Whenever I come across a bluetooth speaker, one of the main concerns for me is sound quality. So this time round, I have the Jabra Solemate bluetooth speaker. It’s useable with most smartphones, tablets, desktop and laptop PCs.
Disclosures: I have been using this as my only speaker for about 2 months. I got this for free when going to a trade show.
In the box, you get:
- The Jabra Solemate speaker
- A Micro USB cable
- A wall plug to allow you to charge using a power outlet
- A carry case
- A 3.5mm cable to plug into a device directly
So let’s move our attention back to the speaker. When I unboxed it, the first thing that came to my head was the fact that it looked a bit like a shoe. It’s quite an interesting thing.
On one side, you have a MicroUSB connection for charging the speaker, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a switch(on, off and bluetooth pairing mode switch). It also comes with a cable if you want to plug it in directly to an audio source (such as a laptop or a tablet).
So let’s jump right into it. When I got it out of the box for the first time, I plugged the short audio cable which came with it and plugged it right into my iPad to check the sound quality. Afterwards, I then unplugged it and tried to set it up over bluetooth. You have to hold the power switch up at the top position on the Solemate speaker for a few seconds until it starts to play music. On your bluetooth-enabled device of choice, access the bluetooth settings and within seconds you are up and running.
The sound quality is really solid.To my ears they sounded good for the price, they did not sound tinny at all. Even over bluetooth, they still sound good. I have thrown a lot of different music and talk radio at it and I have to say that they sound good. I have tested this with a phone call on my phone (the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini at the time of writing).
In terms of build quality, I have to say that it is solid. In my general day-to-day usage of it I have put it on wood, granite, marble and have not experienced any problems with it.
What about battery life? Well, Jabra have stated that you should be able to get 8 hours with the volume cranked all the way up. In my testing of the device, I have been able to get about 5 hours. The Jabra Solemate has a talking battery meter which tells you if device’s battery is either full, medium or low.
So overall, I would give this an 7.9 out of 10. At about £80, it is a lot of money to spend on a bluetooth speaker, but it is definitely worth it due to the decent sound quality.