SE Vibration - loud?

TheBrokenBee

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I have had my SE for over two months now. The vibration has been fairly loud since the beginning. I went to an Apple Store today and notice the one out for display had maybe 10-20% less noisy vibration.

Is this disparity common? Or do I have a lemon? It's just loud vibration that sounds like a hair trimmer.

Both the display and phone sounded similar mine was just slightly louder.

I think I just got used to the taptic engine on the 7.
 
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KAB2010

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my SE vibration is far louder/more jarring on a table than my work phone 6S is. Just older vibration tech I suppose.
 

Relentless Power

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In my opinion, what you are hearing is a different vibration engine in the iPhone SE compared to the haptic engine in the iPhone 7. My iPhone SE does have a somewhat louder vibration compared to the haptic engine on the iPhone 7.
 

TheBrokenBee

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It is possible the vibration motor has worked it way loose which will make it louder.
Thats just how mine has sounded since day 1. It wasn't very different from the display model but it was just about 10-15% louder I'd say.
 

TheBrokenBee

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If it is as loud as you say, ask Apple if they will repair/replace it for you.
Everything else about the phone is perfect so I am not really looking to exchange. The screen and other buttons are solid. I was just curious about the slight variations in noise levels thats all.
[doublepost=1499713744][/doublepost]Here is an example of the sort of difference I am talking about.
 
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Everything else about the phone is perfect so I am not really looking to exchange. The screen and other buttons are solid. I was just curious about the slight variations in noise levels thats all.
[doublepost=1499713744][/doublepost]Here is an example of the sort of difference I am talking about.
If the buzzing is a little on the metallic side, it could be loose. My neighbor's SE was perfect when he got it but all of a sudden the vibrate feature got loud and rasp. The opened up the back at the Apple store and found the vibration motor was loose. They just glued it and it was normal after that
 

TheBrokenBee

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If the buzzing is a little on the metallic side, it could be loose. My neighbor's SE was perfect when he got it but all of a sudden the vibrate feature got loud and rasp. The opened up the back at the Apple store and found the vibration motor was loose. They just glued it and it was normal after that
I mean if it was loose - it should sound different if I move it at different angles while its vibrating, right? Or sound different if I shake it while it vibrates? Mine doesnt do any of that so I dont think its loose.
 

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I mean if it was loose - it should sound different if I move it at different angles while its vibrating, right? Or sound different if I shake it while it vibrates? Mine doesnt do any of that so I dont think its loose.
I honestly don't think your haptic engine is likely loose. If it was unnecessarily loud, then I would be concerned. If it's just slightly louder, as you mentioned you're used to the iPhone 7 haptic engine. What you could do, is if you want a validated second opinion in person, is make a genius appointment with Apple and have them look at it.