AN­DROID DOCK

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILES -

The Philips au­dio lineup has al­ways been in love with iOS de­vices. But the com­pany now seems to be fall­ing for the An­droid oper­at­ing sys­tem. Its new Fide­lio is among the first An­droid docks to hit the In­dian mar­ket.

Sim­ple and el­e­gant, the Fide­lio has a cir­cu­lar body sim­i­lar to some pop­u­lar iOS docks. Built in glossy black plas­tic, the dock dis­plays time along with a small Blue­tooth icon when pow­ered up and con­nected to an An­droid phone.

The dock has a mi­croUSB con­nec­tor at the top with a trans­par­ent plas­tic stand to give sup­port to the phone. Keep­ing in mind the dif­fer­ent po­si­tions of the mi­croUSB ports in the phone, Philips has de­lib­er­ately kept the con­nec­tor flex­i­ble. There is enough space to move the con­nec­tor to the left or right. De­pend­ing upon the phone’s thick­ness, it can be moved to and fro as well. Vol­ume con­trols and a snooze but­ton have also been placed on the dock.

Be­ing a Blue­tooth wire­less stream­ing mu­sic de­vice, the dock only charges the phone when con­nected via mi­croUSB con­nec­tor. The mu­sic can only be streamed over Blue­tooth, that too with the help of the 7MB Philips Fide­lio App avail­able on Google Play Store. So you don’t have to keep it locked on the dock to en­joy your playlists.

When launched, the app prompted us with a mes­sage that the Song­bird mu­sic player had not been in­stalled and was needed to play mu­sic via the dock. Also, it took close to a minute to pair the phone for the first time, though af­ter this, the two paired in­stantly. The Fide­lio app has a nice graph­i­cal lay­out that dis­plays the am­bi­ent tem­per­a­ture along with the time.

The au­dio over the Fide­lio was loud and nice, though we felt the bass was lack­ing in strength. This dock can be used for play­ing mu­sic in a room, but won’t be ef­fec­tive if you were plan­ning to host a party.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT?

Good op­tion for An­droid users, but not very pow­er­ful.

—TEXT BY NIDHI SIN­GAL AND PIC­TURE BY RA­JWANT RAWAT

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