I've had many bluetooth speakers over the years starting with the first Jawbone jambox 10 years ago. Then the original JBL Flip 5 years ago. The last couple years the industry has really upped it's game and many truly specular products. The tallboy beer can sized speaker is a great form factor that lends itself to travel very well and can produce truly great sound, (after testing many of that size I settled on the earfun Uboom), sometimes you want something smaller. Perhaps you are travelling carryon only, lightweight backpacking, biking or paddle boarding. For few years my go to was a Boombotix Rex and Boombotix Boombot Pro. Not the clearest best sounding speakers but Amazingly loud and powerful for the their size and weight. I recently gave away the Boombot and started using my UE Wonderboom in most of those situations. The Stormbox micro just like the Bose Soundlink Micro, is tiny and has versatile flexible strap. I have't listened them side by side, but I bought the Soundlink for my father last year, all I can say is that Stormbox micro seems to match it closely in sound quality. Most of the Stormbox micro reviews place it slightly ahead of the Bose product. In both situations you can get a better sounding speaker (even the Tribit Xsound Go or regular Stormbox). for cheaper, but you will have a much larger box. This is something you can clip around the handle or paddleboard on you bike handlebars pointed at your ears and enjoy great tunes while also not subjecting the rest of world to your tunes. In conclusion I highly recommend this speaker, if you already have the Bose it isn't necessary to upgrade, if you are considering the Bose buy this instead.