First of all, just to set the record straight. The other reviewer, gar1975 falsely claims that this speaker cannot be charged with a mains charger. It is evident that he doesn't even own the product, so giving the product a 1-star is totally unfair. I have reported to Amazon to remove that review. According to the user manual: "You can charge the OVALE with any mobile phone charger with a 5V USB jack". I charged my speaker using the supplied miniUSB cable connected to my HTC USB charger.
Now to the review. I was looking for a portable bluetooth speaker to connect my iPad 2 for music and watching movies on Sky Go. As soon as I came to know about it, I placed an order. It arrived today (impressed with the relatively quick delivery time from Amazon).
The speaker itself is quite light, weighing about 220 grams. It comes with a coin-shaped stand (about the size of a 10p coin), part of which wedges into a slit at the back. It is quite stable an unobtrusive. The battery comes separately packed. It's the size of a mobile phone battery & is Li-Ion.
I put the battery at the back & charged the speaker for about 30 mins. I then switched it on. Initially, my iPad couldn't locate it, until I clicked the "mode" button on the speaker. My HTC phone also connected to it without any hiccups.
I was pleasantly surprised at how loud and clear this speaker is, especially for the size and money!! Dialogues are clear, decent bass & good highs. At loud volumes, the quality does degrade a bit, but nothing I would be worried about.
Downsides? I have struggled to adjust the volume on the unit itself - it skips to the previous or next song! Maybe I'm not pressing the button right. I'm not too bothered, as I won't be using it anyway. I can control the volume through my iPad.
I haven't checked the calling features and mic yet. Will update the review when I get round to it (I don't think I'll use that feature though, but nice to know it's there).
All in all, I'm a very happy owner!!