Apple Watch Speakerphone Volume

TheralSadurns

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Hi everyone.

Just a quick question.

I received my Apple Watch today and tested the speakerphone.

I have to say... the volume is pretty low. Much lower than using an iPhone.
I'm aware of the fact, that it cannot be AS loud. But just how low is the volume supposed to be?

At max Volume in an otherwise totally quiet room it seems okayish. But that is it.

I know some people around here had complained about the low volume too, and a few even got replacement watches.

So this goes out especially to those people. How loud is Apple Watch supposed to be?
 

rhsmd1

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Apr 27, 2015
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Central Florida
Hi everyone.

Just a quick question.

I received my Apple Watch today and tested the speakerphone.

I have to say... the volume is pretty low. Much lower than using an iPhone.
I'm aware of the fact, that it cannot be AS loud. But just how low is the volume supposed to be?

At max Volume in an otherwise totally quiet room it seems okayish. But that is it.

I know some people around here had complained about the low volume too, and a few even got replacement watches.

So this goes out especially to those people. How loud is Apple Watch supposed to be?
not very. its a watch, not a phone. grow up!
 

papbot

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May 19, 2015
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I'm not sure what background noise you have but I'm able to have a conversation with my wife while sitting at a desk with my arm on the desk, not held up to my face. It's not something I'd frequently do but it's quite acceptable. With a tv on and the AC on I can hear her appropriately.
 

baller1308

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It's not that loud. I would maybe want it a little bit louder, but at the same time I don't want it loud enough so everyone starts having conversations on their watch. I prefer it to be used in a private setting.
 

TheralSadurns

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not very. its a watch, not a phone. grow up!
With all due respect... stop trolling.

I asked a serious question. I am, as I already stated, we'll aware of the fact that AW is not a phone. However, using the speakerphone with both the TV and the AC on seems almost impossible to me. Hence the question.

I'll probably have to go to the Apple Store to test/compare this with another watch. But thx for the input!
 

NovemberWhiskey

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With all due respect... stop trolling.

I asked a serious question. I am, as I already stated, we'll aware of the fact that AW is not a phone. However, using the speakerphone with both the TV and the AC on seems almost impossible to me. Hence the question.

I'll probably have to go to the Apple Store to test/compare this with another watch. But thx for the input!
Don't mind the fanboys who can't take legit criticisms of any Apple Product. His comment to grow up was rude and just makes him look bad.

The watch's speaker is very quiet. I thought mine was defective as Well when I first used it. It seems like it is a pretty common complaint. For those able to complain about their beloved product.

If I had to guess why, it's because this thing also has to be waterproof and likely has a membrane or enclosure surrounding the speaker. In order to produce sound, the watch has to be able to move air, and he membrane or enclosure may interfere with this. But that's just a guess.

Besides that, I absolutely love the watch.
 

papbot

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I'll probably have to go to the Apple Store to test/compare this with another watch. But thx for the input!
It may be hard to test this with the watches in the store, unless one of the staff has one that you can call and check the sound on. I'm not saying that I would want to take all my calls on the watch but when I've gotten a call, so far only from my wife, and the phone wasn't convenient, I have had a conversation with a tv or radio on in the background and for both of us it just sounded like a fairly tinny speakerphone conversation. For a short, quick conversation it has been adequate.

The realization that I didn't have to hold it up to my face for her to hear me was a surprise, and unless there's a lot of background noise I wouldn't have to do so to hear her either. But in general if I intentionally planned to make or take a call on it I would try to find a quiet spot. But that's going to be pretty rare.
 

iBlazed

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not very. its a watch, not a phone. grow up!
Totally unnecessary. People like you make the forums a more unpleasant place. Grow up.

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With all due respect... stop trolling.

I asked a serious question. I am, as I already stated, we'll aware of the fact that AW is not a phone. However, using the speakerphone with both the TV and the AC on seems almost impossible to me. Hence the question.

I'll probably have to go to the Apple Store to test/compare this with another watch. But thx for the input!
Some people are as good as useless. They talk a lot of crap from behind their computer screens as the Internet is the only place they can feel important. As for your question, yes, the speaker volume for phone calls is unacceptable for me as well. However, notifications are much louder. This makes me believe it's a software issue and not a hardware issue which means it could be fixed in a software update. Just my theory though. I'll probably go into the store to compare also when I have some free time.
 

TheralSadurns

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Thanks for all of your input guys. I appreciate it!

Guess I'll play it cool with the watch and try to find out within the 1yr warranty :)
 

jmiracle299

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Nov 2, 2015
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Don't mind the fanboys who can't take legit criticisms of any Apple Product. His comment to grow up was rude and just makes him look bad.

The watch's speaker is very quiet. I thought mine was defective as Well when I first used it. It seems like it is a pretty common complaint. For those able to complain about their beloved product.

If I had to guess why, it's because this thing also has to be waterproof and likely has a membrane or enclosure surrounding the speaker. In order to produce sound, the watch has to be able to move air, and he membrane or enclosure may interfere with this. But that's just a guess.

Besides that, I absolutely love the watch.
 

jmiracle299

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Nov 2, 2015
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I Totally Agree!!!!!! Speaker quality of Apple Watch suck, and if its not Corrected I wont be buying another, had better result with Samsung Gear and Martian watch both had excellent sound volume., for far less money!!!!!!
 

fox1401

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Sep 8, 2015
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It is too quiet that I can't make a conversation on the street even holding the AW close to my ear. Only works when I'm at home.
 

Vader2

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Jan 6, 2013
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Mine is pretty quit also. I admit that Inthought it was just me until I saw this thread - I have really poor hearing.