Nokia Play 360 Speaker Unboxing and Review [video]

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6 Jan, 2012 7:10 am

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Nokia Taiwan sent Sascha a Nokia Play 360 Bluetooth speaker to review and we have the hands-on video below.

Sascha was actually so impressed by the Play 360 that he feels it’s one of the best gadgets that came out of 2011! Why is he so smitten with the speaker? Well, not only is it a great speaker overall, with very loud, clear sound as demonstrated in the video, but it also has the added benefit of being able to pair via NFC.

Sascha had a Nokia N9 on hand to show off how easy it is to pair via NFC. You don’t even have to go into the phone’s settings. You just tap the N9 (or presumably another device with NFC) to the top of the Play 360 speaker where it’s marked “NFC”, and both the speaker and phone will give an almost instantaneous indication that the two devices are paired.

Now, it’s not hard to pair the Play 360 via Bluetooth, but as also demonstrated in the video, you have to go into settings, and then choose the Play 360 from a list of available devices. It’s not rocket science, but it’s also not just a “tap and go” affair as it would be, pairing over NFC.

You can also get a second Play 360 speaker to set up a stereo experience. And if you have any devices that aren’t blessed with Bluetooth or NFC, you can still use an old-school line-in cable to hook it up to the Play 360.

The only thing that Sascha didn’t like was that neither the Nokia Lumia 800 or 710 could pair with the Play 360 via NFC, but that’s because neither device has NFC (likely due to Microsoft’s restrictions on Windows Phone devices).

Other than that, it sounds like a definite buy if you’re in the market for a wireless speaker for your mobile devices. It costs around $150 USD and is available now from various retailers.

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