Product Type: Pure portable radios
Newest Review: ... a speaker dock instead. So much easier. Navigating through programmes is an irritating experience on the Pure Evoke Flow - not user fri... more
It's ok, but not up to Pure's usual standards
Pure Evoke Flow
Member Name: TheTallGuyUK
Pure Evoke Flow
Advantages: Great range of internet radio services
Disadvantages: Average sound quality, poor functionality, poor menu system
As a previous and very pleased owner of a Pure DAB radio, I decided to buy the Evoke Flow for the kitchen as I was attracted by the podcasts and BBC radio "listen again" features available on an internet radio.
It's not a bad product, but to be honest I have been underwhelmed.
The range of features is good, with access to DAB and literally thousands of internet radio stations as well as podcasts and listen again features. But it also comes with loads of niggles which have become so annoying over time (I've had this for a couple of years now) that the radio has ended up being relegated to the garage. For example:
Sound quality: It's ok, but nowhere near as good as on the Pure Evoke 2S I've had before. I bought the ancillary speaker which improved things slightly, but the sound quality remains no better than "ok".
Functionality: It can be irritatingly slow to start up when using internet services. Connecting to my home network and starting to produce a sound can take 30 seconds or so from pressing the on button.
Menu system: The menu system is not especially intuitive, and many functions require use of touchscreen buttons on the front that I have found are often erratic in their response to touch. Touchscreen buttons are not great in the kitchen either - wish I had thought that one through before I bought it!
Podcasts/Listen Again: I've given up using these and have plugged my iPod touch into a speaker dock instead. So much easier. Navigating through programmes is an irritating experience on the Pure Evoke Flow - not user friendly at all.
Summary: Not up to Pure's usual standards
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