For a "multimedia" device this sure has some shortcomings!!
Am I the only one out there getting very frustrated at how a supposed multimedia-strong device has volume levels all over the map for different applications?
- Google Navigation is flat-out unusable due to the low volume
- To listen to podcasts or music through my cassette adapter in my car I have to have both the media and car volume up to nearly full
-Phone calls that come through while using the cassette adapter are very low in volume in comparison, requiring more manual volume changes.
Coming from a Storm 2 it just feels a bit clunky and unfinished having to constantly tweak volume depending on which output and setting I'm in. In general the output via cassette adapter is entirely too low even with both volumes turned up.
Also, unrelated to volume...I'm almost positive when I bought the original Droid I could have it plugged into my stereo via cassette adapter and if someone called me I could actually hold the handset to my ear and talk into the handset microphone while listening to the incoming call through speaker. In fact I know I could because I was on a trip with my family when some calls came in and I had to unplug the headset so that the converstation was private.
However on the Fascinate while using a cassette adapter, I can hear the person on the other end through my stereo but they can not hear me. The mic is apparently disabled completely.
Is this something that happened with the latest update, or was it like this from the beginning?
One last thing...has anyone noticed a degradation in video quality (playing converted movies) since installing the VZW update?
- 09-28-2010, 08:05 AM #2
Something tells me that plugging the device in to a Cassette player via an adapter was not in the scope of Samsung's design. Not trying to flame you, let me be clear on that. I just think it isn't a tested scenerio.
I think there have been a ton of forum posts in regards to volume issues and a bunch of apps free in the market to help adjust volumes to the user needs.
With that said, the Fascinate is what a month or so old...if you remember the S2 and how many software updates have come out for it to get it to useable, I would say hang tight as I am sure Samsung with their Galaxy line is planning on addressing these issues in some updates.
For better or worse, we, the user are beta testers of new devices on the market. The high percentage of people who don't know what rooting is, or what an android forum is, are the ones that use the phones without a hitch.
I hope Froyo brings some exciting improvements. The beauty of having started off with 2.1 is that Froyo will make it feel like a "new" device all over again. At least I think it will.
ETA: Is using a cassette adapter really that different than a headset? They both use the 3.5 jack.
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- 09-28-2010, 03:50 PM #12Motorola Droid > HTC Aria > Samsung Captivate (Serendipity 7) > Virgin Mobile Optimus V (CM7) > Motorola Atrix > HTC Flyer
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Please don't blame your phone unless until you are certain you have a high quality source.
- 09-28-2010, 07:33 PM #16
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When you plug something into the headset jack, the phone looks for the mic feed from whatever you have plugged in. So, if you are using a normal stereo connection, then you won't be able to talk. You can probalby find an adapter to connect both a mic and the cassette adapter in to the jack on the phone.
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I've enjoyed my Fascinate's multimedia features very much.
The built-in equalizer is a great addition to the music player.
Videos on my SD Card play wonderfully on the SAMOLEDas well.
Moreover, I have had no issues with the volume whatsoever.
It's been loud and clear.
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- 10-05-2010, 01:51 PM #25
What is a Cassette Tape? That is what my daughter asked me when it came up a few weeks back. Seriously. You are worried about the tech on your phone but still have a tape deck in your car? I don't use tapes or CDs in the car anymore. I currently either listen to music off my Storm2 or stream Pandora.
Holding out for the Incredible HD as my phone replacement. Hoping that it happens soon...my Storm2 is feeling really old right now.