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Old 20-06-2009, 01:55 PM
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Nokia Smartphone Speakers: The BoomBox factor!

In which I report on a usually forgotten feature of all modern Nokia smartphones - their stereo speakers. Why are these important (to me) and what sort of variation is there in volume and quality? I think you're going to be rather surprised - I know I was!

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Old 20-06-2009, 02:04 PM
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When you get your hands on it you should throw the i8910 HD in the mix, I would say the speakers on that could rival the 5800

Old 20-06-2009, 02:29 PM
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I care too. my i8910 has great speakers, and the stereo crosstalk is amazing when watching films with proper audio encoding. I think there are a lot of ways loudspeakers could be in handy, such as GPS navigation etc, but also, sometimes I feel like listening to music or w/e's on the phone and dont want to shove anything in my ears, such as when I'm at the beach with friends, this allows me to still be "social" with them, headphones just cut you off from the rest of the world.

the N97 probably sounds thinny because in practice the phone has to pack the battery, camera, keyboard, mothetherboard and speakers in half the space of a 5800..

Old 20-06-2009, 02:43 PM
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I think it's very important. I use my N95 8GB for podcast's, music & iPlayer and 80% of the time use the speakers. And i'm very happy with it, with Bass Booster on.

Old 20-06-2009, 02:53 PM
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Jon Pritchard:

I care a lot about the quality of speakers they should all be at 5800XM level and clarity.

Old 20-06-2009, 03:13 PM
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How do the speakers on the old E90 compare to those on the 5800XM?

Old 20-06-2009, 03:17 PM
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Talking Love the 5800 speakers

and they came in very handy a few weeks ago when at a busy party. We eloped to a quieter place with no music, and used Mobbler to tune in to over the great speakers. When I woke up te next day however, I wondered where my 3G credit had gone!

Old 20-06-2009, 03:18 PM
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very important to me too

theres loads of situations that loudspeakers come in handy and i wish they would be at the level of the n95 or above

the 5800 is so clear and loud and even better then the n95 it makes it a pleasure to use the sat nav and listen to mp3s on my desk at work , its also nice to be able to hear a conversation loudly and clearly when using handsfree in the car etc

i think that the n95s loudspeaker and above should be the the sort of standard we are looking at today

my n96 is jsut to tinny compared to my n95 and my 5800 just rips both to pieces

shame to see my next phone the n86 is lower then the n95 thatll be a bit dissapointing too

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Good round-up, but I'd be more interested in a comparison of the quality of sound through the 3.5mm connectors.

Old 20-06-2009, 03:33 PM
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I find the speakers on my E90 incredibly useful, mainly for listening to podcasts at work (or even in the car); I have no experience of other phones in this respect, but I find them more than loud enough under normal conditions.

However, I suspect it's one of those things that manufacturers frequently underestimate the importance of...

Old 20-06-2009, 03:48 PM
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As an N97 owner and a podcast junkie, I find absolutely no fault with the N97.

Since the N97 has an FM transmitter, you can connect it to an actual boombox. I do this myself with my N97 in the bathroom with a boombox I got 15 years ago.

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Very disappointed

Oh no! Podcasts are one of the main reasons I was hoping to by an N97. My E61i is awful for podcasts (no bookmarking) (and slightly broken) and my ipod is giving up on me.

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I think the N85's speakers could be a little bit better so i use its FM transmitter to listen to AAS podcasts when at home or in the car, and if walking i use headphones, so for me the built in speakers are adequate.

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Congratulations Steve. The chavs of our country now know which phone to buy for there mini concerts at the back of our buses and trains,

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That's the first negative thing I've heard from anywhere about the N86. Shame.



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