Poll results: Will you miss the standard audio jack?

Poll results: Will you miss the standard audio jack?
Wow, the results from last week's poll about the demise of the audio jack are pretty disheartening for every phone maker that does away with it completely. 

More than 60% of our respondents want manufacturers to leave the standard audio jack where it is, while 17% have simply gone, or are intending to go, wireless. Just a fifth of our 1856 respondents are content with the disappearing of the audio jack altogether, provided that there is an adapter in the box, and we can only imagine the backlash if there isn't one.

The inevitability of it all dawned on us when the Moto Z and Moto Z Force were announced. Not only do they sport the trendy USB Type-C connector, but the bog standard 3.5mm audio jack is gone now, for the first time in a mainstream phone. Thankfully, there will be an adapter in the box, so all your current wired headphones and other 3.5mm gear will still be available for you to use with the Moto Z, but with time we will seemingly all have to move to USB-C or Lightning-equipped headphones. Charging and listening to music? Well, we'll see about that, shrugged the phone makers.

Will you miss the standard audio jack?

Nooo, hands off my audio jack!
62.5%
Meh, as long as there are adapters...
20.91%
Go wireless, whiners!
16.59%

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19 Comments

1. rohan4u25

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 13, 2016

Can anyone tell me how can one simultaneously charge & use the headphones using single usb type c connector ?

3. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Fugly adapters.

5. fly2click

Posts: 41; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

If it contains wireless charging??

9. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Or don't do both at the same time. All flagships (other than iphone) now have fast charging, so likely you can charge fairly quickly as well. Plus, soon someone will start the trend of multiple USB C ports anyway because of all this continuum style stuff happening. But that won't happen until the audio jack dies.

17. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The problem with USB-C adapters or headphones with USB-C integration is that you're moving the DAC out of the phone. USB-C is a digital output, so that means the DAC will need to be in an adapter or part of the headphones themselves. That raises the cost for the consumer's and lowers it for the phone OEMs. OEMs may include an adapter, but now you have an adapter inline and every connection point added increases the chance for noise. Even if headphones with USB-C and an onboard DAC become commonplace, it will still add to the cost, there's no way to change that. Right now a regular set of headphone includes the drivers, the cord, the connector, and depending on the style of headphones a band to go over the head. With USB-C, it will include the above along with a different and more intricate connector and a DAC. So there is no way they will be the same price or cheaper unless they either take a loss on the profits or use cheaper components which can affect the quality.

7. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

By y-splitter usb type -c adapters!!! Btw CAUTION- dont use phone while charging btw usb-type c is future as charging speeds is increasing with half hour of charging you will be good to go

15. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Don't worry Apple will sale you a adapter for $99

2. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Still want the 3.5mm jack because of physical durability compared to Type-C/Lightning/MicroUSB.

4. Basharhd99

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

If a phone has 2 USB c ports then I can ditch the headphone jack.

6. fly2click

Posts: 41; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

1. Physical durability 2. Accessories compatibility,Wide range and cost. 3. Ability to expand sound with non wireless audio boxes (AuX) 4. Does not need to worry about coverage. Since plugged all the time. 5. Audio Quality. Less Loss. There are so many factors to be considered. However, I do agree that these might look funny in future. But we are not there yet.

8. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Ditching of 3.5 mm jack is incoming!! Agree or disagree with upcoming fast charging speeds !! That simultaneous excuse will be eliminated!!

10. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

This is stupid because there is no reason why both ports couldn't coexist in one device. OEM's care as always about things that don't matter

18. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Agreed.

11. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

The way I see it; Apple might leave the 3.5mm jack with the... Yes, The iPod...!!! Just to give people one more reason to buy it, HeHe! To those who believe that Apple is honest abe; let me ask you, if Apple is so fair and square with us, then why iPhones lack split screen multitasking of the iTabs? Okay the iPhone is small, but the iPhone 'Plus' certainly isn't, now is it? I'm willing to bet that the upcoming iPod will keep the good oldn jack! P.S I've a "Love Hate" relation with Apple...

12. Babert

Posts: 165; Member since: May 08, 2013

why don't we leave everything as it is?! I don't care for ultra slim phones! as long as it has decent amount of battery! I hate it when industry tries to manipulate users! I think type c is ok bt 3.5mm jack is a must till foreseeable future! y do I have to pay for adapters and/or wireless headphones while I have a good one with 3.5?! Stupid!

13. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Remember how we feel when Smartphones came out, we saw the departure of tinny tiny Displays because we felt they're cumbersome to use? And now Headphone jack :(

14. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

If u use the connectors for it then you cant charge it where as with standard jack you can do both at the same time listning and charging As with connectors you cant

16. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

Majority of people who use their phones to listen to music use cheap headphones with a 3.5mm jack. Unless phone manufacturers want many users to go elsewhere for audio, they would be wise to leave it.

19. tbacba

Posts: 134; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

No, and my name is not Jack.

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