Results: we didn't choose the dongle life... and we hate it, poll says

Results: we didn't choose the dongle life... and we hate it, poll says
So, for the past 18 months or so, there has been a small revolution after small revolution in the smartphone world. First, we got to see the systematic oppression of the 3.5 mm headphone jack become a thing. Then, bezels got cut down drastically, and displays were stretched out to weird lengths. Glass backs have become the norm and the days when a single camera was enough seem to be behind us.

Not all of the current trends are bad, we just make it sound like that for dramatic effect. Some are great, and some might be OK on their own but be the cause for something else to pop up and annoy users. While current smartphones are the awesome devices of the future we always imagined we'd one day have, there are a few things about them that rub users the wrong way.

We thought we'd ask you — what's the current trend that absolutely drives you bananas? Turns out, it's not the wide-angle selfie cams that give us banana-shaped faces. Nope, it's the rapid omission of the headphone jack! Well, according to 52% of voters, at least.

Which current smartphone trend do you hate the most?

The headphone jack removal, without a doubt
52.4%
Those glass backs are driving me nuts
9.76%
I don't need a ton of cameras on my phone's back, please
3.34%
Tired of selfie cameras giving me banana head
3.24%
No more display notches, please! Just have a top bezel instead
12.13%
Leave my fingerprint scanner where it belongs – on the phone's front!
9.34%
Face / retina scans is another thing nobody needs
9.79%

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46 Comments

1. mrochester

Posts: 978; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Surely pretty much everyone on a site like this would be using Bluetooth headphones anyway?

3. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

iLife = No 3.5 mmm, The iNotch, CPU iThrottling, Not so great Face ID

4. Tipus

Posts: 847; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Don't forget iED :)))

11. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Nope, best head phones I've ever used are wired. Besides I have 2 sets of Bluetooth head phones, one actually sounds great, but I still use wired for convenience of not needing to charge them.

17. Tipsy.trex

Posts: 14; Member since: May 17, 2016

I have enough things to charge, thanks.

18. cmdacos

Posts: 4100; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Hell no

20. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

I have a pair of noise cancelling on ear headphones, but only use them when I need the noise cancelling. A wired pair of earphones or headphones are more convenient as they have infinite battery life, zero lag and performance impact and they simply sound better.

21. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Nope. Just one more thing I need to worry about keeping charged, with inferior sound quality.

5. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3123; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

All those items listed are the direct result of function following form instead of the other way around. There's an old engineering phrase that says you can't stuff 10 pounds of s**t in a 5 pound bag. All you kids wanted razor-thin phones with no bezels, now you have sorry-ass battery life and missing ports. Dual cameras are being incorporated because a proper sensor requires real estate. Careful of what you wish for.

15. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

But you can have all the ports, thinner bezels and larger batteries, even in thinner phone. Why is it Samsung can, and Apple can't?

19. midan

Posts: 2708; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

What you mean? Note 8 is lot thicker than X. Also because Samsung want to keep 3.5 mm they can't remove the down bezel and because of that neither top bezel. Eventually Samsung will ditch the 3.5 mm If they want to keep up with the competition.

24. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The port has zero to do with the bezel. And, the Note 8 is not a lot thicker.

25. midan

Posts: 2708; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Google said this "Google product chief Mario Queiroz provided a similar explanation to TechCrunch, saying, “We want the display to go closer and closer to the edge. Our team said, ‘if we’re going to make the shift, let’s make it sooner, rather than later." This means their upcoming pixel propably going to come with very thin bottom and top bezel.

38. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And Apple said something similar for getting rid of the jack. Doesn't make it true. It's just an excuse for lazy design. Others manage it. It's not the issue.

46. midan

Posts: 2708; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"Others manage it" no-one so far have done that, so i don't understand what you mean? also S9 is rumoured to have quite big bottom and top bezel so clearly samsung couldn't.

29. Panzer

Posts: 282; Member since: May 13, 2016

Note 8 8.6 mm iPhone X 7.7 + 1.22 mm camera wart 8.92 mm. But I guess the camera is not part of the phone. The Samsung A8 is 5.9 mm and has a 3.5 jack. Maybe Apple should try to keep with Samsungs midrange devices.

30. midan

Posts: 2708; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"The Samsung A8 is 5.9 mm and has a 3.5 jack." What? :D even iPod touch which is super thin is 6.1 mm Where did you get that number? A8 is actually 8.4mm

31. Panzer

Posts: 282; Member since: May 13, 2016

https://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_a8-7249.php https://www.phonearena.com/phones/Samsung-Galaxy-A8_id9355 Scroll down to dimensions and read left to right. And the A8+ 8.3mm. Unless two different websites put in the wrong information then it is even thinner then the ipod. https://www.phonearena.com/phones/Samsung-Galaxy-A8-2018_id10738 https://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_a8+_%282018%29-8790.php

32. midan

Posts: 2708; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Now you are mixing devices from 2015 and 2018, new A8 is 8.4 mm and A8+ is 8.3 mm https://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_a8_(2018)-8886.php Completely different thing

33. Panzer

Posts: 282; Member since: May 13, 2016

Go cry to Duck Duck Go I just pulled the top results from a search. And how is it different. We have thinner components now it should be easier to cram more parts in a thin body. Samsung does not want a huge camera hump so they make a phone that is thinner then the iPhone. And it still does not change the fact you were wrong in saying Samsung does not have the technical know how to accomplish it.

35. midan

Posts: 2708; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"And it still does not change the fact you were wrong in saying Samsung does not have the technical know how to accomplish it." What!?!?!?! You should read my line again! "Also because Samsung want to keep 3.5 mm they can't remove the down bezel and because of that neither top bezel." What part from that you didn't get it? A8 from 2015 has absolutely massive down and top bezel. So i don't understand why you even mentioned it? I mean how it's related to anything?

23. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No, we didn't want razor thin phones. We've been saying for years make them thicker with big battery. Of course, your argument is fallacious to begin, since Samsung gets all these features in phones no bigger than others. So volume isn't the issue, manufacturer choices are.

27. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3123; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Thin is in began with the iPhone 4. Maybe you're too young to remember that since it was a whopping 7 or 8 years ago. Volume IS the issue. That's why quality and longevity have suffered. The Note 5 and others eschewed external storage for the sake of a few precious millimeters. Granted, technology and cheaper internal storage have made this a moot point but that's only now and with top-shelf devices. If you say thinner phones are as good or better, then explain Bendgate? Thinner means less torsional rigidity and there's no arguing that point.

39. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The Note 5 eschewed external storage because it wasn't compatible with the then new UFS 2.0 controller. And probably as a cost savings. Nothing to do with space inside. Regardless, they brought it back. I didn't say thinner was better. I said I'd prefer thicker phones with more battery. I simply stated that the excuse for removing the 3.5mm port was just that - an excuse. Also, I'm a few months away from 50 years old. How is are you?

10. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

But, but, but, complaining about the lack a headphone jack is selfish and backwards!

12. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

The issue with Apple Lightning-to-3.5MM, is the sound quality is lowered, when its already of crappy quality. But this doesn't matter, because the A11 benches at 10000 and Apple makes the most money. Their only and entire argument.

22. midan

Posts: 2708; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

No the quality is same And lightning audio quality is actually better, just tested it with this iPad. Music sounds more lively and crisp. I thought i wouldn't hear any difference, but surprised how it sounded. I saw some videos where they did blind test with these and lightning won all of them. What those people said in that test i can now agree. The songs just came alive in a new way, lot more dynamics.

45. NorthernViking

Posts: 40; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

It all depends on which DAC chip the producers of external dac/headphones use. Some use the top notch Sabre DACs, others run of the mill DACs.

26. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Please, if any one here is reading these and works for any smartphone OEM Please remember these list isn't for what why hate between these, it is what we hate most, so we hate them if not all of these stuff.

28. lyndon420

Posts: 6736; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I'm honestly surprised at how many people here are happy with giving away such personal info like fingerprints and Iris data. Like seriously...unlocking your phone shouldn't require such sensitive and private info.

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