I recently purchased the above Hipe Bluetooth Shower Speaker for my wife. She’s constantly singing in the shower and I thought she’d like some music to sing to.
On the face (below) are buttons to control the track and volume. There is also a phone button, which activates Siri on the iPhone 4S and Voice Calling on my wife’s old iPhone 4. The battery is rechargeable via a mini-USB port on the back which is covered by a rubber flap during waterproof operation.
The speaker paired easily with her iPhone. The sound quality, while nothing to write home about, is good. The max volume is very loud – easily heard over the running water of the shower. The track and volume control work perfectly, even with apps like Spotify. In short, the speaker is perfect for listening to music in the shower.
But the speaker has a second mode of operation: handsfree speakerphone. That’s right, you can make calls from the shower! I decided I would try this with my dear friend, Michael. In the shower, with the water running, I tried several times to place the call using the iPhone voice calling. In each of the three attempts, the iPhone misunderstood me and tried to call the wrong person. I turned off the water and tried again and it finally worked. The call quality was… tolerable. I could hear him and he could hear me, even with the water running. I don’t think I’ll be using it again. Nevertheless, it was an interesting novelty.
Overall, at $70, this was a great buy, if only for the primary purpose of music in the shower.