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Weekend Discussion: Have your opinions about the headphone jack and display notch changed?

Weekend Discussion: Have your opinions about the headphone jack and display notch changed?
Weekend Discussion: Have your opinions about the headphone jack and display notch changed?
It’s been two years since Apple introduced the iPhone X and three years since the iPhone 7. Consumers and media were having a cow about the end of headphone jacks as we know it and the eyesore of an asymmetric display. Now that everyone has had a couple of years to take it all in, do people still care about these quirks on their smartphones?

It’s easy to find angry and exaggerated stories around the web about the iPhone 7 and its lack of a headphone jack. Similarly, the then-new notched display of the iPhone X had also seemingly split the userbase into two camps: those who found the notch too distracting and those who weren’t bothered by the notch at all. People tend to jump to conclusions shortly after initial announcements to give their early impressions and thoughts especially when it comes to something controversial.

Fast-forward three years and now almost every mid-range to flagship smartphone – iPhone or otherwise – come with notched displays and only the potential for a 3.5 mm audio jack. What were once unique and controversial features have become the norm for the public to experience and digest firsthand.

If you’ve been an advocate of headphone jacks or a naysayer or notched displays, we want to hear if your opinions have slowly changed over time. Have you adapted or grown accustomed to these “drawbacks” on the newest smartphones? Are they no longer a factor in your next smartphone purchase? Or perhaps you find the audio jack to be even more desirable than before?

Feel free to share your thoughts below.

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Allen Ngo, 2019-11- 9 (Update: 2019-11- 9)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.