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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Good sound, well built, fun AR

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Design, Fun, Listening to music

    The Bose Frames Alto are very well built, have better than average sound quality, fun augmented reality apps, good battery life, and sharp looking! I was a little hesitant in trying these for walks around town but the sound quality is quite good! There are going to be a few occasions where the music will be drowned out, most notably for me was while walking down city sidewalks that also had road and building construction going on. This was one of the few times the music was completely drowned out, most of the time simply turning the volume up briefly would fix the issue. This is to be expected as there is nothing in your ear to block outside sounds out. The ability to hear your surroundings is a huge benefit for these sunglasses as it allows you to be more aware of your surroundings and be able to hear and respond without having to remove earbuds or turn off your music/directions. The augmented reality is still very new and I was only able to try out the apps with my significant other's iPhone (Android apps are still in development) but they worked well, the most helpful are the directions and location apps, especially Walc! Walc is a navigation app that uses landmarks instead of cardinal directions and distance to direct you where you are going. The Earplay app was interesting and weird, quite fun but I'm not sure how the replay-ability will be down the road. Overall The best part of these sunglasses is the look and sound quality, I do wish they would have shipped with other options for the lenses, like polarized lenses, but they are reasonably priced on the Bose website.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Bose Did it Again

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Design, Listening to music, Sound quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Battery life, Wiring

    WOW what can you say but Thank You Bose. These are awesome to have i ride a mountain Bike play golf and Run and have to say these work and sound great. The sound is clear and at the right volume light weight and look good. It's nice not to have ear buds in and to be able to hear your music and people around you. These will last 2.5hrs they do charge fast. The mic is clear and people can understand you you don't have to yell for them to hear you. You will get some wind noise but you get that with every headset out there. The style is clean looking scratch resistant lens are nice. They don't squeeze your head and don't push down to hard on your nose. Just one push button to use and hold upside down for 2sec and they turn off. You must download Bose App to use the functions and this makes it easy to connect and control your music. The only bad thing about these is the charging cable its to short. That is the only thing i found bad. I wouldn't knock it down for that. Clean look Clear Sound Good App Nobody makes these out there that i have found. Just need to make some that are polarized lenses and maybe some kind of sports style.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Headphones ... Okay Sunglasses

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Fun, Listening to music, Sound quality

    Ever have a toy that you just have to show off to everyone you know? Well, these glasses are currently that toy for me. I love them. They could be better and I look forward to seeing where this technology goes, but as is: they sound amazing. Of course they sound amazing, they’re Bose! Whether you are taking a phone call, listening to music, or enjoying the sound escapes of one of the many apps with incorporated support, you will never be disappointed in the sound. The glasses look... okay. They honestly look a bit like something I would have expected from a 3D movie theater. Of course style is in the eye of the beholder. I think they look fine, but they won’t ever be confused with designer frames, either. They aren’t always the most comfortable glasses. The glasses need rubber tips on the arms and some type of rubber grip for the nose piece. As it is, they move around a lot. These glasses are great for walking or enjoying a day at the pool / beach, but I find myself constantly adjusting them and they pinch my ears a bit. No deal breakers, but it could be better. The app support shows a lot of promise. As an augmented reality device, there is a ton of potential. Imagine a relaxing scene with sounds that envelop you. If you turn your head, you can focus on individual sounds or change the course of an audio story. With some of the navigation apps, you can get information based on what you are looking at. The app potential is amazing. I can only imagine this technology at a zoo or incorporated into a motorcycle helmet. The glasses are simple and intuitive. A button on the right arm wakes them up, plays and stops music, and answers phone calls. If you place the glasses upside down on a table, they instantly turn off and disconnect from your phone. I wish there was google assistant integration built-in, but maybe that could be added later? We’re getting closer and closer to my own personal Jarvis! In conclusion: I loved these glasses. There are things I would love to see improved upon, but as is, these are my new favorite toy.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Hands-free heaven

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    It’s great to be able to drive down the road and just touch your glasses and not have something hanging in your ear and having that wonderful Bose stereo sound the only problem is that they slide down my nose a little and I wish there was a way to take care of that

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing New Audio Device

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Design, Sound quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Battery life, Wiring

    At first, I didn’t know what to think of the Bose Frames – it seemed like such an odd idea. I wear sunglasses almost daily, and always carry at least one pair of wireless headphones with me. As a Californian entering summer, I knew I was going to get a good amount of wear time in before making a judgement. Pros: Let’s start with the best feature – the audio. I’m completely blown away by the quality and projection of these. It feels like the sound is in your head – or maybe a bubble of sound has engulfed your head. Either way, it sounds great without shutting out the outside world. I can still have conversations and hear the outside world. Imagine walking around with a sound track, that’s how these feel. Connectivity is solid, no complaints there. Package and presentation are also top notch. Finally, I really enjoyed the style of the Alto frames. They are sized well for me and have a classic “loc” style that I love. Cons: Charging cable is a little short. They “feel” like cheaper sunglasses to me, but I guess they aren’t really the star here. Proprietary charging cable – not the end of the world, but just another cable I have to manage now.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic!!!

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Design, Sound quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Bass

    Using the Bose Alto Frames has been a blast and I can’t say I have much to complain about. Inside the box came the Alto, a proprietary charging cable, a cloth bag, a sturdy magnetic case and the usual paperwork. The case specifically seems like it can take punishment and I have no doubt it will protect the Alto when stashed in your bag. The cloth bas is also very good at keeping the Alto clean and looking fresh. Design wise, I am pleased with basically everything. I like the boxy, square-like lens/ frames that are both black and give off a low-profile look, not drawing attention to them. The frames have a matte finish and stainless-steel hinges finished in gold. From daily use I can tell that both the frames and the lens appear to be scratch resistant, which is always a plus. The lens are also effective at blocking out a lot of UVA rays and I also like that they are not really reflective. On both the left and the right arm close to where they would rest on either side of your head is the mini Bose speakers, positioned in an effective way to direct audio to your ears without anything actually being in your ear. On the inside of the right arm is the charging connector, while on the underside is a singular gold button that operates all the functions of the Alto. How do they sound? Better than you would expect. I was pleasantly surprised the first time I powered them up and still am today. The sound it produces is clear and satisfying across a variety of genres that I tested this with. Interestingly my friends who were at times close to me while I used the Alto were at first puzzled then impressed when they found out why I was bopping my head, when I apparently wasn’t hearing any music. They were surprised at how they couldn’t hear anything while beside me (meanwhile I was hearing my music quite well) and well it sounded when they tried it for themselves. There is sound leakage yes but the way Bose deals with directing the sound directly to the user is impressive. It seems only at 80% volume and up the sound from the Alto can be heard someone other than the user. The microphone is also very decent as the person on the other end of my phone call could hear me clearly whether in a quiet room, or out walking around on a busy street. This will not appeal to bass heads or those who prefer their music totally isolated, but that’s not the purpose of Alto now is it. There is an associated app called Bose connect, but I never used it much since I could use the Alto without using the app. The one gold button not only turns on and off the Alto but also operates like you would expect, with one quick press for pause/play, double press for next forward and triple press for previous track. It can also be used to answer and end a call with single press, and for long holds it can activate your assistant. With regards to the battery life I got between 3.5- 4.5 hours of use which varied based on volume output which I kept around 50%. Overall, I had a satisfying and experience using these and would definitely suggest to others.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Phillip loves his shades

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    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

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    I brought the Bose shades for Philip. It was his Father’s Day gift. He loves them.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great concept

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Design, Fun, Listening to music

    I purchased the Altos which fit my face perfectly. I love the style and the lens options to easily swap out. I think a lot people miss the whole concept of these glasses and the purpose? People want more bass, people want them louder but I think the real purpose of these glasses were so you can enjoy the subtle sound of your favorite music or podcasts without losing the sense of outside noise so your fully aware of your surroundings. I'm the person that works at a desk but needs to listen out for phone calls or people, so what I use to do was wear one ear bud in my right ear all the time but the only problem with that is I lost sense of my surroundings on that side, so what I did now with my glasses was make my clear prescription glasses into these Bose Altos so I can wear them as normal every day glasses for work while having the option to listen to music without interrupting any one around me. It was a win, win in my case. I think if you go into buying these without the expectation of basing out your ear drums but for the casual listening then these are the ticket. I enjoy leaving work throwing on my shades while I take that walk to my car and the music comes one with one push of a button. It's very normal and natural without any extra steps. I've personally paid hundreds more on just plain sunglasses before with no tech so this was a no Brainer for me. The 4 stars is the battery life. I wish they lasted longer on one charge but maybe on the next version. I also wish the frames had a gloss instead of a matte finish but I can live with that. I love what bose did with this and in a stylish way for both me and women.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Sunglasses

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    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

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    Pros mentioned:
    Listening to music, Sound quality

    Pro: I wasn’t to sure about buying them and I found out a Website Called “GlassesUSA” made prescription lenses for this frames and I just had to get them! So much stuff you can do with these glasses and it’s just the beginning of a new future! I just fell in Love with these Glasses, You can Call , Activate Siri, and hear your songs! And the songs are Crystal Clear Con: NO BASS, Can’t hear music in really loud environment, Charger is Rare to buy , 3.5hr charge Small battery!

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Amazing glasses

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    Pros mentioned:
    Fun, Sound quality

    Sound quality is amazing, the ar sound features are fun as well. Battery life gets me through most of my day but does need a charge part way through.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Convenient, Stylish, and Innovative.

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Design, Fun, Listening to music
    Cons mentioned:
    Noise cancellation

    There has been a lot of discussion about the new Bose Frames dating back to last year, and needless to say I was really excited when they were finally released to the general public. I’ve had my Bose Frames, the ones designed for men, the Alto Style version, and I’ve come to appreciate them more and more each time I wear them. I’ve only had them for a about a week, but I’ve discovered something new about them each time I’ve placed them on my face. I really like the look of these frames. They are convenient, stylish, Innovative, and classy. The all black frame gives it a touch of elegance. They have a nice black color tint that helps block out the sun, but not too dark to wear in-house. They have gold metal latches that make them look like high end designer sun glasses; yet they are discrete enough that they won’t make you stand out in a crowd. They are lightweight and I was able to wear them over my prescription glasses, although they are more comfortable on my face solo. They came in a nicely shaped box which is good for storing the frame’s case when you’re not wearing or storing the glasses. You’re able to keep everything you need inside the glasses/frame case, including the cleaning bag (more on that later) and the charging cable. They provide some limited instructions to get you started inside the box, but pairing the glasses are fairly easy. You are able to name your frames, but that name doesn’t carry over to your listening device bluetooth lists, but the unique name you assign does appear in the Bose Connect App. You will need to download the Bose app for your smart phone in order to use this most effectively. But the Bose app is packed with very useful information. You also have access to the Bose Frame manual and quick reference sections with “how to” instructions, useful hints and technical problem resolutions. Everything you need is in the app and is very useful and accessible. I am able to listen to my music, see which artist and song is playing and the backgrounds are very nice earthly peaceful backgrounds in which you see the controls overlapping. The bluetooth range on the frames are really good and just as good, if not better, than some of my other wireless ear buds I own. My songs continue to play and aren’t interrupted unless I walk away from my device more than bout 20 feet or so. The sound quality is decent, but not the traditional Bose sound that I have become accustomed. I own several Bose speakers that I’ve owned for many years and some as recent as a couple years ago. All of them sound as great as they did from the day I first purchased them. I am allowing Bose to slide as this is their first attempt at making these, but the sound needs to improve dramatically. The speakers actually sound cheap. There isn’t much difference in the sound from the volume being at 50 and all the way to 100. It may get a little louder, but that’s it. There is barely any “thump” in them. Listening to them could upset your listening pleasure and anyone near you as the sound travels a few feet away. This is not designed for private listening, as others near you will be able to hear what you’re listening to fairly easy. I was a little concerned when charging them because I didn’t see anything that provided the wattage for charging. I like that you are able to see the battery life in the app and on your mobile device. However, I couldn’t find anything that indicated how long the battery life is on a single use, how long do you need to charge them initially and again when they are drained down to zero, but I have been using them for a couple days now after initially charging them and they still have plenty of battery life. Each time I connect them, I receive an audible voice that indicates which device they are paired to and I am able to see the battery life in the app. I can access my favorite songs and playlists via the app, radio or just play sounds from the Bose Connect app fairly easily. The Bose Connect app is very useful. I like the control button on the glasses. You are able to control a lot of the functions and won’t require you to grab your mobile device as often. You can skip and forward or go backwards on tracks as well as pause music and answer calls. I was also able to call on Siri by just holding the control button for a few seconds. Bose has added some really neat ways that allow you to quickly do things without a big fuss. For example, you can turn the frames upside down and they will automatically shutoff. If you are not using them for a several minutes and they have no source sound, they will auto shutoff to save on battery life. When you need to clean them, you simple use the power cable bag to wipe them down and clean the lens. Overall, the Bose Frames are pretty neat, convenient, stylish, and innovative. They have okay sound and are a very unique alternative to having headphones over or on your ears or blasting your music openly. Once they are able to improve on the sound quality and find a way so that you’re able to hear your music without others hearing it more clearly, they will have created a pair of shades that I could see a lot of people wearing in a lot of settings. As for now, I will continue to enjoy my Bose Frames and impress others with this futuristic invention and feel cool while doing it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Sunglasses I Never Knew I Needed

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Design, Listening to music, Sound quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Bass, Volume

    So, I'm generally a huge new tech fan. I love trying and reading about all the new technology that's coming out so when I heard about these sunglasses that also play music, I was really really intrigued and obviously needed to try them out. Overall, I never knew I needed/wanted sunglasses that also play music! I really like them. There are a lot of pros to them, but also a lot of cons. Let's get started! - The packaging in my opinion is a 10/10. Very sleek, modern & makes the product seem high-end. They come in a very nice case that keeps them safe. - The sunglasses themselves are very lightweight, which is great considering no one wants weighted sunglasses on their face just for the sound. They seem very durable despite the lightness. In someway though, I feel like material they're made out of seems cheap compared to how they're presented (packaging and branding). They do feel like you could easily break them but at the same time, I don't think that's the case. - These are a lot bigger than what they seem in the pictures online. That's one of the most disappointing factors to me. I'm a woman and I have a pretty small face and these glasses look pretty bulky on me. They also have a very loose fit and slide down my nose A LOT. I wish there were multiple size options for these. They are very stylish though. I think they look really nice on even with the bulky factor. - They're not polarized. Which isn't a huge dealbreaker for me, but I know for some people that might be. - Now the biggest part: the audio factor. For Bose, I had higher expectations considering they're one of the top brands for premium sound technology. The sound quality is great. At a normal listening volume, no one could tell you're listening to music/podcasts on these things. They go pretty loud too, if you're into that sort of thing. The one downfall is that you can't adjust the sound quality and what I mean by that is there's no bass and you can't change any settings for more treble or less, etc...) which I don't mess with custom settings too often, but I def. wish there was any kind of bass. - Now the app...oh the app. I'm not a fan. It needs the most help in my opinion. To start, to even use these headphones for sound, you have to download an app. And in a way that's kind of a turn off for the simple fact that there are a lot of bluetooth headphones out there that I can just connect to bluetooth without having an extra app on my phone. AND you have to have the app open for the headphones to connect easily. The whole UI/UX experience of this app is pretty poor but I could be a little more critical here than most because I'm a UI/UX designer and I appreciate great online experiences. The app also offers their own ways to listen to music and podcasts which I think is an interesting attempt for Bose to introduce their own platform for that when there's a lot of other ways to do so. They also seem like they're paired with iTunes because you can sync your account up with them in the app. They don't even mention Spotify or Pandora as an option you can listen to music with and that to me is deceiving and makes me think I can't listen to music using the sunglasses through those apps, which in fact you can. You just have to open the apps and play like normal. The app also suggests an AR introduction with these sunglasses which I would LOVE to use once it's implemented better. Right now, I feel like they introduced this part of the sunglasses too early. It's buggy and you have to download extra apps (there's navigation app, fitness apps, a golfing app and some other games) but some of the apps are available yet for download or not available for all devices. Very interesting and enticing concept, but so far poorly introduced. - The other flaw in these sunglasses I feel is the battery life isn't that great. It's around 4 hours which seems like a decent amount but if you're taking a long walk/hike/bike ride or something, that's not a long time. I'd expect to at least get an entire day out of these guys. Overall, I think Bose is ahead of the game as far as this kind of technology goes. They def. need improvement and I'm excited to see the app and overall sunglasses develop overtime. Despite the fit, I'll hold on to these guys because I like that I don't need to remember my headphones AND sunglasses when I'm out for a walk.

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from Bose
      Posted .

      Hi Hannah, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this very detailed review of our Frames. I'm so glad to hear that you are enjoying using them and that you have been impressed with the technology the Frames offer and are excited to see what comes next. I just wanted to clarify that you are able to pair the Frames to your phone using the Bluetooth menu of your source device, independent from the app. We encourage use of the app as you get all the additional features that you mentioned in your review. Thank you so much for your interest in the Frames and we hope you continue to enjoy them! Kindest, Kerri - Bose Technical Support Specialist bose

  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    good idea, sound isn't the best

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Fun, Listening to music, Sound quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Bass, Battery life, Wiring

    These sunglasses have a great idea to them. Listen to music while still keeping your surroundings as you can still hear outside noise. The glasses are comfortable, and provide a good amount of solar blocking. They are a bit on the heavy side, but not uncomfortable by any means. Sound quality: A bit tinny, but the worst part is NO bass whatsoever. None. You can, however, turn them up pretty loud before people around you can hear what you are listening to. Battery life and charging: Battery life is ok. Not going to last days, but will last you a few hours. I don't like that it requires a special cord for charging. I would have preferred a mini USB port like most things are going to, as now I just have to have yet another cord. I also feel that if I lose it, its going to be pretty expensive to get another fancy magnetic charging cable. Setup: The setup is easy. Turn them on, open the app and there you go. You can also pair bluetooth without using the app, but the app makes it easier. Use: There is a single button, which powers on, play/pause, and forward/backward track. There is no volume control though. To turn off the glasses you just set them down upside down for a few seconds. Easy. Bose VR: There is a nifty Bose VR feature which lets you have immersive audio VR. While it does work, and sounds change as you move your head. I can't figure out a use for it other than gimmick. There are apps that provide audio navigation for walking, but they aren't available in my area so I couldn't test that. The rest of the VR is, for example, listening to ocean noises and moving your head around to hear different sounds. neat, but no point to it really. Overall, I'm not sure I would recommend these. The sound is lackluster, they are a bit expensive, special charging cable, gimmicky "VR" and short battery life. I DO like that you can hear music without having headphones in though.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Amazing sound at a decent price!

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

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    Pros mentioned:
    Sound quality

    Love the sound in these glasses. People can’t believe that I’m listening to music because you can’t really hear it when you aren’t wearing them. They have great sound when you have them on. The lens in glasses aren’t that great but overall a very innovative product. Highly recommend!

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Revolutionary Sunglasses at Affordable Price

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    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

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    So, I got these because I read that you can change the lenses out for prescription lenses. Because I love the idea of having headphones on, without closing off the outside world completely, and that I can exchange the lenses out, I got these, and I was not disappointed. My new prescription lenses are on order, and will be here shortly, but I am already satisfied with these. I suggest getting the extended warranty with them! The frames, by themselves, are so well worth it!

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun, new gadget for the summer by the pool

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Design, Fun, Listening to music
    Cons mentioned:
    Volume, Wiring

    When I first saw these Boses Frames, I was very intrigued. I was a little nervous about such a frivolous product; would I actually use these frames? Could they replace my headphones that I live and die for? Would they live up to the hype of all other products Boses puts out? In a word: yes. These Boses Frames are both functional in the traditional sense as sunglasses and work well as a substitute for headphones. Fresh out of the box, the frames didn’t look much different from normal sunglasses.They have a classic, smooth style to them - traditional, simple, black matte frame, with lightly tinted lens (enough to block the sun out, but not enough to black out your eyes). The frames are rather lightweight, which was a nice surprise. The speakers are located in the arms of the frames, right about where the frames meet your temples. It does add a bit of an unbalanced look to the frames if you’re looking at them from a profile view, but where else are you really going to put the speaker? They come with a nice, hard plastic case and a drawstring bag for the charging cable (which is specific to the glasses; so if you forget it, there’s no borrowing someone’s micro USB or lightening cable to charge them). The speakers have a very nice sound quality. There is no way to control volume level from themselves; you have to your phone or the Boses app. This wasn’t an issue for me, as I just controlled it from my Apple watch. The speakers can crank out some sound though; at full blast, people can definitely hear what you’re listening to you. If you turn the volume down, it’s hard for anyone to notice that you’re listening to it. Taking calls is simple enough with clear sound and reception. I did not notice any breaking it of the call or crackling like I sometimes experience with my headphones. I really enjoyed being able to listen to my music while still being aware of my surroundings. The app is simple enough as well. I didn’t have any issues getting it connected to my iPhone and it generates cute nicknames for your frames (mine is the Hillbilly Cat). There are some interesting AR apps that you can use with the frames; I played around a little bit with them, but it wasn’t really my thing, and quickly got bored. Overall, these are fun and functional.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 2 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful idea that's not quite there yet

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Design, Listening to music, Sound quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Volume

    The Bose Frames offer something new in the crowded wireless earphone space: nice sunglasses with built-in speakers. It might be easy to overlook such a thing from a no-name company, but with Bose behind them, they must be good, right? When I first opened them, I was greeted by a nice black case. Inside were the glasses, along with the proprietary magnetic charging cable that you’ll want to have nearby, as it’s the only way to charge the battery. The plastic of the frames is a matte black, and it looks nice, but it doesn’t look like what I expected from a pair of $200 sunglasses. My old Ray Ban Wayfarers are also black, but they’re glossy and just feel like a higher-quality plastic. I’ve read many reviews that dinged the Alto Frames (the one I got) for being too big. I found them to be just right, and I appreciated the snug fit. They felt like they would stay put, but were not uncomfortable at all. Perhaps as a result of the specific plastic Bose used for these they are very lightweight and don’t press down on the bridge of the nose at all. I think these could be comfortably worn for many hours. The lenses provide solid UV protection, but they’re not polarized. I don’t mind that so much, but I wish they were a little darker. Even so, the Frames are very nice sunglasses. It does make you wonder why $200 sunglasses are not polarized. The tiny speakers are pointed at your ears, and they produce very high quality sound. It’s surprising how good they sound, as long as you’re not looking for thumping bass. Unfortunately, you’ll only be able to appreciate the good sound as long as there isn’t much noise around you. Even the wind coming in the open window of my vehicle is enough to drown out most of the sound of any music I was playing. A single button near the right temple controls the music: one press to start/stop the music, double-press to skip forward, triple-press to move backward, and long press issue voice commands to your phone using Siri or Google Assistant. One button can only do so much, so you’ll need to adjust the volume on your phone. Making and taking calls is another function of these glasses. Being able to take hands-free calls is a great feature, in spite of the fact that people around you will wonder why you’re talking out loud, since it’s hard to tell that you’re on the phone. Those on the other end of the call said I sounded pretty good, but I struggled to hear the conversation if there was any noise around me. Ultimately, the sound volume was just too low to make it practical to use these for phone calls. Bluetooth connection quality is not as good as I expected. Depending on which side of my body had the phone, I experienced bluetooth drop-outs. Sure, it only lasted a second or so, but devices at this level should really be better. Compared to the many other bluetooth earbuds I have, these would be in the lower half of the pack. The marketing material Bose created for these glasses stresses the way that you can hear the music, but those around you cannot. I found that to be even partially true only when you keep the volume level very low. So low that you probably can’t hear it yourself either. People around me were able to identify the song I was listening to quite easily. Bose also includes access to apps that show off some of their “audio augmented reality” ideas. These do show some promise, but there’s not enough there yet to be a big reason to buy these. Given that you’ll likely only be wearing these outside, it’s less likely that you’ll take the time to play with these apps while outside. When they deliver on the promise of an audio city guide, I think that could be very useful. It’s only available now in a few select places. All in all, I just didn’t feel like the Bose Frames offer a compelling enough experience to justify buying them. As others have mentioned, battery life is not great, so you’ll also need to be able to recharge them during the day. I could probably deal with that, since I’m not outside all day, but for me I just couldn’t get past the low sound volume. That’s my deal-breaker. For less money, I could get a decent pair of sunglasses and pair them with some bluetooth earbuds and be quite happy. While I think Bose is definitely onto something here, I’d wait until they’ve worked out the kinks before spending my money on them.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from Bose
      Posted .

      Hello BobinVA,

      It’s great to hear that you like the concept of our Bose Frames. I am sorry that you feel that the product is not quite there yet.

      I take your feedback on board and will pass it onto the development team.

      Kind Regards,
      Vicky W – Technical Support bose

  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Sunglasses/Sound OK-poor fit

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Listening to music, Sound quality, Use with apps
    Cons mentioned:
    Noise cancellation, Volume

    The Bose App and Sunglasses work as described, the sunglass fit is very limited and the high volume sound is not that great. The glasses require the Bose app to use all the functions. They will work if you sync up w/ your device only but you will have limited functions. The app walkthrough is good to follow - I did the initial setup before the app and was unhappy, much happier after the app. I wear smaller sunglasses typically and these are a little large for me (they only offer two models currently-I believe intended to me mens/womens). The Alto frames are a little large for my face, but the fit issue is with the arm. Due to the speaker built into the arm it is much thicker right in front of the ear, so the distance from your ear to your nose is fixed by the glasses (if it's too big or small for you it may not fit right). It would be nice to make this thicker section shorter and allow an ear extension on the back in for those that need longer. The app and functions are pretty simple and I appreciate that because trying to find additional buttons like a lot of Bluetooth headsets can be difficult. There is one button and it's the On button, Play/Pause, Skip/Rewind Song, Answer/End Call. Volume is controlled from your device, not the glasses. To turn off you simply lay the glasses upside down for 2 seconds (explained in the app). Sound is good/great in the low volume range, not so great up high. Since it's basically a speaker in your sunglasses it will not block out ambient noise, and if someone is nearby they will hear it too. But it does allow you to hear better around you while listening and not isolate yourself like you are wearing headphones/earpiece. It works fine for music, radio, video, and calls (built in speaker too). In all I like the product and idea of the product. I would like to see more size flexibility and better high volume sound.

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from Bose
      Posted .

      Hi Hokie00, Thank you for taking the time to review our Frames. I'm glad to hear that you are enjoying the idea of the headphones. I appreciate the feedback you have given in your review and will be sure to pass this onto the relevant team. Thank you for your interest in our products. Have a great day! Kindest, Kerri - Technical Support Specialist bose

  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome sound

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
    Pros mentioned:
    Sound quality

    Works great sounds awesome needs a bigger battery life but not bad for the first ones and still slim

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome combo.

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    Great looking pair of sunglasses. Doesn't feel awkward to wear in my opinion, a little bulkier but not too noticeable to say you have a heavy mass on your ears. Sound quality good compared to having earbud or airpods but don't have shove something in your ears. Like I said nice combo if you don't like wearing headphones and glasses at the same time.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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