• Review: BlackBerry Music Gateway With NFC

    In my eyes, the BlackBerry Music Gateway is one of those must have accessories for anyone who is a music lover. Having been able to spend a couple days now with the accessory, I'm ready to give my thoughts. The devices that I used to pair and stream audio with the Music Gateway are a Bold 9900 (NFC capable) and a Torch 9850. I also recorded a video of me demonstrating how to use the Music Gateway with and without the NFC feature (see below).

    My first pro of the Gateway is the new NFC (Near Field Communication) capability. When I was using my Bold 9900 I love to be able to easily connect and disconnect from the Music Gateway by just a simple few seconds of tapping the two devices together. I kept my Music Gateway connected to my Bose computer speakers and it was nice to just be able to sit down at my desk chair and set my device down for easy pairing. I liked being able to get some tunes cranking on my computer speakers as I start grinding away some work hours on the computer.

    Second, I'd have to say that having the ability to be able to play my music through an app like BBM Music and then go about surfing the internet or engaging in other apps at the same time. Furthermore, if someone calls you while you are listening to music, the Gateway will pause and then resume after you are finished with the call.

    Next is the audio quality. Being a musician and audio engineer myself, I can say that the quality being streamed via bluetooth from my BlackBerry smartphones to the Gateway was very good. Audio quality loss wasn't even noticeable as was latency. I was also fond of being able to control my speaker volume via my device with the Gateway. This makes having the Gateway alone worth while, as now my device also functions as a volume up and down remote control.

    The Music Gateway comes with a micro-usb cable and charging plug adapter so you can power on the device. It also comes with a 3.5mm AUX and L/R RCA cable so you can plug into whatever stereo system you'll be streaming music to.

    As far as the cons of this accessory, I'd have to say there is really only one. And that is how short of a charging usb cable that comes in the box. Unless you have a outlet right next to your stereo, the cable won't be long enough to reach. I ended up having to use a usb cable extension to be able to reach from my outlet to where I was able to set the Music Gateway in a position good enough to power on and connect to my Bose computer speaker on my desk.

    Here is an overview of details about the Music Gateway:

    • Streams music from your smartphone, tablet or other devices to your stereo (1).
    • Track and volume control from across the room, plus access your apps simultaneously.
    • Tap to connect with NFC2 or use standard Bluetooth1 for universal connectivity.
    • Plays music through: Any home stereo, powered speaker system, or car stereo with auxiliary input (2).
    • Online music services: Works with online music services and apps on your smartphone, tablet or device, such as Slacker, 7digital, and BB Music.
    • Product Dimensions: 60mm x 37.5mm x 11mm
    • Product Weight: 22.2g

    1 Smartphone, tablet or device must support A2DP and AVRCP Bluetooth profiles
    2 Smartphone must support Near Field Communication (NFC) for tap to connect feature.

    If you are thinking about getting the Music Gateway, there is no question that anyone who plays any kind of music or audio from their BlackBerry Smartphone or BlackBerry Tablet and wants to enhance that experience, should definitely go for it. You can pick one up at ShopBlackBerry.com for only $49.99.

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