OontZ Angle 3 Ultra is one of the popular portable Bluetooth speakers primarily because it beautifully balances the features-to-price ratio. This triangular speaker, which is priced below $50, offers a lot of features such as IPX7 waterproof rating and Bluetooth 5.0 connection. Meanwhile, people may have read and heard the praises about Anker Soundcore 2 and wondered whether it's a good choice over the OontZ Angle 3 Ultra.
Like its counterparts above, it also occupies a small footprint and can be easily carried, making it perfect for pool parties or outings on the beach. More importantly, it falls in the same price range as the Angle 3 Ultra speaker.
That brings us to an important question. Which of these speakers bring better features for the price? Well, that's what we are going to find in this article as we pit the OontZ Angle 3 Ultra against the Anker Soundcore 2 to see which Bluetooth speaker is the right one for you.
The Angle 3 Ultra features the signature triangular design of OontZ speakers. It's small, and there's not much to the design other than the triangular shape. Well, that's how it is with most affordable speakers. An aluminum grille covers the two drivers at the front, and the edges are wrapped up in rubber, and these rubberized edges give it a rugged build.
Unlike most of the popular speakers, the controls are not placed on the spine. Instead, they are located at the side. The little triangular control panel boasts of 7 different buttons. Apart from the standard buttons, there are three LED indicators.
The speaker is super durable, and its lightweight nature adds to its kitty of features.
As opposed to it, the Anker Soundcore 2 sports a simple design. It packs a rectangular body with a black metallic grille covering the drivers at the front. Like its counterpart above, the charging port and the aux port is covered with a rubber flap to keep off water and dust.
As opposed to the design of the OontZ Angle 3 Ultra, the Soundcore 2's control buttons are located at the top of the bar, which makes them easily accessible. The good thing about Soundcore 2 is that the rubber coating is quite grippy. So even if your hands are wet with sweat, you'll be able to grip it without any issues.
Plus, the Ingress Rating of X7 makes it perfect for outdoor adventures from the design point of view.
Connection & Battery
When it comes to the OontZ Angle 3 Ultra, though there is not much information on the capacity. It's piped to give you around 20 hours of playback music at moderate volume. In case you didn't know, the battery life of wireless earphones and speakers depends a lot on the volume. The higher the volume, the shorter will be the battery life.
But, 20 hours for a portable speaker seems more than enough. If you are looking for casual use around the house, one full charge will see you through the week before needing a top-up. Also, if you are looking for using it at a party or any outdoor event, the 20-hour playback time is more than enough to see through it.
On the downside, the charging time is a little on the higher side. It takes around 7 hours for the OontZ Angle 3 Ultra to get fully charged.
The connection is consistent, and you won't find hiccups and glitches. The wireless range is good, thanks to the Bluetooth 5.0. For those unaware, the newer version of Bluetooth brings some a better range and connectivity to the table. The best thing is that you can talk to your phone's default Assistant, thanks to the mic and the speaker functionality. Cool, right?
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Thankfully, when it comes to the battery life and connection, both the Anker and the OontZ speakers give each other a close competition. Anker goes a step ahead and brings a 24-hour playback time to the table. Of course, it will take a plunge when blasted at full volume.
The range is good and works as advertised. If we go by Anker's claims, Soundcore 2 has a range of 66 feet. Similar to its counterpart, this Anker speaker also supports virtual assistants, meaning you can summon Siri and Google Assistant at your will.
Sound Quality and Performance
Let me make one point clear at first. It would be wrong to expect a small budget speaker to sound like its premium counterparts like the JBL Charge 4 or the UE Boom 3 (see JBL Flip 5 vs UE Boom 3). That said, the sound quality should not be bad either. For one, you should get enough loudness to fill up a small room with just the right amount of bass.
The down-firing passive radiator and the drivers of the OontZ Angle 3 make for an improved sound and bass. The audio output is clear and crisp and it's loud enough for both indoor and outdoor usage. Plus, the bass response is good for the price. Though it sounds a bit tinny compared to its premium counterparts. That said, it's good enough for the asking price.
As opposed to it, the Anker Soundcore 2 lacks in the bass department. If we go by the words of the folks at TechRadar, the bass is weak, and this weakness becomes more prominent if you play hip-hop music.
It doesn't get overly loud and fails to rise above the cacophony of surrounding noises, defeating its purpose as an outdoor speaker. Plus, the sound tends to be a bit distorted when the volume is cranked up.
In a nutshell, the Soundcore 2 sounds a lot better than your phone's speaker, thanks to its balanced sound output. But it's at best good only for indoor usage. The lack of bass and loudness seems to work against it, especially when you pit it against the OontZ Angle 3 Ultra.
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Ready to Angle!
There are plenty of portable Bluetooth speakers in the market today. Right from speakers which costs north of $200 to speakers which are priced under $50, there is a lot to explore. And quite naturally, the range of features increases when you move up the price ladder.
When it comes to the Anker SoundCore 2, they sound good indoors, though bass-wise, they leave a lot to be desired. If you can compromise with that, then surely the long battery life or the support for Google Assistant and Apple's Siri won't disappoint you.
Plus, it has a small footprint and you can just throw in your backpack when traveling. And hey, remember it has a water resistance build as well?
On the other hand, Cambridge Soundworks' OontZ Angle 3 Ultra has plenty to offer. Other than the usual features like IP rating or the build, the OontZ Angle 3 Ultra is loud, especially for its size, and several users on Amazon have backed this up.
At the same time, the triangular shape makes it functional, since you can either keep it straight or horizontal.
In most cases, it's generally considered that a higher price tag will get you better products. Oddly enough, the $34.99 speaker sounds better than its counterpart.
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