It sounds awesome!!!! Why didn't I move on to a 2017 speaker sooner? I listen to pop, vocals, and some classical. The sound is clean and tight.
Admittedly, the Photive is ruggedized which I don't need anymore and this one is solid but not waterproof. This one also pumps music out in multiple directions. A surprise was the bass speaker on the bottom that fires downward onto the table (I'm sure there is a technical name and terms for that). Gives the music a bass pop.
I was going to give it 4 stars because I thought it forced me to adjust the volume using my phone. Then, I realized the grey circle at the top is actually a dial. Not only does that mean I can control it on the speaker but it's the best way to do it. With all my other speakers, I have to press buttons over and over - that seems to be the norm. With this one, I just twist the dial, like a real volume knob. Great design!
I did not test the speakerphone features. For every bluetooth speaker I have owned, I literally disable the call audio link. I answer my phone normally and turn down the music. I also did not officially check the battery longevity. I don't really get into doing scientific studies on things I review. I can say that it lasted several hours sitting here in my office. No sign of needing to be charged.
Quirk - you don't put it into pairing mode. This kind of threw me off. I am used to holding down a power button, getting the blue/red blinking light, then pair. With this one, you just turn it on, the blue light ring blinks and that's it searching for a bluetooth connection. So, if you're using your phone, you pair it when you get the blinking blue light and subsequently, the speaker will find your phone to connect during the same blinking light period. This might cause some glitches if you are near two things you pair it with.
Now I think I am going to give Tronsmart a shot as I look for better workout headphones. I liked their "everyday" headphones. Going for 3 for 3!
I am trying to up the game on my reviews but hopefully, you realize that it's pretty tough to convey sound quality in a basic video. Just use your imagination... imagine this speaker sounds a LOT better. I even edited! (note that I started with my old speaker, this new one makes its debut later)
If you're looking for a speaker with a circular design like this, you can't go wrong with this one.