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Best Cell Phone Sound Quality (phone not service)

by apomb / June 18, 2009 12:50 AM PDT

I'm talking about the phone device itself. Not phone service, i.e. AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, etc.

Also not talking about music.

I'm talking, specifically, of listening to a person's voice when you hold your cell phone up to your ear.

What got me thinking about this was the criticism the iPhone receives about poor listening quality. Often hard to hear the speaker on the other end.

So, which phone has the best call quality (phone to ear, not service)?

Think about it. All the features of a phone are great, but, first and foremost, it is a telephone and purchased primarily for that...not for the camera, not for music. Next feature would be textmessaging (and that's a keyboard issue.)

Any good leads to sites or opinions out there?

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it's mostly trial and error, and personal opinion
by Pepe7 / June 18, 2009 7:32 AM PDT

Some handsets I've felt adequately loud for everyday use my parents felt were too 'soft' or 'muffled'. I've used the really basic Nokia 2610 (released by ATT) and it seemed like a phone which was (by price) proportionally good in that regard. For non-smartphones I've also liked the Motorola Vx (RAZR variants) for good sound quality, but again, YMMV. My ears are different than yours. Also, the network you are using a particular handset on can make a bit of a difference. Even service from the same carrier can sound a little better or a little worse depending on where exactly you use the handset. In this case, you may not like the way your calls sounds on a RAZR on ATT but like them on Verizon, etc. In this sense you could benefit from stating on which network you plan on using the phone you had in mind.


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A non answer
by marmillie / July 21, 2010 1:23 AM PDT

Dang I hate non answers and that is what this is

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Sound Quality Standards
by mwalk9lite / January 14, 2011 12:29 AM PST

Personal opinion? Acoustics represent an entire field of scientific study. I agree with the original poster completely. SOMEONE NEEDS TO FOCUS ON THE MAIN OPERATIONAL FUNCTION OF A PHONE: conversations via human voice. Does anyone have any information about cell phone sound quality? Anyone??!!!

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Hard to say
by birdmantd Forum moderator / January 14, 2011 1:36 AM PST

It is purely subjective of the phone user and hard to establish a simple rating. Each user may use the device differently and what one user experiences and may differ with another user. Kind of like trying a bed mattress, since there is no universal method to rate them. Wish it was different but there is no easy answer. Best advice is to try out the phone and speak with other users of the device.

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Sound quality
by drdwmd / May 7, 2011 9:58 AM PDT

Anyone who has studied acoustics should know how to test voice quality reception. It it hasn't been tested, just say so rather than claiming that it cannot be done.

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by birdmantd Forum moderator / May 8, 2011 8:40 AM PDT
In reply to: Sound quality

As stated, there is no standard set for voice quality and the overwhelming majority of consumers are not acoustic specialists. What my opinion is for the best phone may not be what you might think the best one is. The ONLY way is the the user to use different devices and/or speak with users to get a consensus of opinion. It cannot be oversimplified to come up with a conclusive standard.

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by drdwmd / May 8, 2011 11:12 AM PDT
In reply to: But....

Or read the review of best voice quality in cell phones in PC Magazine.

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Do you work for PC Magazine?
by birdmantd Forum moderator / May 8, 2011 10:06 PM PDT
In reply to: Or...

CNet also has device ratings and you wouldn't have to leave the current home page.

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Do you work for PC Magazine?
by drdwmd / May 9, 2011 12:58 AM PDT


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No problem
by birdmantd Forum moderator / May 9, 2011 1:10 AM PDT

I was only joking. All is good. Have a great day.

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You could always flip a coin too(!) (n/t)
by Pepe7 / May 9, 2011 12:05 PM PDT
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by savanajhones / May 22, 2011 11:12 PM PDT

It would be hard to say about whic is the best and which is the worst but i can just advice you to the nokia mobiles and samsung too.Otherwise it could be the networks' problem too.

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Best cell phone for call quality
by jmsheehey / July 20, 2011 4:30 AM PDT

I've had Tracfones, feature phones and smartphones from just about every manufacturer and service. Once I got an iPod Touch 4g, I realized that all I needed was a good phone. Luckily, I found the Doro 410 offered by Consumer Cellular. Head and shoulders above every other cell phone for voice clarity and volume. I never have to use the speakerphone, and you'd never know you were on a cell phone.

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You haven't tested enough phones yet
by Pepe7 / July 21, 2011 2:16 AM PDT

Not only is the Doro overpriced, but lackluster in sound quality, I'm afraid. We dumped that one for my inlaws and got them real phones.

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Cell phone with best sound quality
by saludares99 / February 7, 2012 12:07 AM PST

I'm still using an ancient flip phone called the Motorola V195s. Consumer Reports and I both agree that it has one of THE best sound quality on any phone out there. Sidenote: it also has the highest amount of radiation, but what can you do?

Still hoping that someone does a study on sound quality because I too rate this as the most important feature in a phone. I'm on my computer all day, so I don't need Internet capabilities!

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by birdmantd Forum moderator / February 7, 2012 2:57 AM PST

there is no definitive source to determine the best sound quality on a phone, kind of like rating the quality of a mattress. Best bet is to read online reviews and speak with users of the same device. The carrier can have a major influence on the sound quality. The same type/model phone may work different on other carriers.

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Consumer Reports
by saludares99 / February 9, 2012 11:10 PM PST
In reply to: Unfortunately....

Like I said, Consumer Reports does a quality rating for sound in their analyses, so it's a start. Unfortunately most of their latest phones have been hovering around the "fair" rating in this category.

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I upgraded my phone. (Link to product)
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 9, 2012 11:35 PM PST
In reply to: Unfortunately....
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i had get it
by markjosh / February 9, 2012 7:53 PM PST

wireless has good collection of the same you are looking for

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by mpshopping57 / March 28, 2012 5:32 AM PDT

I am one of the few blackberry users left but have been very pleased with the voice quality. I have no scientific data, consumer reports of the like to back me up. I have had limited exposure to how other phones sound, I was very discouraged with voice quality of the iPhone and a couple phones that I have used (borrowed to make receive a call) once or twice. I am on my second blackberry and am hesitant to switch brands because I love the voice quality of the blackberry.

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the problem is...
by Pepe7 / March 28, 2012 3:04 PM PDT
In reply to: Blackberry

All BB models don't sound the same to everyone, nor does a particular network function the same for any one of those BBs either. In this regard, there's nothing significant about my opinion or yours regarding voice quality of a particular handset. Too many variables and subjectivity to be very helpful. Another issue wrench is one person might be so used to the crappy sound of one handset they don't know what they could experience by switching to something else. <shrug>

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You are wrong
by Mr_Pseudonym / May 3, 2012 10:35 AM PDT
In reply to: the problem is...

There are some things that are better and there are some things that are worse. Just because the world isn't perfect is no reason to accept things that are worse.

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Sorry folks....
by birdmantd Forum moderator / May 3, 2012 11:13 AM PDT
In reply to: You are wrong

This thread was started in June 2009 and has run its course. There is no definitive answer to the OP's question and there is no point debating it further. There is no point in arguing this any further as there is nothing left to prove. Thread closed.

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