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