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Andromedia Curve Mini Bluetooth NFC Speaker Stand Review

Andromedia Curve Mini Bluetooth NFC Speaker Stand Review
Looking for a unique device to hold your smartphone and playback music via Bluetooth or NFC at the same time? Andromedia's Curve Mini could be for you.
By: Chris Smith | WiFi / Bluetooth Speakers in Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Feb 21, 2015 3:22 am
TweakTown Rating: 80%Manufacturer: Andromedia

Introduction

 

The first thing that comes to mind when taking this product out of the box is Cyclops. Mimicking something like the glasses worn by this X-Men original, Andromedia's Curve Mini won't exactly shoot lasers, but it will project sound.

 

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Designed with portability in mind, this device will not only connect to your smartphone through various means, you can also prop it up on a nice angle making for a hands-free experience while watching movies, browsing social media searching or simply pumping music beats.

 

With the ability to support almost-all smartphones big and small, you'll be able to find a use for this product no matter what the device - ranging from Apple's iPhone 4 to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 in sizing.

 

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Specifications and Availability

 

With Bluetooth, NFC and AUX connectivity, the Curve Mini speaker and stand will provide you with various options for connecting your preferred device.

 

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Available in black, white, yellow, blue and red color schemes, we've been provided with the yellow edition for review purposes. Not only do we feel it looks the best, it's also the closest imitation to Cyclops.

 

As for speaker specifications, the drivers will give you what Andromedia claim as a "home theatre effect." This is achieved through the two speakers giving you a total 4W output rated at a frequency response of 50Hz~20KHz. Powered by a 600mAh lithium-ion battery and all wrapped up within the 155 x 37.8 x 150.2mm package, this device can be made even smaller given the fact that it can neatly fold - a very similar design as seen with some headphone brands.

 

As with most portable speakers, there is an included microphone jack for taking phone calls - however, this device follows the trend, meaning it's quite unreliable and you're better off disconnecting and picking up the phone yourself.

 

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A Closer Look and What's in the box

 

Now this is one of the coolest portable speakers I've seen, but can it perform with the best? Testing out the stand with a few different devices showed positive results - at first it seemed that the product was a little brittle and mightn't allow for me to fit in my large Samsung Galaxy S4, let alone with my thin silicon case attached. I was proven very wrong - with an extremely solid grip, the Curve Mini does a great job of housing my phone, case, Defqon 1 sticker and all!

 

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Testing a smaller iPhone 5 brought a similar outcome, with yet again a solid grip being achieved thanks to the extremely thick, sturdy and metal-framed chassis. This does add a bit of weight into the product, but I see it as a necessity when it's handling sensitive items.

 

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As for optional extras within the box, you're presented with the standard USB charging cable and short AUX 3.5mm male-to-male connection. There's nothing else that I can really see is needed with a product like this.

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