iPhone User Volume...Eh?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Tom R, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. Tom R macrumors member

    Oct 13, 2009
    Hi All...I am looking at either a Blackberry Storm or an iPhone...my first venture into "smart" phone world.

    One of my criteria is "volume" in normal use (not speakerphone volume). Yes, I must admit to being a bit older than the average user on this site...
    60+...and my hearing no doubt reflect my age. Don't get me wrong...I ear but just "not like I used to" :)

    A couple of "younger"friends have iPhones and have said volume is not great. My current ancient flip phone has volume that can be set quite loud if needed. Even though it preceds speaker phones...you can almost use as a speaker phone on high volume setting.

    Question...are my friends correct? Is the volume less than "some" may want/need?

    Is there an application that can ramp up volume...again...not talking speaker phone volume????

    Also, I have not looked into Blackberry yet...anyone familiar with BB Storm (and other BBs) volume?

    Sorry if this is a boring question...but it is important to me inorder to have a great functioning phone.

    Thanks You...Tom R...1st Post
  2. bstpierre macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2008
    Why don't you try making a phone call on one of your younger friend's iPhones and see if you can hear well enough or not?
  3. Unspoken Demise macrumors 68040

    Unspoken Demise

    Apr 16, 2009
    Try retail stores for the phones with working models and make a few calls. I can say from personal experience I feel as though the iPhone speaker leaves something to be wanted. You may need to try yourself.

    Welcome to the forums!
  4. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Do your friends have 3G iPhones or the newer 3GS? I find the 3G to be very quiet but the 3GS to be MUCH louder.

    Then, as Unspoken Demise suggested, if you have an Apple store near you just go in and call a friend on one of the demo phones. Turn on the speaker phone and turn up the volume using the buttons on the side of the phone.

    If you can hear it in a busy Apple store you should be fine anywhere!
  5. MasterDev macrumors 65816

    Sep 14, 2009
    I have a pretty big hearing loss, and the iPhone does it for me. Most of my friends are annoyed when they have to use my phone since it's so loud...
  6. medicscott macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2009
    san diego
    the volume is horrible on the 3G, but it does only have one little speaker, so cant expect much!
  7. CheesePuff macrumors 6502

    Sep 3, 2008
    Southwest Florida, USA
    I also don't have the best of hearing and I have the 3G S and keep the earpiece volume at 3 notches below full and find that it works great. Only in a crowded bar or other similar area do I have to put it all the way up and press it against my ear. The speakerphone though is useless unless you are in a quiet room. Even in a moving car with the windows up and radio off its just barely useable.
  8. Konz macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2009
    I was sitting next to a friend who was talking on her 3GS the other day and I could hear every single word that was coming through it (it wasn't set to max volume or speaker phone either).

    I'd say it's pretty damn loud...
  9. Tom R thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 13, 2009
    Thanks...it appears that the 3GS has better volume??

    Is there a logical reason for that?...Sorry I am an accountant and there MUST be logic for every truth :)

    Thanks...Tom R
  10. Gyrferret macrumors regular


    Jan 19, 2009
    Not to flame, but the BB Storm has pretty good volume IMO. I thought it better than my friends 2G iPhone. But, maybe parts have changed by then....
  11. AbSoluTc macrumors 601


    Sep 21, 2008
    I think the 3G and 3GS have the same volume honestly. I am hard of hearing and can't tell a difference.
  12. admo macrumors member

    Aug 24, 2009
    I have found volume for both regular ear speaker and speakerphone quite a bit softer than my old free low-end verizon flip phone. I usually have volume close to max for it to be just about right. I'd say it is equal volume as my old flip phone was when it was at 50%.
  13. Tom R thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 13, 2009
    Thanks...do you find it "Not OK" "Just OK" or "Really Good"?

    Sure is tough to get old(er) :) Tom R
  14. the.sheepdog macrumors regular


    Oct 13, 2009
    Central FL
    I have pretty pronounced hearing loss from all those years on the flightline listening to jets go After Burner and even worse the generator dash 60's.

    I find the GS volume fairly low. You could raise the volume by using a bluetooth headset of some sort. Some of those can get big loud.

    I may do that myself.:apple:
  15. Tom R thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 13, 2009
    Others agree?? Tom R
  16. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040


    Apr 20, 2009
    The volume is fine. It can be set very loud. Read the replies and you'll see many have ignored the question and are referring to the speakerphone or just speaker. Your question is about the earpiece. It is plenty loud. :)
  17. None Such macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2006
    Yeah, it's fine.

    Also the speaker, everyone tells me they can hear me more clearly now. One person could even hear the parrot that was on Aladdin that my kids were watching. The volume in both areas is great. I'm talking about the 3GS, I couldn't comment on the 3G or previous models.
  18. michael31986 macrumors 68040

    Jul 11, 2008
    speakerphone could be louder, but the speaker on the phone itself when speaking on the phone normally is fine. i mean if they want to increase that too im ok with it!
  19. capt601 macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2008
    I had the 3G and have had the 3GS since the first day, and on both phones I have had to turn the volume all the way up, and it is still not enough. and I have good hearing. coworkers 3gS phones are the same. very poor earpiece. if there is any noise in the area (even slightly), it is almost impossible to hear.
  20. AbSoluTc macrumors 601


    Sep 21, 2008
    Earpiece is "Good"
    Speakerphone is "Ok"

    Both could be better. There is a fine line between loud and distorted. Lots of phones can get LOUD, but when they do, they distort. So it's useless. Anyways, I am happy with the phone. I can hear everything 99% of the time. Sometimes I miss a call but it's because I have a custom ring tone and it can be hard to hear in noisy environments.

    Yeah, same here. I had my 3G maxed out and did that with my 3GS. However I have taken my 3GS down a 3 notches and I can still hear everything just fine. If it gets noisy, I have to crank it up. It could be a bit louder for sure.

    Also, custom ring tones can also cause issues. They themselves might be too low in volume. The type of ring tone you have can make it not as loud as well. It's all in what you hear better. Certain sounds will be louder to you than others.
  21. Tom R thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 13, 2009
    Good info.

    Anyone had a Balcberry Storm? How would you compare volume...not speaker phone??? Tom R
  22. ThatsMeRight macrumors 68020

    Sep 12, 2009
    3Gs volume is just about fine. 3G volume is less loud. I've got no problems with it and I can always hear the people.
  23. Moi un Mouton macrumors 68000

    Mar 18, 2008
    Bracknell UK
    I'm similar age to you, I did think the 2G phone was too quiet, but the 3GS that I got recently is the best phone for volume that I've ever had. Good loud ringtones and good clear earpiece too.
  24. i3igsmooth5769 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 28, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I had a first generation iphone and now a 3gs.....and my biggest complaint about these phones would be the earpiece volume....speakerphone is almost unusable in a car as somelese mentioned. the earpiece is not the greatest either...but this is my opinion. other than that...its an awesome phone
  25. Frosty1 macrumors member

    May 8, 2007
    no idea what these ppl are taking about but ok

    I have both the storm (work) and the iphone 3GS (personal) and let me tell u the ear piece and the speakerphone on the BB Storm is ALOT better/clearer and loader then the 3GS its not even a comparison, if u want something load the BB will definitely do the trick

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