What it's good for
- Rich, loud sound for your
- Mobile phone
- Whatever else you can connect via bluetooth or plug into the standard 3.5mm input
- Hours of battery life
- Weighs less than two cans of soda and is about the same size
- Built for carrying around and can handle abuse
Some key info
I bought this in May last year so I've had it for 8 months and I've used it pretty much every day since then
My brother bought one just like it and loves it just as much as I do. The charging port and cable could be better but that's pretty much my only complaint.
Why I like it
You really have to hear it to appreciate the fullness and quality of the sound that comes out of this little speaker. It never distorts and is always loud enough. Quiet video is one of my biggest frustrations, especially when watching YouTube content that doesn't always have the best audio production. The worst part of trying to watch something with more than one or two people isn't the tiny screen, it's not being able to hear anything.
It's a sturdy device that's can take rough treatment. It's survived a couple of drops from a bedside table with no signs of damage. That was on tile from a height of about 3 feet. At roughly 5.5 inches high and 5 inches wide it's smaller than most portable speakers. It weighs 534 grams which is less than two cans of Coke.
There are non-slip pads on the sides and bottom which work well and show no signs of peeling after 8 months of daily use. The weight is pretty evenly distributed with a little more heft at the bottom. It's easy to pack and carry around and it's stable on pretty much any surface.
It's got straightforward controls with 6 clearl-labeled buttons. Play/Pause works on iOS and YouTube. It probably works with lots of others too but those are the ones I've used. For music, the Play/Pause button will also go the next song if you press it twice and go to the previous song if you press it three times. Awesomely that also works on YouTube videos. The Play/Pause button is also used to turn mute on and off in AUX mode.
As one of the main selling points of the Bose Color, they put a lot of thought into the Bluetooth functions. The manual says 33 feet (10 meters) and I've found that to be true. Connects to every device I've tried with no fuss. It can connect to two devices at the same time and switching between the two is just a matter of pushing the bluetooth button. It can store up to 8 devices in memory. When you turn it on it will connect to the last two devices it was connected to if they are within range. If you add a ninth it will delete the least recently used device. If you don't have bluetooth you can connect through a standard 3.5mm input at the back. That's the size of the typical headphone jack.
The voice is clear and easy to understand. You'll get voice feedback when you connect it to a new device or switch between devices. If you hit the bluetooth button, it will tell you what device it's connected to. It's easy to turn off the voice prompts if you'd like by pushing the plus and minus buttons at the same time.
You can choose from 11 languages for the voice, including:
What could be improved
This is my only real gripe with the speaker. The charging cable looks nice and seems robust but mine quit after a few months. The same thing happened to my brother's speaker and it happened a lot faster. I'm not a big fan of Micro-USB in general because it has too many fiddly bits that can fail. In this case it seems that the port stretches with repeated use.
To fix this I recommend getting a more robust charging cable like this one from Anker.