SMART COM­PAN­IONS

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILES TRENDS -

“A smart head­set for smart­phones” is how Plantroics refers to its Mar­que M155 and Voy­ager Pro HD to be. With its neat de­sign, the Mar­que M155 has a fresh ap­peal. It has been done with shades of white on the top with sil­ver on the sides. A cir­cu­lar key on the front used for an­swer­ing and dis­con­nect­ing calls re­sem­bles the iphone’s home key. It is easy to op­er­ate, and turn­ing on the head­set tells the user how much talk­time he or she has. It worked well most of the time we used it and was com­fort­able dur­ing use. How­ever, as with de­vices of its sort, pro­longed use can hurt the ears. In­doors and in qui­eter sur­round­ings, the sound is im­pres­sive. How­ever, in a noisy en­vi­ron­ment, say at a mar­ket or on a road, the call­ing party was hardly au­di­ble.

The Voy­ager Pro HD doesn’t have any­thing rev­o­lu­tion­ary about its de­sign. It has a long ex­ten­sion that is flex­i­ble enough to be turned around to be worn in ei­ther ear. But the thick body that hides be­hind the ear made it un­com­fort­able to wear for long du­ra­tions. The ex­cel­lent sound out­put, how­ever, made such com­plaints re­cede. The sound was so clear at both the ends that the call­ing party could hardly make out whether we were talk­ing over a hand­set or a Blue­tooth head­set. It also au­to­mat­i­cally senses whether a call needs to be trans­ferred to the head­set or the phone. While on a call, re­mov­ing the head­set in­stantly trans­ferred it to the hand­set, with­out any lag.

Com­pat­i­ble with most Blue­tooth-en­abled phones, both the head­sets have some spe­cial fea­tures that one can en­joy with Ap­ple and An­droid de­vices. When paired with the iphone, the head­set’s bat­tery in­di­ca­tor ap­peared on the top of the dis­play. As for An­droid, the ‘My­head­set’ app di­rects you to ac­cess Vo­c­a­lyst—a one year free sub­scrip­tion for lis­ten­ing to emails, text, up­date so­cial net­works, etc. The user would, of course, need to reg­is­ter with Vo­c­a­lyst, which re­quires a spe­cific reg­is­tra­tion code (wasn’t avail­able with us).

While the Mar­que M155 gave close to five hours of talk­time on a sin­gle charge, the Voayger Pro HD was ac­tive over six hours of talk­time. The Mar­que 155’s charg­ing cable has a reg­u­lar charg­ing jack along with a USB con­nec­tor for plug­ging in phone’s data cable whereas the Voy­ager Pro HD comes with a USB charger along with a wall charger.

—TEXT BY NIDHI SIN­GAL AND PICTURE BY RA­JWANT RAWAT

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