Motorola MOTOPURE H12 Review
The Motorola MOTOPURE H12 is without a doubt one of the best looking new Bluetooth headsets to have been released in quite a while for your Treo or Centro and I have to admit that I was impressed the moment I got this tiny headset out of its box.
Combining a somewhat retro design reminiscent of a 50’s portable transistor radio with an updated modern brushed stainless steel and glossy black plastic the tiny MOTOPURE H12 (only 12 grams/0.4oz) looks right at home paired with your smartphone in 2008. It also happens to provide excellent technology including Motorola’s new CrystalTalk which filters out background noise using two microphones and delivering 5.5 hours talk time/8 days standby time.
The material of the body itself is less impressive with a standard (albeit solid) black matt plastic used throughout. A simple no-nonsense rectangular body reminds of the shape of a military landing boat from which the speaker protrudes. I also like the Volume Up/Down button (above right) which is simple to use and easily accessible.
Given the excellent overall build, I’m not sure why Motorola chose to use a relatively cheap looking translucent ear hook (above right) instead of one in brushed silver for example but I can see that this makes the headset look “lighter” when worn on your ear. Additionally, a terrific feature on the MOTOPURE H12 is the Power Switch found at the back of the unit (image above right) which allows you to increase battery life while not in use.
The Motorola MOTOPURE H12 headset also happens to come with a very complete accessory kit which includes a gorgeous desktop cradle (see below), charging cradle/carrying case (above left), mini-to-microUSB adapter, shirt clip, wall charger and two spare ear gels. The only thing very frustatingly missing is a USB charging cable and I would also have liked to have a couple spare ear hooks.
The Moto H12 desktop charging cradle (above) is probably the most elegant that I have come across to date – it’s absolutely stunning. Additionally I love the way that the headset docks in the cradle with two small magnets gently holding it in place.
Because there is no charging connector built directly into the headset you’ll need to use either the desktop cradle or alternatively the portable charging cradle (also uses a magnetic dock) pictured above which doubles as a protective carrying case. It’s not a bad solution but I would have preferred to also have a USB cable (even with a proprietary connector) to more conveniently charge my MOTOPURE H12 while on the go.
While both the inbound and outbound sound quality is undoubtedly excellent in quiet or mildly loud environments thanks to Motorola’s new CrystalTalk technology the fact is nonetheless that I consider the company’s claims of “noise cancellation” to be somewhat exaggerated particularly when compared to the superlative performance of the Jawbone (see my review) pictured above which remains my top Editor’s Choice. In my opinion the MOTOPURE H12 could claim to offer “noise reduction” while the Jawbone is the only one to truly deliver “active noise cancellation”.
Overall there is a great deal to like about the Motorola MOTOPURE H12 as it looks stunning, is ultralight and comfortable to wear, offers very good talk time, excellent call quality as well as a truly superior accessory kit. Having said this, considering its current price I believe that the Jawbone offers much better value or you might consider the Jabra BT8040 as a strong alternative as well.
Treonauts are always purists…