>making it easier for [the manufacturers] to make [..] more importantly with the right headphones improved audio quality.
Could you please stop it with this BLATANT BS?
Here I have my XZ1 with incredible sound quality via usb-c and a DAC. With incredible sound quality via BT Audio (LDAC). Oh wait, and it still has a 3.5mm jack! How do they do that?!
And think of how much easier they could have achieved this by not adding the 3.5! Oh wait, no, they couldn't.
Let's all cast our minds back to the time when phones didn't come with a headphone jack. Frankly, it was both rubbish, and inconvenient. Sony Ericsson used to have dongle adapters for their Walkman branded phones if memory serves right. Dongles. Guess what's making a comeback? Dongles. I don't think this is any kind of advance.
Oh and don't remove the IR blaster either. I use it frequently!
Removing the 3.5mm jack completely is a step backwards and a dongle hassle unless OEM's finally put a smaller 2.5mm jack in or a double USB-C port for each scenario.
Radiation from my phone being connected to a cell tower and sometimes WiFi is enough.
I don't need a Bluetooth headset or headphones radiating such a delicate part of my body which is my BRAIN!
herrzeba, 21 Jan 2018Agree. I waterproofing was so must have feature, then why we don't see it in hand held gaming ... moreYea, i don't need a "water-proof" phone, because i won't trust its protection anyway. It's like the battery. Gets worse with time. And when the time comes to somehow replace the battery, it's officially not water-proof anymore. And that's if it even survives the battery replacement.
The headphone jack is a relatively HUGE component. I agree with the removal if the extra space is being utilised appropriately. I haven't missed it on my 7 plus but I don't think the extra space was utilised. Apple is pushing the new standards a bit aggressively, like they did on the macbook pro lineup which has only usb C ports. But it is true. The standard usb needs to be killed for the same reason as the headphone jack: they are both unnecessarily big.
Somevppl praise bluetooth earphones, then they complain about battery life of all phones
Anonymous, 21 Jan 2018That's as much of a "solution" as using a power bank because of the pathetic batteries, if not... moreAgree. I waterproofing was so must have feature, then why we don't see it in hand held gaming consoles? I never had a problem with phone due to water damage. You can't even use them in salt water. I'm strongly against non removable batteries and lack of headphone jack. It's not adding, but removing features. Maybe in 10 years when phone battery can last 10 days and Bluetooth headphones batteries too.
Sony Xperia Fan, 21 Jan 2018I asked you something about Google, you answered back with Apple. Brilliant, my bro, brilliant... moreWhat are you talking about? V30 bottom bezel is big compared to X https://phandroid.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/LG-V30-iPhone-X.png
Anonymous, 21 Jan 2018There was one phone before Moto Z. Vivo maybe... Nope, was Oppo R5. But Vivo, Oppo, OnePlus, they are all the same, so technically you were correct. :-D
I remembered the days when I'm using the world's smallest phone at it's time, the i-Mobile 310 and 309, and it was the first few with a 3.5mm audio jack... Many still thought my phone was an MP3 player...
Then a year on, suddenly every phone has a 3.5mm audio jack...
its the way forward only when we have superfast charging like full charge in 10 mins
Anonymous, 21 Jan 2018There is absolutely ZERO valid reason why the analog headphone jack should be removed THIS EAR... moreThe implications of no headphone jack in an iphone video:
Anonymous, 21 Jan 2018So indecent to use the usb c instead of 3.5mm... Stupid madeup problem that people waste up to... moreThat's as much of a "solution" as using a power bank because of the pathetic batteries, if not worse.
Slayer, 21 Jan 2018Yordan, the first OEM to ditch the 3.5mm jack was Lenovo with the Moto Z, not Apple, HTC or Google.There was one phone before Moto Z.
Its simple kiddos, combining ports into just one may sound advanced tech and bring simplicity. Butt, and yes I say butt, more ports give better flexibility. That being said, the US Congress is not happy with the size of the 3.5mm anchor jack. (it is the single most space inefficient item) Yet, they are unwilling or too lazy to reinvent the port standard, since it is ancient tech. Thus get used to using your bt earphones while its charging. Tata
Anonymous, 21 Jan 2018My Z3+ is 6.9mm, IP68 , bigger battery than iphone 8+Precisely, smartphones with 3.5mm headphone jack still can be thinner than the ones without the 3.5mm headphone jack, and that's a #FACT
Anonymous, 21 Jan 2018They then proceed to complement that thinnest choice with a thicker power bank and an extra do... moreNo they don't. The thinner devices with ditched 3.5 mm ports still have fast charging and low power draws, making the need for external power solutions and extra dongles essentially non-existent.
Besides, so far only flagships are affected. And flagship owners usually spend a little extra money for convenience, as in buying proper Bluetooth headphones or qualitative USB-C headphones. Or the neat combination of Bluetooth headphones that can have a USB-C cable connected to them for continued listening.