In the last few years, a lot of companies have started skipping the headphone jack. It started with the iPhone 7, as Apple said there just wasn't enough space thanks to the taptic engine and that it wants the future to be wireless. While technically we do have wireless charging, the technology is still in its early stage and is not practical for day-to-day usage.
After the launch of the iPhone 7, many other companies followed the trend by removing the headphone jack and then complemented the same with their wireless earbuds. In their defense, waterproofing does get a lot easier for companies, but then you still have to deal with the charging micro USB or USB-C.
For the consumers, it meant you'll have to use a dongle to use your wired headphones. And the worst part is, you won't be able to charge your phone and see a movie simultaneously. The removal trend is now slowly being observed in the midrange segment as well. So, if you are an audiophile or just dislike carrying a dongle, these are the phones you shouldn't consider:1. Every iPhone Since The 7:
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Like we said earlier, all the iPhone since the 2016's model skip the headphone jack. Apple announced the launch of AirPods along with the removal announcement and boy, people weren't happy. Truly, wireless earbuds like the AirPods are expensive and need to be charged separately.
While the AirPods or almost every other earbud case has a portable battery backup available, you'll still have to charge it at some point. And this is the biggest problem of going wireless. You do get the convenience of not having to worry about wires, but then you need to look out for dead batteries.2. Pixel 2 / 2XL:
Even Google followed the trend and decided to remove the headphone jack from its 2017 flagships. Google announced the launch of Pixel Buds as an alternative to the dongles, and that's when Android fans too lost their cool. Google, the king of Android, removing the headphone jack and following Apple? What sorcery is this?3. Nokia 8 Sirocco:
The stunning Nokia 8 Sirocco too skips the headphone jack. Luckily, all other Nokia products launched this year sport one, except for the international flagship. The phone is among the most attractive phones of 2018 and is a part of the Android One program and runs on stock Android like all other HMD Global designed products.4. Xiaomi Mi A2:
The Mi A2 was launched in India this week at a very attractive price, but it loses out on one essential functionality, the headphone jack. Xiaomi has made sure that the Mi A1 successor has a kick-ass camera, and we have to give it to them, the phone is near perfect in the midrange. The phone even has a USB-C connection, but no love for the 3.5mm jack.5. Xiaomi Mi MIX 2:
The phone with one of the best edge-to-edge display, also misses out on the headphone jack. It is also the first phone in the Xioami portfolio to skip the legacy connector. In fact, Xiaomi's flagship Mi 8, that was launched last year, also skips the headphone jack. Though we must admit, the removal of the jack has forced companies to work on cheaper as well as better quality wireless buds.
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