Bose SoundLink Mini vs Beats Pill

Bose SoundLink Mini vs Beats Pill

I’ve recently been in the market for a really good portable Bluetooth speaker that I could use when traveling. With all of the hype around Dr. Dre’s Beats Pill and the Bose SoundLink mini, I decided to try both in a head-to-head battle to see which one I would spend my hard earned money on. Both are great iPad and iPhone accessories!

Are you team Bose or Beats? Feel free to leave your comment below…

The first thing for me was presentation and we were in an age where the eyes have it!  Whether it’s food, cars or every day purchases, we start with our eyes and what things look and feel like. The Beats Pill kills it on this one!  

They took so much care to set up the packaging to look as if you purchased this from your local pharmacist instead of your local electronics store.  While the Bose SoundLink Mini does come nicely packaged it’s still pretty basic in comparison to the Beats Pill.

 Presentation goes to the Beats Pill.


The next factor for me was price, weight, battery life and cases. In this battle of the Bose SoundLink Mini vs Beats Pill, both of these portable Bluetooth speakers will run you $199 and you can even catch the Beats Pill on sale for $179 from time to time.

The Beats Pill weighs just 10.5 ounces, while the Bose SoundLink Mini comes in at a solid 1.5 pounds. Both portable Bluetooth speakers claim battery life up to 7 hours, however the Beats Pill comes with a 30 minute auto shut off feature to conserve battery life.

Case: Beats Pill – Yes. Bose SoundLink Mini – No (However you can purchase a travel case and cover separately).

Price, Weight, Battery Life and Case: With all things considered, I’m calling this one a tie!

Sound Quality While I’m no “Audiophile”, I do appreciate the high quality sound of music.

The Beats Pill has a lot more treble than base. I expected more thump coming from the Dr. Dre brand.

The Bose SoundLink Mini really delivers on sound quality, it’s just amazing to me that they get such outstanding sound, including great base, in such a small speaker!

Sound Quality: Hands down, the winner on this one goes to the Bose SoundLink Mini.

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Bottom line: I was looking for a top quality portable Bluetooth speaker to use while traveling, it had to be compact and deliver outstanding sound.  

My winner in this battle of the Bose SoundLink Mini vs Beats Pill would have to be the Bose SoundLink Mini based upon sound quality alone! 

Click Here To Check Out Bose SoundLink Mini Reviews On Amazon

Are you team Bose or Beats? Feel free to leave your comment below…



  1. Trent Larson Larson on July 16, 2014 at 2:32 am

    Not only does the Bose mini Sound link destroy the pill. Its the best BT speaker on the market. Including the bigger Sound link III. As for Beats.. They are absolute junk. Why they command so much money is due to ignorance and marketing. Their headphones are trash as well. So many others destroy beats like Hardon Kardon, Bose, Sennheiser. But seriously, the mini Soundlink is the best BT speaker at this point in time. Its crazy that Apple paid billions for Beats. But I know they like selling stuff that gets really high profit margins like Beats. But no way in hell they are worth the asking price. It literally costs less then 20 dollars to make a beats head set. Everyone who buys into that gets ripped. Even Dr. Dre was amazed and surprised that people pay this much for this stuff. He is a billion air now. There are a ton of other devices that would have been a closer match. BT Beats devices don’t even make it in the top 10 IMO. Jambox is another over priced load of crap for those that are looking. But even the big Jambox sounds loads better then the pill. Just buy the Bose and be done with it. You will not regret it. These are new start ups that don’t know what they are doing. Bose has been making audio devices since the 60’s that I am aware of.

  2. Alex London on October 9, 2014 at 6:01 am

    I wouldn’t consider myself an audiophile either – but one thing I know is that Beats headphones are overpriced rubbish. Compare them to a pair of Grado’s for half the price and you’ll see what I’m talking about. I actually own a previous bose sounddock which since the change in iphone’s charging point now needs an adaptor. The sound was impressive but a little controlled for my taste – still, was the best dock of all the ones I tested. I’ll give the Bose sound link a try out!