One of the least talked about things on a smartphone is its audio output. Don’t get me wrong, people do talk about it. But compared to camera, battery life, and other considerations, audio output is one of those “nice-to-haves” rather than a necessity. Sure, we love our front-firing speakers, but at the same time, we’ll happily accept a rear or bottom firing speaker if the rest of the hardware is up to snuff. We might ding it in the review with a sentence or two, but that’s about the extent of it.
I recently wrote a piece on the things I’d still like for iOS to do before I’m ready to fully commit and move from my One M9 to an iPhone. Most of those things were features I’d essentially just like to see ported over from Android, but if that’s the case, why wouldn’t I just stick with what I have? I mean, if Android already has the features I want like custom launchers, tight Google integration, and gesture typing, what sense would it make to switch to a totally different platform? Well … the iPhone has some pretty sweet [...]
A good audio experience is one of the biggest deciding factors for me when I’m looking into buying a new smartphone. “Does it have front-facing speakers?” “How loud do the speakers get?” “What about earpiece sound quality?” Especially given how much music I listen to and how many YouTube videos I watch with my friends and coworkers on a daily basis, having loud, clear sound no matter where I go is important to me.
Ever since the One M7, HTC has become sort of a household name when it comes to smartphone audio. Its BoomSound speakers are louder than just about anything else we’ve [...]