Bluetooth speakers are all the rage, and why not? With a mobile lifestyle, it’s not enough to just take our music on the go. It has to sound great as well. Jawbone has recently released the Mini Jambox, which not only brings it in the sound category, but looks good, too. The newest addition to their popular Jambox line, the Mini Jambox is a mere 9 ounces and just over 6 inches in length. It’s less than an inch thick and just 2.28 inches high. It comes in an array of delicious colors and designs so you can show off more of your personality while rockin’ some great tunes. We received a Mini Jambox for review in the sleek Graphite facet style.
When you turn on Mini Jambox, you are greeted with a startup tone and a message. There is a standard Jambox voice, but you can select from nine other styles, including Arcade, Mobster, Bombshell, and Thinker (who sardonically announces, “Battery is about half full, or is that half empty? Hmmm. Perspective…”). If paired to your phone, it will notify you of an incoming call and announce the number. You can choose to answer the call and use the device as a speakerphone.
There are a number of ways to customize the Mini Jambox beyond just its voice. Using the website or the Jawbone app, you can select how the buttons work. If no music is playing, the play button can be programmed to either dial a specific contact, or to activate your phone’s voice commands (Siri, Google Now, etc.). You can also turn on/off the re-dial capability. The app will display battery life, but can also act as a personal assistant. The Agenda feature causes the speaker to softly announce an upcoming meeting or activity, and even gives the option to automatically dial-in to phone meetings.
You may not expect much, sound-wise, from such a tiny speaker, but the quality is quite good with strong base. It includes the option for “LiveAudio” which creates a sort of 3-D audio experience. Now, I’m not a hardcore sound person and when I first turned it on, I wasn’t all that impressed. It turns out that it works better for some songs than others, because when Billy Joel’s, “She’s Got a Way” came on, I felt like his piano was in my living room. You can toggle it on and off from the device (press + and – simultaneously) or via the app.
The Mini Jambox has about 10 hours of playback and is chargeable via a standard micro-USB port. It can connect via Bluetooth or a 3.5mm cable. Both the 3.5mm and the micro-USB cables are included. It has a built-in microphone, as well. It retails for $179.99. When you bring your new Mini Jambox home, make sure to sign up on Jawbone.com and search for updates. You can update your speaker by signing in and connecting it to your computer’s USB port.
Disclosure: As a member of the Verizon Wireless Insider team, I received this product for review and may receive other perks like travel. There is no additional compensation and I am a regular paying customer with Verizon Wireless.