Portable, quality, BBRY branded audio for music and telephony.
Many BlackBerry fans go for BBRY branded accessories whenever possible. Several months ago, I bought a BlackBerry “Mini Bluetooth Stereo Speaker” online and thought you might enjoy hearing about it.
For those who like to get to the bottom line quickly; I love the device and think it’s worth the $80.00 purchase price. Why? Because: 1) it is so small and portable, 2) offers great sound for such a small form factor, 3) is multifunctional (provides three functions), 4) has a neat design feature allowing it to be attached to a seat belt or the strap for a book bag, and 5) is BBRY branded.
Size and Portability:
The device is pretty small and fits into the palm of your hand, as you can see from the pic above. The Mini Speaker is not intended to compete with much larger devices like the Jawbone Bluetooth speakers, instead, it’s intended to be portable enough to bring almost anywhere and have with you all the time. It’s small and very lightweight.
The Mini Speaker offers great sound in a small form factor. It has two speakers with separate channels and thus is stereo, but the speakers are close enough together that they won’t give you the experience you might get from wearing headphones. However, for such a small package, the Mini Speaker puts out. Although I don’t have a decibel rating, many of you have heard Z30s and I would say it is noticeably louder and deeper in sound than the Z30. In any event, it’s fairly loud for such a little device and offers ample sound considering how portable it is.
Not much bigger than my keys.
The Mini Speaker does three things: 1) acts as a Bluetooth speaker you can connect to your device to listen to media, 2) works as a Bluetooth speaker you can use with your telephone for hands free phone calls, 3) works as a Bluetooth streaming media input into your stereo allowing you to walk around playing music from your device through the Mini Speaker, over your home stereo or car stereo via the 3.5mm audio out jack. I’ve had the Speaker for about 5 months now and have used it for all three purposes and found it performs well. Maybe I “drink too much of the cool aide,” but this is part of what I expect from a BBRY branded device, that is, I expect it to do what it claims.
#1 As a Bluetooth speaker, this device performs admirably. It’s very convenient to have around for when you want to watch a YouTube video with some nice sound. Of course, it’s also great to pull out to play music on when you’re having a cigar and a beer on the deck outside in the summer and want a little sound. Clearly, if you’re an audiophile, you will want a more robust solution, but I don’t think you’ll find a better one with such a small footprint.
#2 As a Bluetooth speaker for phone calls, the device performs well, as you would expect. It adds some volume to your call should you want to set your phone down on the middle of a table surrounded by several people on a conference call. I have used it for this purpose and gotten feedback that the call quality was solid, meaning, I sounded good to the caller. My BBRY phones are business tools that I’m somewhat cautious with and I would freely use the Mini Speaker for any important calls.
The small hole on the lower right is the mic for use as speakerphone.
#3 As a Bluetooth streaming device to play music over a stereo, the Mini Speaker works great. I can walk around my apartment up and down the steps and around corners and into rooms with my Q10 in my pocket and never have interruptions of my music. The music sounds good and all the features of my phone work well over it.
There is the 3.5mm audio out jack on the right.
As you can see from the pic below, this device is designed to fit snugly onto the strap of your book bag or seat belt so it can be used on the go. I have not tested this feature much, although it’s fairly self-explanatory. I can say it does fit onto those types of straps, but I’ve never carried it around like that during the day. One point about this feature is you have to be very careful how much tension you apply to the device; it is not intended to open more than a few millimeters. I can see this would function nicely as a hands free Bluetooth speaker for your car. You could just stick it onto your seat belt.
Slot for attaching to straps. Middle button is held down for Bluetooth pairing.
This is not the exhaustive list; just a few that I think are pertinent. The battery is 1100 mAh, takes 2 & 1/2 hours to charge, and is good for 40 days of standby, 16 hours of talk, and an impressive 14 hours of streaming time. It’s a class 2 Bluetooth device with a range of about 33 feet.
The Best News:
I’ve saved the best news for last, and that is, as Brad indicated earlier here, through the end of August, all BBRY accessories are on sale on shopblackberry.com so you can get the BlackBerry Bluetooth Mini Stereo Speaker for $55.99! Check it out!