Ok - this thing is amazing! Prior to having received this, I'd never heard of the Nyne branding. I've got one go-to speaker that I've had for 5+ years now (which I use almost daily) and I use it as a basis for comparing all others (Logitech Boom). With that being said, let's get started:
The packaging for this product is REALLY nice! It definitely feels like you are getting the bang for your buck. To be honest, prior to having received this, I really didn't expect it to be as big as it is! Holy, cow, this thing is huge! Inside the box, it's pretty minimal. You get the speaker and a box of accessories. Accessories include the charging cable, which also included various snap on/off plug-ins for various international compatibility, which I thought was a nice touch. You also get a 3.5mm audio plug. Not too much to have to keep up with. My only issue with the overall packaging is the manual. It's one of those huge fold-out manuals which I entirely loathe. They're HUGE and contain 6+ languages and nearly IMPOSSIBLE to get folded back correctly. I've mentioned this in several of my other reviews and to me, is incredibly lazy. On the bottom of the speaker are 4 rubberized pads. This is nice, especially when sitting on a table or somewhere clean. However, I can see this getting dirty VERY easily and loosing it's grip after sitting on the ground/floor a few times, which obviously is what its designed for (it's a "party" speaker).
This was a no-brainer. Having used a lot of bluetooth devices, this was a breeze. The speaker goes into search mode automatically once turned on and even auto-connects when it recognizes a previously paired device. However, I could never get the NFC bluetooth pairing to work. I have an iPhone 7 Plus and tried this, per the manual. No amount of tapping the phone to the NFC-designated part of the speaker worked. So, I just went in like normal - into the Bluetooth settings - and paired it.
Speaker quality and functionality:
The quality of the speaker is amazing. It also has more bass than I expected. My wife said it looked like a "mini amplifier", LOL. The entire speaker is made of a textured material, which feels like silicone. It has a speaker all across the middle of it, as well as two smaller ones on the sides. The top of the speaker has the Nyne logo, a power button, a phone button, music controls (play, pause, forward, back, etc) and a volume up/down button. The entire speaker is water/dust proof and shock resistant. It also has a really nifty feature of having a built-in handle underneath the top-back portion of the speaker, making is super easy to transport. The back panel swings down and has a waterproof seal behind it. Inside this panel is the charge port, an Aux port, Line Out port, USB port, a batter level indicator button and of course the charge LED's that show the current battery level or, when charging, how far it is to be complete.
The only issue I had with this speaker was the volume. Unlike most bluetooth speakers, the volume of this one is independent of your phone volume. The first time I used it, I tried music. It was connected and although my phone was at max volume, hardly nothing was coming out of it. So, after about 15 minutes of troubleshooting and reviewing the manual, we started spamming the volume + button. That fixed it. So, now, I just set the volume on the speaker as loud as it will go, then adjust the max volume with my phone or whatever other device is connected to it. :-)
The overall volume is impressive, given the size. However, it's not as loud as I expected it to be. Using it indoors is great, but outdoors, I can see the volume being an issue. I didn't realize until this was already on it's way to me, but there is another, bigger model called the Nyne Rock that supposedly pumps out the volume even more but is much bigger. I also toyed around with the phonecall functionality. I will say the the quality of the person coming out of the speaker is great and loud enough to hear well. However, any distance on my end of being anywhere besides right on top of the speaker, the caller said that I sounded very distant.
Sadly, the overall volume of this speaker is about on par with the cylindrical one (the Boom) that I've had for years on my desk, which is much, much, much smaller. So, this, along with having to be right on top of the speaker for the other person to hear me on a call are the only reasons I've given this a 4 star instead of 5.