Latest iPhone 5 has the loudest iPhone speaker, like, ever

Latest iPhone 5 has the loudest iPhone speaker, like, ever
Apple touted the new speaker set it has put in the iPhone 5, and said it went from three to five magnet transducers inside, despite a smaller foot print than the previous one.

We now have an objective test to confirm that the speakers in the iPhone 5 are stronger than in all of the previous iPhone models, measured with a decibel meter.

The final results are as follows, and interestingly enough, the new iPhone 4 redesign at the time rolled back the speaker strength significantly compared to the 3GS:

                                                                    ● iPhone 2G: 91.0 dBA
                                                                    ● iPhone 3G: 95.0 dBA
● iPhone 3GS: 97.6 dBA
● iPhone 4: 92.8 dBA
● iPhone 4S: 97.9 dBA
● iPhone 5: 100.3 dBA

source: iClarified

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iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)

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21 Comments

1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Great test. How about testing the handset speaker (the one that works during calls)? I have heard from friends who say the iP5 handset speaker is not as loud as the iP4S handset speaker.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's not too loud, but very clear.

2. pgbeckec

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

+1 for the Taylor Swift reference in the title... Love it haha

10. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

t-swift fan...

3. samystic

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

Phone Arena did not feel a need to test the loudest Galaxy (there are 10 trillion of them), Optimus or Lumias... why does Apple need so much attention? samystic

4. wattabulb

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

Bro....The test was conducted by Iclarified not PhoneArena!!

7. samystic

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

may i correct it and still say why does Apple attention like this when there are better handsets? samystic

18. cfprelude

Posts: 140; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

because there have been complaints about the weak speaker volume on iphones especially since iphone4 redesign.... I've Never complained about my speaker volume on Droid OG, Thunderbolt, Bionic, RazR, Nexus, or SGSIII but have had issues hearing voice navigation on iphone 4 and 4S so i'm glad to hear the 5 is louder.

5. wendygarett unregistered

volume test? more like a cencer test >.

8. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

What are you on to this time around?

9. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Are you referring to a sensor test? If so, what sensor? Decibel meters are an objective way to test sound level.

15. nexttime

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

At least change the photo back to the hot babe, I will love your senseless comment with joyful view.

6. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

wow, had a hard time differentiating the iPhones..

11. mrbtree

Posts: 59; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

gsmarena's loudspeaker test found the iphone 5 to be below average compared to it's nearest competitionhttp://www.gsmarena.com/apple_iphone_5-review-822p5.php weirdly the iphone 4s did better than the iphone 5

12. Bozzor

Posts: 248; Member since: May 02, 2012

Beat me to this by 5 minutes - yes, this is weird. I think it is possible that Apple may not only be using different screen suppliers for the iPhone 5, but possibly different speaker suppliers. I have compared a 4 iPhone 5 phones to my 4S, using the same YouTube clip, max volume: 3 were definitely softer, but one was noticeably louder...go figure.

13. mrbtree

Posts: 59; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

my parents had the iphone 4 and they could barely hear it (in there 40's+) and now have the galaxy note and s3 and no problems for them. the htc one x is also alot louder than iphones

14. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Call me crazy but isn't it always the best ever compared to previous iPhones?

16. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I know this is a little off topic, but seeing all those iPhones side by side.... Apple's design is boring and tired. I still dont get why this phone keeps selling.

19. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Yo iP5 dudes, don't drive your iphones to the maximum output trying to compare which is louder. The speaker grill might loosen up, you never know...:P

20. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Yo iP5 dudes, don't drive your iphones to the maximum output trying to compare which is louder. The speaker grill might loosen up, you never know...:P

21. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Let me guess, they have "The most advanced sound in the world."? Who cares about this? Who walks around playing music on their phones on loud like a boombox? That was cool on the old Motorola flip phones 6 years ago.

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