Over the course of 3 years, 4 Flips from the latest 2 generations were "road tested" in the water bottle cage of my bicycles. None of these new devices played for more than an hour and a half at my preferred volume. Even when conservative with volume these devices never reached anything nearing 3 hours of play. "12 hours" is some unchecked corporate P.R./B.S. Two of the devices died just past the one year warranty, one prior. The company deemed that average cosmetic wear such as superficial marks made by the bicycle bottle holders this device was so obviously designed for overrides their offer of protection and instead offered a discount for more of the same defective junk which could only be spent at JBL/Harman Kardon's website. That one died in months.
Using the current bluetooth standard and dust-proofing are not upgrades. These so called improvements address none of the problems we face as consumers. Try owning one and attempting to have it repaired. You'll discover no repair centers, not even parts. Your needs will be deflected. Their answer is waste more while JBL / Harman continues the planned obsolescence of your plastic electronic devices. Given the cost to our planet a one year lifespan is unacceptable. Just like a drug that sweet sound will keep you wasting money and destroying your environment. The horrific part is that JBL / Harman Kardon / Samsung is aware that they're making literal garbage but once you're hooked you have no recourse.
CLASS ACTION SUIT AGAINST SAMSUNG?