Originally Posted by EarlyMon
Emphasis added because your mileage may vary.
I use my phone speaker very often and am dissatisfied nearly half the time.
If I get the One then I'll be set on that, and will pick up the JBL Flip when it suits my fancy (I'm sold on that).
If I get the SGS4 then I'll be getting the JBL Flip on the same day, no option for me on that.
Phone calls are not all about the screen, neither is enjoying music at my desk courtesy of my phone.
The trade-off that you won't use or see creates the requirement for an immediate accessory purchase for me.
No kidding - choosing the larger screen for me means often I'll have to carry and charge two devices rather than just one. And I may just do that. But just the SGS4 alone or continued use of an inadequate speaker phone on many occasions? Not my choice for my next upgrade, or it won't be an upgrade.
I use headphones as well - but at my desk or in my lab, they're inconvenient and the speaker use is inconsiderate to no one.
As I like to say, your mileage may vary.
Originally Posted by Slug
It depends on the end user's priorities. I had a customer in today to upgrade her phone to the One. Last I'd heard she was sold on the Xperia Z, but when I asked what had changed her mind the answer was "the amazing sound from those speakers - summer camping parties are going to be beastly!"
I know it's a single data point, but it illustrates nicely how something that's inconsequential to one person sells a device to another.
both points well made. we all have our own use cases and also what we observe others doing. my experience and observations are mostly in business or public settings where it's very uncommon to see people listening to music without headphones. what people do in their private settings is another thing.
even so, i still find it interesting that touchscreen smart phone users would say speaker quality is more important to them than screen size\quality. i forget that this may not be the sentiment on a large though.
that jbl flip does look kind of interesting. not sure i'd use it often, but looks like a nice impulse purchase. lol