THE Motorola Vervebuds 500 is a Bluetooth headset that has arrived on the market to attract that consumer looking for a basic wearable for everyday life. The model was launched in Brazil in August 2020 promising 3 hours of playback and another 6 hours with the charging case. Bluetooth 5.0, compatibility with virtual assistants and crystal clear voice calls are other highlights.
However, to take all this you will have to pay around R $ 699. Is it worth it? I spent a few days evaluating the Motorola Vervebuds 500 and tell the whole experience below.
Motorola Vervebuds 500 video review
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Design, comfort and case
Talking about headset design is very subjective. The Motorola Vervebuds 500 is a product with a simple construction, but the company has not given up on a modern look. First impressions, however, soon showed that it was not the right model for me and this is due to my taste for more discreet headphones; the Vervebuds 500 is very chubby and can attract attention on the street.
At least in comfort he gets points with me. It is not difficult to find affordable headphones that fall short in this regard, but I could see a certain care by Motorola in delivering a pleasant experience when using the product for hours.
They are in-ear and the number of tips sent is what I’m talking about, after all, there are five pairs of colors and varied sizes, to suit all consumers.
The plastic charging case is pleasant to the touch and remains with a simple finish. As I said earlier, the Vervebuds 500 is a big product, in view of that, the case is also not small.
Its rounded shape reminiscent of that sweet French macaron did not win me over, since putting it in my pants pocket became a challenge with the discreet not discreet. You’ll have to leave the case in a backpack or bag when you’re out and about.
The case has a micro USB port on the back. The brand also sends a small cable to power the battery.
Features and connectivity
The Motorola Vervebuds 500 is not surprising when it comes to connectivity. Before going into the connection details, it is worth explaining that the headphones have a button on the bottom that can be used to answer calls, play or pause music, change tracks or activate virtual assistants on the cell phone by pressing this button twice.
They can be connected to the VerveLife application, which is available for Android and iPhone (iOS), and allows interaction with Alexa within VerveLife itself. Also, if you can’t find the gadget, the app shows its location, which is pretty cool.
In short, it is an app without many features. I certainly wouldn’t use VerveLife on a daily basis, as there are no extra audio features, which disappointed me even more.
Sound and battery quality
Lets go to what matters. Phones like the Vervebuds 500 stand out for their convenience, but there is no point in cherishing comfort and disappointing in the main point. I say this because I expected more from a gadget that costs R $ 700, but of course that is my opinion and, with you, the conclusion may be different.
I like to enjoy the bass, but not on the hard level. Here at Vervebuds 500, I felt that the gadget “weakens” that intensity and takes away the shine of some songs. The treble can be strident at times.
I share two experiences: I was able to listen Bohemian Rhapsody at maximum volume without making a face. But in Lost in Japan, by Shawn Mendes, I could see this imbalance, in addition to the absence of beats. The same goes for Blinding Lights, from The Weeknd.
If you are not looking for a professional-level headset, the Motorola model can meet your needs. Despite the cons, I liked that the volume is high and the headphones are able to isolate external noise well even in environments with various sound interference.
In phone calls, the Vervebuds 500 does very well with CrystalTalk noise cancellation that allows you to clearly hear the person on the other side, and does not feel like you are in the bathroom or in a can of sardines.
It works with Bluetooth 5.0. During my tests, I was able to connect it quickly on Android and iPhone devices without experiencing errors or connection failures.
Regarding the battery, Motorola speaks in up to 9 hours of playback with the charging case. This is a good number and it shows that the phone can handle a full day of play and with free time, if you only use it in the morning (on the way to work) and at night (on the way home).
During my tests, I spent an entire morning listening to music and the phone started asking for a charge after 4 hours and 33 minutes connected directly. That is, a number much greater than that promised by Motorola for 3 hours without the case. When the battery is near the end, a small LED on the device itself starts to flash red.
The answer is no. It’s not worth R $ 700, R $ 600 or R $ 500. I believe the Motorola Vervebuds 500 should cost R $ 300 or R $ 400 to compete with Philips models, such as the UpBeat SHB2505, which has similar quality and is found for about R $ 300.
Back to Vervebuds, its price makes the consumer pass away from this option and, considering this, it may be more interesting to analyze the Samsung Galaxy Buds, which I found for sale for R $ 699 on the brand’s website here in Brazil, that is, the same price as the Motorola model. Remembering that Buds works with a more complete dedicated application.
Despite this, it is clear that the Vervebuds 500 is not a bad phone. This is a gadget for you that 1) is not very demanding with headphones; 2) looking for a simple accessory and ended up finding the Vervebuds 500 for less than R $ 500.