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Jambox by Jawbone – As mentioned yesterday, speakers for iDevices are a dime a dozen. But Jambox by Jawbone is one that truly stands above the crowd. In terms of boosting the sound (and volume) of your iPod, iPhone or iPad wirelessly, this is one of the best options on the market.
It’s not one of the cheapest, though. At $200, this miniature speaker costs as much as several high end options – but it’s portable, which is something its competitors can’t match. It’s a wonderfully designed device, available in black, red, blue or gray - and it’s tiny size (2.25 inches high, 6 inches wide, 1.5 inches deep) doesn’t hint at the power inside.
Using Bluetooth to stream audio content, the Jambox has tremendous sound quality courtesy of two 1.25-inch speakers and a small woofer. It’s not quite as good as you’ll get with docking speakers – but to be able to wander the room with your iDevice in hand is an acceptable trade off. The battery life is surprisingly long as well, clocking in at over 10 hours.
The Jambox also doubles as a speakerphone solidly, though that’s certain to be a secondary function for most users.
Among the best speakers for iDevices? Yes.
Best portable speaker on the market? Hands down.
(Available at Apple stores, Best Buy and more.)