The headphone jack — or lack thereof — has become a point of contention for many people since Motorola removed it from its flagship Moto Z in mid-2016. The conversation got even louder when Apple did the same later in the year, and now we have devices like the HTC U11, arguably one of the best phones of the year, and the Moto Z2 Force, that maintain the trend.
While there are plenty of avenues to overcome the lack of a headphone jack — Bluetooth headphones, USB-C headphones, or an adapter that brings back the 3.5mm jack, many people prefer to seek out devices that just keep things simple and seek out a phone with the port built in. It helps that the most popular Android phone this year, the Galaxy S8, has kept the jack despite supporting next-gen wireless technologies like Bluetooth 5 that promise to increase sound quality, but the writing does appear to be on the wall: the 3.5mm headphone jack is not long for this world.
In our forums, dpham00 wondered the same thing, noting the port's absence on the new Moto Z2 Force:
The responses are fairly uniform, including this one from shadowsjc:
Others, like PowrDroid, just require an adapter to be in the box, and he's good to go:
What do you think? Is the lack of a headphone jack a dealbreaker for you when deciding on a new phone, or is it no big deal?
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Daniel Bader was a former Android Central Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor for iMore and Windows Central.