The JBL SoundBoost mod is one of my favourite mods so far. It’s a great choice for anyone who regularly watches videos on their phone at home, as this chunky stereo speaker brings a massive improvement to your phone’s audio. Costing just £70, you’ll find it hard to go back to listening without it once you’ve started using it.
This is partly because the Moto Z Play only has a single built-in speaker, which sounds very tinny in practice and has hardly any bass to speak of. Snap the JBL SoundBoost onto the back, though, and suddenly your music and videos sound like you’re watching it on a proper TV. As well as adding a welcome sense of breadth to your music, it also enhances low-end sounds, making each soundtrack feel a lot warmer as a result.
It also comes with a small kickstand on the back so you can prop it up on a table, and has plenty of volume to fill your room. It tends to distort around higher volume levels, so it probably isn’t a very good fit for impromptu parties, but it’s great for playing games and giving your YouTube or Spotify playlists a bit of a boost.
The SoundBoost even comes with its own built-in 1,000mAh battery, which Motorola says should add another 10 hours of battery life on to what’s already available on your phone. You can either charge it separately using the small USB-C port on the back of the Mod, or you can charge it while it’s attached to your phone – just plug it into the mains like normal and the Moto Z Play will charge it at the same time as it’s own battery.
Admittedly, this is to be somewhat expected for a mid-range phone, but when you consider the cheaper £329 OnePlus 3 also has a Snapdragon 820 chip (not to mention a decent 16hrs and 56mins battery life time), the Moto Z Play starts to look slightly less special.
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