Connects quickly, turns on and off quickly, mini-USB charger
Small power button
I have owned many Bluetooth headsets (Blue Ant Z9, Plantronics Discovery 665), and have been very disappointed with most of them. I figured the more expensive and better reviewed, the better, right? Wrong. Connection issues, lost eargels, volume issues, bizarre charging tubes, you name it. So when my BlueAnt ran ... Read full review
I have owned many Bluetooth headsets (Blue Ant Z9, Plantronics Discovery 665), and have been very disappointed with most of them. I figured the more expensive and better reviewed, the better, right? Wrong. Connection issues, lost eargels, volume issues, bizarre charging tubes, you name it. So when my BlueAnt ran away (I lost it on the subway or somewhere along my commute?bye bye little Ant!) I decided to go cheaper. If they all suck, why spend big bucks on one? So I spent $45 and got a Motorola H375.
In short, it just works. When I turn it on, it connects immediately with a happy chirp in my ear. When the phone rings, I touch the Multi-Function Button and wow, it connects! When I hold the power button, it turns off quickly. I know these sound like novel ideas, but they were sorely lacking in the more expensive headsets I had.
Looks: I think all Bluetooth devices look fairly dorky, and I use them for safety and convenience, not for looks. That being said, the H375 is small and unobtrusive. It has a textured outside surface similar to a vinyl record album (if you?re under 30, Google it). The MFB is fairly large and has a shiny surface. If looks mean anything to you, it is modern but does not call attention to itself.
Fit: Headsets are very personal things. Only buy them from a place where you can return it easily. This is not the most universal fitting device ever. There are two small black rubber rings that you can interchange to make it fit better. One is circular the other is more oblong to fit the contours of your ear. With a little adjusting, I was able to make the headset fit pretty well. It stays on when I turn my head quickly and becomes mostly invisible to my ear. I don?t wear it non-stop (see ?dorky? comment above) and really only put it on when I am talking on it. I imagine that if you wore it for 12 hours straight, it would begin to hurt, but I have had no issues.
Sound: Here are the cold hard facts: no headset will work well in a loud bar, or when walking on a windy street with a fire truck racing by. All I hope for is my callers can hear me without echoes, and without sounding like I am in a tunnel. This does the job fine. My music ringtone sounds a little scratchy, and the chirp when I get an email is rough around the edges, but people sound fine and that is all that matters. It?s a phone, not a miracle sound device, so don?t expect more than the sound that comes from your home phone. The BlueAnt may have better noise canceling, but if it doesn?t connect, what good is it?
Battery life: I can?t attest for how long the battery lasts, as it uses a standard mini-USB and I have chargers everywhere that work with that connection. That was a big advantage for me when I bought it so I would not have to buy extra car and office chargers (and pack them on trips).
My one gripe even starts as a positive note: I like that there is a dedicated power button and not merged into the MFB. I have found that those unified buttons lead to accidental shut-down of the unit when you really mean to answer a call, start a call, etc. So a separate power button is great. However, the power button on this one is very small, and hard to find by touch. It is probably too minuscule if you have thick skin on your fingertips or big fingers.
Otherwise, the unit works. It doesn?t make you levitate nor will it solve your investment woes, but it works, and in the end that is what electronics are supposed to do.