Excerpt: Looking for an affordable way to turn your iPad, smart phones and other blue tooth devices into a "surround sound" environment? Well JBL has the answer. This handy, attractive and durable speaker is the one go-to product you must have to create great sound for all of your wifi devices. Not only is the sound quality amazing, but it's so easy to set-up right out of the box.
Excerpt: Just ok. A bit disappointed that the speaker can only be charged with a wall outlet. I would have liked to have a speaker that could also be charged using a USB cable. Not conducive for traveling. Battery charge does not last as long as expected. Package says battery life is up to 5 hours depending on usage, and I average 3 hours of battery life listening to music, with my device connected with an audio cable and not using blue tooth.
Excerpt: This speaker has great sound, but it will not pair with more than one phone. My wife and I each have an iPhone 5, and it will pair with my phone but not hers. I tried to return it, but Staples said I was past their 14 day return policy. Worst return policy ever!!
it is nice, but i don't understand why people say it sounds good
27 December 2013
Summary: in terms of functionality, the device works fine. i will not repeat other reviews. i did not experience any BT disconnects or interruptions. However, the sound quality is mehh. There is some kind of hissing sound, no matter if i stream from my MacBook Air or my Galaxy Nexus. Maybe i expect too much for such a small device? i just don't enjoy listening to music from this speaker! i read all the other reviews praising sound quality - i simply disagree!
Excerpt: All the features and sound quality of this product seem great, however be careful to get a model with a serial number later than GG0054-189100. The BT antenna's in models before this serial # cutoff were found to be faulty according to JBL. Once JBL became aware of the problem they redesigned the BT antenna. Unfortunately I have to exchange mine for one of the newer ones my iPhone won't even recognize that the speaker is putting out a bluetooth signal at all.
Summary: Resorted to using cable on iPad3. While using Bluetooth, speaker cuts out at least once per song, once every few minutes. Tried re-pairing. Made no difference. This is even with the speaker sitting next to the device. No problem using it with iPhone 5 or iPad 2. Range is only about 15-20 feet before it cuts out on the other devices where it works correctly. The sound is okay for a speaker its size but nothing really wow about it.
Summary: I've become spoiled by the clarity of non-distorted, full-frequency JBL sound. In fact, I was convinced the Motorola EQ7 with 4 JBL speakers, in a palm-sized frisbee, was the best sound in the most compact unit before Motorola discontinued it. The JBL On Tour iBT is almost as good, with the same 4 Odyssey transducers. Both a warmer and clearer than the admittedly louder (i.e. more "efficient") Flip.
Pros: Compact size. Flips to vertical position and stays in place. Loud sound (efficient speaker) Responsive Bluetooth. Extremely solid build quality.
Cons: Fairly heavy--wife didn't want to carry it around. After huge build-up on an audio site, the sound disappointed. Acoustic piano sounded slightly "canned"; acoustic walking bass was slightly muddy and indistinct. Cannot charge with USB connection (one more adapter not to misplace--and alkalines won't save you)