Last week, I tested the Jawbone Jambox, thanks to iStore, which became available in Lima just recently.
This ultra-portable Bluetooth speaker created by Jawbone –a manufacturer known for its hands free Bluetooth headsets- functions as a mini-amplifier for our smart phones, laptops, tablets and other devices.
Right from the start, thanks to the packaging, its great quality becomes evident. The Jambox is protected by transparent plastic, and it is kept visible for us right from the moment we open the box. The lower part contains its accessories: charger, manuals and a micro USB cable. It is available in Black, Red, Blue (the color of the device I reviewed) and Gray.
Right from the start its size surprised me. The Jambox is really small and light, which makes it easy to carry around in our laptop’s backpack or any small briefcase. Also, its 350-gram weight makes it go unnoticed inside our backpack; it’s not a bother at all to carry. To give you an idea of its size, here is one beside an iPhone:
Another feature I liked about the Jambox, beside its Bluetooth speakers, is its microphone. That means we can use it for calls or conferences directly from the device. During the tests, the microphone was capable of sending our voice to a 1-meter. It’s really comfortable to not have to keep removing the pairing, or getting the pone near if we get a call while listening to our music (as long as it’s not a private call, of course).
Now, its sound quality. Thanks to its size, you can imagine it can’t really be compared to the DA E570 from Samsung, which we reviewed recently. However, it is not supposed to be compared nor compete with it. The Jambox is made to be taken anywhere, thanks to its 10-hour portable battery, and its sound quality is a substantial improvement over the iPhone and iPad’s, commonly subpar. Samsung’s speaker is not more than just a Dock, design to be used in our home or office. Meanwhile, The Jambox offers a higher max volume and good high and medium-frequency sounds quality, but its bass suffers. If you planned on listening to dubstep to enjoy of a powerful bass, you’ll have to look for a bigger device, with a subwoofer.
If this doesn’t bother you, however, the Jambox may be the perfect choice if you’re looking for something to take anywhere with you. It’s great to be able to carry it around anywhere or simply listen to your music in your room without having to worry about cables. In fact, its volumen levels are amazing, considering its size.
The Jambox is also really easy to use. When we turn it on for the first time, a nice female voice will tell us the Jambox’s “pairing “mode is active. Then, we just have to turn on the bluetooth of the device we wish to connect to it, select the Jambox and start enjoying our music. Also, if we’re using it with an iPhone, a small battery indicator will appear on the screen, between the own iPhone’s battery indicator and the Bluetooth icon.
In the upper part, as you can see in the picture, we have the “+” and “-“buttons, which control the volume of the device. The other button controls several different options. Pressing it once will make the Jambox tell us the battery level. If we keep it pressed for a little moment, we’ll activate the Voice-controlled mode, or our smart phone’s Voice Commands, allowing us, for example, to control Siri. Lastly, if we press it twice, we’ll call the last contact.
The Power button is located in one side. The device will vibrate for a moment when we turn on, and if we want to set it in “pairing “mode again, we just have to press it for some seconds. It also has a 3.5-mm port to connect to it any device which doesn’t feature Bluetooth connectivity. And lastly, the Jambox’s charging port.
Another interesting feature: The Jambox can be updated from Jawbone’s MyTalk. From here, we can download “apps” to tweet or update our Facebook status, and even change the Jambox’s default voice for notifications. One of the best, in my opinion, is LiveAudio. This update allows the user to modify the sound the Jawbone produces, giving it a tri-dimensional feel. Using it is very simple: After downloading and installing the software updates, we press and hold the volume buttons (+ y –) until the Jambox tells us LiveAudio is active.
To conclude, the Jambox is a very high-quality bluetooth ultra-portable speaker. During the time I had to test it, I took it anywhere I went. And since it was synchronized with my iPhone, my Android smart phone and my iPad, all I needed to do was turning on the Bluetooth of the desired device for the Jambox to start working. It’s really easy to use, very portable and with a long-lasting battery life, which makes the Jambox, a great choice for those looking for a Bluetooth speaker you can take anywhere.
It is no replacement for a Bluetooth Dock, of course (Docks will always offer a greater sound quality), but it is still a very solid device.
Like I said before, you can buy it on the iStore, which started to sell them locally in recent days. Update: Staff of the iStore told me it will cost S/.999