Moor Bluetooth Headset – Review

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I’ve never really felt the need to use a bluetooth headset. Usually, they are overpriced devices which produce very poor music quality and look silly when they are used instead of a phone. This seems like quite a big price to pay just for the luxury of not having a wire all the time.

Then I started using the Moor M2002 Premium headset, which caught my eye because of the reasonably low price of £29.99, and the design which appeared to be extremely subtle on the product listing.

When it arrived, I was instantly impressed with the Moor headset. When I asked to review it, I was almost already prepared to dislike it, due to my previous opinions of bluetooth headsets, however I have been pleasantly surprised.

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The build quality of the headset is the most impressive feature. It is made mostly out of plastic however it feels extremely premium, no cheap or creaky plastic here. The power button and the music controls live on the outside of the right ear, which is easy to access however you need to be aware of the button placement before you use it, otherwise you’ll accidentally skip the song or turn the headset off. The buttons do work very well though, with a delay of less than a second between the button press and the action being carried out.

The sound quality of this headset isn’t going to blow your mind. In fact, I have a set of Sony headphones which cost £20 last year which were able to produce better sounding music, and were able to contain the music a lot more. However, part of what you’re paying for here is the ability to do everything wireless, meaning if you’re wanting something to listen only to music with, this isn’t for you.

Inside the house, it was quite noticeable that the music quality was slightly muffled. This wasn’t a major problem, however for serious listening time it would probably get annoying. Over the past two weeks, every time I have left the house I have taken the Moor headset with me to listen to music as I walk or sit on the bus, and the quality is more than adequate for such activities, although it would be better if the sound was contained a little more.

The call quality on the headset was incredible for the price. I received a call from a number of friends while walking in extremely strong winds, and was able to hear the person perfectly. I was also told that I was heard perfectly, as if I was holding the phone to my head as usual. This surprised me as the headphones are designed like regular over-ear ones, without a microphone on your cheek.

To conclude, I have been extremely impressed by the Moor MR002 headset. I prepared myself for the worst, and what I got was a pleasant surprised. While the music quality isn’t suitable for the serious listener, it’s more than enough for people who are out a lot, and want something they can use as a substitute for their mobile.

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Sony Releases Videos of Playstation History

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Tomorrow is a huge day for the gaming and technology industry. The video released by Sony last month ending with ‘#Playstation2013’ revealed Wednesday 20th February as a date to anticipate. As if there was any doubt that this would be the announcement of the Playstation 4, Sony have released a collection of videos detailing the history of each Playstation console.

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B1 Phone Concept Embraces Rectangular Design

If you were to walk into your local phone retailer right now, you’ll probably notice that, with the exception of only a few devices, most smartphones follow the same design trend of a slightly curved body. It’s a great design idea which means people can hold it very easily and comfortably, but it’s beginning to get old.

This B1 Phone is a concept created by Philip de los Reyes, which ‘takes advantage of the rectangular nature of phones instead of fighting it’.

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Design: Google Product Posters

I might just be the biggest fan of Google’s advertising campaigns, but I’m always keen to see how others would market their products.

This project I just came across was created by Junichi Tsuneoka who was hired to ‘design a series of posters capturing the many different Google services but with a common aesthetic’. I’d say he does that very well, it’s just a shame we he only created four of them!

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Cleartones Offers a Solution To Annoying Ringtones

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Mobile phones have come a long way in the past few years, making the jump from large bricks which could call, text and play the occasional game of Snake, to mini computers which can connect with friends and organise your work life. However, I still find myself obsessing over a feature which has been available since some of the earliest mobile phones were released, personalised ringtones.

I’ve always been a big fan of ringtones. One of the strongest memories I have of using my Nokia 3310 is spending my day browsing the internet, trying to find the codes to my favourite songs, so that I could ‘compose’ them in monotone through a combination of number presses. At the time, it seemed like the best thing ever, and looking back I slightly envy those days. Sure, phones have come a long way, but in terms of ringtones, it’s gone downhill.

Nowadays, the ability to play a real song as a ringtone is one of the things I hate about public travel. I’m usually tolerant of the most annoying people on a bus, even if they play their music loudly through their earphones. However, when Nicki Minaj’s latest attempt at music suddenly blasts from somebody’s pocket, I feel that I did well to not show my annoyance in public.

I appreciate that there are some people, probably the majority of adults, who prefer to have the default ringtones set in place by Apple, Samsung and Blackberry as their default notification. However, most of these tones are extremely unimaginative and the sheer quantity of these phones has led to a huge amount of people having the same tune. I’m sure you’ll have noticed by now that, in a public place when an iPhone ringtone goes off, at least 50% of the people in that room move their hands towards their pocket.

By now, I feel like I’ve made clear to you how much I dislike the current generation of ringtones, and can now tell you why all that has just changed.

I came across Cleartones while doing random Google searches earlier this week, and I’m extremely glad that I did. Cleartones, advertised as ‘minimalistic’, are simple ringtones and notifications which easily gain your attention when your phone has activity, without annoying people around you, or mistaking it for a phone belonging to somebody else.

The Organic pack is clearly the best set of tones available from Cleartone. Each pack was created in a professional studio using bells, chimes, woodblocks, vibraphone and marimbas to create sounds which could be described as ‘clear, elegant, simple, pleasant’.

50 Cleartones costs $10, and you can buy all 200 sounds for $30. To be completely honest, I was sceptical about paying for ringtones. I mean, I’ve made clear my hatred of current ringtones and notifications, but I’ve never really given any thought into buying them. However, Cleartones have helped me to enjoy the thing that I’ve hated for the past few years, but loved playing with on my very first Nokia. The pack of 200 tones means that you never get bored and can constantly change it up, as each sound is as elegant and beautiful as the last.

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