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MoGo Talk Bluetooth Headset

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What's hot: Very thin and comes with a case. Works well with the iPhone 3GS.

What's not: No volume control on the headset.

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Review posted January 2010 by Tong Zhang, Senior Editor

We have seen external batteries built into a case for the iPhone before, now we have a Bluetooth headset built into a case. The MoGo Talk Bluetooth headset folds flat and snaps into a protective case for the iPhone 3G or iPhone 3GS. The headset itself is very thin and the earpiece can swivel from flat position to over 90 degrees to fit in your ear. The headset has clear voice and loud volume when working with the iPhone 3GS, and we tested it with other phones for good measure and it worked decently with many other phones as well. 

MoGo Talk iPhone Bluetooth headset

Design

The design of the MoGo Talk is unique not only because of the case and headset combo but also because the headset (including the earpiece) is very thin. Measuring 0.94 x 1.97 x 0.2 inches, the MoGo Talk Bluetooth headset is one of the thinnest we’ve ever seen. The earpiece is also tiny but the headset comes with a wide rubber tip that helps secure the headset in the ear. The MoGo Talk comes with 6 different ear tips in various sizes and two shapes (one shape for maximum ambient noise canceling and the other lets more ambient noise in). You should try the largest tip first (default) and move down in size to find the most comfortable one.  We found the headset was surprisingly comfortable and secure to wear once we found the ear tip in the right size. The MoGo Talk has a single multifunction button on the right side that acts as the call answer button, call end button as well as the control for pairing, last number redialing and voice dialing activation. There is no volume control on the MoGo Talk as the Bluetooth headset has an automatic ambient noise level sensor and adjusts the volume for you accordingly. If you need to increase or decrease the volume, you must adjust it on your phone. An LED light lives on the tip of the boom and it provides pairing, call and battery status.

MoGo Talk iPhone Bluetooth headset

The MoGo Talk is the second Bluetooth headset we’ve seen recently that has a partner. The Jabra Stone also has a charging/storage base. This setup allows for the ultra thin headset body since it eliminates the charging port from the headset. The MoGo Talk case has a folding micro USB port, and through this port you can charge the headset via the case. The shiny hard plastic case protects the back of the iPhone 3G or iPhone 3GS with all ports accessible and camera lens exposed. It doesn’t provide good protection for the screen of the iPhone 3GS though the package does come with a screen protector film.

 

 

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Pairing and Features

The MoGo Talk has Bluetooth v2.1 with an easy pair feature that allows the headset to go into pairing mode the first time you turn it on. For subsequent pairing, turn the headset off and then press and hold the multifunction button until the LED flashes red and blue. With the headset in pairing mode, use your iPhone to find the headset and pair with it (default code is “0000” if you need it). The MoGo Talk can store 5 pairing partners and will connect with the first one it sees when powered up.

Though this MoGo Talk version is designed specifically for the iPhone, we tested it with several other phones, and it paired with everything smoothly. The MoGo Talk supports common call features such as answering, rejecting calls, redialing last number (hands free profile) and voice dialing. The features worked well in our tests.

MoGo Talk iPhone Bluetooth headset

Voice Quality and Range

The MoGo Talk has clear voice and loud volume when working with the iPhone 3GS, its intended phone partner. We tested the headset with the iPhone 3GS in both indoor and outdoor environments with different levels of background noise, and found the headset very functional with the iPhone 3GS. If you have a BlackBerry smartphone, there are also BlackBerry MoGo Talk headsets with cases that fit some BlackBerry models. We also tried the headset with several other devices and here are the highlights of the tests:

When working with the iPhone 3GS
The audio quality was very good via the iPhone 3GS. Both incoming and outgoing ends were very loud and voices were very clear. The volume was turned to half full and that was loud enough to overcome road noise and most other background noise. The DSP worked well at blocking road noise and indoor ambient noise, and the range was about 15 feet.

When working with the Motorola Droid:
The MoGo Talk had some trouble with the Droid by Motorola. The outgoing voice was very low and voice quality wasn’t clear. But on the incoming end, the voice was clearer than the Jabra Stone and the volume was good as well. The DSP was effective but the range between the headset the Droid only reached about 8 feet before we started to hear crackling and audio degradation.

When working with the HP iPAQ Glisten:
The MoGo Talk worked reasonably well with the HP iPAQ Glisten smartphone, better actually than the Jabra Stone. The incoming voice was sharp and the outgoing voice had slight distortion. The volume was loud on both ends, and the DSP was mostly effective but loud noise sometimes got through but it wasn’t bad at all. The range between the MoGo Talk and the HP reached 10-15 feet.

Battery Life

The MoGo Talk has a built-in rechargeable battery that has average battery life. The claimed talk time is 4 hours and the claimed standby is 1 week. These numbers seemed on target in our battery tests. The MoGo Talk comes with only a USB to micro USB cable, and it doesn’t come with an AC charger or vehicle adapter. If you are using the MoGo Talk with an iPhone 3G/3GS, you can just use the iPhone AC charger and in-car charger to charge the MoGo Talk headset. The headset doesn’t take long to charge fully (1-2 hours), and the LED light will let you know when it’s fully charged (turns red to blue).

Conclusion

An impossibly thin headset, the MoGo Talk comes in a unique form and it works with the iPhone 3GS very well. If you don’t need a case that covers the screen, the MoGo Talk doubles as a strong protective case that also stores your Bluetooth headset. Very convenient indeed. The headset fits either ear, and as long as you can find an ear tip size that fits your ear, the headset is quite comfortable to wear and feels light for wearing throughout a day. The voice quality certainly passes the grade with the iPhone 3GS and the range performance is not bad either. The lack of volume control on the headset could potentially turn some folks away as the automatic volume adjustment might not cover all situations and changing the volume on the phone while driving isn’t a safe practice.

Pro: Very thin and comes with a case. Works well with the iPhone 3GS.

Con: No volume control on the headset.

 

Package contains the MoGo Talk Bluetooth headset, USB cable, 6 ear tips, screen protector film and a printed manual.

Technical Specs:

-Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
-Profiles supported: Headset and Hands-Free
-Claimed talk time: Up to 4 hours
-Claimed standby time: Up to 7 days
-Headset size: 0.94 x 1.97 x 0.2 inches
-Headset weight: 0.32 oz.  (9 grams)  
-AC adapter: None

 

Price: $129.99

Web site: www.mogotalk.com

 

 

 

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