Portable speakers for the iPod are nothing new; they've probably been around almost as long as the iPod itself. It follows then, that the debut of the Apple iPhone has also set off a number of portable speakers from numerous third-party manufacturers vying for a piece of the iPhone accessory market. One of them is Digital Lifestyle Outfitter's aptly named Portable Speakers for the iPhone. A truly portable device that can be disassembled and reassembled in a matter of seconds, these DLO speakers can even be used as a portable entertainment system for watching movies on your iPhone. We did find the lack of charging dock and volume controls a bit inconvenient, but that's not a big deal for such great-sounding speakers. That said, though, it doesn't make a very good speaker phone. The DLO Portable Speakers for iPhone is quite affordable at only $49.99.
The DLO Portable Speakers for the iPhone is unlike any other portable speaker we've ever seen. It consists of two speaker cups that can be attached to a rubberized circular base to form a football-like shape. In this ball-like shape, the device measures about 5 inches wide by 4 inches long, and is small enough to fit into a normal messenger bag. To reassemble it, just pop out the two speakers, and connect the two speaker cables to the base. A 3.5mm headphone cable can then be connected from the base to any MP3 player with a 3.5mm headphone jack, including the iPhone. When fully assembled, the cables tend to clutter and tangle a bit at the back, but it doesn't look too unsightly. The base is powered either via an electrical outlet or four AAA batteries. When laid flat, the base is about 2 inches tall. A simple toggle switch on the base powers the speakers on and off.