I see the price is much lower than the £172.16 that appears on Amazon for this (sold by Roberts Radio). The radio geek in me says that while this may look and sound nice, if the internet goes down, it's less useful than at least a half-dozen other (and several cheaper) units with DAB / FM RDS and DAB / DAB+ actual radios that can work with no internet. As a "smart" speaker, yes, this could be useful, but if internet is involved I'd want support for TuneIn Radio and no need for subscription services (but of course that's just personal choice). PS I have not been looking recently so don't know if my 'ideal' device exists, but in its absence, being able to cast audio from an older smartphone may be enough... but clearly having some FM/DAB tuner as an input may be needed...
I'm the same as yourself. I've got a MagicBox Cleaver that were sold at Comet for £30, I think the deal was on here. The display has gone on it so it's effectively locked to one station (fortunately one we liked!) and I can never change the house WiFi credentials, otherwise it wouldn't connect! The ease of just pressing the button to turn it on is why it's still there. No looking for phones or having to tell it to stream this or that, press button / hear music.
I still have (and use daily) a couple of reciva devices. Still love them. There's something so handy about just pressing the power button on it and the radio immediately starting. I know what you're saying about our phones being capable of doing this, but there's a level of convenience with the internet radios that makes them just a bit more useful than getting your phone out of your pocket, launching the app etc etc.
Agree on both of your points.
In the past some devices have also become redundant because some internet radio stations have changed compression to formats the devices can't recognise. Also, I think these devices should come with an optical output.