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Good, NFC is an eye candy
on 3 April 2013
I have previously owned the Logitech Boombox, and now own the Altec Lansing inMotion Air Universal Bluetooth Wireless Speaker.
The design of this speaker is somewhat funny, it looks like Sony hired a group of grannies to design this speaker, hence it looks like a granny's hand bag!
Portability is excellent. It accepts x4 AAA batteries which according to Sony will last up to 20hours which is amazing. My Altec speaker only lasts up to 8 hours. Taking x4 AAA disposable batteries is an excellent choice made by Sony here, as they can be found anywhere, unlike built in batteries, which are either impossible, very difficult to find, or are very expensive. At least one does not have to worry about the battery getting flat and looking for an outlet to charge the unit. The footprint of the speaker is also smaller than the Altec's, and that little handbag handle is a plus which makes carrying the device quick and easy.
Buttons are situated and lined at the top, on each side of the handle. There are Power, Pairing, Play/Pause, Mic, Vol Up, and Vol Down buttons.
The included Power adapter is for running the speaker without batteries. It does not charge the batteries in the unit.
When running the speaker on batteries, or using the included power plug, the unit yields the same volume. Unlike the Logitech Boombox which looses around 70% volume once switched to batteries.
NFC and Bluetooth - the unit still sends signal via bluetooth, the NFC is just an iphone fan teaser.... hahahaha
How to use NFC on this unit, well, just turn on NFC on your phone, place the phone on top of the "handbag" handle, wait for the confirmation beep and that's it. What NFC does is it just automatically configures your phone's bluetooth connection with the speaker. You can easily bypass this procedure by going directly to your bluetooth settings and manually pairing the devices.
The sound is good for its size.It's on the "bright" side. It's almost complete, it only lacks a little on the lows. There should be no problem listening to instrumental, rock, jazz, dance music. Once your ears get accustomed to the sound it produces, you would think it sounds really good. But, there is the word but here and it is not meant to discourage anyone wanting to buy this unit, switch to the Altec Lansing inMotion speakers, and you will hear a big difference. They are both bright, but the Altec sounds better in every way - the Altec really sounds richer and fuller. Of course this could be attributed to the fact that my Altec has bigger speakers, but the Altec Lansing brand is attributed to very good/excellent quality sound, and I have always used this brand of speakers for my PC's for about 13 years now, but of course, this review is not biased... I have been using the Altec inMotion speaker since last year so maybe the Sony needs "break in" time. Time will tell and I will surely update this review...
Which one would I choose between the Altec and Sony ?
Based on poratbility, Sony... but based on sound quality, the Altec.
I really can't ignore the sound quality between the two speakers I mentioned above, and I am returning the Sony which is really great for portability, but if Shakira says hips don't lie, I can say ears don't lie either,,,