Pros Small, light, great for travel, nice slip case for storage, dependable, easily connects with wire or via wifi; works with my TV, laptop and iPhone.
Cons Battery charge does not last as long as the company promises, so if you're traveling, take the charger along.
Summary I give a lot of workshops and need a good speaker for rooms (often with poor acoustics) with up to 125 people. I use it for music and video and it really is the best! The speakers on my home TV are pretty tinny, so I'm also using the JBL full time at home and love it.
Pros Price performance and portability.
Cons Lows are meh, not surprisingly.
Summary The only real competition for this segment is the JBL charge unless you want to spend 3-5x as much money. For something I'm going to toss in my bag daily the flip or charge just doesn't have decent competition unless you pay a lot more and are willing to lug around an even bigger item. For example the larger Bose at $300 sounds amazing and is reasonably priced but the battery is mediocre and I'm sure as hell not going to lug it around every day.
Both the charge and flip are fantastic products.
Pros -Unbelievable sound!!!
-Small & portable.
-Large room filling sound
-Great build quality
-Doesn't vibrate around when your jammin!
Cons -Doesn't come with a cable to hook up your phone or tablet, so you
have to use bluetooth.
-Bluetooth range is not as good as it should be.
-Battery life should be double of what it is!
-Should have a micro USB charger instead of the round plug.
Summary All in all, this speaker gets a solid 4 stars. The sound quality alone would put it at a 4.5!
The sound that comes out of this little speaker is quite literally, amazing! You wouldn't expect it to sound as good as it does & as loud as it is! Pitting this against the little Jambox, it's really not a fair fight. The Flip sounds like it has at least 2x's the wattage. It gets loud enough to hurt your ears & it's 99% clear at max volume. A few of the things that bother me about this unit are somewhat minor. 1st off the Bluetooth is in a word, cr@p!
The Jambox definitely kills the Flip in this area. You have to keep your phone or tablet within like 20-25ft or else it cuts out. If you have the Flips volume up & you pause or stop your music from playing, you will hear a popping sound from the speaker every time. ANNOYING! Plus as far as I know, you cannot turn off the beeping noise on the Flip when you turn it on/off. The battery life of 5 hours is blah! It should have at least 10 hours. The chager plug is a simple make adapter that goes into a female when it should be a micro USB. One issue, earlier versions with low serial #'s had 1st generation bluetooth antenna issues. They have since redesigned it & it is better, but not as good as the competition. Check you tube.
I'm making the speaker sound worse than it really is. The small gripes I have with it are my own minor issues. For $99, you won't find a better speaker, period! It will really blow your mind when you hear it!
Pros Great, clear, loud sound for a speaker this small. Very easy to connect to multiple devices. Makes the jambox I bought (and returned) sound like absolute rubbish.
Cons Bluetooth reception ronde to breakup if moving around.
Summary After the underwhelming (read awful) performance of the jambox, I was very impressed by this product. I can listen to it for extended periods and think it sounds spectacular for it's size. I have a great sounding hifi system (B&W, Arcam, NAD, REL) so I know how to manage my expectations....but this product is great for size and price point.
Pros Setup takes seconds. No bluetooth codes are needed. I paired this speaker with my iPad Mini in about 5 seconds and it sounded much better than I expected.
Cons $100 seems a bit high, but I actually got this at a sales convention for free. I would actually say that if you spend $100 on this it is worth the money.
Summary This speaker is portable, easy to set up, sounds great, and does exactly as you would like for your ipad. Two thumbs up!
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