I started something recently called "Mommy's Music Hour" which really is more like two hours, but the idea behind it is to get my kids off of their electronics. What I do is at the same time every day, I take all of their devices away and turn off the tv. Then I turn on Pandora radio on my phone and listen to music until it is my daughter's nap time. The kids are expected to play with their toys and each other. Most of the time, I end up taking care of their little brother and just stopping fights, but slowly they have begun to accept that during this time they need to get along. It has been a great thing for them and for me. I try really hard no to mess with my phone during this time as well. However, what is needed to make it really work is a speaker connected to my phone. They have to be able to hear the music the whole time otherwise the "Can I have my Insert device here?" questions are non stop. Karnotech has supplied me with one Wireless Bluetooth Speaker in exchange for my honest opinion. I have received no other compensation for this review.
As you can see in the picture, the speaker is tiny. It fits in the palm of my hand. I actually really like the size. It fits on top of my fridge or microwave and is big enough to see but not obtrusive. This little speaker packs a punch too! The sound coming from it can be extremely loud. I connected it to my phone. I turned the volume of my phone all the way up and then the volume settings on the speaker made it get even louder. It has buttons for increase and decrease volume. It also has buttons for skipping ahead and back in the music. Something that I found really amazing was that I was running Pandora on my phone and I could use the skip forward button on the speaker to skip the song Pandora was playing. I couldn't go backwards, but you actually can't go backwards in Pandora, so I wasn't surprised. Another neat feature is that it talks to you. It tells you "Power On" or "Connected" as well as other things. You can even change the language that it speaks in by holding down the Multifunction button until it beeps once. I didn't try to see what languages it offered other than looking through the manual. The manual is in English and Japanese, I think, so those are probably the speaker's languages.
Now I only used the speaker for playing music. It has some other awesome features that you may find useful. If I had received a phone call while listening to music, the speaker has the ability to answer the call. By pressing the Multifunction button (short press), it will pause your music and then automatically start the music again when you hang up the phone (also by pressing the multifunction button for a short press). If you want to refuse the call, you press the multifunction key for two seconds (long press). If you want to redial the last call on the phone, double short press the multifunction key and it will redial. Pretty cool huh?
The speaker has a little blue light and red light to tell you other things, like a constant red light for charging. The red light will turn off when it is fully charged. The red light will blink five times when the battery is running low. When the speaker is pairing with another device the red and blue lights will alternate flashing. The blue light will flash two times for five seconds when it is in standby mode, two times for three seconds when a call is taking place, and a constant blinking when you get a text message or when it is not paired with another device.
So there's a lot to this little speaker! It has a thee-band equalizer and even comes with a standard 3.5mm external audio input port (I guess that is in case you have trouble with the bluetooth). It works great and the five hour battery life is amazing. I believe it only took about two hours to charge completely. You can use it while it is plugged in for charging. It comes with a very short USB charging cord, so if you want to use it while charging, you may want a longer cord. According to the box, it looks like it comes in five different colors (or will soon).