Review: ZOMM Wireless Leash
Are you one of the lucky ones who got a new mobile phone or smart phone for Christmas? So let me ask you this: Have you ever left your mobile phone behind? Say, in a restaurant, a coffee shop, or at work? Don't you just hate that feeling when you finally realize it? I know I do, and it has happened to me more than once, before, but never again.
Zomm is the first ever Wireless Leash™ for your smartphone! Alright, I know what you are thinking. Another device I have to carry? Steeeeve, I'm trying to carry less devices, not more! Well wipe that look of skepticism off your face, you cynical sort. The short answer is yes, it is an additional small device to carry, but a worthwhile one, about which I feel strongly to be a very useful tool.
Zomm is the size of a small key-fob, and wait, it can even attach to your key-ring to serve AS a key-fob. Put away your rabbit's-foot keychain, as there is no need for good luck, when you have the security of Zomm! It is the coolest little Tron-esque flying-saucer looking disk that is so non-obtrusive that I forget it is even on my person... until I need it, that is!
Let's talk security, shall we? You can, of course, easily see the usefulness of the Wireless Leash, which uses Bluetooth to connect sans wire to your mobile phone. When you get too far away from your mobile phone, it lets you know! After several tests, and real-life situations to boot, the Zomm successfully alerted me when I'd left my iPhone behind, each time to my relief.
The security doesn't end there, folks! I feel like I'm one of those informercial people, except that Zomm needs no song-and-dance for consumers to know it is some darn cool tech. Zomm also has a panic alarm at the touch of a button, and can even call 911 (or another emergency number) for you by simply holding the button a bit longer! While I did not test the 911 feature, for obvious reasons, I am sure it does work as described in the manual. I did, however, test the panic alarm, and am confident that in a situation where I might need help from passers by, they would clearly hear the loud alarm and know it meant I needed assistance.
What's that? You'd like even more features? Zomm already has them. Zomm informs you of incoming calls, and even lets you manage the call with its single button. Manages the call how, you ask? You can choose to have the call answer on your mobile phone, go straight to voicemail, or you can answer the call using Zomm as a hands-free speakerphone. The speakerphone, during my tests, may not be the best sound quality, but it was certainly clear enough to use effectively.
Before you go thinking that I have only praise to give, I must say that I'm disappointed with the belt-clip that comes with Zomm. I chose not to use Zomm as a key-fob, and instead clipped it to my belt. On the second day, attempting to clip Zomm to my belt, the plastic of the clip cracked. The clip still has enough strength to stay in place at my waist, but I am waiting for it to snap completely sometime soon. A tougher plastic, or a metal material, would be nicer for those of us who wear thicker belts.
Speaking of belt clip versus key-fob, it worries me a bit, to use Zomm attached to my key-ring, and I'll tell you why. I have lots of keys, as I'm sure many of you out there, do as well. My concern is that the multitude of keys stuffed in my pocket could potentially depress the button on Zomm and thereby inadvertently set off the panic alarm. Truthfully, I did not test this theory, so my fear may be somewhat unfounded. Why didn't I test that theory? Zomm is a cool looking little gadget, and being that its body is made of shiny plastic, I didn't want to have my keys scratch it all up, and make it look like other worn out key-fobs I've used in the past.
Zomm also comes with a wall charger and a Micro USB update cable so you can connect it to your computer and both charge Zomm and customize its features using downloadable software. I, personally, set my Zomm to no longer audibly ring whenever I have an incoming call, as two rings was one too many.
Just before writing this review, Zomm let me know that a Safe Driving Kit will soon be available, in stores. It will include a Visor Clip, Quick-Release Keychain, Micro-USB Cable, and a USB Car Charger. We all know the dangers of distracted driving, which is why I'm glad the developers at Zomm have made their product that much more safe-driver friendly.
Zomm is everything it should be, and more. It is easy to set up, easy to use, and the perfect gadget for mobile phone user's peace of mind and utility. $99 MSRP. Details at Zomm.com
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