There are a number of personal audio speakers on the market at the moment that use Bluetooth to connect to your mp3 player, rather than wires.
The Foxl v2 is advertised as “pocket sized” but you’d have to be wearing cargo pants to comply. It’s a bit larger than your hand and would be like putting a small gold bar in your pocket. Thankfully, it only weighs 10 ounces. It comes with a kickstand to set it upright on a flat surface and supposedly lasts 12 hours under ‘normal’ listening conditions and its built-in battery is rechargeable via USB.
Like many of these devices, it acts as a speakerphone, so you can answer calls when they come in (if you are connecting it to a mobile phone). Don’t expect to be blown away by the sound quality but reviews are reasonable for a device this size. Some report that call quality isn’t fantastic.
The Jambox by Jawbone (makers of the famous noise cancelling ear sets) is slightly larger and reviews of the audio quality slightly more favourable. Range is purported to be particularly good, as well. Useage time is a bit less – 10 hours on average.
The Jambox has a more interesting look than the Foxl in that it’s covered entirely in a rubber coating. This might enhance your ‘cool’ factor (iPhone users take note), whereas the Foxl looks like something that belongs in a Radio Shack bargain bin. The Jambox also comes in a variety of candy colours, so you can coordinate with your outfits.
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