July 18, 2012 at 4:19 pm
by Christina Tynan-Wood
The folks at Jawbone sent me the Big Jambox ($299) to try out weeks ago. But my life and to-do list being what it is, it has been sitting in a box since, making me feel guilty for not plugging it in and taking it for a spin. But last week when I was packing up the car to go on a road trip with my family, I decided to throw it in the trunk and see if we got the opportunity to try it out.
And we did. When we checked into the delightful condo we found through FlipKey.com after our arduous hike, I immediately claimed the big Jacuzzi tub. And while it was filling with hot water and bubbles, I decided a little music would go nicely with that. So I plugged the Big Jambox in, synced it via Bluetooth to my phone, opened Rhapsody and loaded a playlist.
It was awesome. And I’m not talking about the bubbles in my bath–though they were sweet. The Jambox had big sound and was simple to use. When I plugged it in, it did most of the work. It even announced–in a slightly robotic female voice–what it was doing so I didn’t need to get out my glasses. And it has a rechargeable battery, so once it’s charge it can go completely wireless. I could even take it to the beach. And it’s cute so it even looked good on the counter.
It’s so simple and convenient, in fact, that I think it has been in constant use since that bath.
After we got home, I set it on a bedside table. My husband and I have been listening to a book together. (A wonderfully narrated and artfully written mystery set in Northern Ireland during hunger strikes, The Cold, Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty.)
If my phone rings or I get a text while we are listening, it lowers the sound, announces the caller and asks what I want to do. I have only to say, “Ignore” and it deals with the call so we can go back to listening. It’s a little like having a personal assistant.
Why did I wait so long to try this out?
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