• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't use with a case!

    • Written by from Detroit

    I purchased the JBL Onbeat Micro & returned it. I used it briefly to listen to my audiobook on my iPhone 5 & enjoyed the sound quality. However, it’s not designed to be used with a case. I have a Noreve flip case (rail system) where the cover flips back behind the phone that allows full access to the phone’s speakers & lighting port. The phone within the case fits on the base, but leans far forward at an angle making it difficult to see & operate the phone. The mechanism that the lighting pin is connected to does move forward & backwards, which is why the phone & case leans forward. However, there isn’t enough space behind the lightening connector to allow a backward lean. (Look at the detailed picture on Apple’s site).

    My husband’s iPhone 5 is in a “bumper” type case. This set up didn’t work at all. The JBL’s lighting connector it too short & didn't connect to the JBL's lighting pin.

    JBL OnBeat Micro Speaker has a nice compact footprint, appears sturdy & well built. And from the brief time “listening” to my audiobook, the sound quality was great. I’m just not willing to remove my phone from its case each time to use it.

    78 of 98 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very nice

    • Written by from SPALDING

    A nicely made dock/speaker/charger for lightning connecting iPhone/iPod. Great on bedside cabinet with the 'big clock hd' app set on minimum brightness. (Stroke screen downwards). Can work on batteries but obviously won't charge the docked item. You won't buy this if you want a lot of bass, you will need something like the new Bose, but for what it is, really nice sound and nicely made.

    62 of 69 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Poznan

    Bought it 2 days ago. Sound is great. Portability is also amazing. If you pair it with some of JBL's apps it makes and incredible combo. Really worth it.

    50 of 55 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I like it

    • Written by from HAVERTOWN

    Fit: I would have given it 5 stars if it fit better with larger cases. I have the InCase clear case (also sold here) and that fits with no issues. Cases with a thicker area around the lightning connector will not fit, as my other case (Incipio Stowaway) did not.
    Sound: loud and clear on both AC and batteries. I like that the batteries are not rechargeable.
    I wish it had a remote, and a carrying sac, even if it would cost a little more.
    But at the end these are minor annoyances, I guess. The function and form are why I bought this, and I like it.

    51 of 59 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simple & Perfect

    • Written by

    Just ran into this in the store, did not even know they had a charging device out there. This was the perfect size and more important perfect price!!!!! So far it is great, have not tried the battery life yet but will take with on my hannakuh mini vaca I am planning to chicago.

    42 of 51 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed that I cannot use with alarm clock apps

    • Written by from Toronto

    I purchased this unit so I could charge my iPhone5 overnight and wake up to my iTunes music library in the morning. Trouble is that the unit shuts down after a period of idle time and doesn't "wake up" when the alarm goes off on the iPhone. Not only that, the iPhone thinks the speakers are "active", sends sound to the unit but no sound comes out ... So I sleep through my alarm. The docking unit is ok for charging and for listening to music BEFORE I go to sleep but that is not what I thought I bought so then the price tag does not appear so reasonable. Guess I'll have to wait for the other suppliers to come out with their docking stations for iPhone5.

    27 of 30 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    The case issue ...

    • Written by from Fairfax

    Clearly, JBL or APPLE needs to make a lightning extender available so this nice little device (and many others) can be used without having to remove the protective case. Come on, guys!

    24 of 32 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from west hollywood

    The sound is amazing. The price is great. It's compact and perfect for every day use and if you read the reviews that say dont buy bc iPhone cases dont let the connector work....then youre not so smart. My case works just fine with it. There are plenty of cases out there that allow you to use this great speaker dock. Im very happy with my purchase!

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awsome sound from such a small device

    • Written by from Tonawanda

    This turned out to be perfect for my needs. The sound truely is awsome for it's compact size. My phone fits the Lightning Connector w/ the cover on w/ room to spare. I prefer using the usb so i can change my music w/out getting up to do so. I guess you could say a wireless connection would be nice for this, but for the money I can live w/out it.
    The speaker is loud, clear and full sound!
    I've read that it shuts off after some time, but i've had pandora on for more than 6 hrs w/out it shutting off.
    I couldn't be happier w/ this speaker!

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very good

    • Written by from Skogås

    I'm very happy for my speaker. For the price they are really good.

    16 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks good, sounds good

    • Written by from Webster

    I bought this item at the Apple Store because I wanted to make sure that it would work with the case that I have on my iPhone. It did. I would say that if you have a case that is open on the bottom it will work. Cases that wrap around the bottom with holes for the cable and perforations for the speaker and mic will probably not work.

    It does sound good and its nice that there is a USB port in the back so that I can also charge my work (Android) phone.

    Its so compact that I may take it with me when I travel.

    15 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    lousy connection

    • Written by from Lyndon Station

    I've tried two of these speaker docks, and both had lousy lightning connectors. The male connector on the dock had a loose fit, so the device did not work when docked. However, a lightning-USB cord, which fit into the iPod Touch 5 snugly, worked well.

    16 of 20 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice but SleepMachine App won't run all night

    • Written by from Zachary

    I don't know if it's the app or the dock. App works fine just plugged into the wall but after an hour or so on the OnBeat Dock it cuts off

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    JBL speaker no good for iPhone 5

    • Written by from Discovery Bay

    I had a JBL speaker dock for my iPhone 3/4 and was really please with it, which is why I went for this one, but the iPhone 5 version with lightning connector does not do the job it is designed for.

    Clearly I am not intending to remove the case or bumper from my iPhone every time I want to listen to music or charge my phone, which is the only way you can get it to fit! I wanted to give this product no stars, but this system wouldn't let me do that, so it got a reluctant 1.

    This product is not fit for purpose and needs an urgent upgrade.

    My recommendation - don't buy it.

    17 of 25 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    No cases allowed but good sound

    • Written by from San Jose

    I've been very patiently waiting for a new speaker dock to replace the one in my bedroom since I've upgraded to the iPhone 5 but I'm afraid I'm going to have to wait a bit longer. I liked the package, the sound and the overall design but one thing that I can't live with is the fact that my phone won't fit while the case is still on. I have a relatively thin case and the connector won't engage at all no matter how hard I try. Too bad as I had high hopes for this dock so it's going back to the store.

    15 of 22 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Speaker Sleeps

    • Written by from San Antonio

    I want to use the JBL speaker for presentations as I have with many other JBL generations. This one fits the iphone 5 BUT sometimes when I pause a song and want to go back and play a new one, often times I can't get it to play. Yes, sometimes I turn it back on and wait. It turns itself off. Is there any way to stop this thing from turning off. Then it forgets the volume so my perfectly edited sound bit is missed, and I am looking like a fool. Pushing, waiting, hoping. Too big. Plug way to big. A big disappointment. I wouldn't get this one.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    JBL Micro Speaker Dock

    • Written by

    This dock is great. Very affordable and great sound. I bought one for myself and one for my daughter for her new apartment. I would recommend it to anyone.

    12 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Sounds Great bar One Minor Irritation!

    • Written by from DERBY

    I was lucky enough to receive one of these for Christmas 2013. It's a convenient way to charge my iPhone whilst listening to my music. Playback is crisp and clear; I often find myself having to turn the volume down such is the impressive power of this portable unit!

    My only bugbear is that sometimes it'll go into standby mode randomly meaning I have to turn the speaker unit back on to continue where my playlist left off.

    However, this is only a minor irritation. If you are looking for a portable speaker dock for your iPhone 5 then I can thoroughly recommend this product.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Was shocked and surprised.

    • Written by from Fleet

    What a brilliant piece of kit. Superb sound from such a compact item and so portable. Works from 4 x AAA batteries lasting about 5 hours and also from the mains. It also charges the iphone when plugged into the wall socket. Mutes music when a call or text arrives so you never miss any of those important messages. V impressed.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DO NOT buy this as a bedside alarm dock

    • Written by from Hobart

    As others have pointed out, this unit turns off after 10 minutes of no use. This means that if you use your iPhone as an alarm while docked, the iPhone feeds the alarm/music in to the JBL speaker, but the unit doesn't turn on to power the speaker. So you end up with no sound.

    I'm very irritated that Apple sells a product that doesn't provide obvious and basic functionality. Apple needs to add a warning message to its store web page for this unit.

    3 of 3 people found this useful