It’s no secret smartphone and tablet speakers are bad. You just can’t get very good sound out of a small, flat object designed to fit in your pocket. Fortunately, you don’t have to rely on your smartphone or tablet to put out sound when you’re on the go. Portable Bluetooth speakers are the best way to bust out the jams wirelessly when you can’t carry around your entire sound system, which is pretty much all the time.
Thanks to integrated Bluetooth, the speakers here work with Android, iOS, and, well, any Bluetooth-enabled device, including most laptops and desktops. Also, they don’t require a Wi-Fi network, making them much more flexible than Apple-only AirPlay speakers. Still, there are a few things to consider when picking a Bluetooth speaker.