Nokia thrust a shiny Play 360° speaker into our clammy, outstretched palms, with the simple proviso of “let us know what you think”, and immediately gave all at ANBAD Towers a number of sleepless nights: tech reviews are not our forté.
Hell, reviews are not ANBAD’s forté, and that’s pretty much all we do. Still, when technology is as simple to use as the 360° speaker – you turn it on and it makes loud, clear noise – hopefully it is no longer classed as a tech review.
The speaker has no wires, which immediately makes it better than every other portable speaker, and it connects to other shiny, dense devices by Bluetooth. I always painted Bluetooth out of my life, associating it with the twin modern horrors of wireless headsets and the travelling salesmen who have them wedged in their idiot ears.
However, I’m happy to have my perception altered in such noisy, simple ways: the speaker hooked up with both my battered Android phone and my laptop so effortlessly, I suspected sentience on the part of the speaker.
Here’s the full list of complexities that make the speaker work:
- Turn speaker on
- Turn other shiny object on
- Press play
- Noise happens
It’s the kind of portable speaker I always wanted, and fulfils all my mindlessly self-absorbed criteria: tough, easy to sling in a bag, can be used to impress other people. And it is so sturdy, I was sure it could only be hewn from some sort of futuristic meta-alloy.
If you combined it with the Nokia Mix Radio service, you’d never need to buy a radio ever again.
By the way, it turns out that the speaker is actually made of normal, earthly Aluminium, but the illusion was fun whilst it lasted.