Native Union Moshi Moshi 03i Bluetooth Handset Review (video)
- Super stylish and solid build
- Good sound quality
- iPhone dock and speaker output
- Call doesn’t end when placed in the charging dock
- Slightly expensive; $150
Need and want are two very different things that often get confused for being the same. The Moshi Moshi 03i, the second iteration of the Moshi Moshi 03, isn’t a product anyone really needs, but every one wants. It adds that long forgotten old school charm that this generation, the always on always plugged in generation, has so quickly forgotten about. While a resurgence of the old school is probably years away from a full come back, the Moshi Moshi is the first, albeit early step in the right direction.
The previous Moshi Moshi was a bare bones affair that allowed you to take calls, via Bluetooth connectivity, on a traditionally styled handset. Don’t get me wrong, though, this handset is far from old looking. It’s crafted from the mind of David Turpin and boasts an opulence matched only by Bang and Olufsen, but with out the price tag. This version however sports an iPhone dock, that allows you to keep your handset fully charged. Native Union, its maker, has also added a 3.5mm audio output, allowing you to listen to music on a larger set of speakers using your iPhone as the media player.
While the benefits of having a dedicated handset are pretty obvious, the easily overlooked upside, at least in the case of the Moshi Moshi 03i, is that it reduces over 95% of radiation compared to most mobile phones. The size of the handset makes for a comfortable fit and the overall ergonomics are something like running your hand through soft butter; it just feels good and for no good reason. The attention to detail is further exemplified by the subtle yet solid thud the handset makes when it’s placed back into its charging cradle, equitable to that of a BWM or some other luxury car door upon close.
On the inside of the handset are three buttons that’s operation are boastfully obvious. The O button, as Native Union calls it, initiates and ends calls and also doubles as a pairing switch when held down for a few seconds. A set of LEDs let you know the battery status and when the device has been connected to a Bluetooth compatible device. These, for the sake of not disrupting its flawless minimalist design, are hidden beneath the phones plastic finish (available in white or black) and are only visible when the handset is powered.
Sound quality of the Moshi Moshi 03i was solid enough and passed all of my caller’s tests. As I quickly discovered, ending a call, as does starting a call always requires you to push the O button; putting the handset back on the charging dock will not end the call.
Due to the extensive battery life of the Moshi Moshi 03i I didn’t really have a chance to test out its limits, but it’s a rather moot concern since you won’t be traveling more than 30 meters from the charging base.
Crediting Native Union with a visceral phone experience that is both timeless and stylish probably doesn’t praise the company enough when regarding the Moshi Moshi 03i. It’s minimalist and flawless design is what every design student aspires to be and what every gadget nerd needs perched on their desktop.
You can buy the Moshi Moshi 03i direct for $149.90.