Right off the bat, we take notice of the ultra-compact form factor of the Griffin SmartTalk Solar – simply, it’s both lightweight thanks to its all-plastic casing and easily encompassed by one single hand. Although it seems somewhat hollow, the plastic body maintains a clean appearance at all times, with no smudges or fingerprints ruining its pristine look. Even though this thing gets its charge through the normal way of using its microUSB port, it stands out from other things we’ve checked out, for the simple reason that its solar panel in the rear that can absorb light rays shining down on it – thus, charging up its internal battery. Essentially, it’s quite possible that you might not ever need to actually charge it the usual way, seeing that it comes with a suction cup holder that attaches onto your car’s windshield.
Now it’s worth noting that this is mainly going to be used for talking to people via Bluetooth, meaning, it doesn’t allow us to output music on our smartphone to it. Nevertheless, it still features some modern conveniences such as multipoint technology to allow two devices to pair with it. In our quick testing, the audio output of the speaker isn’t the strongest – therefore, you’ll want to try and minimize any background noise that might muddy up the conversation. As it stands, you can pick up the Griffin SmartTalk Solar for $69.99, which some might find more than reasonable, especially when it can be powered by none other than the sun.