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Old April 16th, 2013, 09:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default S4 vs S3 speaker and screen visibility in the sun

I have a few major issues with my galaxy S3 and I'm wondering if they have been addressed in the S4. I think I'd actually buy the S4 outright if they were improved quite a bit. I can't seem to find out if they just moved the location of the speaker or replaced it with a better one.

1) The speaker on my S3 sucks. I can barely hear people on speaker phone unless I'm in a totally quiet area. When trying to show people youtube clips with any background noise people have to get right up next to the phone.

2) I basically can't see the screen if I'm outside and the sun is out.

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Old April 17th, 2013, 12:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Check GSMArena.com review as they have all this info.
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All I know is the speaker on the Note 2 is better than the S4's.
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One good thing I just read about the Galaxy S4 screen is that it is sensitive enough to use with gloves on. That is definitely a plus for me
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All I know is the speaker on the Note 2 is better than the S4's.
Interesting. How did you learn that?
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Old April 17th, 2013, 09:22 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Interesting. How did you learn that?
Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II - YouTube

Skip to 4:30 for the mic & speaker comment. There was another video review that claimed the speaker and earpiece was superior on the Note 2 but I couldn't find that one.

Found the other review...

http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Samsung-Galaxy-S4-vs-Samsung-Galaxy-Note-II_id3295/page/4
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Here's a review that more on-topic, as it directly compares the S4 and S3.

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III - Call Quality and Conclusion

The video version is here; jump to 7:00 for the comments on sound quality.
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The earpiece and speaker sound rather poor. Hmmm not certain I want it at all now.
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The earpiece and speaker sound rather poor. Hmmm not certain I want it at all now.
I wouldn't say poor, I would say they will be adequate, just not great.
For me neither of these are a priority as I make few calls and tend to use headphones, but I guess it depends on the individual
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