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.
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?