Tue, 03 Aug 2010 QDOS SoundFrame for iPhone review
A portable speaker with a big sound and a twisty stand
- Manufacturer: QDOS
- Pros: Good sound for a small speaker, travel accessories included, solidly built
- Cons: Clunky rotating stand
- Price: £79.95
- Star rating:
As soon as Apple released the iPhone, the accelerometer got accessory maker’s thinking. As such we’ve seen a fair few rotating speakers for Apple’s touchscreen players, the idea being that you can watch videos out loud. So the SoundFrame isn’t the first to do the rotating trick, but it’s impressed us nonetheless. Compared to most speakers this size, the SoundFrame is clear and bright, with a good sense of detail.
We also like the travel credentials. The QDOS SoundFrame comes with an AC adaptor power plug four international plug adaptors, as well as docking cradles that keep iPhone 3GS, 3G, and all iPod touch models securely in place on the dock. It also comes with a remote control, a 3.5mm cable for attaching non-iPod players, and a washbag-style carrying case to put it all in.
The unit also packs an internal 1150mAh lithium ion battery, which makes it great for taking on your travels. You can use the mains plug to charge it, or charge it via a USB socket in your computer. You should get around 12 hours of play per charge.
The unit itself is solidly built. The sensor for the remote control on the front of the unit is fragile, and the rotating stand on the back of the speaker is a little lightweight and clunky, though.