5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Speaker is rugged, easy to use, and portable,
This review is from: Jabra SOLEMATE Wireless Bluetooth Portable Speaker - Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
*Features I liked*
-The design is rugged looking, but it might not be for everyone.
-It's very durable and the bottom "sole" is very grippy.
-Convenient pull tab on the side
-Interface is easy to use.
-Size and weight make it portable.
-Integrated 3.5mm audio cable holder is convenient, no worries about it falling out. The plug is also narrow so if you shouldn't have a problem fitting it through a phone case with a small diameter hole.
-Bluetooth works well and pairs within seconds. You can also use it as a headset for calls since there is a microphone on the device.
-The water/sand resistant bag is functional but feels cheap. It doesn't block any sound at all.
-Standard micro USB charger so I can use the same charger as most non-Apple phones.
-I wouldn't say that I'm blown away by the audio quality but it sounds pretty good. However, it could use a bit more bass, but I listen to a lot of bass heavy music. Note that I am by no means an audiophile, so my audio quality rating is subjective.
-Battery life is pretty good, though I haven't used it more than a couple of hours without charging.
-The only way to check battery level is by pressing the center button, a guy's voice comes on and tell you that the battery is full, medium, or low. It's a bit awkward since it interrupts the music. I would prefer a visual method. There is a battery LED but it only lights up when charging.
-Price, not the best value, but worth it if you like the design and use it a lot.
-Maximum volume could be a bit louder. It's fine for most situations except maybe a crowded room and outdoors when there is a lot of background noise. If it's quiet outdoors, the volume is sufficient.
-The 3.5mm audio cable is a bit short for my tastes (about 12 in long)
-The speaker is stereo but you can't really tell since it's so small.
-When the speaker is in the bag, it is hard to tell where the buttons are to adjust the volume. It would be nicer if the buttons were raised.
Overall I like the design of the speaker and it's very easy to use and portable, features are well thought out. 5 stars since there really isn't anything major that I can think of that's worth deducting a star for, most of the things I didn't like are minor.
Note that I have not tried competing Bluetooth speakers so I cannot compare this to anything else.
I have not tried the USB speaker functionality on a computer.