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  1. overlordror

    overlordror Well-Known Member
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    Just not seeing a compelling reason to purchase this phone. I use my headphone jack way too much.
     
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  2. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    I find the headphone jack to be essential as well.
     
  3. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    I do too, but it's not clear that the industry does. First Motorola dropped it, then Apple, then HTC, it seems certain that Google will, and we're seeing other jackless phones like this one or some Xiaomi models. A big enough customer rebellion may change the direction, but right now it looks like the industry as a whole is heading that way.
     
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  4. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    The micro-SD was due to be dropped as well, Samsung did for a year, and then made a complete U-turn about them, customer pressure? And many phones do still have a micro-SD, apart from Google's devices.
     
  5. psionandy

    psionandy Extreme Android User

    Early reports in talk about manufacturing defects, and problems with the camera software....

    If I was going to buy one.... I'd hold off for a couple of months.
     
  6. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    Yup, but remember that Samsung only dropped it after everyone else had tried and then reverted - making it a peculiarly dumb move on Samsung's part to do it in the first place. The other parallel is the removable battery, which is now only found in lower-end devices. The question is where is this one going?

    I'm less optimistic about saving the headphone jack than the sd slot for 2 reasons:

    1) there are a lot of people who don't care. Either they use BT headphones, or they don't use headphones, or they care so little about quality that they just use whatever comes with the phone (and won't realise until it breaks why USB-C limits their options). Everyone used storage, so more people were affected.

    2) it's a pure saving for the manufacturer, which removing the sd slot wasn't. The problem is that if you removed the sd slot you needed to include enough internal storage to be viable for your customers, which either increases the price. Removing the headphone jack also removes the need for a DAC (though that may be part of the SoC) and amp - right now you may need to bundle an adapter which has (probably cheaper) versions of these, but in the longer term you'll expect to drop that. So this seems more of a saving to the manufacturer.

    Of course individual manufacturers have their own ideas. Google, whose world view doesn't really stretch beyond their own bubble, assume that everyone has unlimited data and wants to store everything on their servers, so for years were very *****rdly with storage even though their devices lacked sd slots. Apple have 2 additional financial incentives for removing the headphone jack: they want to sell their own headphones (remember they own Beats), and if you want to make wired headphones for their devices you need to license the Lightning port from Apple. But for most I can see some cost savings, and a lot of customers who won't care. A few (like HTC) might try to use the digital technology to add features, but for most it's just cutting costs and simplifying design.

    (Waterproofing is a lie: Sony have been managing waterproof headphone jacks for years, and Samsung have caught up with them on that).
     
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  7. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    Not that us Brits get a choice ;)

    But I'd certainly not import one right now - I'd want a UK warranty.
     
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