering which one to press (since you’re able to swap the headset to be worn on either ears), the headset will identify its orientation and apply the correct function to the respective button. How’s that? :)

The Bluetooth headset provides two indicators - through the headset’s earpiece (audio) and the light at the end of the boom (visual). Tones through the earpiece indicate statuses such as voice dialling, opening and closing of audio link, and “battery low” status. Different types of illumination from the light indicator can signify charging status, pairing statuses, and current mode of operation (standby/connected on a call).

Turning off the headset simply requires the closure of the boom.


Styling

The design of the Motorola Bluetooth Wireless Headset cannot be disregarded. Out of the many Bluetooth headsets that I’ve come across, this one comes up tops. There are several aspects of this headset which I very much favour - including the foldable boom and the headset’s compact size. Also, the positioning of the three buttons (answer/reject/voice dialling, and two volume buttons) complements the eye-catching, silver Motorola “M” logo.

Although the headset is conspicuous when worn on the ear, it does not boast the same levels as the Ericsson Bluetooth headsets that contain the very-long boom. In conjunction with its lightweight design, the Motorola Bluetooth Wireless Headset can be worn with comfort and provide a sturdier feeling than other boom headsets.

With the boom closed, the headset fits comfortably in the palm of an average-sized hand. You can put it in a shirt pocket and may not even feel it being there! Alternatively, you can tie the provided lanyard (neck strap) to the top section of the headset and wear it around your neck - or securely carry it in the provided headset pouch which can be clipped onto a belt.


Road-testing the Motorola Bluetooth Wireless Headset

I was able to test and use the Motorola Bluetooth Headset successfully on both a Nokia 6310i and 8910. The headset was able to auto-connect up with both phones (set “request authorisation” option to ‘no’) when Bluetooth was enabled before opening the headset boom. When the boom was closed, the connection between the two devices was immediately disconnected by the phone which it was paired with.

The headset fitted comfortably to my ear - but a few people (out of many) found the earhook to cause slight pain to the back of the ear. Although the sales package didn’t come with any additional earhook sizes, the material used on the earhook should be soft and flexible enough for a user to work out a comfortable position to sit the headset onto the ear.
Audio quality through the earpiece was alright. When you compare other “earhook” headsets, the Motorola Bluetooth Wireless Headset produces a similar level of quality. But for headsets which have the earplug, then this would be the choice in terms of good audio quality. There were times that the headset produced a lot of background static when the phone is virtually right next to the phone (static is normal when the distance between the Bluetooth headset and phone become too great). To rectify this, all I had to do was close and open the boom again (that is, turning the Bluetooth headset off and back on).

But one of the biggest issues I had with this headset was its battery life. On the first charge, I was only able to use it for less than half a day (wearing it on my ear - on standby mode). On subsequent charges, the Bluetooth headset was able to last me for approximately 6-7 hours on average use. One would probably want to dedicate an individual profile for the headset (on Nokia phones) where all warning and keypad tones are disabled - since all these are passed onto the headset, thereby consuming unnecessary battery power. I was able to get more hours out of an Ericsson HBH-20.


In summary

Apart from my wish for this headset to output a few more hours of usage time (so that I don’t have to pocket it when I don’t really have to use it), the Motorola Bluetooth Wireless Headset combines the right sense of style and levels of practicality that makes it “top notch”. Although I do find the Ericsson Bluetooth boom headsets appealing in terms of styling, the Motorola version wins thanks to compactness and practicality.

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