I love things that are cute. I love collecting gadgets. It should come as no surprise that I really love it when my gadgets manage to be totally cute. Although that does create some problems. Like which color Pocket Speaker do I want? (Seriously, while standing in the Apple Store I actually consulted a two year old and a four year old on color selection. They each had a different opinion. Totally no help…) As you can see I ended up with the pink. I was sort of thinking the black and white. And then at the last minute I went for the pink. I figured it was fun and since it’s primarily going to be my in-office and travel speaker I thought fun was the way to go. And it’s so fun. And so little. And so cute. Totally adorable.
So now that we have the color picked out, let’s talk tiny speakers. Last July I snagged several swag-type speakers at a conference. And, well…you get what you pay for. I mean, sure they make things a little louder, but the sound quality is not good. It’s no wonder they’re collecting dust in that place where all conference swag eventually ends up. (Which is a bag in the corner of my scary closet full of stuff.)
The Carbon Audio Pocket Speaker? Totally different story. It’s good sound. Good sound? Heck…it’s better than good. It’s great sound. John Cusack could have totally stood outside Ione Skye’s house with this thing and played “In Your Eyes” for days without breaking a sweat. That’s because it weighs less than six ounces! But don’t worry-it’s just as loud as any 80s boom box you can remember. Maybe louder. Probably louder. When I took it to work that was the first comment. “OMG, that’s loud.” (I forgot to turn the sound down to office appropriate levels…sorry, not sorry.)
It’s designed to deliver sound from both sides. That’s 360 degrees of audio. Instead of pointing the speaker at the center of the room you can actually place the Pocket Speaker in the center and deliver sound all around. And you can totally pair up two speakers to whatever device you’re using and get a full stereo experience. (Although just one speaker really does a great job. Using two is just a chance to get a little extra greatness thing going.)
In addition to sounding great, the speaker is also crazy easy to use. You can charge it for up to 8 hours of use with the included USB cord. All of the controls for the speaker are loaded on the top. You just need to turn on the power by holding down the power button. You’ll hear a tone when the power is on. To connect your phone or other device just make sure you’ve turned on their Bluetooth. You’ll then want to press and hold the Bluetooth button on the speaker until the light beside it starts to blink or you hear a tone. The speaker should then show up in your device’s Bluetooth menu. All you need to do is pair the speaker.
If you wanna snag a pocket speaker for yourself you’ll need to head to your closest Apple store. It’s an Apple store exclusive. Don’t live near an Apple store? (Or, you know, maybe you’re just scared of the mall in December?) You can totally order it online, too. For now my speaker is living on top of my monitor at work, annoying my coworkers with Christmas tunes pretty much any time I’m around. (It is the season, after all.) I mean seriously, how many high quality speakers could your safely place on the top of your computer monitor? I told you this thing was small. And fun. And cute…