OK, maybe I'm a sucker for marketing, but it's just plain cool that they called it the “Big” Jambox. 9 out of 10.
I had the old Jambox, and it worked all right. I didn't think the sound was phenomenal, and the speaker phone was “meh” at best, especially if you're sitting on the wrong side of the device. The BIG JAMBOX however, has big sound, and works great as a speakerphone. The omnidirectional microphone seems to pick up sound well and people on the other end of the line say the sound quality is great. To me, that's an awesome feature.
That said, sound quality for playing music should trump everything else, right? Well, the thing sounds amazing. I love the sound quality, and evereything from Bach to Dethklok to John Denver sounds great. The battery life has been more than acceptable (days of occasional playback), and it charges relatively quickly (couple of hours at most.) My two complaints, and the reason it got a 9, are:
- The price. $300 is a lot of dough for some speakers.
- The bluetooth. It works fairly well, but if the phone is more than 15-20 feet away it chops up the signal sometimes.I think the range should be better.
Overall though, it's a great speaker, and I've been very happy with it. I would buy it again.