Many tablets and phones have weak built-in speakers. The iFrogz Tadpole is a small, inexpensive, wireless one that can produce more volume.
Build and Design
This accessory has been designed to be very portable – it’s just 2.7 x 0.4 x 1.4 inches (68mm x 11mm x 35mm) and 0.7 ounces. It slips easily into a pocket or gear bag, and comes with a carabiner designed to make it easy to attach to a set of keys or a belt loop.
There’s a power button on one side, while the other side has a micro-USB port used for charging and an LED status light.
The Tadpole comes in grey, red, blue, purple, and white casings.
There are many large speakers on the market that turn a tablet or phone into a full-fledged home audio system. This isn’t one of them. Instead, the iFrogz Tadpole just brings a bit more volume to the audio produced by mobile devices.
Volume is increased to the point where a small group of people can easily hear what’s being played, or an individual can hear the audio when moving around in a mid-size room. At no point could the volume be described as “loud, but it’s certainly louder than a majority of speakers built into tablets.
There’s simply no way a speaker this small and inexpensive can offer serious audio fidelity. There’s little base, and overall quality of the audio is adequate at best. It’s good enough to be acceptable to non-audiophiles for listening to voices, but is not particularly well suited for music.
As the Tadpole has only one speaker, there’s obviously no support for stereo. That said, many tablets like the Apple iPad Air have stereo speakers so close together that audio is effectively in mono, so switching to this accessory is no loss in that area.
It doesn’t have to be connected to the tablet or phone with any wires, so it’s convenient to use. It communicates with the short-range wireless-networking standard Bluetooth 3.0, so it’s compatible with just about any mobile device released in the last few years.
Producing sound requires a surprising amount of power, and this accessory is good for only about three hours on a single charge. It can be used while plugged in, however.
Those who use their tablet to watch video or listen to podcasts without headphones might appreciate the extra volume that the iFrogz Tadpole offers. The less-than-stellar audio quality makes it a poor choice for listening to music, however.
This accessory is available on the iFrogz website for $19.99.