Well it appears that when a jack is plugged into the device and the FM radio is set to external speaker the volume of EVERYTHING goes to correct levels. It's like a completely different device. The sound is usable and perfectly loud and clear even without Volume+ activated. I've found that when I switch to some static on the radio and play an MP3 or notification that they are suddenly equally loud and clear. If I keep the MP3 running and switch the radio off the sound plummets again to levels that only a dog could hear.
This surely means that the issue is related to software, rather than hardware does it not? Someone on here already said that the speaker is the same as in other devices with perfectly good speakers.
If this is the case is there anyone on here who could look into it? It is a TREMENDOUS relief to me as I was convinced I'd found the worst loudspeaker on any phone I'd ever owned. I have no video to demonstate with but try it yourselves guys.
Edited by flibblesan, 01 May 2012 - 10:55 PM.