JBL PowerUp Bluetooth speaker and charging station for Nokia Lumia phones
$299.99 from AT&T Inc.
I guess JBL isnít feeling especially desperate. Thatís the only way I can make sense of the hefty price tag on this product, a combination Bluetooth loudspeaker and phone recharger thatís three times the up-front price of the Lumia 920.
For that, you get a pair of so-so speakers mounted in brightly colored plastic that echoes the look of the Lumia product line. These phones can be recharged by simply dropping them onto a wireless charging station that uses a magnetic field to fire up the battery. Such a charging station is built into the top of the JBL speakers.
So you connect the phone to the speakers via Bluetooth and start cranking out your favorite tunes or the latest podcast. Then place the phone atop the PowerUp and the battery gets charged.
The system works just fine, but Iíve heard better Bluetooth speakers. And while wireless charging is cool, itís hardly worth so much cash, especially when AT&T is throwing in a free wireless charger when you buy a Lumia 920. The PowerUp, alas, is a decent product thatís way too costly for its own good.
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