It has become something of a habit to announce when new gear arrives in my office, especially if that gear is destined for review. A couple of weeks ago I received a review sample of the Mocet Communicator. Communicator is essentially an audio dock for an iPad that turns it into an executive desk phone.
As you may know, I don’t generally use Apple products. However, occasionally there comes a product that is sufficiently interesting to get me to move in that direction. In the past case of the Invoxia NVX-610 I purchased an iPod Touch in order to provide a suitable host for the device under review.
The very fact that I would commit funds to purchase the iOS host should be considered a measure of how interesting I find the device under consideration. In the case of Mocet’s Communicator I bit the bullet and purchased a 64 GB 3rd generation iPad with the Retina display.
Where Invoxia was a French start-up Mocet, while not a name on the tip of every tongue, has some history in manufacturing IP telephony hardware. While it’s not a conversation I wish to enter into at length, some of the devices they manufacture would be familiar to you, at least by name. This was enough to convince me to part with funds in order to enable my admittedly lengthy review process.
Fortunately, I’ve had enough time with the Polycom VVX-600 and its optional VVX camera module to have formed an impression of that pair. This means that the Communicator will soon occupy the left-forward position on my desk, making it my primary desk phone for at least a few weeks. As is my habit, I won’t even start to write a review until I have substantial hands-on experience with the device.
At present the iPad has Mocet’s IP Commander app loaded and registers one SIP line with the OnSIP account associated with my day job. I will eventually try with Skype and some third party SIP clients so that I can see how it handles video as well as audio.