First off, let me just say, Thank you Influenster & Sony for sending me this adorable little speaker for me to test out and review!! I am extremely grateful! Just in case you all don't know, Influenster is free to sign up and after completing some surveys and writing some reviews, you can qualify for different vox boxes. Not everyone will qualify for the same box, but if you are a good fit for the box they have, you will be notified. It really is a great program, and you have nothing to lose by signing up. If you like to test and try new products, then this is the place for you.
Now on to the review...
|Accessories - USB Cable & Carrying Bag|
I received this speaker for free from Influenster for me to test out and review. Let's begin with the simple fact that this speaker is just down right adorable. It is the size of a tennis ball and fits nicely in the palm of your hand. It has a little weight to it, and a rubber/silicone ring on the bottom that provides good grip on many surfaces, so you don't have to worry about it tipping over or rolling around on a breezy day. It comes with a USB cable for charging, and a little carrying bag (super convenient!!).
I must admit that I am not a fan of charging items from my laptop, so a simple solution is that if you have an iPhone/iPod just use the plug for charging your speaker. Also, even if you don't have an iPhone/iPod you can just buy a plug with a USB slot (the technical term escapes me at the moment, but you get the idea!).
|Right Side - Mircophone & Speaker Phone Control|
|Left Side - Volume Controls|
The battery lasts for about 3 hours of straight usage, which isn't bad at all. In addition, this speaker can be used as a speaker phone for iPhone or other smartphones. The microphone is fairly clear and you don't have to be standing on top of it for the other person on the other end to hear you clearly. I must admit though that I have used this with an iPad during FaceTime and it did not go very well, the person on the other end found that the microphone & sound quality was not very good and that the iPad microphone and speaker was better. I don't know why the speaker had better quality on a regular call from an iPhone versus FaceTime on an iPad, but it just did. Just in case any of you were wondering.
The sound quality is good when using it to play music, but on the highest volume setting it does get a little bit distorted, but at the same time does get pretty loud compared to my iPhone speaker.
Furthermore, pairing this device with my iPhone was simple. All I had to do was turn on my Bluetooth, and then slide the button, located on the bottom of the speaker, to the far right and hold it for a few seconds for my iPhone to recognize the device and then I just proceeded to connect it and that was it. Easy-Peasy! Now, I do understand that paring this speaker with an NFC enabled device is much easier, but I do not have an NFC device, so I really cannot share any experience with that.
Overall, I was very pleased with this speaker. I do see myself using this more regularly for the speaker phone feature because it's nice to be hands free around the house. But I also see it's benefits for taking it out for an outdoor picnic in the park, or the many outdoor gatherings that many of you will have this summer.
- Travel friendly
- Comes with Carrying Case
- Comes with USB cable for charging
- 3+ battery life
- Bluetooth & NFC compatible
- Easy to Connect & Use
- Speaker Phone Feature
- Comes in 3 colors: Black, White & Pink
- Price: $69.99
For more information on this product, please visit your local Sony Store or the Sony Website. I hope you found this review helpful!! :)