Moto Hintby Motorola

  • Moto Hint
  • Moto Hint
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Not recommended. This product is super problematic.
64%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The Moto Hint in-ear headset is discreet.
  • The Hint usually feels snug, and it's comfy enough to wear all day.
  • The charging case/dock is well designed and bumps up battery life.

CONS

  • The noise cancellation feature is disappointing.
  • Depending on your ear shape and size, positioning the Hint in your ear can be tricky.
  • The Hint is optimized to work with the Moto X and Droid Turbo phones.
Compared to other Bluetooth headsets, the Moto Hint truly is miniscule--it’s about the size of a marble. It has a built-in sensor for power options: You place the Hint in your ear to switch it on--and put it in the charging case to turn it off. Take advantage of the voice commands, thanks to the company's Moto Voice, which is only available on Moto X (2nd Generation) and Droid Turbo. The Hint comes in a range of natural-looking colors: bamboo, walnut, brown or black leather, and dark or light canvas. Four ear gel sizes help give you a good fit.
NameMoto HintEraStealthVoyager EdgeEclipse
ManufacturerMotorolaJawboneJabraPlantronicsJabra
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List Price$130$130$100$130$130
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Without a concha fin or an over\xc2ear hook, the [Hint] earbud lacks the necessary support to stay in your ear unless you don't move your he…

Without a concha fin or an over\xc2ear hook, the [Hint] earbud lacks the necessary support to stay in your ear unless you don't move your head at all. In our stability tests, it scored 25 percent, which means it fell off in almost every exercise we performed.

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60%

Voices on a test call sounded very thin through the Hint, and I also noticed a fair bit of background hiss, but I could understand voices pe…

Voices on a test call sounded very thin through the Hint, and I also noticed a fair bit of background hiss, but I could understand voices perfectly well...but neither inbound nor outbound transmissions were anywhere near as clear as the Era by Jawbone

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60%

Based on my testing — a mix of phone calls, listening to Spotify, and relatively frequent voice commands — Motorola’s advertised three hours…

Based on my testing — a mix of phone calls, listening to Spotify, and relatively frequent voice commands — Motorola’s advertised three hours of talk time battery life is about right. I used it all day without fail, as long as I wasn’t touching it every two seconds or constantly streaming music.

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And even at max, the Hint really doesn't pump out as much volume as a traditional Bluetooth headset. I really struggled to hear what it was …

And even at max, the Hint really doesn't pump out as much volume as a traditional Bluetooth headset. I really struggled to hear what it was saying over the sounds of light traffic or even a cranked\xc2-up A/C in my car.

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We tried a number of headsets, earbuds and helmet insert devices while wearing a ski helmet for winter sports, and the Hint is the best yet …

We tried a number of headsets, earbuds and helmet insert devices while wearing a ski helmet for winter sports, and the Hint is the best yet for getting through an entire day on the mountain. We found it even more comfortable than elaborate helmet\xc2-mounted systems designed specifically for active sports use.

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I hate earbuds and they usually pop out far more often than I would like, but the Hint seems a little better than most. It stays in while I'…

I hate earbuds and they usually pop out far more often than I would like, but the Hint seems a little better than most. It stays in while I'm being a normal guy doing normal things, but I wouldn't try to exercise or ride Space Mountain while wearing it.

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The Hint is a promising product, with a good reason to exist, but its weakness is that it only works best with two of Motorola's own phones:…

The Hint is a promising product, with a good reason to exist, but its weakness is that it only works best with two of Motorola's own phones: the Moto X and the Droid Turbo.

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I used my Hint in a lot of noisy situations, like walking along city streets, walking past ongoing construction, and while standing beside m…

I used my Hint in a lot of noisy situations, like walking along city streets, walking past ongoing construction, and while standing beside my loud washer and dryer. Most of the dozen people I spoke with...didn’t notice a difference between my regular phone calls and those made using the Hint.

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The Motorola Hint is the tiniest of Bluetooth headsets—about the size of a marble...It’s not the worst design out there, and the size certai…

The Motorola Hint is the tiniest of Bluetooth headsets—about the size of a marble...It’s not the worst design out there, and the size certainly makes it less obnoxious than other devices out there.

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I was able to jump up and down on the spot, as well as shake my head back and forth, and not dislodge it. The earbud did finally pop out whe…

I was able to jump up and down on the spot, as well as shake my head back and forth, and not dislodge it. The earbud did finally pop out when I got more aggressive with my shaking, but it certainly seems secure enough - and sufficiently comfortable - for everyday wear.

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