Full Review of Sonos Controller for Android – A soundtrack to your home

Posted by on April 2, 2018

Sonos is a fancy and overpriced comprehensive audio-system that has been designed to create an immersive sound atmosphere in your house.

Its central gimmick is that it’s High Definition, wireless (works through Wi-Fi) and therefore semi-mobile – you can transport the system from one room to another without any apparent complications.

Sonos Controller for Android is an app created to let you control your own Sonos system with ease and grace – let’s see if it lives to our expectations.

Publisher: Sonos, Inc
Last update: 1 year ago
Size: 18.02M
Compatibility: Android 2.2 and up, requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Price: free
Get it on:  Google Play

One app to rule them all

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sonos is a system that is pretty easy to install and control. The app seems to be the final touch and the icing on the cake in the intuitive ecosystem of that brand, saving you $ 349 – a price of an analog Sonos controller.

It enables you to:

  •    Turn your mobile gadget into a full-scale remote control.
  •    Select/group the music zones throughout your home.
  •    Perfectly synchronize music streaming – especially handy if you’re hosting a party.
  •    Choose songs from the Music Library category conveniently divided into Artist/Genre/Album/Composer etc. groups.
  •    Organize your own playlists.
  •    Stream music from digital services – Napster, Spotify, Deezer, Last.fm and others are at your disposal.
  •    Play the news/broadcasts directly from the real-life, terrestrial radio.
  •     Control the volume, mute/unmute, skip tracks, etc.

What an impressive functionality list! But to be honest, my favorite part is about saving almost $400 by directly loading it from the Google Play.

As an additional bonus from Sonos (no rhyming intended), you get Amazon Alexa that understands your voice commands and will be glad to dig through the world’s music catalog for you. The score is 9/10.

A bucket of criticism

However, it’s not all positive about this app, and there’s quite a considerable list of complaints that must be rubbed in the Sonos’ face brought to Sonos’ attention:

  •    After a while it searches forever or even stops accessing certain radio stations for no understandable reason.
  •    Making Sonos work after changing ISP leaves a lot to be desired.
  •    It has no YouTube or SoundCloud support which is a major bummer.
  •    There’s no music-search option through the folders of your device.
  •    Perpetual updating will give you a tedious sigh after first three times and a tantrum after the fifth one.
  •    The application never becomes dormant; therefore your battery gets drained 20% quicker.
  •    It unjustly assumes the role of the “most important app” on your gadget.
  •    All of a sudden the app may stop the song in the middle leaving you in a state of confused silence.

Interface

And that’s only half a problem. The interface of the application cannot, by any means, boast of intuitiveness and convenience – it’s rather clumsy, convoluted and barely responsive with a big tendency to go glitchy periodically.

I realize I might sound paranoid, but this entire Sonos mobile app thingy seems to be an elaborate scheme of tricking you into buying the actual analog controller. I just have no other explanation of why it is so bad, obnoxious and undercooked. The score is 6/10.

Performance and Usability


If you have something to say about this app and make own review – write me.

None, at least not to my knowledge. To be honest, the only good thing about this app is that it’s advertisement-free. But again it hardly can be seen as something valuable since the app fails to do what it’s supposed to and the sound system itself costs a lot. The score is 3/10.

Cross-Platform Use

Sonos Controller compatible with both iOS and Android. The score is 9/10.

Verdict

Sonos Controller for Android could be a nice little treat for the company’s customers. However, due to poor technical implementation, it turns entertainment into a misery, simultaneously ruining your phone battery.

So far it deserves only half a star out of five stars which are somewhat shocking since the sound quality of their acoustic systems is pretty good.

6.8

Features

9.0 /10

Interface

6.0 /10

Performance and Usability

3.0 /10

Cross-platform Use

9.0 /10

Pros

  • Easy to use;
  • Free;
  • Good features.
  • Advertisement-free.

Cons

  • Poor technical implementation;
  • Fails and crashes;
  • Clumsy interface.


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