Originally Posted by Outatime
Thanks for the input guys! I really appreciate it.
Hey Joe, since you're an old GNexer too... how's the volume on the S4?
I've found the volume to be markedly improved, but I was still missing some calls if I had the phone in my pocket. I think my homemade ringtones weren't recorded loud enough (the stock ones work better), so I found some louder ones on the web and re-recorded the ones I was using before by boosting the audio with Mp3 Gain. Problem solved.
One thing I've noticed, though, is the volume decrease if you have a case on your phone and lay it on a flat surface. I took care of that by laying the phone on my desk at work halfway on an extra mouse pad. This way the camera lens doesn't get scratched , and the speaker is not laying directly on the desk (simulating the "bump" on the back below the speaker of an uncased S4). Haven't missed a call yet (even if I'm 50 feet away from my desk)!