iPhone 5 Speaker Test vs All Previous iPhones [VIDEO]


The iPhone 5 speaker was noted by Apple to have been improved and after various real-world situation tests, it is indeed true. Using the iPhone 5 on speakerphone is louder and improved compared to the iPhone 4S and previous generations.

iClarified has put together a video comparing the iPhone 5 to the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and original iPhone using a decibel meter. Check it out below:

As you can see from the results below, speaker decibels increased from the original iPhone to the 3G/3GS, but actually went down when it came to the iPhone 4:

  • 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

Here is an image of the new speaker module, as noted in the iPhone 5 iFixit teardown:

How do you find the iPhone 5 speaker so far?


  • iPhone 2G?!? I’ve never heard it called that before…

    Anyways, it would be interesting to see a comparison of the speaker quality as well. Louder isn’t better if it’s distorting and clipping the audio. I haven’t heard the iPhone 5’s speaker yet, and not that I’m expecting it would be doing that, but I’m just saying dBA isn’t everything.

  • Sevael

    I haven’t done any direct comparisons, but I feel that my iPhone 5 speakers sound lower quality than my 4 and 4S speakers.

  • Open443

    I have a 4, 4S and 5. Definitely the best speaker is the 5, than 4S, close but not equal to the 5.

  • The EDGE network is sometimes referred to as 2G, since the first iPhone was only on EDGE and they called the next iphone 3G based on its network lots of people have taken to calling it the 2G phone

  • xxxJDxxx

    One of the first things i did with my i5 was do a side by side comparison with my i4 on the same track. Nothing scientific, but I thought the 5 sounded better as well as louder.