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Jabra MOTION Bluetooth headset review

The Jabra MOTION Bluetooth headset is Jabra’s newest wireless offering that allows for nearly seven hours of talk time or fifteen days of standby with a connected mobile device. It includes a motion sensor that is supposed to allow you to effortlessly take or make an important call wherever you’re at. But is this the  right Bluetooth headset for you?

I had a bit of trouble determining how one uses any sort of movement to properly use the motion sensor, as there is nothing in the box to indicate what this means, except a small note at the bottom of a quick start guide that the manual is online. Looking at the manual, it claims the movement sensors activate features in a device based on movement, or lack thereof – that’s really not helping too much.

Jabra MOTION headset only

A little more digging found the manual here. What the motion sensor accomplishes is this: if you’ve left the headset on a desk and pick it up, it will automatically answer the call. Alternately, if you’ve got your phone on vibrate and it’s on the table next to it and falls off, you’ve got it answering the phone for you.

The second use of the motion sensor is if the Jabra MOTION is left on but placed on a table and not moved, it will go into a power nap mode. The thinking on this is that the average user of the Jabra Motion is probably not a ninja silently stalking his target, awaiting the moment to strike; therefore, the headset can assume if it’s not moving it should conserve battery.

And finally, if you’re walking, the volume will increase. I couldn’t notice this increase, but there was only so much time of talking to friends saying, “And how does this sound? So tell me something that happened today while I wander around my yard,” that I could do with it. I’ll assume it works.

Noise cancelling

The Jabra MOTION has dual microphones to counteract wind noise. I couldn’t test this out, as it hasn’t been very windy lately, and if it is it’s pouring buckets. Being in front of a fan didn’t seem to have the same effect -that, or the noise cancelling was just that great.

Whatever the case, no call I made was really affected by any environmental actions, although there was really no test bed that I could produce.

Jabra MOTION packaging
Packaging weighed significantly more than contents

Jabra MOTION NFC implementation

If you’ve got NFC (if you’ve got the HTC EVO 4G LTE, you do), simply tapping the headset to the phone’s NFC area will initiate Bluetooth pairing. It’s a pretty nifty feature if, for some reason, you’re going to need to hand off between multiple cell phones, or you just don’t want to deal with setting up the thing over and over again.

You can also transfer audio control back and forth from phone to headset by tapping the phone to the NFC region. Not having multiple NFC phones available at the moment, I can’t tell if this might be a neat thing.

If you don’t have NFC, you can still connect by holding the call button while the thing is off and flipping it open. It’ll appear as a connectable Bluetooth device, and you can pair normally (the password is 0000 if your device requests it).

Jabra MOTION volume control
Volume controls

Jabra MOTION Bluetooth headset controls

The Jabra MOTION has a touch sensitive panel that’s set up to change the volume on the headset, a voice command and mute button on the microphone arm, a multi-touch call button that has many different uses (answer, end, talk time status, reject call, redial, switch between calls), and the microphone swing arm that serves mostly as an on/off switch.The call handling requires long holds, and call rejection is a double tap. It only takes a bit to learn them.

Jabra MOTON voice commands

This headset includes eight built-in commands and one pass-through. Pressing the button on the mic while the phone is not on a call puts you in the mode to issue commands to the headset.

Jabra MOTION headset from the side

The commands are:

  • “What can I say?” (help)
  • Answer
  • Ignore
  • Pair new device
  • Redial
  • Call Back
  • Battery (get battery stats)
  • Cancel
  • Phone commands

The phone commands is designed to work with Siri-like services. I’m not entirely sure how it’s supposed to work, as I did not have a recent iDevice in the house to assault with the headset. It didn’t seem to interface with Google Now, although I’m running a custom ROM on the phone, so it may work out of the box for you.

Jabra CONNECT app

Jabra CONNECT appThere’s also an app called Jabra CONNECT that allows you customize some settings such as the busylight indicator, power nap mode, whether you want to use the power nap mode, and a few other options. I didn’t use the app, as the device was working pretty much like I wanted it to from the get-go.

Tech specs

  • 17.5 grams
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Eight available stored paired devices
  • Bluetooth profiles: A2DP v1.6, Hands free profile v1.6, headset profile v1.2
  • 100m operating range
  • Two omni-directional microphones
  • Up to seven hour talk time
  • 15 day standby
  • Standard MicroUSB port
  • Charging and busy indicators

What’s in the box

Jabra MOTION box contents sans papers

  •  Headset
  • Two additional ear gels (small, medium, large included)
  • 180mA charger (you can not charge a phone with this)
  • USB to microUSB cable  (about four inches)
  • 12/24v to 750mA car power adapter (you can charge a phone)
  • Quickstart guide
  • Paper informing you that you need to charge the device
  • Warning manual
  • Warranty fortune-cookie paper
  • Half post-it-note telling you to register online

Jabra MOTION: Paul’s adventures

Jabra MOTION on Paul's ear
Jabra MOTION in off position, right ear, Paul is old

The headset fits on your right or left ear. It’s a bit of a challenge getting the thing on the first time or two, but once you figure out what you’re doing right and wrong, you’ll get it.

Once paired, you can play mono audio out the device. It sounds pretty decent, but unfortunately there seems to be no indicator to other people that you’re doing anything as they keep talking to you while your music is blaring.

On a call the device is pretty decent. Being on a cell phone network where the calls are OK at best, I couldn’t get a great feel for how great the audio was. It sounded very nice when I just recorded some audio off of it.

I found myself accidentally redialing people while I was playing with it initially, and the volume control seemed to be a punk if I had any hair strung over the earpiece, but once I got it set in the range I wanted I was more comfortable adjusting it on the phone side. Your mileage and hair may vary.

The Jabra MOTION can’t understand half of what I say. The speaker is excellent, but the voice recognition doesn’t seem to understand me unless I pick an accent and stick with it. It seems to understand standard Midwest perfectly, faux Southern fine, but my particular mess has to be enunciated rather than “natural-languaged” in. Eh, c’est la vie y’all.

I’m also not a huge fan of the idea of a Bluetooth headset. I have one other that I’ve had for eight or so years now and lasts 12 minutes on a charge. (That shows you how much I use these things.) If I come across as disliking this, it’s more I dislike the idea, and not so much the implementation.

The implementation, other than the voice recognition, I think is great. The sound is great, it feels like it was custom designed for my ear exclusively, and I’ve honestly never worn a device that I stopped noticing, but I stopped noticing that this was on me after a while.

It’s a good product, and at the MSRP it’s not horribly out of line with what I would expect to pay for something that does what this does this well. It’s a great product in inventiveness, but it’s not quite for me just because I do not talk terribly much on the phone. At least it has made me suspend my active dislike of Bluetooth earsets.

The Jabra MOTION is available from Amazon for $129.99.


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12 thoughts on “Jabra MOTION Bluetooth headset review

  • M55 plantroics 35.00 best buy price match from brands mart same as above but better 11hrs of talk time , 6 months of stand by time rock soild tech

    • Not having one of those in my hand I can only go by what I see on other reviews and pictures.

      Not as comfy looking of an earpiece. No NFC auto pairing. According to Amazon review the call quality suffers when outdoors (not sure it’s that’s the bluettoth or wind)

      Price is significantly better though

  • Their are no bells and whistles on the M55 its set in a plain bluetooth style shell, but its the tech under the hood that counts the low price 35.00 with no gotchas .if u want action with out the looks 15 day return u can rev the engine on this and watch the durability shine shine shine . 11hr talk top tech non stop. u can out talk this little bugger this is for guys and gals that are on the go go go do u work 10-14 hrs a day are u the boss , take comand M55 plantronics

  • Avatar of JRDemaskus

    I would recommend starting with a cheap device to see if it works for you.
    If you like it, then you will know what to look for when you are ready to lay down some real cash.

    • My wife has a point she’s made about that particular line of thought: As opposed to being out the cost of the device you want, you’re now out the cost of the device you first got and then the device you wanted to work your way up to.

      Plus, how can you tell if a device is for you if you buy a cheap version that might not work like the device you’re working up to?

      Although I’ll state that this is overkill for a lot of people. I’d say get what you want at Best Buy or some place with a good return policy for if you don’t like it. Try a bunch if they don’t work perfect.

      • Avatar of JRDemaskus

        I have too much guilt for returning a product that works, but is not right for me. If the product doesn’t work, I expect a replacement.
        I research most of the products I buy, and am usually satisfied.
        In this case, $35 is a lot less then $129. And a lot of people do not like these devices after using them.
        If you want to spend $129, there are more feature packed devices. Look at the Sony MW1. Stereo. The trade off is wires and quirky software. (Mine is Great) I see a lot of people using wired headsets with their phones, so these short wires shouldn’t take much to get used to. I never talk on the phone, but I do listen to atleast an hour of music a day over my device.
        The point I was trying to make, is that before you drop the cash, make sure you even want the item.
        If you already want the item, then do your research. (Like reading reviews from someone who actually used the device to its full potential. It did not read like you are a candidate for a Bluetooth earpiece.

        • I am not a fan on Bluetooth ear sets that is true. It is not something I would go out and actively purchase.

          I’m not sure what additional potential I could have used it to though, It made phone calls, struggled with understanding my voice for the voice commands, worked or didn’t in various stages that I reported on and was comfortable for hours of wearing.

          I’m sure there are plenty of other great Bluetooth earbuds out there, I’ve used a few, I didn’t write this article for people who are wondering if Bluetooth is right for them, I wrote this as a review of this one product and how it functioned.

          I’m fine with saying the X is a good option at $Y, but saying you should purchase smaller things before deciding on going with Z seems like a path to spending a lot more and accumulating tech junk.

          I don’t understand your guilt on returning things. I’m pretty sure manufacturers would rather you return a product you’re not happy with than have you go around wearing said product and telling everyone how you’re not happy with it. I think you’re doing a disservice to your wallet in that scenario also.

          I’m pretty sure Best Buy also gets a lot of clues as to what people think of products when they start getting returned en mass.

          Eh, my idea… I’m reading your plan of attack as “before you buy steak you should work your way up to it by getting a bowl of crackers to see if it’s right for you” – crackers not having the taste, weight, nutrition of the steak… or in the Bluetooth scenario the other product not having over-the-ear, a different fit, etc.

          If I was given a bowl of crackers, I’d return it actually I wouldn’t because I’m a vegetarian, but…) you get the idea.

          No offense intended as a note (I realize the internet comes across as shouting nonstop) – I’m intrigued by your line of thinking.

          • Avatar of JRDemaskus

            I don’t hear any shouting.
            And I can appreciate different points of view.
            But you were right, I read as “introduction” as opposed to “review” when the other commenter brought up the price point. $35 is “introduction”. $129 is “advanced”
            And does anybody use their Bluetooth to its full potential? Besides drivers.

  • Like I bought 2 highly blogged about Bluetooth devices that coast 100.00$ or better but they were not even as good as the 20.o0 device or this 35.00 device I guess its all up to what u need and what’s a comfortable fit …

  • Paul I’m always up in Nashville at work … Haha small world

  • I think it’s little bit overpriced. Sometimes people think that if they pay more, they will get better quality.

    Well that’s not always the case. They usually get the same quality, but with lots of more features (which they probably won’t even use)


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