5 reasons you may want to hold off USB Type-C smartphones for now

5 reasons you may want to hold off USB Type-C smartphones for now
Few emerging technologies have managed to capture the public's attention quite as effortlessly as the ostensibly uninteresting introduction of USB Type-C compatible smartphones on the market. After all, it's just a new connector, so what's the big deal?

Well, as pretty much anybody in the Western hemisphere will tell you, fumbling with the microUSB cable, trying to get it in the right way, is incredibly annoying. Especially if it's dark. Or you're drunk. Or sleepy. Or in any way impaired. This is especially true in the context of Apple's Lightning cables, which can be plugged either way. First world problems, sure, but we all value quality of life improvements, and finally ditching that devilish cable is just another reason on many people's lists of arguments to upgrade their device to something newer. You should, however, keep in mind that USB Type-C is probably not what you think it is, and that there are number of reasons you might want to hold off for now, or at least think it through.

Before we get into the nitty-gritty, it's worth pointing out that we have an excellent article outlining the technical standards underlying USB Type-C, and you should definitely read it. Some of the problems we've listed below, however, were outside its scope, so consider this supplementary reading. Here we go!





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44 Comments

44. Jey.Bailey

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

Wow, interesting to see a tech article take the point of "avoid this because it's new, and you may have to deal with using something new"... Good thing the author hasn't used Apple products... It's a new and easier to use plug that brings with it many optional features that phones may or may not have yet - vote on the features you want with your dollar. Does it mean dishing out $100 bucks in various adapters? Probably. But this is where everything is going to head, so whether it be this year, or next year, you'll face it sooner or later. I wouldn't expect the new type-c plug to go anywhere for 3-5 years, and then it will likely change by getting slimmer. Expect Apple's phones next year to use USB-C as well, they've already put it in the MacBook, and were the first to use it, at all. I expect the author is also sticking with a 32-bit OS on their computer...

43. pt020

Posts: 189; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

Have no problem with micro USB in any conditions,if you feel the connector you will find out that one side is smooth the other has 2 sharp points,this one is the wider side. About USB 3 ... I'm happy Sony did not put it yet in their new phones... I have many accessories with a micro usb charging and would have to take 2 cables with me. It is still too early for it.

40. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

none of these points are relevant. get with the times. type c is the future. the sooner everybody adopts the easier it is.

39. AZNHA unregistered

I agree with the last one :)

37. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

There was all this talk of simultaneous charging/OTG on 11 pin micro USB, USB 3.0 and now I'm sure with this too but it never happened unless you bought an expensive audio dock.

34. Techielover

Posts: 105; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Quick charge 3.0 will support Type can if I remember right.

32. GameKing95

Posts: 30; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

1. Don't buy phones with small battery 2. Nobody Cares we are not backing up 60GB GTAV backup everyday from the phone 3. You are old or too lazy to use brain 4. Remeber stuff its not that hard 5. Picture of a power bank not so in context better pic of otg flash disk

27. mrochester

Posts: 1048; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Welcome to 2012 Android fans.

26. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'll stick to the traditionals.

25. rishav20193

Posts: 243; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

i m personally eager n waiting for uab type c (with usb 3.1 standards) to be adopted widely....in phones, laptop, & used for charging laptop...expecting it decrease charge times drastically. but...it will take time :( :(

24. sraj49

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

The problems listed are common for any new item introduced. We have seen Micro USB implemented by Apple already as a replacement for thunderbolt. Thunderbolt was also supposed to support upto 10Gb data transfer speed. These should not be seen as reasons for hold off and any such futuristic move of technology will have same ponits of consideration at the initial implementation stage.

18. jove39

Posts: 2153; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Type C connector can - 1. pass through enough power to charge Macbook (12") battery or upto 100W of power over single cable. 2. support usb 2/3/3.1 3. support thunderbolt. 4. support display port (alternate mode). Type C has potential to be super connector of future. Instead of telling people to hold on...it's best to embrace the future.

9. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

The only problem I see is the about not enough cables being around. But that will change when all/most switch over. Type C in general doesn't promise any big benefit. However, it enables them, and it's up to OEMs to support them, like USB 3.0/1, newer fast charging etc. At worst case it's like any other phone, at best case it's much better.

7. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Same things affect EVERY new technology change. The benefits of USB-C are significant and the faster we adopt it, the faster these 5 issues disappear.

14. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Nope, it as nothing to do with that adding a c type port is a load of crap at this time as no CPUs support USB 3.1, I will never buy a phone with type c port to they have 3.1 support

23. Subie

Posts: 2467; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Phones will eventually come out supporting usb 3.1 but what does that have to do with the type and shape of the port...... I agree with McLTE.

42. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

Did you read the article? The connector doesn't affect most these issues.

5. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I just wish my next phone has a Type C connector but also supports OTG, MHL, Quick Charge and fast transfer. Maybe next year?

8. Subie

Posts: 2467; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Microsoft might get it right. but you have to want the Windows Mobile OS as well.

30. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

GS7 will have all of that for sure. Bank it.

31. Subie

Posts: 2467; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I was surprised that the GS6 didn't have it. I thought for sure Samsung was going to put it out there before the competition.

38. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Yeah me too but their philosophy seems to have changed a bit after getting a beating by Apple. They no longer go complete balls to the wall like they use to if it doesn't mean more profits.

4. Subie

Posts: 2467; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Several of these points could also have been used for the lightning connector. Yet Apple pushed forward anyway and so should the rest of the tech world. I'd be happy to have a type-c connector on my next device.

20. jove39

Posts: 2153; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Completely agree...type c connector FTW.

29. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I agree that future handsets should just include it anyways but I think I am a minority that just doesn't use the port. If I used it often like some iclowns claim to, I might have a different opinion. That said, Apple didn't push forward for the greater good. They pushed forward because they have the following to and stand to make a boatload off of the sheep that have to rebuy all the first party accessories. Bottom line is that there was literally no transition for them and no downsides financially for them to make the switch. With these other companies, they can't afford to lose any sale. Even the sale from that archaic douchebag that might not buy it unless it has a standard micro USB port.

41. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

The difference is Apple owners are used to not having a choice. This article is about whether you should make a certain choice. For me the USB connector is about power 99% of the time. Often I'll even remove the microSD card and insert it in a computer if I need to transfer a lot of data. So for me the gauge of cable is more important than the connector.

3. Landon

Posts: 1249; Member since: May 07, 2015

I was hoping the Note 5 came with USB Type-C but after realizing some of these points, I wasn't too butthurt about it. I'm sure by the time I'll be upgrading in 2 or more years, The Type-C will be more common and accessible.

28. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Use wireless charging and side synch or drop box or google photos or whatever you want. I have the GS6 since launch and I never used the micro USB port nor felt the need to, not even once. It's still a plug virgin. Much much much better this way.

33. Landon

Posts: 1249; Member since: May 07, 2015

Have you gotten the new fast charge wireless charger or do you still use the old one that takes hours longer to charge? I'd love to have the new one but I just don't want to pay for it. :)

36. romeo1

Posts: 826; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

I'm not so happy about the fast wireless charger as the phone gets almost hot by using it. So it's probably bad for the battery that's why i stopped using it.

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