The Otone Soundship Micro is a portable Bluetooth speaker that has the ability to dock and charge certain Android smartphones. Keep reading to find our more about the Otone Soundship Micro. See all audio reviews.
Otone Soundship Micro: Design
The first thing that needs to be said about the Otone Soundship Micro is that its docking design is, er, interesting. Here at PC Advisor we are fortunate enough to work in an office that is crawling with Android - and other microUSB – smartphones. Because of this, we soon realised that the circular design of the Otone Soundship Micro isn't very versatile for docking Android smartphones. The majority of our handsets were either too big to fit, or the USB ports were not located on the bottom of the smartphones, and therefore wouldn't fit in the dock. Not ideal to say the least. See also Group test: what's the best speaker set?
That said the “Push & Pop” design is pretty clever. Simply press out the Soundship Micro's centre section and the device turns on and reveals a wind-up USB charging cable and 3.5mm auxiliary input. The centre section also acts a reasonably sturdy kickstand too, although the bright green colour scheme might not be to everyone's taste.
Otone Soundship Micro: Sound performance
With any portable Bluetooth speaker, the real point of interest is the audio performance of the device. The Otone Soundship Micro is pretty impressive in that respect.
This is no powerhouse by any stretch of the imagination, but what it does give you is a very balanced and clear sound. Often with portable Bluetooth speakers, the sound you get is tinny and grainy, however the vocals, mid-tone and high-tones came through reassuringly with the Soundship Micro. The clarity is genuinely impressive.
The one issue that is very apparent here is the lack of any powerful base. We listened to several tracks where we'd usually expect the base to come thumping through, but sadly seemed a little shy when played through this speaker. If you're looking for a powerful portable speaker (not Bluetooth), then take a look at our Soundmatters foxL v2 review (£169).
What was very impressive about the Soundship Micro was the 3D sound that it managed to produce. The curved edges to the oval speaker allows the Soundship Micro to create a room filling stereo sound that you really wouldn't expect from should a small device - songs that use stereo well sounds great coming out of the Soundship Micro.
Otone Soundship Micro: Overall
This Bluetooth speaker gets a lot of things right; it caters for the (some of) the huge Android smartphone market; it's genuinely portable; the sounds quality is good for a portable Bluetooth speaker; and it's incredibly easy to setup and use. On the whole it gets more things right than it does wrong, but we can help but feel it lets itself down with its flawed docking design and its general lack of audio power.