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Very nice portable bluetooth speaker.... ipod touch (v2 with latest OS) , iphone (v5), BBRY Z10 (10.2.0.1803) tested
, November 22, 2013
I bought this as a gift for someone who has an iphone and an ipod touch (version 2) It works well with both devices, but not at the same time of course! In testing I get a range of about 30ft before the sound starts to break up, so you can position each device quite a ways apart and still have it work.
I am not an audiophile, in fact I'm pretty tone deaf so you'll have to take other reviewers word for the sound quality, however if I was a living in an apartment and wanted a compact setup to play music you'd be hard pressed to find a more compact setup and quality package than an ipod and this speaker. (Or your phone) the only drawback to using the phone is that there is some power drain when playing music. The ipod seems to last about 2 hrs before the battery gave out and I have to plug the ipod in. However with the distance those two devices communicate it's no trouble to do that.
Build quality does appear to be good. The case feels solid. It's heavy no doubt due to the battery and speaker magnets. The battery is replaceable but it's in a "Boise" special package which no doubt will be higher than an off the shelf garden variety battery, but that's life in the portable electronics world. At least you CAN replace it.
I have a BBRY Z10 phone and the bluetooth connection worked well with that. (being curious I just tested it, and reset it afterwards.) The Z10 battery monitor seemed to indicate that it could pump out the music for about 5 hrs... but I didn't test that.
As others have mentioned, with Apple and others changing their ports with each release of their product it's probably best to pick a speaker that uses Bluetooth or a usb-mini port (this speaker has both) And while Bluetooth standards change at least those standards are multi-industry.
On volume, yep pretty loud, not ear drum shattering but plenty for inside a house, or out on the deck. You can control the volume from your bluetooth device and the speaker itself. (very handy)
I suspect but have not tested this yet that with a bluetooth transmitter on my old stereo/amp/AM/FM receiver I could use that to transmit the music wirelessly to the deck. The beauty of that system is that the speaker can come in for the night and stay out of the rain vs buying/wiring outside speakers. It wouldn't be stereo unless I put two transmitters in... but hey it's the deck who is really paying attention to that?
Works with my bluetooth devices
Charger folds flat, (the prongs fold into the unit)
Seemed to reconnect to the same device after powering both off without having to do the full setup. (not fully tested though, and it is easy to connect devices.)
Custom battery package.
charger is not a usb design, so you can't use your phone charger to charge the speaker. (seems dumb, but hey maybe phone chargers don't put out enough Amps.)
Need to buy a second item, the nylon case if you want to transport it. I suppose they could have included it but if you didn't take it away from your home you wouldn't really need that.
Recommended: buy. especially vs those docking station speakers.