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Motorola Bluetooth headset H780

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Motorola had been the first company to compete in the intense Bluetooth headset industry. The company had a line of folding models during 2003 while there were also a few bulky predecessors before these models. However, the latest model called the H780 is designed with CrystalTalk noise cancellation technology of Motorola along with audio enhancement technology. It also features a 9mm drivers which is designed to perfectly fit above 90 percent of buyers and also includes dual mics to help in noise suppression. The Motorola H780 package also includes an AC charger adapter along with 3 different sizes cushions and a foldout instructional manual. The device measures around 1.9 x 0.7 by 0.5 inches and weights just about 0.4 ounces. It is perfectly designed to fit large handsets like the Plantronics Voyager 520 and even small models such as Samsung WEP700.

The double tone gray plastic body of the H780 is designed with a few more buttons which you might not find in a typical headset. There is a dedicated power switch son the top along with 2 other volume buttons. The unit’s front section features chrome call button with a small noise cancellation button and there is also a small visible rectangular microphone between these buttons. You will find the main light indicator and the second mic fixed on the other side. There is nothing at the unit’s back which is a hard rubber earbud.

The H780 is designed with a flexible ear hook which makes it easy to wear the small device. Motorola has also incorporated their EasyPair technology to simplify pairing the device with other mobile phones. The device also includes a multipoint mode which lets the device easily pairs with 2 mobile phones simultaneously. These two new features actually mirror what the recent competing headsets actually offer. When you first on this headset it would immediately turn into Easypair mode and the light would also stay dark blue rather than displaying the standard red and blue alternative pattern.

However, when tested with a range of voice calls the Motorola H780 proved to offer overall clear, sufficient volume and great quality. However, the user’s voice sounded a bit tiny and harsh on the other end but it was acceptably clear. The other person however did not find any problem in hearing but could surely tell a headset was used. On the positive side the Motorola H780 is clearly unaltered by any outdoor wind noise. When you enable the noise canceling circuit you can actually drive smoothly without any background noise.

The downside of the headset is its range. This means that you can just move around 5 feet away from your phone. It is a downside because there are other Bluetooth devices that let you move at least 10 feet way from the phone. You can easily check the batter status by just holding the volume buttons pressed down which will flash the red, yellow or green lights to indicate the charge level remaining. Overall, this headset makes a good and affordable choice but you can as well consider other devices.

Cellphone vs. PC, show time!

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Cellphones are increasingly getting popular and they may even pose a threat to the Intel Microsoft based computers. You must have come across, the previous year a series of small inexpensive notebook computers called netbooks based on ARM microprocessor design and run on several versions of Linux and on Android cell phone operating system of Google. Although ARM dominates the market for their chips used in cellphones, they are still widely to be used in computers. However today, the difference between a cheap laptop and an expensive phone is size and not its power.

Netbooks have become a growing category of computers especially because they are more portable and usually don’t cost much. Until now they have been widely used by Atom chip of Intel as they use their X86 instruction set which can run windows. Some manufacturers like Hewlett-Packard and ASUS have also provided versions of their netbooks which run Linux but they are not yet popular in the market. Some think that this might change as the combination of ARM processor and Linux might allow netbooks to be sold for less than $200.

Recently Freescale a chip company rolled out of Motorola to announce a new high-end chip based on the latest ARM deign and for netbooks. This was followed by a similar declaration by Qualcomm. On the other hand ARM designs the backbone of microprocessors which are incorporated in chips built by other manufacturers. Glen Burchersu8 the marketing director of Freescale consumer segment marked three potential benefits of ARM based netbooks. He said that ARM machines should have around 8 hours of battery power compared to 2 hours of Intel based netbooks, because right from the beginning ARM chips have been designed to be skimpy for its power use. As their chips use less power they generate less heat and so it can perfectly fit a smaller case that needed for a chip or a metal heat sink to cool it. Freescale has also found out that their chips can fit into a netbook that is just about 0.6 inches thick.

There is also the price factor to consider. The Freescale Company says that their chip would cost around $15 each when purchased in large quantities and around $5 for other chips which support the processor. The company also estimates that the computer manufacturer will have to spend around $50 on Intel Atom chips and Windows. Glen Burchers says that the company estimates that the $200 netbooks would not include a hard drive but rather have 8 GB or 4 GB of flash memory and these devices would mainly be used by those surfing the net. Additionally a few expensive devises would also be capable of connecting to cellular data networks and they will be mainly aimed at younger generation who connects through Wi-Fi networks. Additionally the company also gave some of their Linux based netbooks to a group of teenagers who already owned a computer and a smartphone. This rather intensely  digital teenage group were excited to receive yet another interesting gizmo through which they could check their MySpace pages and it yet did not slow down to their usage over other devices.