JBL Flip 5 vs Bose SoundLink Flex: Side by Side Comparison


the JBL Flip 5 and Bose SoundLink Flex are very similar speakers. They both have a 360° sound, a long battery life, and support Bluetooth 5.0. The main differences between the two speakers are the price, weight, and design. The JBL Flip 5 is more affordable and lighter than the Bose SoundLink Flex. The Bose SoundLink Flex has a more rugged design and better sound quality.

Our Verdict:

The JBL Flip 5 is the more affordable option, but it still offers great sound quality and a long battery life. The Bose SoundLink Flex is slightly more expensive, but it has a more rugged design and better sound quality.

Pros
  • Decent loud;
  • Durable;
  • Reasonable cost;
  • Adequate bass;
  • Eye-catching looks;
Cons
  • No speakerphone

Advance Comparison

Model

JBL Flip 5

Bose SoundLink Flex

Brand Name

JBL

Bose

Rating
Mixed Usage
5.4
6.5
Music:
6
6.3
Movies:
5.6
5.7
Outdoors:
6.8
7
Podcasts
7.5
7.5
Voice Assistant:
1
6.2
GENERAL
Recommended Usage
Home Bluetooth Speaker
Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers[ Waterproof]
Release Year
2019
2021
Power Source
Battery & USB
Battery & USB
Multi-Device Pairing:
Yes
Yes
BUILD QUALITY
Material Quality
Great
Good
Water Resistance:
Submersible (IPx7)
Submersible (IPx7)
Dust Resistance
Unspecified
Dust-Proof (IP6x)
Floats In Water:
Yes
Yes
STYLE
RGB Light:
N/A
N/A
Color Variation
Black, Red, White, Teal, Blue, Gray, Green, Yellow, Pink, Sand, Yellow, Camo and Black Camo.
Black, White Smoke, Stone Blue and Carmine Red.
Sizes And Variants
N/A
N/A
PORTABILITY:
Power Source:
Battery & USB
Battery & USB
Hand Carry
Yes
Yes
Weight
1.2 lbs (0.5 kg)
1.3 lbs (0.6 kg)
Volume:
47 in³ (771 cm³)
57 in³ (942 cm³)
Connectivity:
Bluetooth Only
Bluetooth Only
BATTERY:
Battery Powered:
Yes
Yes
Battery Life
8.2 hrs
7.2 hrs
Charging Time:
2.6 hrs
2.7 hrs
Power Saving:
Yes
Yes
Charging Port:
USB-C
USB-C
Bluetooth Specification:
Bluetooth:
Yes
Yes
Bluetooth Version:
4.2
4.2
Bluetooth Range:
219.8 ft (67.0 m)
255.9 ft (78.0 m)
Bluetooth iOS Latency:
154 ms
236 ms
Bluetooth Android Latency:
96 ms
109 ms
Multi-Device Pairing:
Yes
Yes
Wi-Fi Specification:
Wi-Fi:
N/A
N/A
Wi-Fi Version:
N/A
N/A
Wi-Fi Frequency Band:
N/A
N/A
Apple AirPlay:
N/A
N/A
AirPlay Latency:
N/A
N/A
Google Chromecast:
N/A
N/A
Chromecast Latency:
N/A
N/A
Wired Connectivity:
Aux Input:
N/A
N/A
USB Audio:
N/A
N/A
Other Ports:
N/A
N/A
CONTROLS (physical buttons):
Ease Of Use:
Great
Good
Music Play/Pause [Button/Touch]:
Yes
Yes
Call Answer/End [Button/Touch]:
N/A
Yes
Volume Up/Down [Button/Touch]:
Yes
Yes
Track Next/Previous [Button/Touch]:
Yes
Yes
Microphone On/Off:
N/A
Yes
Additional Controls:
Yes
Yes
VOICE CONTROL:
Voice Assistant:
N/A
Yes
Voice Activation:
N/A
N/A
Speakerphone:
N/A
Yes
Alexa:
No
No
Siri:
No
Yes (Requires Smartphone)
Google Assistant:
No
Yes (Requires Smartphone)
Microphone Mute:
No Microphone
No
Far-Field Performance:
No Microphone
Excellent
Ambient Noise Performance
No Microphone
Excellent
App:
App Name:
JBL Portable
Bose Connect
iOS:
Yes
Yes
Android:
Yes
Yes
EQ:
No
No
Stereo Pair Mode:
Yes
Yes
Party Mode:
Yes
Yes
Multi-Room:
N/A
N/A
AUDIO QUALITY [TESTED RESULT]:
Frequency Response Accuracy:
Alright
Alright
Soundstage:
Mediocre
Okay
Dynamics:
Mediocre
Poor
IN THE BOX
Accessories:
JBL Flip 5 speaker, USB-C to USB-A charging cable.
Bose SoundLink Flex, USB-C to USB-A charging cable, Start Here guide.
User manual:
Yes
N/A

Comparatives Review


JBL Flip 5: Best Features:

  • The JBL Flip 5 has a cylindrical design with a fabric grille. It has a built-in handle for easy portability.
  • The speaker has two drivers: a woofer and a tweeter. It can produce a wide range of sound, from deep bass to crisp highs.
  • The speaker supports Bluetooth 5.1. It also has a 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting wired devices.
  • The speaker has a battery life of up to 12 hours. It can be charged using the included USB-C cable.

Bose SoundLink Flex: Best Features

  • The Bose SoundLink Flex has a rectangular design with a rubberized finish. It is IPX4 water and dust resistant, making it ideal for outdoor use.
  • The speaker has two drivers: a woofer and a tweeter. It can produce a powerful sound with deep bass.
  • The speaker supports Bluetooth 5.0. It also has a built-in speakerphone for hands-free calling.
  • The speaker has a battery life of up to 12 hours. It can be charged using the included micro-USB cable.

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