Best phones with front stereo speakers
0. phoneArena 13 Jul 2014, 08:12 posted on
Today, even the average smartphone sounds pretty decent. In fact, we're seeing more and more smartphones with front-facing speakers popping up, and these, without a doubt, deliver the best listening experience one can get on a smartphone...
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1. Settings (Posts: 242; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)
Wow a refreshing no-S5 article.
Its great way to use the extra bezel size and M8 got the best front speaker.
3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7647; Member since: 14 May 2012)
There have been plenty of articles in the past few days that weren't S5 articles - just so you know.
9. bbblader (Posts: 575; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
They could have reduced bezel size with placing the logo somewhere else
23. techspace (Posts: 552; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
The logo doesn't have anything to do with the size of the bezel.
35. Settings (Posts: 242; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)
Samsung might want to put that logo in somewhere, like in the back of the cover case. Its so fugly.
13. Ashoaib (Posts: 1285; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
PA is wrong... very few companies are putting front stereo speakers... so far HTC is using this construction in their phones or sony just introduced it
18. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7647; Member since: 14 May 2012)
The M7, which had BoomSound speakers, was released almost a whole year before the Z2 was announced.
24. dil2abu (Posts: 164; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
Sony had stereo speakers way back in W550i..
29. alexvoda (Posts: 6; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)
Motorola also had stereo speakers with synchronized RGB lights in 2005 with the ROKR E1 (E790).
26. MEeee (Posts: 214; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Samsung has one called Samsung Music smartphone with front stereo speakers released in 2012.
21. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3027; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Makes me wonder why butthurt OEM-only fanboys like you exist, can't we be just One android fans united. :p
31. The-Sailor-Man (limited) (Posts: 682; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)
How could the tech media are impressed of this BS front speakers on the smartphones?????
Are they real TECH media??? No!
Everyone who knows little about acoustic, knows that front speakers without the "acoustic box"(that the hands of the user makes), sound like a tweeters with no bass on such thin device.
Even the new TVs use the "acoustic box" of the wall behind to reproduce the bass. So thin panel can not reproduce bass AT ALL. No front speakers there. Right?
32. The-Sailor-Man (limited) (Posts: 682; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)
Or the answer is;
Serving the Apple-HTC...... (aluminium) contract???
33. Planterz (Posts: 660; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
Kwitcherbichin. Nobody is claiming that it's new tech. But it's definitely a feature that should be seen more often, and should have been seen earlier. These days, phones are used (more?) often as media devices than phones. Netflix, youtube, games, etc. Stuff we look at the screen to do. So why should the speakers face AWAY from us? Makes no sense. Front facing speakers do.
It's like wheels on luggage, or upsidedown ketchup bottles. Somebody should have thought this $#%t up sooner.
36. imMature (Posts: 77; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)
At least it's better than speakers that doesn't shoot the sounds to your ears. Oh, the hassle of having to cup the speakers just so you can hear to the sounds or constantly flipping the phone while playing music to change tracks (or even do anything) because the screen is on the other side..
You're saying that it's BS because it doesn't have much audiophile quality but practicality alone is enough for consumers. Even most laptops don't have great speakers.
7. Planterz (Posts: 660; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
I'd rather have the M7 than the M8 Mini. Same size, much better internals, better screen. The M8 Mini is a pointless phone.
5. realtrevor (Posts: 14; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)
And why is the BlackBerry Z30, because it's got great speakers?
6. LeBrownJames (Posts: 80; Member since: 17 Mar 2014)
Well it's obvious that HTC is the king when it comes to front speakers.
12. Slammer (Posts: 966; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
While I can perceive this as an opinionated review, there aren't that many other branded phones that use front facing stereo speakers. I suspect that this comparison is used to try and further prop up HTC as why it should be a consumers' best choice.
I am becoming annoyed and disappointed in today's tech editors. Rather than reporting in regards to the interest of consumers, the reporters are consistently using subliminal articles to push their device of choice. I understand the power of media to encourage an approval of certain products. However, beating a dead horse doesn't add credentials to the reporter's cause nor does it help the company.
I fully believe, due to experiencing this company, that HTC has a consumer relationship issue that is causing its sunset. I have written extensively to this company to share my concerns on why it is failing. I further ask that It's time the reporters use their clout to direct this issue to HTC rather than trying to act as the company prostitute. HTC needs help with integrals. Let's focus on that; Reporters should be working for the consumer. Not to give the consumer compromised offerings. It should be best of all worlds.
In defense to HTC, there is a lot to like about it. But, it has foregone much of what made it one of the fastest growing handset makers. This has caused its rapid down spiraling and as a supporter and perpetual purchaser of HTC for many years, I feel offended that HTC decided to ignore its diehard consumers in favor of enlisting a practice of another branded handset completely different in what we were looking for.
15. Ashoaib (Posts: 1285; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
this is called brain washing, powerful tool for angencies and also the powerful tool for marketing
22. Slammer (Posts: 966; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
I worked for a radio station back in the 70s. There was an oath amoungst the media that we should not use our status' as leverage for determining or influencing the people's choices. Today, this oath is skewed due to money generated by funded interests. I can only take articles written here as face value. I choose to retain the basic article for news and discard the opinion aspects. Until these sites become more serious with what consumers are actually interested in and looking for, rather than pushing what they personally like, we can consider the site as just a form of entertainment. Nothing more. These sites have the choice to be either an inspiration for legitimate consumer references or, remain a caustic web source of impractical knowledge.
I'm this close to wanting to have my own reference site that would actually fight for the consumer's interests for "creating" the best phones instead of accepting whatever the manufacturers "think" we need. That is what sites like this should be looking for as well. We all want the best with no compromises, yet, these sites seem to always go out of their way to make consumers accept the compromise.
14. takethree (Posts: 2; Member since: 13 Jul 2014)
I'm sorry but PhoneArena really got it wrong this time. Your selection is much too limited. Although the M8 sounds pretty good, it has nothing on the Lenovo S930 with its front facing Dolby speakers. Both in terms of loudness, quality or bass. It may have low end specs but it really got it right when it comes to the speakers! Go check it out!
17. Topcat488 (Posts: 1122; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
Good looking out, and excellent first post "takethree"... For $349.00, not bad. O.o
28. billgates (limited) (Posts: 555; Member since: 29 May 2014)
With all due respect you may want to reread the title. "best phones with front facing speakers " not "best speakers on a phone"
30. takethree (Posts: 2; Member since: 13 Jul 2014)
You should read my post again. Slowly this time. Better still, check out the Lenovo S930 and decide for yourself whether it fits the description.
16. DONUT (Posts: 285; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)
its really no surprise that the list is dominated by HTC since theyre the only big name manufacturer with a portfolio of devices with front facing speakers.
however, should the amazon phone be on the list when it hasnt even be reviewed? it seems like the list is made up of "whatever phones we can think of with front facing speakers" tbh
20. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3027; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Well no doubt htc One m8 has the best sounding speakers. Although I found the loudspeaker volume a bit lower than my Moto G's mono speaker. But that was not a synthetic test.
34. steedsofwar (Posts: 251; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)
Actually you'll be right that the Moto G is louder. In fact, in PA's synthetic tests, the Moto G was the loudest they tested.
25. MEeee (Posts: 214; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
2012 Samsung Music Smartphone with dual front speakers.
27. MEeee (Posts: 214; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
39. Eclectech (Posts: 61; Member since: 01 May 2013)
cool find...too bad the phone was never made available in the states. looks like it might have been developed close to the time the HTC One M7 was developed.
38. Eclectech (Posts: 61; Member since: 01 May 2013)
When I clicked on this article, I knew most of the phones were going to be HTC phones, because well, save for a couple options, no one else has front facing speakers.