Nov 14th, 2012 publishUpdated   Nov 28th, 2012, 5:56 pm

Use the promo code PHANBOT to get a special deal on the Go groove Palbot: only $21.99 with free shipping!

We’re halfway through publishing our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide, but I couldn’t resist sharing the awesomeness (and special PHANBOT offer) of the desktop android robot speaker called “Palbot”. It looks great, sounds great, it’s LOUD, it’s portable, the design/function was well thought out, and it gives you that Android robot love that emobdies the very personality of Phandroids around the world.

With the holidays coming up, the Go Groove Palbot makes an exceptional gift, and you’ll see it as one of my Editor picks tomorrow for the 2012 Holiday Gift Guide. But I wanted to spread the holiday spirit around a little bit, so figured I would give one away, in addition to sharing some more detail on the actual device.

First of all, the Palbot is versatile: it can play music from ANY device that has a 3.5mm headset jack. That could be your phone, your laptop, or anything else so long as its got a 3.5mm port. The Palbot is as plug and play as it gets which was refreshing, and with 2 foot long cord, it’s simple as pie to plug it in to whatever you’d like without having to shuffle things around.

When I first plugged the Palbot in I was surprised how LOUD it was. This thing really rocks! I had my phone (Galaxy Nexus) on full blast, plugged in the Palbot expecting it to up the ante a bit, but this little guy took things to another whole level. The Pal Bot is like a portable dance party. Actually… let me show you exactly what I mean:

I was a bit worried that the loud music would cause the Palbot battery to drain quickly, but my concerns were alleviated for several reasons. First of all, the Palbot plays music continuously for 6 hours on a fully charged battery. Secondly, with a standard MicroUSB slot tucked neatly under the audio out cord, getting the Palbot charged is simple. And when it needs a charge, the glowing blue lights will turn purple and blink to signal you’re robot buddy is thirsty for some juice.

All that being said, after listening to music on my Palbot for an hour, I accidentally left him on before leaving for a weekend trip. On Friday I turned him on, accidentally left him on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, and he was miraculously full of energy with eyes glowing blue when I returned. So if you’re not constantly playing audio, Pal Bot lasts much much longer than 6 hours on one charge.

I’ve actually had the Palbot for over a month now and I’d say he’s become a desktop companion. I hadn’t owned desktop speakers in quite some time and had constantly deferred to headphones for listening to music which was outrageously annoying. Now, I keep my buddy on the corner of my desk and he acts as a great decoration. When I’m plugging away, I’ll turn on some tunes (long-time Phans may recognize Ronald Jenkees as some of my favorite work music), pull the Palbot cord, and let the audio fill up the room.

Initially, I was also concerned that the back facing speakers would cause the audio to noticeably sound distant since it faced away from me. This was absolutely NOT the case. The Palbot has a subwoofer on the bottom and 2 back-facing speakers that are incredibly full bodied. At under $30 this thing is really a steal and I have no problem recommending it for yourself or as a gift to any Android enthusiast. Or even give it to your iPhone loving friends: it only needs the 3.5mm headset jack to work, and they’ll love it so much that even if they hate Android, they won’t be able to resist keeping it on their desk for all to see.

I love my Palbot and if you’re looking for holiday gifts, you should definitely take advantage of the $21.99 PHANBOT promo; it’ll only last for about 36 hours or until supplies last. It’s normally about $70 and it would be worth it at that price, but it’s discounted during the holidays for $30. At only $21.99 for our readers with free shipping? No brainer.

While ALL of you should order a Pal Bot for yourself, one of you will get a free Pal Bot. How can you enter to win? Simply add us to your circles on Google+ and comment on this post. And while you’re at it… considering circling me up, too!

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