I’ve found my all around speaker of choice this year, and it’s really pretty! Of course, it comes in guy-friendly colors, too, but the Coral Red looks feminine and bohemian all at the same time.

Native Union’s Monocle (Php 2,250) is more than a speaker, a handset, or a speakerphone. This is an all-in-one device that lets one enjoy their music and make my calls in a fresh new way. If you’re looking for a speaker/handset/speakerphone that looks totally hipster, the look and feel, inspired from vinyl records, is for you.

Even before unboxing this baby, one can really appreciate the packaging. The packaging is dope! I love the simple lines, the chevron pattern on the box and on the nylon chord, and how you can practically see the whole product (the front and the back) through the box.

The gadget is pretty straightforward, with a jack on one end and the speaker on the other, connected by a long nylon chord with a small microphone somewhere in between for you to take calls. Personally, I find this handier and a lot more compact than Native Union’s Pop Phones, and it’s something I can keep in my bag without it taking up too much space.

 

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The Monocle is a high quality speaker to listen to your music or take calls on the go. Hold it up to your ear like a headphone or simply twist the wheel to turn it into a compact boom box. Take calls and hang up by pressing on the half-moon button on the side of the Monocle. If you want to turn it into a speaker, simply twist the dialer ’til the light appears and you’re good to take calls or listen to your favorite tunes hands free.

The 4mm driver ensures optimal sound – I can appreciate a nice deep bass when listening to music on this, without it sounding like it came out of a tin can. You can even daisy chain up to 10 monocles for a louder sound when at parties.

Each Monocle comes with the handset, a USB cable for charging, a loop for you to hang it off hooks or your bag, an instruction manual, a one-year warranty, and a discount off your next Native Union purchase. Everything fits in a little black box that you can keep stored away in a drawer somewhere.

I have to admit, I found the handset to be a bit odd at first, but once I got used to taking calls over it, recording sound bytes for Bubbly, and using it to play music, I’ve grown fond of this cool little gadget and it has now become an extension of my phone. My only problem with this is the battery life – I charge this at least twice a day, and it is always plugged in when I watch shows on my laptop so it won’t die out.

 

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Overall, this is one stellar-looking handset with the capabilities of a speaker, handset, and speakerphone all rolled into one. Check out the fresh looking Monocle by Native Union! Not only does it have a cool, hipster design to it, it’s small enough to take with you anywhere and equipped with a bad enough bass to liven up any small festive gathering!

 

The Native Union Monocle can be found at Digital Walker branches nationwide: Shangri-La Plaza, SM Aura Premier, Eastwood, VMall Greenhills, SM Mall of Asia, TriNoma, Alabang Town Center, Robinsons Magnolia, Abreeza Davao, SM City Cebu, Harbor Point Subic, The District Cavite, Centrio Mall CDO, and 1 Manila.

 

 

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