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69% of those polled wouldn't buy a phone without a 3.5 mm headphone jack

The trusty 3.5mm headphone jack is a versatile connection with support from many devices, and is capable of handling high-quality audio. (Source: Webandi/Pixabay)
The trusty 3.5mm headphone jack is a versatile connection with support from many devices, and is capable of handling high-quality audio. (Source: Webandi/Pixabay)
A GSM Arena poll regarding 3.5 mm headphone jacks on phones found that 69% of those polled wouldn't consider phones without a headphone jack, 14% didn't care, 9% had switched to Bluetooth/USB-C/Lightning products, and 8% were living the dongle life.

GSM Arena ran a poll of their users asking, “Do you still use a 3.5 mm headphone jack?” and 69% of those polled responded that they wouldn’t buy a phone without one. A further 14% said their phone has a 3.5 mm audio output, but they wouldn’t mind if they didn’t have one. The remaining respondents were split between living the dongle life (8%), and those who have replaced their headphones with new ones using Bluetooth/USB-C/Lightening connections (9%).

At first glance, this looks like a bad sign for companies such as Apple and Google, who have entirely removed headphone jacks from their products, or organizations such as HTC and Huawei where some models only have USB-C or Bluetooth. However, we do need to keep in mind that readers of specialist sites tend to be enthusiasts of that product type (phones in this case), and this influences the results. The phones that are getting a lot of interest from enthusiasts at the moment still come with headphone jacks, such as the OnePlus 5T, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, LG V30, Xiaomi Mi A1, and Honor 7X.

It was also interesting to see that 17% of those polled were using dongles or had changed to USB-C/Lightning headphones. Unfortunately, we can’t extrapolate from this data to work out what portion of phone enthusiasts on GSM Arena purchased devices without headphone jacks in 2017. This is because the way the question was asked gives no way to separate those who are using a Bluetooth/USB-C/Lightning headphone because they have to, from those who switched because they wanted to.

What this does tell us, is that there is a hardcore group of supporters for the inclusion of 3.5 mm headphone jacks, and manufacturers need to keep this in mind as more of them start to march to the beat of the jack-less drum.

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Craig Ward, 2017-12-18 (Update: 2017-12-18)
Craig Ward
Craig Ward - News Editor
I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.