The Retro Touch Speaker takes the same intriguing technology found in thumbsUp!'s other touch-based speakers, and gives it a retro style, complete with a big dial for controlling the volume (a bit of control the Mini Boombox didn't have).
Without forcing you to pair your device over bluetooth to the speaker or connect any audio cables, the Retro Touch Speaker picks up the sounds that come out of your smartphone's speakers and boosts them to an impressive volume, and as an added bonus, you can even use it as a charging station, though that requires having the speaker plugged in via its USB port.
Also like the Touch Mini Boombox, there is also an 3.5 mm audio jack in case your music player of choice can't get close enough to the Retro Touch Speaker's receiver, though I found I actually didn't have to use the cable this time. Given the thick case on my iPhone, I find that most devices tend to not really fit all that well (including the Mini Boombox), but not so here. Even with the Otterbox Commuter case on my phone, the phone easily rested in the cradle and the audio was still picked up to be amplified.