Speak­ers & Docks

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - RESULTS -

Push­ing mu­sic phones and por­ta­ble mu­sic play­ers out of the mar­ket, smart­phones to­day of­fer great sound. But if you in­tend to play the mu­sic loud, then hav­ing a por­ta­ble speaker or a dock is bet­ter idea than in­vest­ing in a big sound sys­tem.


Philips now has a dock for An­droid smart­phones. The ele­gant Fide­lio has a cir­cu­lar body with a mi­croUSB con­nec­tor at the top with a trans­par­ent plas­tic stand to give sup­port to the phone. 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 Philips Fide­lio App.


This funky look­ing 2.1 stereo with iPhone dock is in­spired by An­gry Birds games. The sound coming from the two speak­ers, placed on the sides of the hel­met, is amaz­ingly loud and clear. Like other dock­ing sta­tions, it too charges the Ap­ple de­vice si­mul­ta­ne­ously. It can stream mu­sic from other smart­phones us­ing the aux­il­iary port.


The Jabra Solemate is ideal for the out­doors thanks to its rub­ber sole and sturdy front grill. There is a groove to hold the 3.5mm cord, in case you don’t want to use Blue­tooth or the USB to con­nect this de­vice. With so many con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions, you can also take calls on this de­vice. Though small, this de­vice has a de­cent sound out­put coming from three front fac­ing speak­ers and is louder than what you would ex­pect it to be. The bat­tery life is good for about 10 hours of mu­sic.


A stylish por­ta­ble speaker, the Mini Boom­box from Log­itech is a com­pact speaker with mu­sic con­trols on the top. Charged through a mini-USB port, there is an aux­il­iary port and an on/off key at the back. Once charged, it can pro­vide wire-free mu­sic for up to nine hours. This speaker is de­signed to boost the sound of smart­phones. It also has an in­built mic that can be used for an­swer­ing calls. With an in­com­ing call, the mu­sic is muted au­to­mat­i­cally.

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