Reception, ringtone and voice loudness, in-call quality

In the age of smartphones there is a hype for megapixels, gigahertzes and display size. Even in professional reviews nobody actually pays attention to earpiece or HF loudness, nobody tests reception. For me those are crucial things in a phone: if your smartphone is out of range, you won’t be able to talk in a train for example. If the train is loud, and your earpiece is quiet, you won’t be able to talk. If your ringtone is not long enough, you will miss a text or call.

Here you can read about mentioned aspects in phones I tested personally. Hope this will be usable to someone.

LG GS-101

It’s a low-end 2G phone.

Reception: avarage
Earpiece loudness: very high
Earpiece sound quality: high tones high quality, middle and low tones flat
HF loudness: loud enough (the same speaker is used as for earpiece)
Long text notification sound available: middle lenght
Additional info: talking with max volume makes echo effect for you and your interlocutor

Samsung i600

It’s an old low-end Windows Mobile smartphone

Reception 2G: avarage
Reception 3G: avarage
Wifi reception: avarage
Earpiece loudness: low
Earpiece sound quality: flat
HF loudness: very loud
Long text notification sound available: long enough

Motorola Flipout

It’s an old low-end Android smartphone

Reception 2G: bad (transmitter has low power)
Reception 3G: very bad
Wifi reception: avarage
Earpiece loudness: very high
Earpiece sound quality: good enough (pre-definied equalizer settings available)
HF loudness: very loud
Long text notification sound available: long enough
Additional info: additional microphone to reduce environmental noises

Huawei U121

It’s an old low-end phone with 3G

Reception 2G: avarage
Reception 3G: avarage
Earpiece loudness: good enough but not loud
Earpiece sound quality: good enough, bass-oriented, distortions
HF loudness: loud enough
Long text notification sound available: long
Additional info: no full java implementation, opera mini doesn't work

HTC Desire Z

Mid-class Android smartphone with physical qwerty keyboard

Reception 2G: a bit better than avarage
Reception 3G: avarage, it fallbacks to 2G too often
Wifi reception: good +
Earpiece loudness: good but not lound enough for a train
Earpiece sound quality: good
HF loudness: not loud enough
Long text notification sound available: not long enough
Additional info: low vibration strenght

Samsung Galaxy Ace

Mid-low-class Android smartphone

Reception 2G: better than avarage
Reception 3G: very good
Wifi reception good
Earpiece loudness: very loud
Earpiece sound quality: good but high frequencies tend to hiss and earpiece tends to get broken and crack
HF loudness: loud
Long text notification sound available: not long enough
Additional info: best phone for loud train conditions I had

Samsung Galaxy Pro B7510

It’s an old low-end Android smartphone

Reception 2G: avarage
Reception 3G: avarage
Wifi reception: avarage
Earpiece loudness: enough but not comfort
Earpiece sound quality: good enough
HF loudness: loud
Long text notification sound available: not long enough
Additional info: sms messenger application hangs, no virbrate-only profile

Loud and extra long SMS notification sound

If you wish to have extraordinary notification sound, you can use this one from british band Autechre:

Extra loud ringtone

Believe me, it’s a nasty one. Taken from motorola’s „noisy”.

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