It’s immediately obvious why the Beats Pill has been given that particular moniker: It’s shaped very much like a the kind of capsule you find in a medicine bottle — although at 1.8 (diameter) x 7.5 in. and 11.5 oz., it’s a bit large for human consumption.
The Pill’s speaker grille (which protects four small front-facing speakers) is divided in the center by a solid strip of plastic that holds a large LED (decorated with a prominent “b”) that shows when the power is on; above it are the volume up/down buttons. On the back of the device are the power button, a 3.5mm line-out port, an audio-in port, a small LED that shows you if Bluetooth is engaged and a micro-USB power port. According to the vendor, the Pill offers about 7 hours of play time.
Alone of the four speakers reviewed here, the Pill comes with NFC — if your smartphone or tablet is similarly equipped, you can to tap it on the Pill to connect it. A small light on the back indicates whether an NFC connection is in use. I tried it with my Galaxy Nexus smartphone, and after a few seconds of holding the phone to the Pill, it made a Bluetooth connection. Which was fun, but to tell you the truth, just pairing it normally via Bluetooth was a lot easier.