When the first Motorola Hint arrived, people were quite torn about it. Some reviewers praised its simplicity and design while others criticized its connectivity issues along with the short battery life and relatively high price. In a surprising move, Motorola decided to release a second version of the earbud over the summer 2015 without telling a soul about it. Well, the second generation of the Moto Hint addressed quite a lot of those initial problems and even reduced the price to fit better with competing products.
Small & Comfy
Of course, the Moto Hint still has a very specific target audience in mind which means that if the first-generation model did not suit your needs then the second version is probably not a good fit for you either. The device’s major focus seems to be on comfort so you can just leave it on and forget all about it. After all, its small factor and inconspicuous design represent sharp contrasts to the stereotype of inflexible Bluetooth headsets that seem to cling spectacularly on the ear.
Extended Software Support
In what seems to be a continuous bid to support its own products, Motorola has also perfected the use of the Hint+ with its own Moto X and Droid Turbo devices. Owners of any of these two devices can take advantage of Moto Voice, the company’s simpler version of digital assistants such as Google Now and Siri. By using the headset, users can opt to always communicate with their phones so they can issue commands by uttering their set catchphrase. Users of any other Android or iOS device will also be able to call upon their own virtual assistants by simply tapping on the touch-sensitive protruding interface of the Hint+ so they will not really miss out on much.
Issues of the first Generation have been addressed
Motorola’s efforts to introduce the Hint+ to a wider audience have most definitely paid off as the successor to the original Hint has faced a much better reception due to the many improvements, starting with the battery. There is a considerable 70% increase in its life bringing it up to a total of 17 hours of battery life. Importantly, Motorola’s figures seem to take the portable charger into account. The charger comes with every Moto Hint purchase, like it did with the previous model, and it has even retained its keychain-like size. The charger acts like a case so once you want to store the Hint you simply expand the charger, place the earbud into the appropriate slot and close it down. The device then starts to charge immediately so you can just pick it up under an hour later and have a fully-energized device in your hands.
While the Hint is still not the best-sounding earbud in the market, audio quality has increased considerably in this second version. Motorola has added support for CrystalTalk which should reduce ambient and wind noises when you are attempting to communicate with others via the Hint’s microphone. On the other side of the spectrum, the Hint+ features an option to allow ambient noise to pass through so that you can focus on the world around you even when you have the device plugged into your ear. Motorola also claims that sound will be enhanced due to the new ear gel design which should allow audio to transfer more efficiently. Overall, the 2015 Hint offers some necessary improvements though its main focus as a convenient earbud remains the same.
Adam and Fluky