Review by Michelle Ruhfass on Monday September 29, 2008.
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Motorola MOTOPURE H15
Motorola MOTOPURE H15
The volume rocker obviously controls volume simply enough with a quick press on the either end of the long button. Due to a slight protrusion of the rocker's ends, the volume control is easy to find when the headset is being worn. For those looking to check the H15's battery while on the go, simply hold down both ends of the volume rocker and the LED will give you the scoop on the battery: red means less than 1 hour of talk time left, yellow indicates 1 to 3 hours, and green means 3 or more hours.
Both headset and handsfree profiles are supported by the MOTOPURE H15 over Bluetooth version 2.1. The headset supports up to two connections simultaneously with two Bluetooth enabled handsets, a feature commonly known as multipoint. With multipoint headsets, users can easily receive calls on the headset from multiple phones. Non-multipoint headsets can only be actively connected to one phone at a time.
The audio quality of the MOTOPURE H15 is where this headset shows its real colors. Boasting a newly updated CrystalTalk algorithm, the H15 delivers some of the best noise cancellation we have heard (or not heard) in a long time. Stepping up from its last attempt with the H12, Motorola has jumped to the forefront. We tested the headset initially in one of the busiest places in America - Grand Central Station in New York City. Placing calls to friends and colleagues while surrounded by noisy chatter and construction, the H15 squashed all background noise for callers on the receiving end. We also placed calls from the windy and bustling streets of New York and experienced good audio on both ends even with the wind swirling around us. The only complaint was that the wearer sometimes sounded a bit muffled but for users looking for a headset to drown out noisy backgrounds and suppress wind noise, the H15 is a great option. One niggle I did have was, when placing calls in loud environments, I often couldn't hear the phone ringing after the call was dialed. Once the calls were connected, though, the H15's automatic volume adjustment made sure that everything was heard clearly.
The range of the device was fairly standard, and performed at its peak between one and six meters from the handset. Sound was audible for up to nine meters before any interference was encountered.
With its iconic design, mostly due to its flip microphone, and great audio technology features, the Motorola MOTOPURE H15 is definitely a good headset for mobile users. The integrated noise cancellation technology, which manages to resist wind noise and external chatter very well makes this headset a real benefit for those wishing to use it outdoors, while driving with the windows down, or while traveling through airports and train stations. However, the headset can be a bit awkward with its fit and can cause some ear fatigue if worn for long periods of time. The headset wearer's voice quality seems to suffer a bit from all of the noise cancellation, but is more than adequate for getting the job done. If you're looking for a headset to drown out loud background noise such as busy city streets or a construction site, the Motorola MOTOPURE H15 is a great choice, and we at MobileBurn.com give it a 'Recommended' rating.
Michelle is MobileBurn.com's Managing Editor, and is responsible for sourcing devices for reviews.