The cord terminates in a straight plug. L-shaped plugs tend to be sturdier, and I can't say these earbuds appear incredibly rugged, but I used them for a couple of weeks without a problem. However, it is worth noting that they don't come with any sort of protective carrying case. To prolong their life, I'd suggest finding something to stow them in when you're not using them.
As noted, there's an integrated microphone with a single-button remote (no volume controls). That button is a call answer/end button when making cell-phone calls; when playing music, you tap it once to pause or play, twice to skip a track forward, and three times to skip a track back. The microphone should work with all phones but the "remote" functionality won't work with every or tablet, though it should work with all Apple iOS products.
When I reviewed Moshi's
The Mythro earbuds may not offer quite as much bass and detail as the
Naturally, the Mythro earbuds' sound profile won't appeal to everyone. It's fairly aggressive, so if you like a more laid-back, smoother headphone, you may find these a little fatiguing over longer listening sessions. But for a lot of today's music -- and today's listeners -- the meaty bass will be an appealing trait. To reiterate, a tight seal is essential to maximizing bass response.
It's interesting to see how Moshi started out making stylish midrange earphones and has now moved into the entry-level market with a pair of well-designed earphones with quality sound. The Mythro's sound profile may not be for everybody, but it's a lightweight, attractively model with earbuds that fit comfortably and a built-in microphone and one-button remote. There are some other budget earphones out there, such as the $17