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Truly impressive battery.
on 8 July 2013
The most important thing about a speaker is the sound, and this sounds just fine. There is plenty of bass through a cavity at the back but it doesn't swamp the higher-end sounds and it goes pretty loud. I don't think I ever needed to go to full volume on it. I tried a variety of music from thrash metal to electronic and reggae and it all sounded great.
I have never really got on with, or trusted Bluetooth, but found this easy enough to connect to via a mobile phone: just hold down the button on the top of the speaker for a couple of seconds and then select it from the phone. It was even easier from a Nexus 7 tablet because that has Near Field Communication (NFC) on it. With the talet I just had to touch it to the speaker and that did everything for me - turned Bluetooth on, paired with the speaker and started playing. Even more impressive, when I turned the speaker off it turned Bluetooth off on the tablet for me, saving me the trouble of tidying up afterwards.
With a portable speaker the battery life is a major consideration and I decided to test out the battery by fully charging the speaker and then leaving it on until it died to see if it got the 7 hours claimed in the manual and teh results really surprised me. After 7 hours the unit still claimed to be almost fully-charged. By the time the battery finally ran down I had listened to 28.5 hours of music. A lot of this was at night and so at low volume, but even so that is impressive, and the last 5 hours were certainly at a decent high volume. There is no warning that the battery level is getting low: the speaker just stops, but since it does that well beyond the 7-hour mark I can't really complain about that. There is no display at all, but you can find out the battery level by pressing the button on top twice and a female voice tells you how much juice you have, which I rather liked.
I wasn't too keen on the looks of the speaker when it came out of the box, but I've got used to it now and looks are subjective anyway.
I didn't try out the speaker out as a hands-free phone but have no reason to doubt that it works OK because everything else bout this exceeded my expectations.