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Doesn't work as advertised
on 12 April 2014
11/04/14 received the gear4 street party 2 no problem but and it's a big but, the smartlink wireless app does not work. On connecting via Bluetooth or docking your hardware to the speaker, a pop up should appear to download the smart link wireless app, it doesn't!!! Ok, maybe a bug I thought so I downloaded the app from the App Store and try to run it but all it does is show the settings menu for registration. After filling this out and pressing send then finish the app just stays on the settings page, then you get a return email telling you the gear4 email you sent has been returned by gear4.
Reading of similar problems online it seems gear4 are no longer supporting this app and there's no way of contacting them except by their online email service where it is seen that they are not responding to anyone. Gear4 are from or at least trading out of Hong Kong, says it all really!
The actual hardware, street party 2 still will connect to my ipad2 via Bluetooth and plays music through this medium fine but the non app control they are using as their selling point renders this unit a glorified Bluetooth speaker docking station, non of the extras they promise via the app are usable.
The sound is what you'd expect of a wireless speaker in this price range but I'm sure you can get better, cheaper. Another annoying thing about this product is when you have an ipad docked it covers half of the digital time display, whoever designed this must have only tested it on an iPhone or iPod though it is promoted for iPad as well.
I have never returned an item to Amazon but for the sheer audacity to keep promoting and selling this product as though the app works I am breaking tradition and returning it immediately.
Amazon, you should read peoples reviews and either stop selling items that clearly no longer work or chase the company to find out why your customers are giving the item such poor reviews.
I strongly urge anyone thinking of buying this to think again and look elsewhere.