Forget the battery... what about the speaker !!!


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  1. albert_htc

    albert_htc Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I don't seem to have any issues with the Desire's battery, seems to last quite well for me.

    But the speaker is pretty bad. Tried to have a conversation using the handsfree and had to turn the volume upto full.. At which point the voice distorted very badly.

    Is it just me or is the speaker pretty bad ! ??
     

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  2. Sybex

    Sybex Active Member

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    The speaker on the Desire is not good, I think it's the only thing that lets this hanset down....
     
  3. ynwa

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    The speaker is really low, and i struggle to even hear the phone ringing if its not right beside me. I also have really low sounds over headphones, as do many others, but not all.
     
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    CarsnGadgets Well-Known Member

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    Its not 'terrible', yes it does distort at full volume, but to be honest I dont need it at full to hear the ringtone, make calls or hear movies/music?

    the iPhone 3G speaker is way better, but remember, this is a phone, not A hi-fi or TV.

    Look how thin the Desire is, and how much tech is packed inside it, its not surprising that the speaker is a bit small. :D

    Perhaps there was a dodgy batch of speakers... but mine is fine for every day use.
     
  5. albert_htc

    albert_htc Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I wonder if different roms make a difference...

    I'm on O2 using there default 2.1 rom.
     
  6. delinear

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    Hmm, agreed the speaker is generally not great in terms of distortion but volume-wise it seems fine to me. My ringer volume is one notch up from silent and I never have a problem hearing it, my call volume is two presses above silent by default, again it generally seems fine, so maybe it is something in the software (or maybe I just have hypersensitive hearing).
     
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    Speaker is not stereo, so theres al imit on how good it is. I wouldn't recommend trying to watch a movie with it, unless you are using headphones, in which case the sound is excellent.
     
  8. furious duck

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    I think it depends what you're used to. I've come from Nokia's and I'd class the speaker as being pretty bad compared to my previous 3 phones. I can't use the speaker as a speaker phone in the car for example which is pretty poor. Great phone overall though so I'm willing to forgive this particular foible.
     
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    I had a "thing" about the speaker which i duly got lambasted for on the T3 podcast! Its poor, but then again that is not its strength.
     
  10. ynwa

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    My volumes are set at max. And the ringtone is very hard to hear. I wouldnt hear it from another room, and struggle to hear it in the same room if i had the tv on. My old Nokia N95 was many times better than the Desire.

    And when listening to media or FM Radio over the headphones, again i have the volumes at max and they are still too low. And i dont actually like my volume too loud!

    My Desire was a TMobile UK handset that i bought off ebay and immediately debranded.
     
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  12. albert_htc

    albert_htc Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    A review can make anything look good :rolleyes:
    Compared to my old phones N95 8GB, 6230i (!) this is very quiet..

    I can live with it, but would have hoped for more..
    At least I'm not moaning about the battery:p
     
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    wellibob Well-Known Member

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    speaker imho on the Desire is poor compared to other phones, i just live it , and enjoy what is good :rolleyes:
     
  14. delinear

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    Hmm, wonder if it is somehow being limited by the software then - mine is from O2 with the stock SenseUI, could it be changing the ROM to debrand it has perhaps kicked in some kind of safety limit?

    I know some countries have artificial limiters in place on things like music players to prevent damage to your hearing, maybe something like this has been enabled in the OS (as it's obviously not a speaker issue if you're getting the same problem with headphones).
     
  15. danny2001k

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    When I use the phone in the car - Volume is set at max and I can hardly hear someone when talking via loudspeaker and the Navigation directions are very low too... I have to close the windows, stop the music and pay a lot of attention to hear :(

    Can you change the speaker? Take one from another phone/store?
     
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    Strange thing is, from reading other forums, ive found some users were having the same problems as me on t-mobile firmware. They fixed the problem by debranding their handsets. though this didnt work for all of them.
     

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