The Zoom Wireless Leash works as alarm to alert you if you have left your phone behind as well as acting as a hands free speakerphone and panic alarm. It is available from the Zomm website for £69.95 in black, white and pink. The device could be used for emergency situations when out photographing, or if you are worried about losing track of your bag full of camera equipment, simply make sure your phone is the bag.
Zomm Wireless Leash Features
- Connects via Bluetooth
- Battery lasts up to three days
- Alerts you if you move away from your phone (between 30 - 120ft)
- Flashes, vibrates and sounds an alarm
- Works as a hands free speakerphone with one touch answering
- Calls emergency services with one press of a button
- Designed to resist heat, cold, dust and moisture
- Comes with plastic belt grip, 2x USB cables, wall charger and key ring
- One year limited warranty
Zomm Wireless Leash Handling
The Zomm has just the one button, the Z-button, which performs the various functions. Before use it needs to be charged for four hours. This can be done via your computer or the supplied wall charger. The next thing to do is download the software to your computer and install (7.6mb). This will allow you to update the devices firmware and adjust its settings, such as short or long leash and set audio alerts. Sadly with this review sample the settings can't be edited via your phone, but there is a new version which comes with an app.
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After this it is time to pair with your phone via Bluetooth. This will depend on the phone you have, with instructions included the downloadable Zomm manual. With the iPhone used for testing, this was a two minute job, completed without any issues.
When receiving a call one touch of the Z-button will answer it, with 2 touches sending it to voicemail. The Zomm can also be used for outgoing calls but you have to initiate the call via your phone and transfer using the Z-button. The volume also depends on the level set via your phone.
If you press and hold the Z-button the panic alarm is activated, continuing holding it for a further six seconds on the Zomm will make an call to the emergency services (DO NOT USE UNLESS IT'S A REAL EMERGENCY
). The device sends an automated message before allowing you to communicate with the operator.
Zomm Wireless Leash Performance
As long as the Zomm device can detect your phones Bluetooth signal it is happy. As soon as it loses the connection it goes off. If you hold the iPhone a certain way it can reduce the signal strength and therefore the Zomm goes off accidently. After a full charge the leash lasted a good 3 days and more before needing to be charged again. The battery life on phone will run down quicker with the Bluetooth constantly switched on. When making or receiving a call the quality isn't great, it is OK for occasional use but not as a hands free solution for regular use.
Zomm Wireless Leash Verdict
The Zomm Wireless Leash is a unique idea and if you are in the habit of putting your phone down and leaving it, this is a good way to remind yourself to pick it up. It's inevitable you'll set it off by accident from time-to-time and the sound quality when making calls isn't fantastic. The Zomm is small enough to carry around and the battery lasts for plenty of time between charges, although this will depend on how often it's used. Overall, it's a interesting idea but for most users it's likely to be a solution to a problem they never had.
Zomm Wireless Leash Pros
Easy to set up
Small enough to keep on your bunch of keys
Can be charged by USB or wall socket
Zomm Wireless Leash Cons
Have to connect it to computer to amend settings
Could easily call the emergency services by accident
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