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4.0 out of 5 stars A great portable speaker, 16 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Jabra SOLEMATE Portable Bluetooth Speaker -Black (Electronics)
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The Jebra Solemate speaker is a funky device. I really like its quality, simple style and functionality.

The Solemate speaker has a solid feel, and weighs nearly 600g. It fits in the palm of my hand, and has a rippled base which looks like the bottom of a rugged boot or trainer hence I guess the name Solemate. The product has good quality sound for its size, and worked best with the volume on the source device (Player) turned up to close to maximum.

General operation/set up
The Solemate comes with very brief operating instructions. On one end there is a three position on/off/blutooth switch, the charging socket, connector socket for a player and two tiny indicators for battery and and blu tooth status. On the top are two volume buttons and a button which makes the device give verbal info. E.g. `battery full' or `battery low'. On the other end there's a nylon/cloth loop which is pinned in two places and gives the impression of a quality finish. The Solemate could easily be carried using two fingers in the loop.

Charging/battery life:
The Solemate is charged via a small (micro) USB socket the kind used on many current mobile phones. The device tested was supplied with a charging cable, but had a European two pin plug socket, so was charged using an equivalent cable with the same connector but UK three pin plug. It took around 2-3 hours to charge the first time. When turned on the device makes a short booming sound and the small battery indicator light illuminates green/red. Turning off the Solemate and powering down produces a booming noise which reminded me a little of the Homer Simpson `doh'. The Solemate voice is deep, masculine with an accent (American?), for some it maybe be an irritation and unlike bossy sat navs does not appear to have an alternative voice. After several hours connected to an ipad playing the sound on a video the Solemate was still saying the battery was fully charged. It was recharged for a longer period up to 4 hours second time round, and again gave 2-3 hours play at a medium volume.
Unlike other devices the Solemate can be used as a speaker and charged at the same time.

Speaker connections:
The Solemate can be wired directly to a player using the supplied cable which has 3.5mm jack (like small head phone connector) plugs on both ends. One end attaches to the player, and the other goes into the speaker socket on the Solemate. The cable slots into the base of the Solemate when not in use.
Using the cable the Solemate sucessfully played an ipod Touch, Sony Walkman, ipad, iphone.

Blu tooth:
The Solemate will also connect to devices via Blutooth. The on switch is pushed up and held for 3 seconds, the sole mate gives verbal instructions to pair devices. A phone and an ipod paired without problem but an original ipad, pad2 and Android phone would not connect, although these have been paired successfully with other blue tooth devices. (At the time of writing IS6 has just been released with some niggles which might be a factor rather than the Jebra)

Having paired a device the distance of operation was much greater than expected operating at 10-12m with no walls in between, and at 5-10m with stud partitions walls between. However in some locations there was some interruption to the sound especially if a person walked between the Solemate and the player.

Physical features/accessories:
It is also supplied with a draw string bag which claims to be sand and water resistant The bag is made of water repellent fabric, however when held under a shower running at low pressure the inside of the bag was wet within a few minutes. I'd not take the device and an expensive player to the beach or any where outside where it might get damp and expect the bag to adequately protect it.
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Sue H

Location: United Kingdom

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