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Native Union Moshi Moshi 04: Hands on review

Back in April we were wowed by Native Union’s range of Moshi Moshi handsets. We’ve since got our hands on one of these music playing docks-slash-conference call handset hybrids – the Moshi Moshi 04 – and have spent the morning putting it through its paces.

You pair your mobile phone up to the Moshi Moshi 04. You then use it as a speaker dock to play your music on via Bluetooth, and you can also answer any calls which come through to your mobile.

We tested out the Moshi Moshi 04 with our Nexus One (successfully recovered from the Exeter St. Davids-London Waterloo train, thanks for asking) and the MixZing music player app for Android. Click through to see the Moshi Moshi 04 in action.

The Moshi Moshi 04 is availanble to buy now for £150 direct from Native Union.

When a call comes in on your mobile, you answer it simply by picking up the Moshi Moshi receiver and talking as normal. Normally you can just pick up the handset and start talking, but sometimes we found that you’d have to accept the call on your mobile first before talking on the Moshi Moshi receiver.

If a call comes through to your mobile and the Moshi Moshi receiver isn’t on the base, you answer calls pressing the square button on the side of the handset. This button also doubles as a pause/play key for when music is being played. The handset is a lot heavier than it looks, feels solid, durable and well built.

When the MoshiMoshi handset is on the base, you can use it to answer calls in conference mode. Pressing the circular power button on the back of the phone switches between conference and private call mode.

There’s no lag in any changes like skipping tracks or adjusting volume on your mobile phone. We found that we could easily skip tracks and change the volume from within another room. The Bluetooth connection works within a 10 metre radius.

You can change and pause/stop tracks either on your mobile phone or by using the skip forward and back and stop buttons located on the top of the MoshiMoshi handset.

Don’t be fooled by its size – it’s a lot louder than it looks. Cranking the volume to maximum levels obviously meant that the sound distorted on some tracks but overall we were impressed with the volume and sound quality.

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