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Review: Command One Bluetooth Headset by Motorola

I have to admit that when I first received a Command One bluetooth headset, I was really more interested in the idea that I could give one away to readers than actually reviewing it.  And then I pulled it out of its cute little package, charged it, and used it.  Talk about a solid bluetooth, and one that is easily the best I’ve ever used.  While I haven’t used a ton because I refuse to be “that guy” with the ear piece in, cruising the grocery store, the Command One definitely impressed me.  

Aside from the fact that it photos beautifully (as you’ll see below in the gallery), it comes packed with some fun-filled features and an app that takes it to another level.  (OK, that sounded a little over-the-top, but that’s what happens when you you get into review mode.)  We’re talking about MotoSpeak, which is available for free in the market and is an app that allows you to listen and reply to text messages without ever touching your phone.  As with any speech-to-text apparatus, you have to speak slowly, but in my time with it, there were no issues.  It should be noted that MotoSpeak doesn’t work with just any bluetooth headset, only select elite-level versions.

You get about 3.5 hours of talk time and can answer or ignore calls using voice commands.  The Command One also has your standard redial, mute/unmute, end call, answer second call options using its “call” button, but what really impressed me was the fact that it streams music.  Yep, it has multimedia capabilities that your basic bluetooth doesn’t and that’s where this device wins.  While it’s not Beats by Dre quality, it’s still an option that makes this a winner.

And of course, it also comes with 5 ear pierces, a micro-USB charger, and instruction booklet.  For those of you in the market for a new bluetooth thingy, I suggest you give the Command One a look.

  • Sam2825539

    The range on this device is terrible. However, I am using it with a BlackBerry, and hope to fully utilize Moto-Speak apon my next upgrade… also hoping the range will improve.
    The ear-hook design is the best I’ve see, or used, and the case for it is a great idea.

  • Maureen D. Gochett

    I Love it!!!!

  • Texasbride

    My fiancee n I are on the phone 24/7, since he s in Florida n I’m in Texas. He s had it 3weeks n then @ 0100, the earpiece started making a weird sound..it kept saying droiiiiiid, droiiiid n just quit working. Verizon staff examined it for 20min. and guess what? It still didn’t work… They were pretty nice n exchanged it. Good thing it was still under warranty..

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    in the market right now.

  • Christopher E. Pedersen

    Just compared this headset to the Jawbone Era. Both require a BS subscription service for “full functionality” of voice to text however, motospeak (required for text to speech with moto devices on droids) will read you text messages and offers better caller id with name and number for free… Honestly, for $129 the full features should be included.

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  • Anonymous

    Or you can just use the Vlingo InCar app, which works w/ any BT headset, and does way more than just SMS, hands-free. Oh, and it’s free.

  • Anonymous

    ..

    • Gajets2go

      I think this true, 5 years back I had a standard BT hooked to the Kyasera slider that would do all of this& easer

  • Anonymous

    Least we forget the true hands free calling…”SAY A COMMAND” I see no mention of that feature..and with the ever changing state laws , you would think that this should be a top priority..MOTO is aware of this problem for android and is STILL looking in to it……over a year ago!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=503303835 Bryan Stinchfield

      Droid DOES support voicedialing!!! I have the bluetooth dialer on my phone, from google, and it doesn’t work well, but it does work. Using vlingo I can also open apps and whatever I need to do … see my prior note about the moto headsets, they are unfortunately trash …

      • Anonymous

        Example…I have an old moto razr , Lg voyager ,works with any BT, press button on BT, HEAR “say a command”..no need to touch Phone, I am aware of google”s voice dialer, voice actions and search and I love my DROID…

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=503303835 Bryan Stinchfield

          Umm, I can use my blueant, hit the button on it and say “phone commands” and it brings up the bluetooth dialer from which I can utter commands to the phone including dialing or opening up certain apps … I can do the same through vlingo if I choose to use it instead … if you’re not on OS 2.2 you may not have the features but I believe vlingo may work.

          • Anonymous

            Ok, you issue a command from your BT but do you hear voice prompts come from the phone speaker or through the BT headset speaker.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=503303835 Bryan Stinchfield

          Not so much, really, get 2.2 on your phone, hit the button for voice dialing and the bluetooth dialer comes up, the one from google …

        • HectorP{A

          Excuse me, Sea_Ghost, but my Jawbone Icon works almost perfectly with BT voice dialing on my Droid1 using Choice Dialer+. I press the button, the annoying female says “Say a command”, and she ( usually) follows through.  Choice Dialer isn’t perfect by far, but it works for me.

    • Anonymous

      Really? You do not have Voice Dialing on your Droid? I have the Roadster which is basically the same thing as this device just made to clip on to the visor and it works great. The outbound calling is handled through Voice Dialer (or whatever voice dialing app you want) and the inbound calls and texts are handle by MotoSpeak.
      My biggest gripe is the outbound command functionality (to dial, text, etc) can’t be linked to Google’s Voice Search. It would make the command functionality (especially outbound communication) go from average to great.

      • Anonymous

        Regular voice dialing through bluetooth is a resolved issue, at least from Google’s perspective, because it is included in Froyo via the separate application “Bluetooth Voice Dialer”
        Voice command is designed for complete hands free. Voice command prompts you for option 1 or option 2 verbally for you to select. It can go back and cancel and follow through command options.

        what is very important and needs to be noted is that the API functions used for voice recognition over bluetooth are not public APIs. I do not know why Google has yet to add these APIs to the public code, but for now, it is technically impossible to incorporate voice recognition over bluetooth, even with the standard voice search activity. Who knows if there is a 2.3 in the works and this will be implemented.

  • Anonymous

    *facepalm*

    I love the site, but Beats by Dr Dre? Really? That was the best you could come up with? Not Shure, Etymotic, or even v-moda?

    • Risenequinox

      I’m thinking everyone has heard of beats and only people who care about high quality headphones know what you’re talking about. That’s probably why he said it…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Dixon/1555740598 John Dixon

    If you want a great Bluetooth Headset, try the Jawbone Icon. This thing has been awesome and is upgradeable with the jawbone talk app. It streams all media across including step by step navigation instructions. It also has speech to text but i think its a paid service (this part sucks). You can upgrade the voices to whatever hot chick voice you want to talk to you in your ear (or guy for the ladies out there). It also has callerID built in but it only reads the number off and not the name in the contact list (one of the negatives of that part).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=503303835 Bryan Stinchfield

    I had the motorola finiti, very similar to the commandone … and what a HORRIBLE piece of bluetooth. It worked great at first, but I don’t see any mention of the so called caller ID working through the headset … it never worked on my OG droid with Verizon. It is supposed to work like the blueant headsets and tell you the name of the caller based on the entry in your phonebook for them, but it would only read me the number. It would constantly reboot and get frozen with the only way to unlock it being that you have to plug it into a charger for a few minutes. This happened only after a few weeks of using it … in a month I got 2 of them, had to return the first then had the same problems with the second one and finally convinced them to give me a refund even though it was after 30 days since I purchased it … after going through several managers I was able to get a refund. STAY AWAY if you are a droid user, BUYER BEWARE … stick with blueant, they are the absolute best … well, the best would be the earpiece from the Finiti and the quality of the blueant!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1533275500 Clint Zephir

    I don’t know what we have to do for the contest, but please, sign me up! All I’ve ever used were the cheap $10 earpieces – it would be nice to own/use a very nice looking one for a change.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1276750673 Earl Painter

    Review the wowee one speaker.

  • Anonymous

    i live in MD with an hour drive to work, we HAVE to have bluetooth. hook me up brah!

  • Anonymous

    Price? Aside from the free one you’re giving to me!! ;-)

  • Anonymous

    If you decide to give it away to a reader… Sign my name up.. Ear wax and all.. That thing looks KILLER!

  • Gsp625

    Sounds like a shiny clone of the Blueant T1 and it’s android app, except the T1 gets 6 hours of talk/music time. Regardless I’m glad to see the quality of devices in this category getting pushed up.

  • Bob G

    Question: Wouldn’t listening to music/movie/multimedia only in one ear the whole time make it sound odd?

    • Anonymous

      yes :)

  • Eric

    I like being “that guy” espcially if it gets me one of these.

  • Anonymous

    wow I had actually given up on getting a bluetooth headset because the last one I tried using it seemed like half the things the headset could do could not be done with my droid but if this thing is actually built with smartphones in mind I may just pick it up

  • Adam

    Interesting. I’m all about new jawbones. The best I’ve used it the Jawbone Icon… but with most I can never get them to fit well. I found averysound.com and for $60 they send you a kit ot make a mold of your ear, and then they make a custom eargel that exactly fits your ear. Super comfortable, super stable (I can run with it in, and no earloop holding it), perfect background noise closeout in that ear. I’d be interested to try this new beauty with the custom eargel for sure. =)

  • Adam

    Interesting. I’m all about new jawbones. The best I’ve used it the Jawbone Icon… but with most I can never get them to fit well. I found averysound.com and for $60 they send you a kit ot make a mold of your ear, and then they make a custom eargel that exactly fits your ear. Super comfortable, super stable (I can run with it in, and no earloop holding it), perfect background noise closeout in that ear. I’d be interested to try this new beauty with the custom eargel for sure. =)

  • BoDuke

    Count me in if you’re gonna give it away.

  • Zoobcool

    So for the give away, do we have to give you our first born?

  • Cgmartin33

    Really nice bluetooth and im all about matching devices by brand…but i cant stand “that guy” that Kellex referred to either walking through the grocery store talking to himself. I have bluetooth capability in the car where it matters the most but i cant imagine rockin that thing in my ear on a daily basis.

    • Drummer62

      Exactly, that’s why I bought the Roadster, it hooks on the visor, not my freakin ear!! lol

      • Cgmartin33

        Exactly!

  • BloodiedWraith

    I have the Motorola Finiti bluetooth that I use with my Droid which I prefer over the Command One. Almost identical except it uses more quality materials and the major difference is it uses bone conducive noise canceling so the ear gel goes further into the ear and can be uncomfortable after long periods of time. I get about 4.5 or hours of talk time on it as well. Great review though, kellex.

  • Drummer62

    Since I don’t like being “that guy” either, I bought the Motorola Roadster. That device also works wonderfully. It holds a charge for over a week and tunes into your FM stereo to route calls and/or music there as well. The only time I would use a headset, and law requires it here now is in the car anyway. Other than in the car you easily are “that Guy” LMAO. Remember when you posted that 60% code, well I used it then and got the Roadster for $49.99 instead of $99.99, that was awesome, thanks Kellex, you’re the man!!

  • MIkeeee

    Where do you get one?

  • MIkeeee

    Where do you get one?

  • Anonymous

    What’s the difference between Motospeak app and the voice command on my phone with 2.2?

  • Anonymous

    What’s the difference between Motospeak app and the voice command on my phone with 2.2?

  • Anonymous

    price?

  • Anonymous

    price?

    • BloodiedWraith

      The MSRP is $129.99.

  • http://twitter.com/crackerjack06 Rocco Yallum

    I have a Blueant S1, this sounds pretty similar in features. I am pretty happy with it too.

  • http://twitter.com/crackerjack06 Rocco Yallum

    I have a Blueant S1, this sounds pretty similar in features. I am pretty happy with it too.

  • http://twitter.com/myleslynch Myles Lynch

    So about giving away that bluetooth… :)

    • Anonymous

      Interested eh? :)

      • http://twitter.com/myleslynch Myles Lynch

        very lol

      • Anonymous

        My cat just tried to eat my current bluetooth as a snack :( I could use a new one :)

      • Anonymous

        My cat just tried to eat my current bluetooth as a snack :( I could use a new one :)

      • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony Garza

        give it to your favorite reader/poster….me

      • Anonymous

        and the winner is?

  • Cgmartin33

    First