The Motorola HS820 has a bullet
shaped design and comes in three front cover color schemes
(Teal Blue, Gray and Glossy Black). The silver multi-function
button sits on the front cover above the LED. The volume
up and down buttons live on each side of the headset with
a charging port on top of the headset and a mic hole on the
bottom. The earphone is extended out slightly from the headset
to better aim the sound firing to your ear canal. The direction
of the ear-hook can easily be changed for either ear. It
has a flexible joint that allows you to open the ear-hook
and loop it over your ear to put the headset on quickly.
The headset is very comfortable to wear thanks to the lightweight
and ergonomic design. Buttons are well placed for easy access.
The boom sits naturally close to your face and points to
the front for max outgoing speech volume.
Pairing the headset with cell phones
is easy and painless. Turn the headset off; then hold the
multi-function button until the blue LED light remains
on. Discover and pair it with your cell phone or PDA using
the default "0000" passkey.
Even though Motorola includes only a few of their phones
in the compatibility list, the HS820 will work with most
Bluetooth phones and supports both Hands Free and Headset
profiles. We tested the HS820 with variety of smartphones
including the Nokia 3650, Motorola MPx220, Audiovox SMT5600,
HP iPAQ 6315 and the Treo 650. All devices paired with the
HS820 without a hitch. The Motorola headset can store pairing
information for up to eight (8) different devices. Devices
are stored in the memory in the order entered. If you pair
it with more than 8 devices, the oldest device will be removed
from the list.
The voice quality is very good on all devices
with exception of the Audiovox SMT5600 which has a lower
volume but is still quite usable. You can adjust speaker
volume by pressing the volume buttons on each side of the
headset. When you change the headset from right ear to left
ear orientation, you can change the volume button orientation
as well. The HS820 performed in range differently when used
with different phones. When using it with the Motorola
SMT5600 and the HP iPAQ 6315, we got close to 25
foot range (distance between the phone and the headset).
With the Nokia 3650, we got about 10-15 feet. The worst range
we experienced was when using the HS820 with the Treo
It starts to have cracking noise and ugly interference at
about 7 feet.
The Motorola HS820 handles road noise and reasonably
windy conditions well. The Bluetooth update should help improve
noise canceling and with the boom close to your face it picks
up your voice better. We tested the HS820 with normal road
noise and with the window down on expressways, and found
the voice quality is quite good and clear. Voice quality
performed equally well when speaking with both mobile and
landline users in our tests.
The Motorola HS820 supports a good set of phone features
such as voice dialing, call waiting, conference calling and
voice command. Please note: not all cell phones support these
features. Cell phones with the Hands-Free profile generally
give you more functionality through the headset. Check the
user guides of both your phone and the headset to find out
how to use features such as redial a number, hold/resume
a call and reject calls. The headset does not have a Mute
The Motorola HS820 has a rechargeable battery
and can be charged using an included Motorola standard charger.
Make sure that the charger connector is face down while the
headset is facing up. It's very convenient if you are already
using a Motorola phone with this headset since you only need
to use and carry one charger. The LED will stay on while
charging and turn off when the battery is fully charged.
The claimed talk time is 6 hours and we got about 5 hours
in our tests. If you don't use the headset for 5 minutes
the LED will turn off but it's still ready for you next call
. The claimed talk time is 100 hours and it's sufficed to
say that it's quite long.
The package includes the Motorola Wireless
Headset HS820, a standard Motorola charger, User Manual and
a Quick Start Guide.
design and light weight make this headset a good choice for
heavy headset users. Smooth pairing with up to 8 devices
will ensure a broad user base for this product. It has good
voice quality and efficient noise canceling. Supports many
phone features such as voice dialing, call holding and voice
No mute function.