We review the Zomm, a Bluetooth gadget made by a mom, apparently operating under divine guidance. But is it any good, or just a bizarrely named nuisance?
Zomm is the brainchild of a Mom – an American version of the UK mum – that pleaded with god to help her invent something. That something was the Zomm, which is a Bluetooth accessory that doubles as a mobile phone leash, hands-free kit and personal panic button.
When we first got the Zomm in we initially figured it was just a wireless leash for your mobile phone – something that alerts you if you happen to leave your mobile somewhere.
Which it is, but it also does two other things as well, which is something of a bonus.
Setting up the Zomm as a wireless leash is simple. You turn it on, pair it with your smartphone over Bluetooth and hook it on you belt, or put it in your pocket.
Once the Zomm is primed (we charged it for two hours prior to testing) it will sound a very loud alarm if you happen to move twenty feet away from your mobile phone.
In this instance, it’s great. It works. However, there’s times when it gets annoying.
For instance, say you’re at work and you nip to the toilet but you’ve forgotten to turn off the Zomm as you’re in a “safe environment” it’ll still go off, and trust us this is one loud alarm. It’ll scare the wits out of both you and the people you work with.
Nonetheless, we do get the general idea of the Zomm – no one likes losing their phone, and this gadget is one definite way of ensuring that you never do.
The Zomm can also be used as a handsfree speaker as well, which certainly comes in handy whilst driving. To activate the handsfree you simply press the button – there’s only one – on the Zomm and you’re conversation can take place via the Zomm’s tiny speaker.
Unfortunately, the quality isn’t great, so don’t go expecting something that’ll rival Plantronics’ K100 handsfree kit, for instance. That said, it is useable and should suffice for users that only plan on using it sparingly.
Then there’s the panic button feature, which you can configure to call the emergency services. If you’re in a pickle you can call the feds with press of a button – a lot quicker than pulling your phone out and dialling a number.
Our big gripe with the Zomm though, besides how loud it is, is that the entire gadget works around one button. This would be fair enough if it were a single feature accessory, bit it isn’t – it’s got three functions and trust us, you don’t want to keep calling the emergency services by accident.
Then there’s the Bluetooth battery-drain issue. To get the best out of your Zomm you’ll have to have it on for quite a long time – say if you go on a night out – and this absolutely zaps the battery, which renders the Zomm and your phone completely useless.
All in all we get the idea and can see why some users may really like the Zomm, but it’s definitely not for us. It drained our HTC Desire HD’s battery too quickly (granted, that’s not hard) and it’s far too loud.
Users can adjust the volume, vibrate and flash via the Zomm website, but this is a pretty big ask in our opinion – why can't you just do it via your phone or on the actual device?