Other companies are just as capable of creating impressive hardware.

As we work to bring you our full review of the HTC One, we wanted to step back and show you one of the most unique features of the phone: BoomSound, which is what HTC calls their front-firing speaker array on the front of the device. Does this make a difference? Yes, heck yes. Whether it’s using the loud, distortion-free speakerphone while on a call, getting more volume from your ringer, watching a YouTube video at a comfortable volume, or using the music player act as a boombox, louder (and clearer) sound from a phone is a feature that really changes the way you use the phone. While the sound lacks bass, there’s plenty of high-end and midrange punch to make these speakers sound better than on any other phone available.

In this video, we try to (unscientifically) capture the maximum volume levels from the HTC One, Galaxy S 3, iPhone 5 and Nexus 4. While the video shows just slightly louder volume for the One, in person, it’s a pretty dramatic difference.

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