UE Blast vs. Boom 3

Take your party to the pool with a UE Smart Speaker!

Having a smart speaker that you can have out by the pool or even in the pool is a pretty great idea, especially if you consider that both models we’re going to look at are also bump & shockproof, meaning that not only can they withstand being submerged, but they can also handle a few drops, and tosses for your peace of mind.

Not only are UE Blast and Boom 3 smart speakers waterproof, but they also have impressive audio capabilities paired with a rich, deep bass to match, so you can enjoy your favorite tunes the way they were designed to.

So, let’s get right to it and see if you like the idea of built-in Alexa and WiFi connectivity of the UE Blast, or you prefer to unique functionality that comes with Boom 3.

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UE Blast vs. Boom 3— Differences

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  • Difference #1: Run-Time – A good run time is a pretty vital feature in any smart speaker, as it will determine how much of listening time you can expect from your device.

    While there isn’t a huge difference between the two, the UE Boom 3 has a longer run time of 15 hours, compared to Blast’s 12.

    As we said, not a big difference, but that extra couple of hours could come in handy at your next dance party!

  • Difference #2: Magic Button – Having on-device controls can come in pretty handy when you don’t have your smart device on you, or simply if you’re more old fashioned.

    Luckily, both UE Smart speakers have physical buttons that allow you to turn the device off or on, as well as regulate the volume.

    However, Boom 3 also comes with a function called the “Magic”’ button which allows you to play, pause or skip a track.

    Additionally, it also has a unique function that lets you simply press and hold the button, which will switch on the speaker as well as automatically connect it with your phone and start playing a preset playlist.

    This addition allows for a wider and more efficient way of controlling your smart speaker.

  • Difference #3: WiFi & Alexa – A pretty big difference between the two devices, is the fact that UE Blast not only connects with Bluetooth, it’s also compatible with your WiFi network!

    This means that you can take advantage of UE Blast’s in-built Alexa voice assistant for hands-free control over your smart speaker, as well as other connected devices.

    Additionally, this means that you can access even more streaming partners such as Spotify, Deezer, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and more!

    Keep in mind that Alexa only works via WiF, so if your device is paired with your smartphone via Bluetooth and you decide to ask Alexa to switch off the lights, it will automatically transition to a WiFi connection if available.

    Having an in-built Alexa feature in your speaker is a great way to set the mood when listening to your favorite tracks, whether it be to dim the lights, or order a pizza, Alexa has you covered.

    However, some functions such as drop-in messaging, calling, and announcements that you’d find on Alexa enabled devices such as Echo Show 8, aren’t available for UE Blast.

  • Difference #4: App Control – Both UE Blast and Boom 3 offer app control which allows you to customize the EQ level to your taste, and pair up two speakers for that desired stereo effect for an enhanced audio experience.

    But there are a couple of differences between the two.

    For example, with Boom 3 you can take advantage of the Party Up function, to connect more than 100+ Boom and Megaboom speakers for an intense listening experience.

    Similarly, you also have the Block Party option, which allows you and your friends to DJ through your Boom speakers, and lastly, you can also turn on or off your Boom speaker remotely since it uses a WiFi connection, so you never have to worry about leaving on as you’re on your way out!

    While UE Blast doesn’t have the Party Up feature in the app, you still can connect up to eight Megablast & Blast Speakers for an immersive sound experience.

  • Difference #5: Size & Design – UE Black and Boom appear to be quite similar to each other in terms of design, they both have that cylindrical shape that’s both practical and modern, and can easily be fit into a cup holder in the car, or in your backpack’s side pocket.

    However, UE Blast is a tad bit larger with its dimensions of 5.6” x 10.1” x 5.5” vs. Boom’s 2.9”x 2.9” x 7.2” smaller measurements.

    Additionally, both speakers also come in a wide range of fun, dual-toned color options to choose from, that both suit your style, and give an aesthetic feel wherever you are.


UE Blast vs. Boom 3 — Comparison Chart

UE BlastUE Boom 3
Run TimeUp to 12 HoursUp to 15 Hours
Charge TimeUp to 2.5 HoursUp to 2.5 Hours
WaterproofYes, IP67Yes, IP67
Magic ButtonN/AYes
Micro USB Charging PortYesYes
Daisy-Chaining it with other UE SpeakersN/AYes
360° SoundYesYes
Shock ProofYesYes
BluetoothYesYes
WiFiYesN/A
Amazon AlexaYesN/A
Pairing RangeWi-Fi 330ft / Bluetooth 150ftBluetooth 150ft
Bungee HangerYesYes
Can be Paired with Another SpeakerYesYes
App SupportYesYes
Charging DockYesYes
Maximum Sound Level90dBA90dBA
Frequency Range90Hz – 20kHz90Hz – 20kHz
DriversTwo 1.4” Active Drivers and
two 3.2” x 1.5” Passive Radiators
Two 2” x 4” Passive Radiators
Dimensions5.6” x 10.1” x 5.5”2.9” x 2.9” x 7.2”
FinishBlizzard, Blue Steel,
Graphite, Graphite Black,
and Merlot
Dusk, Lagoon Blue,
Night Black, Sunset Red,
and Ultraviolet Purple

UE Blast vs. Boom 3 — Things in Common

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  • Audio Quality – In terms of audio quality, both UE smart speakers produce an exceptional sound that will make your solo listening experience or the summer pool party come to life.

    And because both devices create a 360° range of sound as well as a maximum sound level of 90dBA, you can also expect to fill even larger rooms or auditoriums with your favorite tunes.

    While some may say that UE Blast may produce a richer and deeper sounding base with its dual active drivers and passive radiators, there really isn’t that much of a gap in terms of sound quality.

  • Waterproof – You can bring your smart speaker everywhere! As both UE Blast and Boom 3 have an impressive IP rating of 67, meaning that they can withstand being completely submerged in water for up to 30 minutes, as well as remaining dust and shockproof for adventurers and campers out there.

  • Bluetooth Pairing Range – The Bluetooth range between the speaker and your smart device is up to 150ft, which is actually pretty impressive and gives you the ability to change the playlist or turn on the device from much further away.

  • Charging Dock – You have the ability to charge your smart speaker absolutely anywhere when you’re on the go! As both models are compatible with a portable charging dock that will ensure the party can keep on going!

    And when you’re at home, simply plug in your speaker into an outlet via the micro USB port.


UE Blast vs. Boom 3 — Accessories

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If you’re planning a big move, or are particularly cautious about your new smart speaker, be sure to check out this LTGEM Case for Ultimate Ears Blast, it will keep your new device snug and protected for an added peace of mind. Same as this LTGEM EVA Hard Case for Ultimate Ears UE Boom 3.

If you decide to opt for UE Blast and are excited to try out the Alexa voice assistant function, you might like the idea of including an Amazon Smart Plug with it.

This handy tool will turn any electronic appliance into a smart one that you can have hands-free and remote control over!


UE Blast vs. Boom 3 — Our Thoughts

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When choosing between UE Blast and Boom 3, it’s not really about the sound quality as they are both very similar in that aspect, it’s more about the fact if you wish to own a speaker that supports a WiFi connection, and comes with an added in-built Alexa function.

The benefits of that being, more options when it comes to audio streaming platforms so more choice when it comes to podcasts, audiobooks, music, and more, as well as the ability to have hands-free control over you smart speaker and compatible appliances in your home.

However, if you prefer something more simple and are happy with a Bluetooth smart speaker, then UE Boom 3 is a good option to go for.

It also comes with other perks such as the Magic button function and better app features.

Last update on 2020-08-09 at 03:59 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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