Forget that this Sony looks uncomfortably like a handbag because it's actually one of the biggest bargains in hi-fi right now.
Battery-powered Bluetooth noisenik
This sonic handbag has NFC so you can pair your phone or tablet with a touch, standard pairing controls for non-NFC devices and buttons for power, play/pause, volume and phone calls. There's also a 3.5mm input for kicking it old-school and, with four AAs onboard, you can swing this baby around town for 'up to 20 hours'. There's nowhere to keep a lippy though.
Pairing is really easy, thanks to that NFC, and you can take hands-free calls (with added swearing from your mates) on it. Once you're up and running, the BTM8's 2x2W output pushes out a decent amount of weighty bass, with good control and a high level of detail.
Occasionally there's a touch of thinness to the treble, but of the most part it handles a variety of music rather well. It's happy with high volumes too, maintaining composure even as you crank it up a few notches. If the styling appeals – it's also available in white – go for it.