Smart watches are all the rage, but a more simple approach would be to figure out what the best use for a device on one’s wrist would be. For those who are on the go or exercising, having a way to play music without dealing with headphones and cables would seem a good bet, as would being able to answer phone calls and so keep the phone in the pocket. That’s right in the Jambanz XL Bluetooth Slapband Speaker’s wheelhouse.
The Slapband goes on the wrist and its black speaker-like dome stands out much more than any watch does. But so what? It’s not always about fashion, but functionality, and that’s exactly why one would be wearing it. First you pair it with your phone (iOS/Android, whatever) like was any any Bluetooth speaker and that’s it. No special apps to run or updates to bother with — just hit “Play” on the phone’s music app and stream the music to the Slapband. Obviously there’s a rechargeable battery supplying the power and as it doesn’t do all kinds of other things (no pedometer or accelerators, etc.), the battery lasts for plenty long, more that enough for even the most strenuous workout. And not having tons of fragile tech means no worries for using it in tough situations, like running where your arms are pummeling up and down. And hey no prejudice here, use it with an MP3 player, an iPod or even a tablet if you want — the Slapband doesn’t care and neither should you.
This XL version makes for a larger band that is more suitable for adult wrists, as well as enabling for more tech to be built inside with less issues. For example, this 2.0 version ups the ante by using the most current model of Bluetooth to allow for a better and more stable audio transfer with a greater range than was possible before (up to 200 feet!). It also appears that a bigger speaker has been added, making for louder sound with better clarity. And yes there are voice confirmations and light indicators so it’s never a guessing game as to what is going on. Or that a choice of colors is allowed — basic black certainly, but also white, green, blue, pink and purple.
While certainly not “super-smart,” the band does include some physical controls that make sense for what it is and does: volume up/down buttons being the most useful, with an On/Pairing/Answer a call button providing secondary uses.
The overall audio quality is good but the more important thing is that you can get a high volume for hearing what is being streamed — since using the Slapband will often be in crowded or noisy environments. Nor should we dismiss the safety factor of 1)not having a cable to get caught up in or 2) being able to hear surface noises without trouble while using it. That’s a lot to ask for a $32.99 BT speaker with benefits, but the Slapband delivers.