Wireless earphones have always made me feel like Uhura from Star Trek. I expect only a small subset of poeple are willing to wear such ridiculously sized buds. As electronics get smaller we’re starting to see some pretty decent ones though. I got a chance to try out Motorola’s new Bluetooth earphones, the VerveOnes+.
12 hours of battery storage and 3 hours of playback make these earphones the longest lasting on the market. A cylindrical charging dock keeps the bud’s batteries topped up and provides connectivity to the phone for the adjustment of settings. Twizzle the end and the case will close, powering off the buds.
The buds are designed primarily for sports and offer features specific to runners. Wireless earphones for runners is a hard sell though. The high impact means they’ll inevitably fall out into a puddle, or drown in ear sweat (apparently it’s a thing). So Motorola has added some nifty features just for this occasion. The VergeOnes+ are fully waterproof, sweat proof, and in the event of lossage the accompanying app will help you find them again by plotting their last-connection location on a map.
In the app you’ll find equalizer settings, an ear detection toggle, which pauses the music when the buds are removed, a pass-through toggle, which relays sound through microphones to your ear, and a map showing their current location.
Inserting the buds requires a bit of a squeeze and a twist but once in they’re comfortable and secure. They’re incredibly light and small enough not to draw much attention. The build quality is great and don’t feel cheap at all.
The VerveOnes+ microphone means hands free calls are a possibility. A button on the right bud will accept calls or activate Google Now/ Siri.
You might come across some connectivity problems when attempting to connect with the buds while docked. This is almost always fixed with an off/ on of your phone’s Bluetooth, however, and I’m told that it should be fixed in the August release of the app. Once in my ear I had no connectivity problems at all and the audio was perfectly synced between the two.
The VerveOnes+ are hugely convenient and a great design, which means I can forgive the slightly less than perfect sound quality. If you’re an audiophile I would recommend trying before buying, but for those who want to just blare loud music while running they are perfectly fine.
At £230 they’re probably above most people’s price ranges. However these buds aren’t the kind of thing that will break after a year. But if you’re looking for something slightly cheaper you might be more interested in the rest of Motorola’s range. The VerveLoop+ is less than half the cost at £60. VerveRider+ is £80.
Update: Motorola has released a software update to improve sound quality and performance.
“This major update has enabled us to significantly reduce sound dropouts for more continuous streaming of music, phone call clarity and voice command performance. The connectivity update is the next step in providing consumers with the best listening experience within the new ground breaking True Wireless audio category”. – David Harris, Vice President of Global Product Development
For more information on how to perform the update, review FAQs and for other tips on how to get the most out of your VerveOnes please visit http://verve.life/uk