More and more people consider portable speakers as a good purchase for their daily life, or just to use in parties with friends and show their skills as a DJ.
With the evolution of technologies, the offer for this market has been having an accentuated growth. As it usually happens when the competition grows some prices drop and get more accessible. So portable speakers are no longer exclusive to a small percentage of the population, those who could afford having an accessory of this type.
In this case we tested the Nokia Coloud Bang MD-1C speaker. Does the relation between quality and price justifies the acquisition of this accessory? That’s what we’ll analyse next.
This portable speaker from Nokia is quite light, weighing just 96g. Regarding sound levels, this one has some very interesting values. 94dB SPL, 1kHz @ 0.5m, groundplane, 102dB SPL, 4.5 kHz @ 0.5m, groundplane. This speaker can play a sound frequency between 200 Hz and 15 kHz +/- 8dB.
Its design is very interesting, presenting itself with a triangular shape you can display your Cloud Bang in several positions without worrying it may fall down. Besides that, its base (where the on/off button is located) is made out of rubber, which increases friction and prevents possible falls from sliding on any surface. Regarding its size, the speaker is quite small, fitting on the palm of your hand. Concerning design, it’s a piece that fits well in modern decorations as in more conservative ones. On the top it’s possible to see if the speaker is on or off by looking to a LED display, while on the bottom (on the side) we find the microUSB entrances for charging as also an 3.5mm entrance to connect other speakers. Around it we find the entrance cable with 3.5mm which we use to connect our equipment to play music.
The speaker we received for testing is green, as you can see in the pictures, but there’s also in orange, and if you like to be a bit more discrete Nokia hasn’t forgotten you, since the Coloud Bang is also available in black.
But speaking of more practical stuff. This portable speaker from Nokia is very useful for those who try to give more potency to the music they are listening, for example on their smartphone. Some smartphone speakers leave something to be desired, and Coloud Bang fulfils some of those flaws and allows you to enjoy your music at full volume.
You can use Coloud Bang not only to play music from your smartphone but also from your computer. This speaker promises to be the perfect company to enjoy background music at home while you do your chores, when you have friends or your better-half over your house, or simply when you’re alone relaxing or even working.
Concerning sound quality, I’m not a specialist on this field but I can say that despite the Coloud Bang not reaching sounds of high intensity, it has a very clear and pleasant sound to our ears, being all sounds on a song perceptible. However, don’t expect to hear a lot of bass on a song which has it, you’ll have the sufficient amount to enjoy your music on a low cost portable speaker.
Thanks to the Li-Ion de 680 mAh battery of this speaker, you can enjoy your music up to 8 hours. Nonetheless, you can charge it with the microUSB cable connected to a computer. Another alternative would be connecting the cable to your smartphone charger. Regardless of your choice, to obtain a full charge on your Coloud Bang you will have to wait 120 minutes.
This is an excellent purchase for those who wish to buy a portable speaker at an affordable price without sacrificing quality. Despite all of that, Coloud Bang also has some downsides, such as the length of the cable that has the 3.5mm jack that connects it to the smartphone, the computer or even to another Coloud Bang speaker. With just 17cm, this cable turns out to be a bit short for a portable speaker.
This cable has another downside, it’s not easy to unplug from the speaker. This one finds itself wrapped around the speaker and has a specific fitting on the back of the device. Aesthetic wise this detail was well thought by Nokia. And for those who don’t like tangled cables, such as myself, it’s perfect. However, its disassembly it’s a bit tricky. The cable gets so stretched out when on the fitting, that when we want to take it off we must use some force and have some skill to do so. Nokia could’ve improved this aspect.
As it has been said before, this is a speaker with high quality of sound reproduction and quite affordable, being available on Orange’s online store for 19.99€. Just turn it on and enjoy your favourite music without the need to install any application.
Note: Review made by Paula Marques in android-emotions.com and translated by João Paulo Carvalho.