This iLuv SmashBox Pro Speaker Case was made to attach on the handlebars of a bike. On that back are three straps — two vertical and one horizontal. Both are held in place via Velcro tabs. The vertical straps hold fine, but the horizontal tabs has such a weak grip that it might as well not be included. Still, I was able to securely attach the SmashBox to the bars on my treadmill. Also included is a carabiner, which I think can come in useful.
My iPhone attaches to the speaker via a cable that I insert into its headphone jack. Upon turning the speaker on, the music automatically plays. I don’t have to go to the phone and turn on the music unless I have a preference for a playlist. There is a play/pause, on/off, and volume control button on the outside of the case.
I played music while running on my treadmill with a large box fan running at full blast and was able to hear the music just fine. It’s louder than just having my iPhone on by itself — not by much, but the sound is fuller.
Phone calls are a different story. I can answer phones and hang up by pressing the central button on the outside of the case, but the volume from the speaker is very soft. It’s extremely difficult to hear the person on the other line.
So, as a speaker for playing music while biking or doing some other activity where one wants to listen to music without headphones, this will work just fine. I just wouldn’t use it as a speakerphone.
+ includes straps for and carabiner for attaching to handlebars and other objects
+ basic controls on outside of case (on/off, volume, pause/play, answer/hang up)
+ music loud enough to hear over background noise
- speakerphone sound is too soft
- case needs more padding (hard battery case sits right on top of phone screen)
- horizontal strap is does not hold
This product was provided for review by the Amazon Vine program.