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Moore's Law - it's not a law, damnit!
I get so bothered by seeing "Moore's Law" mentioned. It isn't a law, it's a prediction that has been true for a while but I don't see it being illegal to break this law or any threats of arrest should it not be upheld. It's a stupid, asinine phrase that gets mentioned almost all the time when talking about new CPU technology.
NB: I sense that perhaps I have deeper issues than "Moore's Law" but that doesn't mean I'm wrong.
Re: kiddo might have been a Reg reader...
It's also known as a rimshot and this very handy site will perhaps give you an "Ahh!" moment.
Re: Just about as sensible...
Sounds (somehow) worse than Facebore and their "anything you post we can use for free, forever" terms. I don't do a lot of photography but some I do like to show. You have to look painstakingly through T&Cs of any site in case they're allowed to use your stuff without having to ask permission. Sites like Facebore may make sharing things easy (too easy?) but I bet a good % of people have no clue that they're giving up rights to photos by posting them.
I'm glad this was pointed out really although I doubt I'd use it much / more than Dropbox which is mainly for passing files between computers / synchronising things between devices to me.
Re: 4G... just what we need!
You could had I not heard of nightmares dealing with problems :/ From many things around both 3 and GiffGaff are great until you have a problem and need to contact their customer service. Even if you ignore that I just signed up to a 24 month (UGH!) contract despite swearing I never would previously. For a communication company they sure have a hard time keeping up with what should be obvious by now. Some people want more data allowance. Minutes and texts aren't that important to me and I'm fine with 100 mins (I have) and would be ok with even 1,000 texts (unlimited currently) if it meant I could get what I had back. T-Mobile, why did you change your smartphone plans from 3GB a month? :(
4G... just what we need!
With current phones having barely a day of battery life in them do we really want a 4G radio in there sucking down the juice so hard that we go to barely half a day of battery life as normal? Technology advances are fantastic and as someone that loves technology in general I'm always keen for improvements and new things but it feels like far more effort is put into making things faster, smaller and thinner than is put into making longer lasting or more capacious batteries.
It makes me angry to see EE whine over this. The current network isn't what you'd call speedy but I do get around 2 - 3Mb/s on average which suits me fine. What makes me angry is that data is capped as such tiny figures and they're pushing for 4G which has higher speeds and consumes more data but their highest plan (T-Mobile) is 1.5GB a month. I'm stuck on a 750MB a month deal and don't consider myself a heavy user but even after doing all app updates and installs over WiFi and cutting down on what I do I'm averaging just over 25MB a day. That just about keeps me in my cap and means I'm now afraid to use the phone in case I go over.
Data has become the new text messaging for networks - stupid limits, prices that aren't really that good and costs if you go over. Withat said, and in T-Mobile's defense, they do say nothing happens if you go over and you can keep browsing but that just adds to my frustration. Mobile Twitter / other sites you use is not why I got a smartphone. I could do that on my ancient N95.
Oh dear.. I recommend a lot of strong drugs before Manos and Birdemic or at the very least watch the MST3K version of Manos and get a Rifftrax to help with Birdemic. If you choose to watch it without commentary might I suggest having a friend or relative check on you after a set period of time?
Re: Actually quite like it
I had to send my HTC Desire HD off for repair at the end of last year due to a hardware fault (speaker blown) and the only backup phones I had were a G1 and a Motorola Milestone. I took the opportunity to buy a second-hand Samsung Omnia 7 for £150 on fleaBay because I had been curious about WinPho7 and almost bought into it instead of Android when I got my G1.
I figured it wasn't a bad price for a fairly new handset with no marks on it and I got it within a week. Unfortunately, coming from Android I was used to being able to set things up my way, how I wanted and customising it to suit me and WinPho7 has very little in that department. The choices you seem to end up as, "pick one of these options", with no third-party customisation. Is that a bad thing? That depends on the user and what they want really. I can see the appeal in terms of simplicity and keeping things consistent through the phone experience but it won't be for everyone.
In the end I decided that it was a pretty good phone, my first experience of of Super AMOLED left a lasting impression, and the OS was ok but that it only had the potential to be more. Right now it feels like a lot of recent games - sell the core product and then add DLC / updates later. The only difference is the OS updates are free (to date). They need more functionality to attract customers, you can't sell minimalism as a feature when people are used to having tons of choice with Android and the shiny-shiny of Apple. Yes there will be people who it will appeal to but not in massive numbers.
Nokia hardware has generally been pretty good, it's the software side that has let them down since the N95 onwards and even that was a mess in terms of options hidden in menus within menus and more menus. Nothing was intuitive. I haven't owned or used an N8 so I can't comment but I hear a lot about how it was a fantastic camera and decent UI experience. It says a lot when I'll be looking to pick up a second-hand Nokia N8 over a Lumia and WinPho.
From Android 4 (yes I know..) you can disable bundled apps and preinstalled crap. One of the first things I did when I got my HTC One X was disable Stocks and Teeter. Damn I hate Teeter..... it just won't die!
Service status pages - ever updated?
Over years of using the internet and various services I've never known service status pages to be all that useful because they're hardly ever updated. The idea of them is pretty good but with that lack of updating they may as well not have them.
I'm happy to be proven wrong but I believe the point of the One series is that this is supposedly the only three handsets they're releasing this year. I don't know where this was said, I'm going by what someone else said so it could easily be wrong. If true though it would point to them taking last year seriously. A high-end, quad-core phone. A middle tier dual-core model. The budget model.
I've heard how bad HTC support is (was?) but it isn't really an issue for me. When my Desire HD speaker broke I took it to T-Mobile, they sent it off for repair and it was back in a week. That was at Christmas. The battery size could've been larger but I'm hoping the Companion Core will keep battery drain down even if that screen wants to slurp it down. I think the lack of SD card is down to MS and their FAT tax as much as design limits too.
Would I like a larger and removable battery? Hell yes. I've been pushing and pleading on an HTC run site for a minimum of 2000mAh battery in future phones, not to mention the return to a multi-colour notification LED, and a lot of others are screaming for more battery over thin phones but we've yet to see anything. Then again this has only been up and running for a few months so even if they take everything we say into account it wouldn't have made it into the One X. I think last years lacklustre phones really hit them hard so they're trying to listen to criticism. You only have to look at the new Sense to see that too.
Upgrade time for me and as with quite a few around here I'm using the Desire HD so this is going to be a pretty huge upgrade for me. Do I need quad-core? Nope, and I don't play many games on phones, but I do think its best to go for the best available. It means it's more likely to be updated than if I opted for an older dual-core model.
There's an Undo option?!
It's perhaps telling that I'm asking the reviewer how you Undo things on this app. As they noted it has a lot of potential but needs work. They updated the app yesterday from v1 in response to it crashing a lot. There's another app done by some people who worked on the Courier project called "Paper" by Fiftythree. The app is a lot more polished and intuitive but lacks the browser, image pasting etc of Tapose and while it's free you have to pay for all but the basic erase and pen.
Seems like Google changed so much in ICS that it's proving very difficult for all manufacturers to update it on existing hardware. I'm not sure why as I'm not a coder, just someone reading about the issues slowing development of the CyanogenMod ICS release.
WiFi isn't what I'd expect from anything using an N signal. I was surprised when I lost connectivity near the front of the house last week. I wanted to see how the screen would handle bright sun (quite well actually) but losing signal completely had me confused for a minute until I realised why pages weren't loading. If I use my Desire HD I can still see the signal half way down the street.
Both devices can access wireless N, one is new, one is around 18 months old. If I had to guess which had the worse signal I'd be picking the 18 month old phone but it isn't. Even sitting in the same room as the router I don't always get full signal and while it isn't really an issue for what I use it for it doesn't bode well.
I'm specifically asking for T-Mobile as I'm currently with them and my contract is up for renewal right now. I can see myself having to leave to get a better deal but until I know their prices I can't haggle or say, "X have it for much cheaper, can you match it?"
"while Vodafone's and T-Mobile's prices start at £41 per month."
START at £41 a month?! That's likely over 24 months too...... I know the networks have to make money on handsets and that top range models like this don't come cheap but what are they smoking? If it's a 24 month contract that comes in at £984, £738 if it's 18 months.
I'd be curious to see where these prices are from as the T-Mobile website still lists it as "coming soon" with no hint on price plans yet. I've asked a fair few times and the only information given is to check the coming soon section for updates. This would be a smart thing to do but it isn't exactly updated promptly. They had the Xperia S on there for a few weeks after it was available and had phones available in March still listed in the middle of the month long after they'd been released.
Naming of ARM chips
The naming always confuses me with ARM chips. The new S4 Snapdragon is a Cortex A15 CPU but new 64-bit chips are v8? Don't we already have v8 and v9? Damnit why can't they just use normal, logical numbering?
I didn't mention the Xoom 2 because it's, frankly, no big change over the original. I'm talking specifically in terms of Tegra 2, 1GB RAM, screen size etc. The top option for Android is probably the ASUS Transformer Prime but ASUS shot themselves in the foot by refusing to sell the lower capacity model or allowing the keyboard dock to be an optional extra.
I was considering the Prime when the new iPad was announced but I don't want to pay £500 for a tablet that offers similar to what I already have, albeit with a nicer screen and longer battery life. Quad-core may do more in the end but for the time being I was more than happy with the Tegra 2 tablet I had. Comparing the feeling of slight upgrade with a £100 difference I wasn't prepared to pay it. ASUS is harming itself with dumb moves like this because I would have happily bought a 16GB model for £300, maybe even £350.
Lack of real information from a UK view
I can see why this article was written but it has a distinctly American feel about it even though all prices are listed in GBP. Why do I say that? The Kindle Fire is mentioned as £199 when there is no such tablet available and as much as Apple may think £329 is a good deal compared to £399, it isn't. If you look around now you can find some of the first generation Android Honeycomb tablets (most updated to ICS) for £250 - 300 such as the Xoom for £280 online.
The two markets are also pretty different. With Apple you know what you're going to get more or less. A nice looking UI that works well but is limited by Apple to what they see fit which means short of jailbreaking you can only run apps from their app store. With Android (oft updated? Oh please.. they're released as often as iOS updates now at around once a year for major updates) you get an improving OS that you can tinker with, customise and set up in a way you really like. Apple charge a premium for their products but with tablets they're showing just how ridiculous other manufacturers are by thinking they can charge more for, in most cases, less useful devices.
To put this in perspective I own three Android phones, love Android, own an Advent Vega with ICS on it but I went out and bought the new iPad. Why? As others have said, an Android device is good and you can look at it like a project to get it working how you want etc but I just wanted something simple and with as little hassle as possible. Granted, Android has this too but as much as I love Android in general I can't argue that iOS is still the more polished experience overall.
Re: Who paid
How to wind up Apple staff? Ask them what version of Android it runs perhaps.
RAM != storage
I'm sorry but you're a bit confused. The Desire HD has 768MB RAM, not 1GB. It has around 1.5GB internal storage and any extra you add with an SD card but it most definitely does not have 1GB RAM.
ICS on older devices = Sense 3.6
As has been mentioned earlier the Android 4 released will be using Sense 3.6 which is a bit of a mixture of what was seen on the HTC One series and the older Sense 3. They claim that's to keep familiarity and from looking at some early tests it performs a lot better so it may be worth it. I don't remember where I read it but I'm sure HTC said that only new devices such as the One series will be getting Sense 4 ICS.
Server team should do the desktop OS too.
I read a lot before about how the server team was doing a better job than the desktop team, especially when it came to security. It'd be a great thing to see them build the desktop product as well, it would save me running the server OS and getting the "This won't work on a server OS" error message.
Re: apple.com down so can't get my order in
Not as much as you think. ASUS has been working on an HD Transformer tablet that's due out soon. I can't remember for certain but I think it'll be 1920 x 1200. Is it as high as this new iPad? No but it's a big step up from the current set of 1280 x 800 tablets. You can't claim it was done to copy off either as it was (stupidly) announced just after the release of the Transformer Prime.
Re: And still
I would dearly love to know what my WP7 Omnia 7 does that sees the battery life remaining after 7 hours say over 1 day and then a few hours later it's down to about 12 hours. It must be something to do with the OS as I've had very similar to you where it can last a day with a little charge left sometimes and then seemingly struggle to last 16 hours. The really scary thing about this is that even though I have a couple of background task apps they're all restricted to running once every 30 minutes by MS!
Re: Making a new game
I had no idea and neither did a friend of mine. I would gladly give you many more upvotes for this news but you'll have to settle for one. Some of the concept art on the blog looks great! Actually I take that back, it ALL looks great.
Quick, license our patent for corners! They have more ammunition!
Is it just Steve's death or is it also a realisation that other companies have been in this business for a lot longer and can likely hit Apple harder than Apple can hit anyone else? I honestly don't care about the reason if it means an end to the almost daily "Apple sues X of patent for <obvious, despite prior art>" and even "X sues Apple over <being an asshole>".
Let the downvotes commence!
I realise I may be in the minority here but calling this phone huge more than once seems a bit harsh considering there are plenty of other 4.3" screen devices with a handful larger still.
I was seriously considering this until MWC came about and reminded me how bad Sony are with OS updates. This phone was announced a while back and ICS has been available for all to tinker with for over three months now yet it still ships with Gingerbread. HTC have just unveiled their One series of phones, likely been in development about the same time if not longer, with an April launch and all will come with ICS. Sony's update is likely still months away at best. The camera in the Xperia S still tempts me because I'm tired of "8MP" cameras on phones that are worse than 3MP cameras on phones years old, HTC are very guilty of poor cameras.
4G speeds? WOWOWOW!
I'd settle for HSPA speeds slightly higher than they area now. I regularly hit about 2Mb/s with my phone on T-Mobile and if it got up to around 6Mb/s I'd be over the moon. The only reason I might want higher speed is if I have to download a huge amount of data like some of those games require. There aren't a lot of those and I'd prefer to do it at home over WiFi where I have a faster, more reliable connection and where I can charge the phone at the same time.
Re: Re: Nah- this is the iPad 2S
ICS has been around four months now. The sad fact is that they changed so much in some areas that until hardware manufacturers release updated software for things like the camera (biggest hurdle) then we're stuck. Even the mighty CyanogenMod is stuck for the time being with that problem. I don't know what is required and who should be hassled whether it's Qualcomm, Samsung, HTC etc or Google. Newer phones are likely to be ready before older ones like my Desire HD due to having similar hardware to the Galaxy Nexus.
Re: Re: Please wait...
Ahh that's right! The speed made the "Please wait..." loading screens appear. Wait, what? You claim I don't get it but missed that part I take it. I know the PS Vita isn't a phone or a PC but it runs an OS, it has RAM, GPU, CPU and....... loading times.
RAM speed is important but quantity is just as important for a device that is supposed to have a 10 year plan. How can you justify only including 512MB when RAM price is so low? Would the extra 512MB really have pushed the price that much higher? We're talking DDR2, not DDR3. I know it isn't a PC part but if a three year old phone can have that much I would hope that a brand new, quad-core etc etc gaming device would have at least 1GB since.
Newer Android phones are coming with as standard. I'm not saying Android phones are the thing to measure against, I'm using them to prove that it isn't that big a stretch.
I watched a long video review (45 mins roughly) and the thing that stood out to me was how often the words "Please wait..." popped up during use. This is a device with a quad-core CPU, why is it taking so long to do things? Then I noticed the specs. which listed 512MB RAM... DAMNIT SONY! I have an 18 month phone with 768MB RAM, three year old phones have 512MB RAM. If this is supposed to have a 10 years in it you should have included at least 1GB RAM and 256MB for the GPU.
Use for a PlayBook as a remote?
That has to be one of the most stupid uses for a tablet. Controlling a PS3 from it to do what? Anything you can do will be infinitely easier with a normal controller and why would you use a tablet to control another tablet or, more insanely, an Android phone? That ignores the fact that the article says a use for the PlayBook and then goes into great depth while only mentioning using a phone. If the tablet works just the same then why wasn't that described instead of the phone? I'm confused now and wondering if both work or if the article title was wrong. Not that it matters as I wouldn't be willingly seen to own a Blackberry.
I can only see positive aspects of this going to the wrong number from a receiving point of view.
"I sent you £10 for the party."
"Who is this?"
"Oh sorry, wrong number. Can you send that money back?"
Popularity affects law?
I'll likely get a few downvotes for this but it's a genuine query of sorts. Why should the popularity of a device / any product affect whether or not it can be banned? If it's against the law or found to be in violation of some trademark shouldn't it be banned regardless? The Apple hater in me wants to say, "Typical, one rule for Apple and their money, another for everyone else." but I'm trying to avoid downvotes :P
I'm stuck in the same situation really. I have the DHD and have since it was released in November 2010 but aside from the Sensation XE none of their products really make me go "I WANT THAT PHONE!" in any way. I'm due for a contract renewal in March and while the XE is a nice phone it feels like a 'good enough' upgrade for a new release but not a big release.
When I look at what's out right now the only two that appeal to me are the Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy Note. HTC cameras are gradually improving but at the same rate as their phones are adding new features, ie slowly but often. It makes a potential user look at how often new phones are released and wonder why they can't slow the release schedule down and push out a few big new phones each year instead of a dozen or so mediocre phones.
It's available on a very limited amount of handsets like the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S currently, along with a few tablets. You can get a hold of other builds based on CM9 code but CM9 has not been released fully yet. The main stumbling block seems to be camera related and they're waiting for drivers or source to be released so they can build the drivers. It's something like that anyway.
Quick note to mention that other builds based on CM9 are using a hacked in version of the Gingerbread camera to function and while it works most of the time it has issues (graphical artifacts showing on random pictures) and only supports basic image shooting right now. That means no camcorder or panorama mode and definitely no Zero Shutter Lag (ZSL) mode.
I hate the site and the owner as much, if not more than everyone else but you know things like this were happening long before the internet and Facebore were around, right? It isn't like murder is a new thing that only came about with the launch and popularity of the site. Don't let that stop you from your "think of the children!!!!!!!!!!!!!" mentality and running around trying to get everything under the sun banned because bad things happened.
Here's a news flash for you, shit happens. It happens whether people are on the internet or not and just because something happened on the internet doesn't make it the only reason. To be blunt, if a moron is so unstable that an online removal of friendship sends them into a murderous rampage it's safe to say that they were a timebomb waiting to go off.
Erm.. No phone has a version of Honeycomb available to it. I've only seen a tiny few custom ROMs built using it as most ignored it and have gone for ICS instead. Did you get mixed up with your versions?
Voting for quickly mocked up image
I know Samsung are a little bit silly with designs sometimes since the Galaxy SII has more than a passing resemblance to an iPhone but I doubt even they would make a handset this similar. That and the previously mentioned capacitive buttons scream out to me. I'd like the MWC event to hurry up so I can see what, if any, phone will tempt me more than the Galaxy Nexus as I'm due an upgrade in March.
@Jim Coleman... last reply......
You just keep grasping at that straw, I'm sure you'll catch it eventually. For the third (and last) time now, yes, I use Android and that is the only reason I'm aware of long-pressing. I'm not criticising anything, I am saying it isn't obvious if you've had no other smartphone experience like Android. Are you likely to stumble onto it? Eventually, yes. Not while looking at it in a phone shop which is where most potential buyers will be looking and doing their research.
Get a grip. Just because *you* are aware of something doesn't make it obvious. Want a non-phone example? Try asking a non-computer user what a default option is and see if they know.
Sadly I wish I knew the answer to that. As much as MS might like Bing, I don't. I'd like the choice to use an alternative search provider but you get no choice at all. Granted I don't think there's an alternative in Android either but at least the search button is used intelligently there with it searching the current app if supported. The background tasks are, as I understand it, limited to running once per 30 minutes which (if true, I'm not 100% sure on that) makes the battery life truly awful given that my Omina 7 barely lasts 16 hours or 20 on a good day with very, very light use.
How do I define that very, very light use? Checking Twitter a few times an hour (30 minute updates if background tasks info is accurate), maybe 30 minutes browsing and perhaps four or so texts. That's all done with the screen on its lowest brightness settings. The battery in my Android handset is smaller, 1230mAh vs 1500mAh, yet I can and do use it more and get roughly 24 hours between charging. When I go to charge the Desire HD it's usually around 15 - 20% battery life showing, the Omnia 7 is always under 10%. I don't know what the hell the phone does to use so much battery but it'll be worrying if they can't rectify it.
Anti-MS vitriol? Good one. I'm clearly anti-MS because I bought a WP7 device to see how it was developing as I'd considered it too immature at launch. You took what I said as a personal insult for some reason and started foaming at the mouth when I was just pointing out that the feature you are talking about is not as obvious as you might think. This is especially true of people looking in a phone shop with perhaps a minute or two playing with a demo phone.
As I said, I discovered it almost by accident by holding the back button down, it isn't mentioned anywhere when you start the phone up after updating to Mango. I'm using to doing long-press purely because I use Android otherwise I would likely not have found it for quite a while longer. Android has done long-press from the start, iOS added it for a few things but it wasn't there at the start so please get off your soap box and stop ranting. I merely said it is not obvious, not that it was hidden away to be discovered if you do a secret button combination and chant.
But let's not reasoned thinking get in the way of your foamy mouthed rant, eh?
Vinyl was listened to by Saint Jobs?! I MUST HAVE A RECORD PLAYER AT ONCE!
Whether true or not I don't much care. I'm not a massive music fan, in fact I probably listen to far less than most, but I know how expensive audio enthusiasts' equipment is and that's for a reason. You can't squeeze that much high-end equipment into something you carry around in your pocket, you can have it at home. To put it another way I can watch movies on my phone if I really want to but I wouldn't compare it to a home cinema setup. One is convenient and allows me to watch something on the go, the other is if I want a better experience.
WP7 has Evernote and it's hardly a fault of MS that Google aren't providing their apps to a competing product. Sure I'd like them there too, especially Google Maps, but that's why I bought my WinPho second-hand and purely to see what the platform was like.
You say you're quickly into the dregs on the Android Market and that there are very few useful apps, I call bullshit on that. If you want an app to do something you can generally find more than a few options and a large amount of them are free without even ad supported crap. On the chance you find a paid app that you want to try you might not have 24 hours any more but you can still try out the app for 15 minutes before you're charged. It's generally enough time to get a feel of the app although I would like it to be pushed up to an hour.
Disclaimer: Yes I'm an Android fan but I'm aware of limitations such as awful battery life but that's a fault of manufacturers trying to outdo each other on how thing they can make a phone. Motorola have finally put out a phone with a huge battery that I'm hoping will make others take note for future handsets.
I agree that missing that feature is a bit confusing but it's hardly made clear and I only accidentally found it because I'm using Android and habitually long-press things to see what, if any, extra things the app does. As for the background tasks page, that's a new entry too and only apps that take advantage of Mango's fast (HAH!) app switching are included there.
Review findings on WP similar to my own
I bought a Samsung Omnia 7 on fleabay for around £150 and after owning it on and off for a few months as a tester phone I came to the same sort of conclusion that the review does. There is lots of potential and it's quite polished at this stage but it has to catch up and catch up fast. Android and iOS matured over time, WinPho7 arrived late so unfortunately it will be given little time by most people to mature. It certainly won't be given as much time to get to the point that its competitors have and while that isn't the fault of the phone OS it will be a big 'con' point for any potential buyers.
One thing that really jumped out at me in this review was the mention of the Twitter app "Birdsong". It's beyond awful. It claims to have a live tile and there are options for notifications but none of them work. Numerous reviewers mention it, I contacted the devs and after explaining to them that settings are *not* saved (it kept throwing up an error that unhelpfully says, "sorry there was an error" and that's it) they said it must have been a bad download. I tried to download it over and over but clearly it's a big problem with the app as lots of others have the same problems. After making this clear I received no further support. There are font settings, too, which would help with the "three tweets on a screen" issue but as you probably guessed those don't work either. Changed settings and perhaps DMs were using that font while other areas weren't. Alternatives? Sadly the official Twitter app is worse, somehow... The best option right now, aside from the Mango built-in option, is "Mehdoh".
I realise that turned into a rant about Birdsong but it's apps like Birdsong that give an awful impression and tar the overall experience. Granted, WinPho7 isn't anywhere near what it needs to be but app experiences like that don't help. At this stage there are some decent apps but they are limited and very hard to find if you're new to the platform.
I own an Advent Vega tablet and it has got quite a reputation as being, for all intents and purposes, unbrickable. If you flash something bad to it and it doesn't boot you do a button combination that puts it in "nvflash" mode and then run a program on your computer that then installs the old / original ROM. I've long wondered why there isn't anything similar available for all other Android based phones considering that this tablet cost less than most high end phones released in the past two years.
With regards to limitations on things you can tweak I don't know where you could draw a line because some people will always want access to the things they can't get into. A good example besides your radio argument is the sound. I own an HTC Desire HD and when I got it new the volume level was very low even at maximum. Some resourceful people fixed it with a volume mod but it also lead to blown speakers (including mine) after a while, mine lasted around a year. I'd blame HTC more fot that though as the default was what I'd get with about 50% volume on my other phones :/
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