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    Default Galaxy S5: Speaker loudness and quality

    Is there any definitive word on the loudness of the speakers and the quality? The first Russian review said the speakers were very quiet and not loud because of the ip67 certification, which makes sense because this is the same case regarding the sony z1 phones. Newer reviews on YouTube states that the phones speakers are very loud, which is opposite of the first review. Anyone had first hand experience at all with a demo unit at all?

    I have the phone on reserve for the launch, as long as the speakers are as loud as the s4 or the note 3, then that should be fine. If it's really low because of the ip67 rating then that's a deal breaker and I'll have to go with the m8. Mainly because of my work environment, I need a phone with loud speakers
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    They have them available to play with at Best Buy and AT&T... U should go to ur local one and test it out

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    I'm in Canada. Unfortunately there are no demo units at the retailers here.
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    I played with one at best buy and the speakers were not very loud

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    Quote Originally Posted by socacola View Post
    I'm in Canada. Unfortunately there are no demo units at the retailers here.
    I played with one at the Samsung Store in Vancouver, it was fairly loud in store and the only music they had on the phone was the "Over the Horizon" song so not exactly the best song to test speaker loudness with. With that said, the S5 was quite load and could easily be heard, I dont think there should be any concerns regarding the speaker.

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    Anyone tried using YouTube app to play a few videos to test out the speakers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by socacola View Post
    Anyone tried using YouTube app to play a few videos to test out the speakers?
    I did it, it seemed the same as my s4. It was very loud in the store, so a little hard to judge it. The phone gives off a vibration on full volume.
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    Yeah one of the reviewers said the same thing that the backplate rattles if the volume is set to max. Well guess we will have to see until the official release if this is for only some of the devices or all of the devices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by socacola View Post
    Yeah one of the reviewers said the same thing that the backplate rattles if the volume is set to max. Well guess we will have to see until the official release if this is for only some of the devices or all of the devices.
    You really can't be expecting there to be no vibration at all? Its the nature of sound waves, there has to be some vibration. The iPad Air does it, my Xoom and S4 do the same thing.

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    Doesn't do it on my s4
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    Quote Originally Posted by edgefever View Post
    Doesn't do it on my s4
    You don't feel vibration through the back cover when the phone is at max volume? I find that hard to believe.

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    Only if I put my finger over the speaker. S5 you feel it everywhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by edgefever View Post
    Only if I put my finger over the speaker. S5 you feel it everywhere.
    On my S4 I feel vibration all the way up to about the half way mark of the device.

    As I was thinking about it, I think the vibration is more pronounced on the S5 due to the IP67 rating. If water and dust can't get in then the sound coming out is also impeded by the water resistance. I guess some of the sound waves get routed through the device instead of directly outwards and in turn cause the vibration.

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    I could see it bothering someone if holding it for long periods of time on max volume without a case.
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    What about the phone vibrating along with the music? My s3 still does that and it annoys the heck out of me. I heard it had to do with a haptic feedback option that I can't access anymore. Please tell me that's not also going to be an S5 issue too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by smooth4lyfe View Post
    They have them available to play with at Best Buy and AT&T... U should go to ur local one and test it out

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    Which AT&T stores have them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Worlds2See View Post
    What about the phone vibrating along with the music? My s3 still does that and it annoys the heck out of me. I heard it had to do with a haptic feedback option that I can't access anymore. Please tell me that's not also going to be an S5 issue too!

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    It's only when you play music on max volume. Not haptic vibration. The phone rocks, can't wait to get it. I only play music through the speaker when I'm not holding it so no worries there. I am going to go naked on this one, has a great feel to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coolhandbane View Post
    Which AT&T stores have them?
    Someone on this site said they did...come to think of it it's probably not true

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    They do
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    Quote Originally Posted by smooth4lyfe View Post
    Someone on this site said they did...come to think of it it's probably not true

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    My At&t shop had a white one on display yesterday. Others have confirmed as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by edgefever View Post
    It's only when you play music on max volume. Not haptic vibration. The phone rocks, can't wait to get it. I only play music through the speaker when I'm not holding it so no worries there. I am going to go naked on this one, has a great feel to it.
    I am planning to go naked with the S5 as well but I'm worried about the camera. It protrudes quite a bit and I would be scared to set the S5 down on its backside because of this. For this reason I think I'm going to end up with a case on my S5 just to protect the camera.

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    My S4 and Note 2, and 3 never rattled on max volume. So if the s5 really rattles to the level I think it does then that will be annoying. Guess I'll have to wait until release.
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    I wouldn't call it a rattle. It just vibrates a little be when it is on max volume. Definitely not a deal breaker. I have a two layer case on preorder and I'm sure it will help or muffle it out completely.
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    Has anyone done a compare between the M8 and the S5? I am leaning toward returning my HTC and waiting for the S5. The one thing that would stop me is if the S5 is a lot quieter than the M8. I listen to a lot of music and audiobooks on speaker - other than that, my wanting to switch is because of the removable battery, better camera and the split screen functionality. If no one has done a comparison, I may head over to the BestBuy tonight and pull up the same YouTube music video on both and hear it for myself. If that's the case, I'll report back and let you know my thoughts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by keri2000 View Post
    Has anyone done a compare between the M8 and the S5? I am leaning toward returning my HTC and waiting for the S5. The one thing that would stop me is if the S5 is a lot quieter than the M8. I listen to a lot of music and audiobooks on speaker - other than that, my wanting to switch is because of the removable battery, better camera and the split screen functionality. If no one has done a comparison, I may head over to the BestBuy tonight and pull up the same YouTube music video on both and hear it for myself. If that's the case, I'll report back and let you know my thoughts.
    I guarantee you the M8 will sound much better than the S5. I used the M8 for a few days and absolutely love the speakers. I'm going to give the S5 a try and see which one I like better. I have the S4 now and always have to "cup" the speaker to hear it. Not in every instance where the sound is on but you get what I'm saying. Too bad the M8 speakers aren't on the S5!

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