USING THE CAN
A lot of Bluetooth headphones, headsets, and speakers connect with my Motorola Droid Pro all by themselves once they’re initially mated. Not so the 360BT. Every time, I had to go into my phone’s Bluetooth menu and tell it to mate with the Veho — an unnecessary, though minor inconvenience.
I loved the small size of the 360BT. It’s so compact I could place it atop my phone’s screen and carry the pair from room to room as gracefully as a waiter would carry a can of Coke on a tray.
In fact, the 360BT is so tiny I couldn’t resist using it as a bike speaker. Most bike speakers are unsightly, ungainly, and unmelodic, but the 360BT’s form factor allowed it to fit right in with the other electronic doodads (cyclecomputer, LED headlight) on my handlebars. Using a couple of leftover accessory mount pieces, a couple of tie-wraps and a rubber band, I fashioned a secure and reasonably sleek mount in a matter of minutes. (This photo of a headlight will give you a rough idea of how I did it.)
Once I mated it with my phone, the 360BT worked pretty much like any other Bluetooth speaker. Unlike most, it doesn’t have a volume control, but you don’t really need it because your phone already has one. I usually got a range of about 20 to 25 feet, enough that I could use the 360BT while my phone was in the next room.
Although the 360BT can be charged from a USB charger (not included) or the USB jack on a computer, the supplied USB-to-coax adapter cable is easy to lose and hard to replace. The tiny jack looks nice, but I wish Veho (or actually, the manufacturer who made this thing for Veho) had used the far more common and readily available micro USB charging jack.
Battery life was pretty good, though; I typically got 3 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours when running it at a comfortable level with talk radio programs and the Guitar Jazz stream from JazzRadio.com.
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