For as spectacular as BoomSound is on the HTC One — nothing comes close to those front-facing speakers yet — the phone is still a bit lacking on the low end. Physics are funny like that, of course. And, so, we have the HTC BoomBass.
We’ve previously taken an early look at a pre-production BoomBass. Now, we’ve got a working product.
As the name implies, this little square speaker adds bass to your BoomSound experience in a simple and stylish package. But it’s not a full-blown Bluetooth speaker. Rather, BoomBass adds some low-end — and only low end — to your HTC One experience, working in (ahem) concert with those front-facing speakers.
HTC BoomBass is a fun — but limited — speaker that brings some much-needed bass.
That’s both a curse and a blessing, of course. It means that BoomBass is fun accessory if you have an HTC One — and it’s next to worthless with anything else. You can connect it to any other Bluetooth device, but it sounds like you’re listening to loud, bassy music in a car with the windows rolled up — while you’re stuck standing outside.
The out-of-box experience is quick and easy. There’s a single button on the back. Press and hold to turn the speaker on. Then tap your HTC One to the top of the speaker to initiate an NFC connection, which in turn pairs the phone to the speaker. And that’s it. Launch your favorite music app (or anything that spits out sound, for that matter), and you’re on your way.
There are a few catches here, though. First, of course, is that you need an HTC One. Second is that you need an HTC One with Sense. Google Play edition M7s won’t work just yet. (And for what it’s worth, we’re using a newly updated AT&T HTC One with Android 4.3 and the up to date Feel.)
Shouldn’t have an HTC One? Then do not trouble with this speaker.
Any other is that whereas the BoomBass is energetic as quickly as it is paired, you do not in reality get excellent sound out of it unless the telephone’s quantity is became up all of the manner. Now not one step beneath the entire manner — however TURNED UP TO eleven.
Type-smart, HTC’s achieved its basic bang-up job with BoomBass. It is a decidedly HTC product, with the purposeful traces, spectacular consideration to element, and superb construct high quality. The slider mechanism — it creates somewhat shelf on which you relaxation your telephone — is set excellent — and the rubberized footing retains BoomBass in situation issues get leaping.
On the specs entrance, HTC’s ticked the entire anticipated bins. Bluetooth three.zero+ EDR, apt-x and A2DP strengthen are on board. It is powered with the aid of a 1,200 mAh battery — so you’ll have to cost it once in a while, however HTC says you will have to get 9 hours’ playback.
It is tricky to claim but whether or not we would in fact shell out for a BoomBass. Which is to not say it is no longer a excellent product — it’s. However it’s a restricted one. Wouldn’t have an HTC One? Do not hassle. At about 2.5 inches with sharp corners, BoomBass is packable, however now not essentially readily so.
After which there may be the price issue for a speaker that most effective in reality works with a small subset of telephones. We’re ready to listen to again on the respectable pricing and can replace after we get it.