Native Union’s Moshi Moshi line of handsets are retro, functional, and above all sleek looking, giving you an office-y flair keeps your cellphone away from your ear. And with all the concern over not holding your phone during calls -any cell phone- this is the point.
- $30 for MM01H: Phone only with 3.5mm Jack
- $60 for MM01: Phone with a handset base, both 3.5mm
- $130 for MM03: Wireless Bluetooth handset with base
Holding these handsets up to face elevates the importance of every call by at least 15%. Let’s write a little about the sound quality. The MM01, because they are directly connected through the 3.5mm jack, has about as good quality as you’d expect from a standard wired headset. The audio comes in nice and clear, no volume adjustment on the phone itself, unfortunately and we’ve gotten no complaints about the outgoing volume. The downside comes from the fact that you are still tethered to your phone, but the stretchable phone cord should give you plenty of room to slide about your cubicle. The only thing to remember is that your cellphone is probably not weighed down or docked to something heavy, so if you pull your handset too far away from the phone, the phone is going to come with.
Your MM03, on the other hand, sacrifices a little call quality for portability. Same as any other Bluetooth headsets, but you will get occasional dropouts as wireless interference is apt to do. But, having 30-60 minute conversations on it is much more comfortable than doing it raw, on a cellphone, as we can say. There is a base station that acts as both a charging station and a hang-up switch, allowing you to angrily place the phone down and end a call—something not possible with normal Bluetooth headsets. There’s also a hang-up and answer button on the phone itself, as well as volume toggles. You can get up to 6 hours of talk on a charge, which isn’t too bad, seeing as it will spend most of its life docked and charging. Unless you’re forgetful or spend most of your day on the phone, you shouldn’t have a problem.
All their phones can be connected to a computer for VoIP calls as well, with the MM03 having multipoint Bluetooth so you don’t need to re-pair to various devices. Retro phones like this have been around since before 2006, but have developed a new relevance now that there’s increased scrutiny on how you hold your phone. Plus, you have San Francisco wanting SAR radiation levels displayed for each phone, which makes us question whether or not we’re getting brain-blasted every time we have a conversation. Native Union‘s Moshi Moshi retro handsets solve both problems while simultaneously looking stylish.