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iPhone specific review - solving connectivity issues
on February 14, 2012
I never write reviews, but I've never had such a negative reaction to a product on Amazon. Note that I have primarily used blueAnt and Jawbone devices in the past. This is my first foray into Motorola. I also want to address some of the iPhone connectivity problems noted in other reviews:
* Fit is excellent - the takes a little getting used to the thing being jammed in your ear and the sensing mechanism up against your inner ear bone (?) but if you can get by that, it's quite an excellent fit
* Size, weight, and look are also quite nice
* Retail packaging - got the full retail packaging, with all loops, buds, etc.
* Super static-y
* Don't get this if you have an iPhone
Addressing the iPhone connectivity issue specifically, which seems to be covered quite a bit in the other reviews. I've done some research and used the device, and here's what I've found:
> If you power down the device with the iPhone in PHONE mode (i.e., as long as the phone 'app' is up on your screen), you will hear a descending tone, and everything will be fine for next time.
> If you power down the device WITHOUT the iPhone in phone mode, it 'dies' - you can't get it to turn on again, you can't pair it, you can't do anything.
> If the device 'dies', all you have to do is (with the device off)plug it into your charger for 2 seconds - just enough for the charging light to come on, then unplug it, and turn it on, and it will automatically pair and you're good to go.
Is that incredibly annoying and a reason not to buy the device? Absolutely. I'm incredibly anal about my devices, and I still have run into issues with this on/off thing - you just don't think about it. You park your car, you get out, you just turn your device off and put it in your pocket... you don't think to go to the phone, click to the phone function and THEN turn the device off.
Note - I think all of the issues with battery life indicators, bluetooth indicators, caller ID, etc., are all linked to this quirk between this device and the iPhone...and candidly, why it's now selling for $40 instead of its list price of 3X that amount.