Vava Moov 28 wireless headphones review: Cheap simple Bluetooth buds

Alex Kidman 19 September 2018 NEWS

Quick Verdict
The Vava Moov 28 wireless headphones offer good value for money as long as you're not looking for top-notch audio reproduction.

The good

  • They're very cheap.
  • Comfortable.
  • Decent battery life.

The bad

  • Audio quality is only average.
  • Pairing and battery notifications are in beep form.
  • Cheap build quality.


With an increasing number of mobile phones, especially in the premium space, eschewing traditional 3.5mm headphone jacks, there's been a shift towards promoting Bluetooth headphones of all types. The Vava Moov 28 sells itself primarily as a very cheap pair of slightly sporty Bluetooth headphones, and while they can't really compete with the big players in the sports headphone field, they're perfectly serviceable for what is a very agreeable price point.


Vava Moov 28 wireless headphones: Design

  • Simple black headphones.
  • Cheap feel.
  • Inline audio controls.
  • Magnetic connection.

There's really not much that can be said about the Vava Moov 28's build quality or design ideas, because honestly, it's pretty clear that they have been built to a price, not to a style. They're a set of cabled Bluetooth headphones with a black flat ribbon cable connecting both headphones. You get a range of rubber tips in the box to fit your ear size, as well as a microUSB charging cable and carrying case.

Rather predictably, the whole affair feels simple and cheap, because it is. The inline remote works, but the buttons have a cheap clicky feel. One nice feature is the inclusion of magnets at the end of each bud, which means you can quickly slip them around your neck when not in use, rather than leaving them dangling.

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Vava Moov 28 wireless headphones: Performance

  • Basic audio quality.
  • Simple audio confirmations.
  • IPX6 splash proof for sweaty workouts.

If you're expecting a set of Bluetooth headphones that retails for under $50 to give you high-end audio, well, there's a famous line from The Castle that comes to mind.

What you get instead is more on par with the kind of performance you'd see out of a bundled set of headphones with a smartphone. That's not quite the curse it used to be, mind you. For sports listening, where you're likely to be concentrating on your form – or simply just keeping going as your body protests that it really doesn't want to – it's an entirely adequate kind of listening experience, even if it doesn't have much high-end punch.

They're also not exceptionally loud, so if you do work out in a gym that's very noisy, or has its own music service running 24/7, you might find they don't block out as much of the real world as you might like.

Pairing and using the Vava Moov 28 headphones is a slightly frustrating affair, because there's nothing to work from beyond simple beep confirmations. Plenty of Bluetooth headphones include spoken confirmations, but all you get here are rising and lowering tones as you pair and power the Vava Moov 28 headphones on and off. It's a minor niggle, but the beep on pairing confirmation is really sharp, and not even in scale with the tones that precede it.

The Vava Moov 28 are pitched as sports headphones with a claimed IPX6 rating. That should see it capable of handling as much sweat as you can throw at it, although immersion is not covered. Bluetooth in water isn't really a viable solution anyway beyond a few centimetres, thanks to those lousy laws of physics.

Again, you're getting an experience in line with the price you're paying. Taking the Vava Moov 28 for a few runs, I found them workable without being great for physical activity. I've no doubt been spoiled by headphones like the Apple Airpods or Samsung Gear Icon X because I now find having a dangling cable behind my neck an irritant when I run.

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Vava Moov 28 wireless headphones: Battery life

  • Decent battery life given the price.

The Vava Moov 28 Wireless Headphones are listed with a claimed nine hours of playback time. That means if you're an ultramarathon runner you might exhaust them, but for most fitness types they'll be more than adequate in between gym workouts.

The one word of warning I'd add here is that the same beep tone issue that I had with pairing and powering up is present for battery life notifications. The Vava Moov 28 simply gives out some pathetic-sounding beeps when you're getting close to running the battery down, but it'll then just cut out mid-song once it's done.

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Vava Moov 28 wireless headphones: Should you buy them?

  • Hard to argue with the asking price.
  • Good, simple Bluetooth headphones.

Most cheap headphones are awful. I can't claim that the Vava Moov 28 are great headphones, because they're not. However, taking their asking price into account, they're entirely serviceable for anyone who wants fitness-focused headphones without the typical "sports" asking price. Anyone who wants premium audio quality won't be impressed, mind you.

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Vava Moov 28 wireless headphones: Pricing and availability

The Vava Moov 28 wireless headphones sell via Amazon for $35.99 at the time of writing, slightly below the $49 cut-off for free delivery. However, they are fulfilled by Amazon so if you've got an Amazon Prime subscription, delivery will be complimentary.

Vava Moov 28 Wireless Headphones

Vava Moov 28 Wireless Headphones from Amazon AU

Bluetooth audio, IPX6 water resistance and up to 9 hours of playback time, all at a fraction of the price you'd pay for other sports headphones.

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Vava Moov 28 wireless headphones: Alternatives

The only way from the Vava Moov 28's price point is up, but as you spend more, you'll get more in both features and audio quality. If you're keen on sports tracking, consider the BlueAnt Pump Air True Wireless or Jabra Elite Sport. In the more premium audio space, consider Apple's iconic Airpods or Samsung's showy Samsung Gear IconX buds.

Specifications

Vava Moov 28 wireless headphones specifications

Product Name
Vava Moov 28 wireless headphones
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Battery life
Up to 9 hours
Water resistance
IPX6
Price
$35.99
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