- Editor's Rating
- Light design that allows for an almost custom fit
- Wide wireless range for handsfree use
- NFC pairing for compatible devices
- Large design makes it noticeable while wearing
- Limited voice commands
Quick TakeThe Jabra Motion Bluetooth headset offers unique features such as NFC compatibility and motion sensors, but it also leads the pack when it comes to sound quality and comfort.
The latest flagship Bluetooth headset from Jabra, the Jabra Motion, is a wireless offering aimed at the mobile workforce. Equipped with motion sensors and microphones, the Jabra Motion is touted as being an intuitive headset that adapts to changing sound environments and adjusts audio intelligently based on ambient noise levels. With so many Bluetooth headsets available, it can be hard to decide which one is right for you. And with a price tag of $130, the Jabra Motion is one of the higher-end devices, yet its offerings are definitely worth its cost.
Build and Design
Sporting a curve around the ear design, the Jabra Motion is rather large compared to its counterparts and is certainly noticeable when wearing. However, it’s this larger design that allows it to sit comfortably on the ear without hurting or placing too much pressure on a particular spot. Weighing in at 17.5 grams, the Jabra Motion is extremely light and features an excellent design that allows for an almost custom fit experience. The earpiece swivels, so users can wear the headset on the right or left ear, and the movable post allows one to adjust the height of the earpiece to his or her liking; the headset is also packaged with two differently sized rubber ear buds. Even during extended periods of use, TG never found the headset to be uncomfortable; it was easy to forget the device was being worn at times before catching your reflection in a mirror.
The microphone on the headset sits about a third of the way down one’s cheek, lining up nicely with the user’s mouth, which helps produce crisp audio that doesn’t sound fuzzy or far away. The headset lacks any physical buttons, with the exception of a very small Voice and Mute button, located underneath the microphone, and the Call button, situated on the outside of the earpiece. Users can turn the wireless on and off by opening and closing the flip boom-arm, which makes for an easy setup when pairing a new device. With no physical buttons for volume control, users can slide a finger up and down the Volume touch-sensitive panel to adjust speaker noise.
The Jabra Motion Bluetooth headset comes packaged with an AC charging adapter, a USB charging cable and a cigarette lighter car adapter. There is also a user’s manual included, though the instructions aren’t very detailed, as the headset’s corresponding App, dubbed JabraConnect, provides an online manual. The device charges via a microUSB port on its backside, while two status LEDs on the inside indicate battery level and Bluetooth connectivity.
The Jabra Motion is compatible with both iOS and Android, and is effortless to pair with a phone. Upon opening the boom-arm, the headset turns on and users are greeted by audio instructions. This is perhaps another reason why the paper user manual is so thin. A melodious female voice instructs the user on how to pair the headset with a Bluetooth-enabled device, which takes less than a minute to do. Those with NFC-equipped smartphones, like the Samsung Galaxy S III, have an even easier setup, as users just have to tap the headset to the back of their phone. From there, a confirmation notice appears on the screen, asking to connect the two devices. Support for NFC is one of the newest features on Jabra’s latest headset, and it is definitely welcomed.
On top of its unique features, such as NFC support, the Jabra Motion headset also provides terrific sound quality. Calls were clear and crisp, with the device offering great audio quality on both sides of the call. Nothing is worse than a headset that makes the user sound like they are talking on a headset. Fortunately, this was not the case with the Jabra Motion. With a range of 300 feet, the headset allows for a truly hands free experience, as TG was able to walk around without dragging the smartphone around.
The voice commands are rather limited, with users having the option of Redial, Call Back, Phone Commands, Battery, Pair New Device and Cancel. Though iPhone users can launch Siri via the Phone Commands, which in turn allows them to make calls, send a text or have their questions answered. Android users can use the same commands for Google Now. The headset can also stream music, though I’m not sure how enjoyable listening to music with one ear is.
Jabra states that the headset takes 2 hours to fully charge, though TG found it only took about an hour and a half to charge a completely depleted battery. The company also promises up to 7 hours of talk time, which is about accurate thanks to the headset’s power saving mode.
Yet, the real jewel of Jabra’s latest headset is in its name. The device contains motion sensors that are at work even when the user doesn’t realize it. For instance, if a call comes in, users simply have to pick up the Jabra Motion to answer the phone. In the same respect, the headset will detect when it is active, but not being used, and will enter power-saving mode. These sensors also help the headset adjust to new environments when a user is walking. This was perhaps one of my favorite features, as the headset performed extremely well when faced with the wind tunnels of my neighborhood.
Equipped with Bluetooth 4.0 and dual microphones, the Jabra Motion is one of the best headsets available. The inclusion of motion sensors takes the headset to a new level of intelligent, making it the perfect accessory for any smartphone. With impressive audio quality and exceptional comfort, the Motion is worth its high-end price tag. Yet, for those looking for the bare bones experience, there are plenty of other headsets available at a lower price point.