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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on August 2, 2012
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I bought this for one reason: to use on the golf course. "Music on the golf course?" you might ask, not to crank it up, but to have some enjoyable tunes while chasing a little white ball around a cow pasture is nice. It fits in the cup holder perfectly and minds it's own business.

I was actually fairly impressed with the sound quality, it has great depth for the size of the speaker.

It's pretty loud! True, I'm not going to be able to use it as a hands-free speaker phone in my mustang, but that's not what I wanted it for. While on the golf course, I had to turn it down to below 50% volume so it wasn't overbearing. I also played it in the yard while have a small BBQ and had to turn it down there, too, so people could have conversations without having to really talk over it.

I also used it in the cup holder of my jogging stroller. I have a Jeep overland jogging stroller with the "Music On the Move" thing, and it outright sucks. My answer was to throw that "M.O.M." thing in the trash and use my iHome cupholder speaker. You know what? It worked great there, too! I also had to turn it down to just below 50% volume.

After the jog, I set it on the bathroom counter while in the shower, cranked it up to 100% and was amazed at how loud it was while I was in the shower. Yeah, it's THAT good! :P

Lastly, I haven't had to charge it yet. I charged it once to 100%, played with it a little at work to show my co-workers, played a 9-hole round of golf (about 2.5hrs), another 60-90 minutes out in the yard, 30-45 minutes jogging, 15 minutes on the counter in the bathroom, and it's still going strong!

I wish it had a battery meter so I'd know where I stand on remaining power, but overall, I'm really satisfied with this thing.

It does work as a speaker phone, but I've only used it in testing in an office setting, and a quiet home setting. My daughter loves it, too! She just wants to carry it around while I play music, I almost can't pry it from her hands when she's listening to it.

One thing to note, the description says, "Supplied cable for charging speakers and connection to audio source". It came with a 12v USB adapter that was quite small (a good thing!), and a microUSB cable. It only sticks out from the plug about 1/3 to 1/2 inch, and you plug the USB cable into that for charging. The iHome has a microUSB port for charging, and I've used it on two different chargers fine. I tried to use the supplied cable on my phone and it charges fine, but wouldn't not allow any sort of data sync. What it did not come with was the cable for 'connection to audio source' as stated. It does have the 3.5mm headphone jack for non-bluetooth devices, you'll just have to pick up a cable on your own.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2012
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If you're looking for a speaker to listen to in your car, look somewhere else. I bought this so I could listen to Coast to Coast AM pod casts while I commute. This is barely louder than my iPad2 speaker, so as a result it's useless.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2013
This is my first review but I couldn't pass this up. I have an older car that doesn't have bluetooth. Instead of buying all the different attachment options I saw this and thought it might do. I could not have been more right! It paired effortlessly to my iPhone 4 and within about 30 seconds I was streaming music to it. It fits perfectly in the cupholder. As one reviewer wrote, it is pretty loud for the size. I had to find a good EQ setting on my phone to balance the sound quality good but once I did that, it was amazing! I haven't tried the speaker phone portion but just having the ability for me to stream my music to it while commuting in is well worth the price! The battery life is amazing as well. One thing to note. When it is charging the booklet says the power button "flashes" indicating it is charging. It actually slowly glows brighter then dimmer, in about a 18 second cycle. So don't do like I initially did and start playing with it, just be patient.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2014
I am on my second iHome cupholder speaker. I really do like this speaker. Like that is fits in the cup holder of my car and that the control buttons are on top of the speaker and not the side. However, after just a few months of use the speaker quits charging itself. I think the charging port on the speaker is not built well, and after a few months of use just breaks down. I am really disappointed after buying two of these and both of them did the same thing. As much as I like the speaker I won't be wasting my money on buying another. Too bad they can't seem to fix this problem.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2014
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Had this product for only a couple of months and already the charging port is broken. As I attempted to connect the charger the port collapsed inside the speaker. Now I'm unable to charge it. When it did work the speaker sounded pretty good. If you decide to buy this speaker be very careful when charging it as the port is very sensitive.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon August 2, 2012
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If you have an older vehicle without bluetooth, and a spare cup-holder this might work for you. Charges alright by USB (car-charger included.) Pairs easily. There is also an AUX connection but you will have to buy your own cord. Passable as a speaker-phone. If you're hoping to play your tunes don't expect to rattle any windows. Not very much volume.

If this is what you really want, no major problems with it. To be honest about it, I just think you could find a better solution at a better price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2014
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I really wanted this device to work. I needed a Bluetooth speaker to listen to audiobooks and podcasts on my daily commute, and thought this would be the solution. Unfortunately, this device simply does not play audiobooks and podcasts at a volume that will overcome the ambient noise on a highway. The frustrating thing is that it is *almost* loud enough. If the folks who designed this device had just conducted some testing, it could have been perfect.

The device does work well in the home, but if you're looking for a Bluetooth device for your commute, this is probably not it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2013
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I have an older car with no bluetooth, so this was an easy fix - it has a great sound, easy to use, pairs with my phone quickly and is easily portable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2013
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This blue tooth speaker is so compact and delivers fantastic quality of sound. For anyone who travels and needs to make hands free calls, the iHome Bluetooth is a good choice.

I am we'll pleased.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2014
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Redacted review: My mom used this product then the USB charging port got pushed back into the unit when she went to charge it one day. We thought it was a fluke and she liked it so much we just reordered after a credit. But within two weeks of using the charging port broke again. The USB insert is unable to reach the connect because of a faulty design. Subsequently shipped it back free w a return credit because in those incidents Amazon is stellar!

Changed my five stars to a single start because as much as it really worked in the beginning if you can't charge it you can't use it.

She cannot hear people on her cell phone nor can she hear a call coming in.This has been a huge help to her. Easy to work too!
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