Review: Amp up your smartphone with the iFrogz Boost Near Field Audio Speaker [Hands on Video]

I don’t know about you, but I have zero interest in listening to my music through my phone speaker. Up until now you had two choices: either you wire it into a stereo/speaker via the microphone jack or connect it via Bluetooth. There’s a newer third option which doesn’t involve wires, syncing, or Bluetooth. It’s called the iFrogz Boost Near Field Audio Speaker, and it features patent pending NearFA™ technology. All you have to do is place your smartphone or digital media device on top of the Boost, and it will sync the audio signal from inside your device and output it to two 2W x 2RMS speakers.

It measures 4.1825 x 2.625 x 1.50 inches so it’s compact enough to take with you, but was disappointed with the lack of a re-chargeable battery. Instead, it takes 3 AA batteries, but on the plus side, you will get up to 15 hours of play time or up to 6 months in standby mode. You also have the option of powering it with a micro USB cable. I found the iFrogz Boost worked incredibly well in not only adding volume, but also adding some bass. The real issue comes down to the quality of your smartphone or digital media player. If the speaker isn’t the greatest, the iFrogz Boost will only amp up your subpar speaker, which will result in subpar sound. However, if you have a decent sounding speaker, the output of the iFrogz will be pleasing. Check out my hands on video to see how simple and easy it is to use and look for a contest as we will be giving 3 away to our loyal Talk Android readers.

The iFrogz Boost costs $39.99 (with free shipping in the U.S.) on the iFrogz website, but you can find it elsewhere for closer to $30.00.

 


About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.