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Who won Unboxed Therapy's annual Smartphone Audio Showdown between the Razor-2, iPhone XS Max and the Pixel 3?

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Report updated Oct. 21, 2018 7:40 a.m. PST


Last year the Razer Phone blew the competition away in the speaker performance department. Will results be the same this year? Which smartphone has the best speaker? In this video I compare the Razer Phone 2 vs iPhone XS Max vs Google Pixel XL 3. We'll find out which smartphone is the 2018 speaker champion.


In the end, it came down to the iPhone XS Max and the Pixel 3. It was so hard for Unboxed Therapy host Lewis Hilsenteger to clearly say the iPhone won. So he winced, hummed and hawed and finally determined that the winner was ….  



Update Oct.21, 2018: Over at iJustine, who recently reviewed the Pixel 3, the only thing she didn't like about Google's latest smartphone was the audio. The comment about the quality of the Pixel 3's audio could be found around the 7:20 mark of her video review. It wasn't scientific, just a straight forward impression.


On the flip side, Marques Brownlee who did a similar Unboxed Therapy test on October 20, thought that the Pixel 3 had it over the iPhone XS Max and Razer 2. His audio commentary could be found at the 3:40 mark of his review. In hindsight it's easy to see why Lewis was so torn between the Pixel 3 and iPhone XS Max. Lewis played it right down the center. 


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