Let’s be honest, there are just some times that wires simply aren’t convenient. For me, the best example is when exercising. I got a Motorola MotoACTV Fitness tracker as a gift (review coming soon). It can be worn with an armband attachment, but doing so relegates it to basically an MP3 player as you cannot view the GPS, or other items easily while running or working out. So, I picked up the “watchband” accessory which turns it into a really large watch (no bigger than most other GPS watches though). But when I did that, the ability to use wired headsets for all practical purposes went out the window.
So, despite the checked past of Bluetooth for this type of device, I decided to give it another go and picked up the Motorola S10-HD Bluetooth Stereo Headphones. I will say that they are a bit more flexible and friendly than the previous S9 I tried, but I did find them to be a bit heavy and irritating with prolonged use.
The sound quality is acceptable… at best. If you are an audiophile looking for high quality, stay away, but if you just want to hear some music while you are working out, the sound is acceptable.
Oh, wait… I’ve been told I need to make the Pros and Cons quick and easy to read… so here they are.
Solid build quality
Works with every bluetooth item I threw at them including the MotoACTV Tracker, 3 different Android phones and two Windows Tablets.
Mostly sweat-proof and water resistent so a workout or a walk in a sunshower will not blow them out.
Can be used to take phone calls as well.
Battery should easily get you through your workouts and then some.
Phone quality is great for incoming calls, for outgoing though… not so much.
Pure midrange sound. If you want high quality sound, you can forget it.
Heavy and bulky (particularly around the back of your neck).
Top end volume could be a bit louder.
OK, now that is out of the way, lets get back my experiences with the S10. I am going to be perfectly honest, I use these when I work out… but that is simply it. The big heavy band behind your head limits your motion and prevents your from sitting back in a chair. After more than a couple of hours, that weight really takes a toll on my ears, and they actually start to hurt.
There are button controls right near the ears (play/pause, FF, RW, Volume Up and Down and Call), which would be really nice, but I found using them completely impracticable to try and use. If you have smaller hands, it may work, but for the more ham handed, these controls are just to difficult to manage.
The sound was fine when working in the gym for the most part, but if they have a TV or radio blasting, and on a busy noisy street, you will find yourself searching for additional levels of volume which just aren’t there to be had.
These are a really great concept, but considering how uncomfortable they can be after a while and how tedious some features can be to use and finally the weak sound, as much as I would love to recommend them, I can’t.
Are they awful? No. If you really need a Bluetooth headset at a reasonable price (the ones that I have seem recommended tend to run over $100 in price), they are functional, and the “sweat-proof” while not perfect is certainly sufficient to handle most non-hurricane situations, then they can something you may be happy with, but the flaws are just too numerous to get my full backing.