The reason I became engulfed (or obsessed) in social media was when I launched this blog. I quickly realized that the fashion industry is one of the charging forces behind social media – and if you’re in fashion and you’re not social, you’ll get left behind. A simple acquiescence on my end led me to create social media profiles, which then led me to start conversing via social media, which then led to me falling down the social rabbit hole – from which I now happily reside.
I talk about social media and the latest gadgets mostly through my personal social media profiles and on my podcast, Speaking Of Fashion. I don’t grace the blog too much with my nerdy tendencies. However I guess my habits came through when I was contacted by Motorola to be a part of their Fashion Insider group. I did not know that Motorola had such a program, but apparently their Elite Silver bluetooth headset was all over L.A. Fashion Week this year.
I was tasked with testing out and reviewing this uber-fancy bluetooth headset and sharing it with my readers. Being on multiple conference calls per day, I thought this would be a fantastic review for all of us working professionals.
I went through the “bluetooth hunt” years ago when I worked at McGraw-Hill Publishing and pretty much lived in the car; and taking conference calls without a headset led me to receive a curt lecture from my chiropractor. I went through five bluetooth devices. Almost all of them led to complaints about background noise. However when I purchased the Jawbone (an investment to say the least), I received no complaints and it worked wonderfully – that is until I lost it while at a golf outing for work. And that was only about two weeks after I purchased it. That was when I stopped investing in bluetooth devices.
Enter the first thing I like about the Elite Silver headset. It comes in a case! This is probably one of the smallest bluetooth headsets I’ve ever seen – and without a case I’m sure I’d lose this one even more quickly than my past Jawbone. Plus the case is how you charge the bluetooth, so it’s somewhat vital.
When you first receive the bluetooth, you do the customary action of charging it, which it luckily does quite quickly. At full charge (a green light), you get around five hours of talk time. I admit I first tried it while wearing my glasses, so it was difficult inserting it into my ear. I should’ve known better – I eventually got it on, but to put it on quickly with glasses was just not going to happen. (Sans glasses it goes on and fits perfectly comfortably. In fact I could hardly tell I was wearing it!)
For the pros, the sound quality is great. I could hear people almost better than using my cell phone directly (I have an iPhone 4S). Also when you’re using the headset, you have the option via the iPhone to actually choose if you want to use the bluetooth or speaker phone. So if your bluetooth is connected but you don’t have time to put it in your ear to make the call (a constant with me), it’s nice to have the choice of one or the other. Granted this could be an iPhone setting in general – either way it’s a good setting to have! Also, everyone I’ve spoken with over the phone while using the Elite Silver bluetooth headset said they could hear me perfectly fine. Only one person said I sounded like I was in a tunnel, and he was also using a bluetooth. So I think maybe our bluetooths were just not getting along. Perhaps it was jealous of the Elite Silver’s design. It does come down to the outfit doesn’t it?
One hiccup I noticed with the Elite Silver bluetooth – which could be my own ignorance as I haven’t owned a bluetooth in over six years – was that if my bluetooth was connected to my phone, my phone rang, and then the bluetooth would automatically pick up the call! Again, this could totally be an iPhone thing, but either way it terrifies me when I want to screen my phone calls. I’m still figuring out a work-around on that one. The other slightly annoying feature (which again could be an iPhone thing) is that my iPhone can’t seem to find it when I turn the bluetooth on after it’s been off for a few hours. I have to tell my iPhone to “forget” the headset. Then I do a fresh search and then it finds it again and connects without a problem. This happened twice to me, so I’m not sure if it’s a fluke, or something I just have to get used to. Luckily it doesn’t take long to do. So if you get the headset and you have an iPhone – write that bit down.
All in all, I have to say I’m quite happy with the Elite Silver. It’s so much better than speaker phone, cancels out background noise, boasts a strong battery life and (as a sucker for all things pretty) it is by far the most chic headset I’ve ever seen. It also helps me multitask while on all those conference calls. Admit it, you do it too. Now you can just say you do it without a crick in your neck from holding the phone to your shoulder! Your chiropractor would be proud.
For a full fact sheet, please reference the Motorola ELITE SLIVER Fact Sheet.