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Old August 17th, 2011, 07:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Desire S problems & alternatives

I have two big niggles with the Desire S. One is the quiet volume levels on both ringer volumes and headphones (I think the speaker is poor quality too). I have missed lots of calls due to this. The second is that it loses signal easy in poor reception areas.

Does anyone know if these problems also exist on the Incredible S or Sensation?

Can anyone recommend a none-HTC alternative?

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Old August 17th, 2011, 09:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The volume and quality on the Desire S ringer and mp3 player/radio are average, although better than on previous HTC phones. If you're in Europe, volumes are usually capped to comply with EU rules. Some mp3-player companies don't seem to comply or they may allow the user to change between European and Rest of the World settings. I haven't found anything conclusive one way or the other regarding HTC and their position on this.

There are review sites which test the decibel level of phones - voice, music and ringer - e.g. here. However, given that there maybe at least two models of some phones (a European and Rest of the World version), you need to be clear which model they were testing. E.g. was it a European model or Rest of the World model, as this might mean the phone will be volume-capped? Again, the picture here is unclear.

Then there's the volume vs quality debate. Some phones may be louder, but their sound quality won't be great.

Swings and roundabouts. You pays your money...

PS Have you tried any of the 'volume boost' apps on Android Market? (But see above re: volume vs quality.)

And a good pair of headphones/earbuds always help.
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Another thing.

There are a couple of sound settings in Menu > Settings > Sound that may be causing the volume on your phone to ring quietly, namely 'Quiet ring on pickup' and 'Pocket mode'. Make sure you have them set up for your usage of the phone.
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