Gear4 PocketParty (for nano)

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Gear4 PocketParty (for nano)
  • Gear4 PocketParty (for nano)
  • Gear4 PocketParty (for nano)
  • Gear4 PocketParty (for nano)

Pros

  • Tiny, light and simple to use

Cons

  • Sound quality, only compatible with nano

Bottom Line

Although limited to iPod nano's, the improvements made on the original PocketParty make this worth a look.

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Upon viewing this product we couldn't help but feel a sense of deja vu. Indeed last year we reviewed the Gear4 PocketParty and were critical of certain aspects of the design. We are pleased to announce that although this version is only available for iPod nano, most of these weaknesses in design have been rectified.

Running off a single AA battery, the PocketParty for iPod nano is a tiny and lightweight speaker. The system is easy to use - just place your nano on the dock connector, flick the power switch and you're ready to go.

Unlike the previous model there is no volume function on the speakers, but this is a welcomed deletion. Previously, the iPod sound controls were stripped and the volume could only be adjusted via a high or low volume switch on the speakers. Gear4 has removed this switch, meaning you are no longer limited by only two volume settings.

The other improvement in design is the addition of a detachable stand, as we were previously frustrated with having to sit the iPod horizontally. Now you can control the iPod much more effectively as well as actually being able to see what's playing.

The sound quality from the PocketParty is far from good, but for the size and price of this unit we can't complain too much. Looking at the unit, we expected tinny, high-end sound with no bass response, and that's exactly what we got. Vocals sounded fine, but when a medley of instruments entered the picture, the PocketParty struggled to separate them effectively, leaving a rather messy sound. The sound is not particularly pleasant to listen to at high volumes due to some very noticeable distortion, so throwing a 'party' with this device is definitely not recommended.

The sound is nothing great, but the minor improvements in design have greatly improved this product. Although limited by its compatibility to only the iPod nano, this may be an option if you want a replacement for your headphones so you are able to keep track of what is going on around you in the outside world. In saying this, you would be buying this for the portability, not the sound quality.

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