What smartphone has the best loud speakers?

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Hello all,
I'm looking to upgrade my really old smartphone (LG Optimus P970). I really like to listen to podcasts (without headphones) and therefore would like a phone with loud speakers that provide high volume and good quality.  Initially I was interested in Nexus 5, but the reviews regarding the loudspeakers are disappointing. Can anyone suggest some phones with good loud speakers?
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While I haven't been super impressed by any device lately, the Alcatel idol 3 is pretty loud and has front facing speakers.

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You could buy a bluetooth speaker and any of the smartphones in the koodo lineup should be able to steam to it. That would widen your options considerably.
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I was going to say the HTC M9 but Koodo discontinued it recently. Shame. The speakers are the best in the business.

The Alcatel Idol 3s are actually louder but the sound quality is meh.

Best Buy might still be selling Koodo HTC M8s at a good price though. It has awesome speakers, great performance, a slick version of Android, and will continue to get software updates for at least another year. Try calling some Best Buys in your area to see if they have any. I think they're 0 on the Tab right now, which is a great deal for a high end award winning 2014 device.
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If you want it to be the loudest on the market then definitely the Alcatel Idol 3 without question it's clear and crisp just doesn't have the bass / low end that the HTC ONE M8 and M9 have but both of those are much quieter then the Idol 3, in fact my Galaxy S6 is even louder than the M9 and M8 which is surprising considering sound is one of the selling features of the phone HTC's.
Definitely stay away from the Nexus 5 it's speaker is horrible, probably the worst of the last 2 years for high end phones.
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Great ideas, thanks guys!
I read that the LG G3 speakers were decent, but not as good as HTC.
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Honestly, as good as the HTC speakers have been in their One (M7/8) handsets compared to most of the competition, I still think that they all kind of suck. The drivers in these speakers are tiny and will never produce amazing sound. I'd second Chad's suggestion and look for a Bluetooth solution.
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I have a portable Bluetooth speaker of my own, the Logiix Blue Piston, which is one of the better bang for your buck speakers.

While it's small and light enough, it has its own battery to be charged and it takes up just enough space to be inconvenient. I can't just carry it in my pockets like I do with my phone. Your mileage will vary if you rely on this method, but it can do the job very well if you're doing most of your listening at home.
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Thanks! Checked it out on Amazon...looks good!

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