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Native Union Moshi Moshi Retro POP Handset: Product review and buying guide

Updated on May 7, 2012
Native Union's Moshi Moshi retro handset for iPhone, iPad and other compatible devices is designed by French designer David Turnip.
Native Union's Moshi Moshi retro handset for iPhone, iPad and other compatible devices is designed by French designer David Turnip. | Source

Native Union Moshi Moshi Retro POP Handset allows you to talk on your Apple iPhone or iPad using a corded retro handset connected to your device via a 3.55mm jack. Just when you thought that you had seen it all, here is a cool iPhone accessory that will take you back in time and look very chich and very sexy. Read on for a product review and online buying guide for the Native Union Moshi Moshi Retro POP Handset for iPhone, iPad and other compatible devices.

Native Union Moshi Moshi 01H Retro POP Handset for iPhone and iPad: Product description

Moshi Moshi is a retro handset that can be connected to a mobile device such as iPhone via a 3.5mm jack. The handset can also be used with iPads, tablets, laptops, computers and other compatible devices. It combines the style of a retro handset and the comfort and convenience of technology featuring a push button to receive and end calls. It does not interfere with iPhone operation allowing users to continue using apps on their cell phones while talking.

Besides a phone handset, it can also be used in VOIP applications like Google Talk and Skype. With devices that support a 3.5mm jack, Moshi Moshi 01H is literally a plug and play device. A universal 2.5mm to 3.5mm adapter can be bought separately which will connect this handset to devices with a 2.5mm female. It has a smooth finish and has noise reducing technology for uninterrupted conversations.

Native Union's Moshi Moshi handset in black looks uber retro and classic.
Native Union's Moshi Moshi handset in black looks uber retro and classic. | Source

Native Union Moshi Moshi 01H Retro POP Handset for iPhone and iPad: Design and style

Moshi Moshi retro handset has been designed by David Turnip, a French designer who is currently based in UK. He has designed many other products for Native Union including the MM03 and MM03i Moshi Moshi handsets.

Lucy Phone fans will instantly recognize the resemblance of this design to the shape of Model 302 corded telephones which were being manufactured by Western Electric 1927. They were extensively used in film and TV throughout the 50's and 60's. Crosley 302 Desk Phone and other modern versions of these corded telephones are still being made.

The grip of the handset is a lovely curve which also happens to have the button to take and end calls on its inside. The circular earpiece/microphone and the coiled cord add to the elegance and retro charm of the device.

The iconic Model 302 has been a part of many movies and TV shows during 50's, 60's and 70's. In picture is Marilyn Monroe lying on the bed, seemingly engrossed in a candid chat while she holds a handset similar in design to Moshi Moshi.
The iconic Model 302 has been a part of many movies and TV shows during 50's, 60's and 70's. In picture is Marilyn Monroe lying on the bed, seemingly engrossed in a candid chat while she holds a handset similar in design to Moshi Moshi.
Many celebrities including David Hasselhoff, Lenny Kravitz and Jamie Lee Curtis have been spotted using Moshi Moshi or similar retro handsets.
Many celebrities including David Hasselhoff, Lenny Kravitz and Jamie Lee Curtis have been spotted using Moshi Moshi or similar retro handsets.

Product Review and Buying guide: 5 reasons why you should buy Native Union Moshi Moshi 01H Retro POP Handset

1) The sexy look of a retro handset

No fancy earpiece or modern headset can even come close to the sexy and rugged look of a retro handset. This is the style of handsets that were used by the mafia bosses and gangsters of the 50's and 60's including Al Pacino as Tony Montana in Scarface. It was also used by the timeless divas of yesteryears including Marylin Monroe. It is exactly like the feeling of having a retro corded handset in your home, except that Moshi Moshi can be carried in your handbag or backpack to be used virtually anywhere and everywhere. This could very well be the sexiest iPhone accessory in the market right now.

Tip: The retro handset is great even for the suit-clad office exec. Simply leave your iPhone on your desk and leave Moshi Moshi connected to it. In fact, it will make for great office-etiquette specially in environments where talking on the cell phone may not be permitted but receiving calls on desk phone is allowed. With Moshi Moshi, your boss' glare from his/her office cabin will be harmless because it will look as if you are speaking on the desk phone.

2) Cradle between chin, shoulder and ear: The ultimate conversation experience

USP of Moshi Moshi retro handset is the fact that you can cradle it between your chin, shoulder and ear, and talk away for hours together. If you're in the office, you could continue doing your paperwork while you talk on your cell phone. If you're in bed, you can continue surfing the internet on your laptop as you talk to your boyfriend/girlfriend on your iPhone without having to hold your phone to your ear.

Moshi Moshi connected to iPad via 3.5mm jack.
Moshi Moshi connected to iPad via 3.5mm jack. | Source
iPhones and iPads have 3.5mm jacks so do most cellphones, tablets, laptops and computers. To be safe, don't forget to check whether your device has a 3.5mm female before you buy Moshi Moshi handset online.
iPhones and iPads have 3.5mm jacks so do most cellphones, tablets, laptops and computers. To be safe, don't forget to check whether your device has a 3.5mm female before you buy Moshi Moshi handset online. | Source

3) You can use Moshi Moshi retro handset with any compatible phone/tablet/computer for phone and VOIP conversations

While Moshi Moshi promises to be a cool iPhone accessory, it also works with other cell phones, tablets and computers. You can buy a universal 2.5mm to 3.5mm adapter separately that will allow you to use the handset if your device has a 2.5mm. Best of all, this retro handset goes beyond to being just a cell phone accessory. It also works on computers and tablets for VOIP calls on platforms and apps like Google Talk and Skype. How amazing would it be if you had a chat with your friend online via Google Talk and he/she saw you on your webcam using a retro handset?

Tip: Before you buy Moshi Moshi handset online, make sure that you check your device's compatibility and whether it has a 3.5mm or a 2.5mm female. A universal adapter can be bought online for a dollar or two or even at your local shops.

4) Ergonomics, comfort and convenience during long conversations

We've said this before and we'll say it again, holding a retro handset beats holding your iPhone to your ear any day, any time. You can even cradle it with your shoulder and chin while moving around or just let it lie on your ear if you are sleeping on your side. Whether it is playing on your PS2/Xbox or doing your nails, Moshi Moshi will allow you to continue doing whatever you are doing whilst talking on the phone. No longer will you be dropping your phone just because it slipped from your hands while you were paying attention to something else.

4) Avoid cell phone radiation

Worried about cell phone radiation? Native Union claims that the Moshi Moshi handset eliminates up to 99% of radiation when compared head to head with using cell phones directly. Whether or not you believe that cell phone radiation may cause harm, keeping the cell phone away from your ears during long conversations definitely feels like a healthy thing to do.

Native Union's Moshi Moshi retro handsets are available in various colors including Black, Red, Pink, Dark Blue, Green, Dark Purple, Orange, Sky Blue, Yellow and other color themes.
Native Union's Moshi Moshi retro handsets are available in various colors including Black, Red, Pink, Dark Blue, Green, Dark Purple, Orange, Sky Blue, Yellow and other color themes. | Source

5) Moshi Moshi is also a conversation product

Imagine you are on the train. One of your best friends calls you and you think it's going to be a long chat. You quickly pull out Native Union's Moshi Moshi retro handset from your backpack and plug it in to your iPhone as you start chatting away while also checking your email. Once you are done, you simply hang up with the press of a button and tuck the handset away in your backpack again. It is most likely that the guy/girl sitting next to you will ask you questions like "Gee I never knew you could use a retro handset on your iPhone" or "Wow that was a cool handset" This product is a definite conversation starter and is like having a cool coffee mug on your desk or having different types of wine glasses on your bar that attract a lot of attention. Buying a conversation product isn't always about the utility value but is often about its uniqueness and ability to attract questions and comments. However, this cool iPhone accessory does both – utility and uniqueness.

Tip: Moshi Moshi weighs 14.4 ounces or about 400 grams and it measures 4.9 x 3.5 x 10.3 inches. This makes it easy to carry in purses, handbags, laptop bags or backpacks. If you have a long bus/tram/train commute to school or work every day, you can talk on your cell phone with this handset and simply chuck it in your bag once you reach.

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      Komal 6 years ago

      I received this yesterday and I love it. The sound quality is just amazing and so much better than talking on a cell phone. I am so happy that I bought it.

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      I had never seen the handset before but it looks like the old fashioned phones we use to use. It is handy to be able to cradle the phone between you head and shoulder. Thanks for introducing this new item.

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