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

1. TyrionLannister unregistered

In addition to that, phones like oneplus two don't even support USB OTG.

10. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

But that's a limit in the phone? Or it's it a limit of Type C?

13. TyrionLannister unregistered

That's an issue with the phone. As far as I know, Xiaomi MI 4c supports it.

17. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

So yeah, don't buy s**tty phones. Simple as that. Bet there are tons of phones with micro-USB that fall under category one and two. Also I have no idea why they have a battery pack on picture for number 5, side that obviously will work.

35. tuminatr

Posts: 1144; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I bought one of these and will let you know how it works when i get it https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/micflip-world-s-first-reversible-micro-usb#/story

11. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I haven't tried it on mine, but it does have a header inside the Storage settings for USB OTG, so I assume it supports it.

12. TyrionLannister unregistered

Well, a guy I know tried it with a connector cable for microUSB, but it didn't work.

16. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I'll have to try it out on mine when I get home. That would be strange to have that listed and it not work.

19. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

OnePlus 2 is a joke...and what makes you think it's limitation of type c connector?

22. TyrionLannister unregistered

It's not a limitation of type C connector, but neither are some of the ones mentioned in the post are.

45. bxnghxllywxxd

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

completely wrong... it does support OTG

46. Saroku

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 26, 2012

Thats not USB OTG, its simply Host mode. We are talking about USB C. OTG is when a USB B port (micro usb is B) acts like an USB A port. USB C is something different.

2. TBomb

Posts: 1579; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I agree with the 5 points... but someone has to start the movement or else we'll be stuck in the current cord era forever

6. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Yes. FYI, in case in you looking for it, there is reversible micro usb.

3. Landon

Posts: 1245; 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: 1245; 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: 818; 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.

4. Subie

Posts: 2395; 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: 2147; 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.

5. buccob

Posts: 2975; 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: 2395; 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: 2395; 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.

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: 2395; 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.

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