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Published on July 23rd, 2013 | by Greg


Jabra Motion Headset: A Bluetooth Business Companion

If you are on your cell phone most of the day, chances are that you’ve tried out Bluetooth headsets. Speakerphones can be great if you’re in a static, closed environment without much noise. But whether you’re in the car, out walking around in between meetings, or trying to multi-task, there are many situations where a wireless headset is absolutely essential.

The Jabra Motion is a top-of-the-line enterprise-class model, aimed specifically at those who rely heavily on their phones throughout the day. With seven hours of talk time between charges, it will last even the most talkative person through even the longest conference calls- if your headset is more than a year old, the improved battery life is a great reason to upgrade. Many of the features are ones that you would expect, like active noise cancellation that we’re happy to report was excellent even in windy conditions or busy train stations. There are voice controls and voice guidance, to help you dial when you’re phone isn’t accessible. There’s a dedicated mute button, missing on most headsets that we see, and handy in a pinch when that guy next to you can’t stop coughing.

We liked the NFC pairing, which is still not universally supported on headsets (or smartphones), and won’t help Apple users. But the key feature that makes the name is a motion sensor that will automatically answer calls when you pick up the headset and put it on. It worked fine, though wasn’t anything too revolutionary. The design looks fairly traditional at first glance, but the boom microphone flips up for storage. The Motion isn’t lightweight, at 7 ounces, but we rarely noticed it. And one possible issue is the large answer/hangup button- normally, we’d cheer for an easy-to-access button, but the placement of this one means that if you try to adjust the Motion and get a tighter fit while chatting, you are likely to hang up. Awkward.

Jabra’s lineup includes a lot of options, from the basic Talk and Easy-Go models to their higher-end sleek and stylish Stone that we reviewed a couple of years ago. We recently raved about their impressive Revo on-ear wireless headphones, which we still enjoy using on the go and wholeheartedly recommend. But if you’re looking for a behind-ear Bluetooth headset that is comfortable enough to wear for an entire day, the Motion is a great choice. With plenty of adjustability, three sizes of gel earbuds included, and stellar audio quality on both ends of a call, it’s an excellent headset that is worthy of the pricetag. The Jabra Motion is available online and in stores for a very reasonable $80.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Appleā€™s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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