- 11-14-2012, 12:59 AM #1
I don't get the Android and iOS people who want 5 different "volume" settings on one device. It's confusing and makes no sense.
It also means that, when apps adjust volume, it's inconsistent. Some apps will mute important volumes (like the alarm, which may make you sleep in).
Other times, you think audio is off when it's not. On the iPhone, for instance, you can actually put it in mute mode by flipping the mute switch (which Apple totally stole from Palm and the Treo, BTW -- where's the lawsuit?!?), and still have sound happen. This happened to me in an important meeting when I had an iPhone in "mute" mode that started BLASTING one of those annoying web video ads when I was looking up information pertinent to a topic being discussed. On Android and iOS devices, mute doesn't actually mean mute -- it means "sometimes mute."
With Windows Phone, audio is simple, easy and straightforward. Mute is ALWAYS mute, not "hopefully" mute. Volume level medium means medium volume, across the experience. It is how things should be. Multiple volumes is a complicated, confusing "feature" that adds nothing to the experience and significantly detracts from overall usability.
- 11-14-2012, 01:10 AM #2
iOS has 3.
Media, Ringtone, and Media with headphones connected. That's it.
And one thing I really like about iPhones is the physical "silent mode" button. So you don't need to wake up your phone to see if you are on silent or not.
The reason you still got sound when you were in "silent mode" on the iphone was that it only mutes your ringtone. They figure if you are watching youtube or playing a game you still want sound. I kind of like that design actually.
Oh and just to correct you, mute on WP is not ALWAYS mute... Alarms will still sound. Which is a good thing! :)
Not bashing WP here, I like how WP does it too. But I also like how iOS does it.
11-14-2012, 01:36 AM #5
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I'd like to have the option at least. Playing music through the stereo on my car over bluetooth requires me to crank up the volume on the phone to 30 to hear anything, and it's a little annoying to have to crank that up/down whenever I get in/out of the car.
I don't really see how having multiple volume controls would be worse, it's managing a couple of volume levels some of the time vs cranking up control up/down on a situation by situation basis.
- 11-14-2012, 04:24 AM #7
You guys do know that if you crank up your volumes to 30 for music, you can still hit that little bell on the right and silent actual phone notifications?
That's my general way of doing it. If I want uninterrupted music I just crank up to whatever volume and silent my phone. So no rings or texts break the music. Then when I'm done with blasting music, I just bring down the volume for my ringtone and remove the silent mode.
Don't see why I want 30 for music all the time and 10 for ringtones too!?
- 11-14-2012, 04:30 AM #8
Now, with Android, on my tablet at least, mute on media also equals mute on notification sounds, and similarly a mute on notification sounds equals mute on media. That's fine for me as I don't use my tablet for alarms. As for iOS, I'm not entirely sure how it works.
With Windows Phone, I do like the unified ring volume, especially as my songs (sourced through the Zune Music Pass) seem to vary in volume so I go between 15 and 20. Sometimes I have to go above 20 for a track. I never seem to go below 15 though, it becomes too quiet at that point.Windows Phone Central Moderator "Fortune cookie said: 'Outlook not so good'. I said: 'Sure, but Microsoft ships it anyway'." - Apparently you can have an iPhone transplant...
11-14-2012, 05:01 AM #9
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WP has two volume settings btw - one for voice calls and one for everything else.
Personally, I can't understand why you wouldn't want to separate media and ringtone/alerts. There's nothing worse than cranking up music on a quiet track or podcast only to be deafened later by a text message.
iOS has the right idea*. And it can do playlists and podcasts too... What is Microsoft's excuse?
*I'll never switch.
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11-14-2012, 06:39 AM #14
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Honestly, at least on this 920, when I put my phone on vibrate, it still lets media play sound. I end up having to turn it down anyways. On my androids, I could choose to either put all sound off, or tweak the sounds individually. Not a necessity, but a NICE-ety. Don't get "amped" up over volume controls folks. Move along. There are more important problems to worry about.
11-14-2012, 08:16 AM #16
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Of all the volume settings I'd think were essential, making your phone really-truly silent when it's muted (no vibrate, either) would be top of my list. Sometimes, like in a meeting or when it's on your nightstand and you're a light sleeper, you just don't want it to make any noise at all. Right now you have to dig into the settings and manually turn vibrate off, and then hopefully remember to turn it back on after toggling mute off.
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- 11-14-2012, 10:54 AM #22Goodbye Dooley! You will NOT be missed!:@
Bring back the WeeeeeBeeeeaaarrrr