07-17-2011 05:08 PM
Right now I have a Squeezebox Boom, and I'm planning on getting something for the main stereo. I was thinking about the Touch or Duet (primarily for its controller), but I haven't had a chance to play with either of them in person.
I do have an Android phone, so how do the Android/iOS apps compare to the Duet controller?
07-18-2011 12:57 AM
With the large touch screen the Android device will make for a better browsing experience, show more information simultaneously and will be generally easier to use.
The Controller, however, does have hard keys that give you immediate access to functions like play/pause and volume which can be a significant advantage if you want to change something quicly and don't want to first have to unlock the screen saver.
There are disclaimers on both sides, though:
The Logitech App works quite well on some Android devices but is nearly unusable on some others (slower, older devices, especially with Android 2.1 and some htc devices that have an issue with handling scrolling correctly), in this case you need to use one of the native Android Apps, e.g. SqueezeCommander (there are also some free ones but the one most often recommended doesn't run on my device so I can't comment).
You will have to keep the Receiver in the charging cradle to have guaranteed immediate access because otherwise after a while it will log out of the WiFi network to save power and as of my experience it then takes much longer to reconnect than it takes an Android device to get unlocked.
Since your Boom does already have buttons for immediate access I'd go with the Android solution.
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