16 Aug 2012

SoundWave SW50 Bluetooth Speaker - Big sound from a small package

I have had a few results to review a good yet affordable portable speaker system for Android mobile phones. So I had a look around and several tech sites had good reviews for the Jawbone Jambox Bluetooth Speaker. However, they cost more than £100 and cannot be classed as affordable.
Jawbone Jambox

So I went to the Mobile fun site and a search for speakers gave me 65 results. I then searched for bluetooth speakers which narrowed it down a bit to 23 products. Initially I had the KitSound KSBLUNO Portable Bluetooth Speaker in mind but unfortunately it was out of stock. Laura at Mobile fun recommended the SoundWave SW50 Bluetooth Speaker Phone. It costs only £19.99 and had some great reviews and I decided to go with it.

Side by side with my Samsung Galaxy SII for comparison.

When we received the speaker 2 days later, I was surprised to see how small it was and to tell you the truth, was quite sceptical about the quality of the speaker.

Paring it with my phone via bluetooth was quite easy enough. All I had to do was put it on and then press the button on one of the sides (with the phone symbol) for about 6 seconds. The lights start blinking red and blue alternatively and you can then search for it from your mobile and pair it via bluetooth with the SW50.

I was not expecting much but was completely blown away when we played 'Someone like You' by Adele. The sound was quite good. You control the volume from your phone.

It also has a mic and we can use it as a speaker phone. It comes with a non-slip rubber mat which works as the speaker did not fall even when I made some crazy manoeuvres with my car. We tried calling a few friends from our car using the SW50. We could hear them properly but our friends on the other end told us that our voices were not clear - so apparantly, not a good choice if you want a hands free speaker to use in your car. Better stick with dedicated hand free speakers meant for that purpose with in built noise reduction systems - like the Nokia HF-510 speakerphone. It worked better in the quieter environs of our house.

We now use it all the time streaming (or is it bluetoothing?) songs from our mobile phones. Of course it won't be replacing my Sony Hifi anytime soon. However, due to its size, it fits quite well in my jacket pocket and doesn't take up much space in my wife's handbag- the perfect portable speaker companion for your mobile phone.

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