Neal Augenstein

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Amazon Fire records audio better than iPhone 5

In Uncategorized on July 29, 2014 at 5:42 pm



The new Amazon Fire isn’t ready to replace the Apple iPhone in my #iphonereporting bag of tricks, but audio recorded in the built-in microphone of the Fire surpasses the iPhone 5.

In a basic A-B test, the Fire sounds richer than the iPhone.

The Fire does not have a built-in audio recording app (like VoiceMemo for iPhone) so I used the free Easy Voice Recorder app on the Fire and Voddio on the iPhone.


The Amazon Fire is only available on AT&T, which provided me a device to test.

Earlier, I found the Samsung S5 sounds better than the iPhone, and I’d give the edge to the S5 over Fire, too.

Unfortunately, sinceĀ I still haven’t found an intuitive Android multi-track editing app for Fire’s operating system it would be difficult to do a fully-produced report in the field.

Let me know what you think.

Tweeting audio for PIOs with AudioBoo

In Uncategorized on July 27, 2014 at 4:17 pm

AudioBoo is my new choice for instances in the field where it’s necessary to record audio, do a quick trim front and back, add a photo, and share.

SoundCloud used to fill that role, but its recent decision to make its mobile app a “listening and discovery” app removed the ability to record audio in the app.

Now, my only use for SoundCloud is to share fully-produced reports edited on Voddio.

Here’s my earlier post describing why tweeting audio is such a valuable tool for public information officers and public relations professionals.

This is how an AudioBoo post can be embedded into a website.

Let me know if you have any questions.