List of Smartphones Without a 3.5mm Headphone Jack

LATEST UPDATE: April 17 in 2018 – another Sony XZ without… with more smartphones abandoning the headphone jack, the time was right to create a parallel list to this, Headphones WITH a headphone jack

Even the best of futurists sometimes have a hard time beating a coin toss with their predictions, so I have no way of knowing where the headphone jack will be in five or ten or twenty or thirty years from now. At the moment however, it reigns supreme in smartphones, despite some high profile defectors to the Lightning cable (Apple) and USB-C (a few Android models).

Given the situation today, it is a lot easier to keep track of the smartphones that do not have a 3.5mm headphone jack, rather than keep track of all the ones that do (the vast majority of them). There is only a handful of defectors so far. 2016 created a mini panic, but as of mid 2017, the existential crisis that was predicted did not materialize.

Samsung’s Galaxy 8 co-flagships along with the LG G6 and Sony XZ*, Huawei P10 flagships continued to embrace the headphone jack. Heck, even the brand new iPad Pro 10.5″ has a headphone jack 🙂 But the year is not over yet, we are still waiting for the new Note 8, LG V30, Pixel 2, iPhone 8, Moto Z flagships.

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Unboxing the Philips SHE2105WT/28 Earbuds

The VE Monks are not the only earbud game in town! Philips has its own little single-figures budget model, and it even has a microphone and a 1-button remote control. It is the Philips SHE2105WT/28 earbuds, coming in an all white color scheme. We have our customary text and pictures unboxing of these here…

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Monoprice Big Bang II of 2018: two Open-Backs and two Cavalli Amps

Surprise, surprise, Monoprice is back with Big Bang II! Their first big bang of 2018 gave us two closed-back planar-magnetic headphones and a quarter of headphone amps from the tiny to the twenty-pounders! Their second Bigg Bang of 2018, the Spring edition, brings two curiously named headphones and a couple of …Alex Cavalli co-branded amps!

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Oppo will stop making new products (including headphones) but will continue to provide support and warranty

Bad news for OPPO fans. The company officially announced that after 14 years, they will be gracefully exiting the US market. No new products will be developed or released, but support, repairs and warranty service will continue for existing products. Perhaps this may explain why some of their products were hard to find. Firmware updates will also continue to come out as needed.

Oppo’s official twitter account confirmed that headphones too are part of the end of development…

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Repurposing Empty Wallet Boxes as Earphone and DAP cases

From the Repurposing Department, we have another “reuse before recycle” idea. If you have bought or will buy a new wallet in the future, don’t throw away the box it came in! A lot of wallets come in sturdy little boxes that you can repurpose to keep your earphones or even some of your more compact DAPs and even DAC/amps…

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PSA: Amazon will delete your personally uploaded mp3s (unless you take action)

Google is more famous for letting you upload up to 10,000 of your own songs and merge them with your own Google Music digital purchases AND the Google Music subscription (if subscribed). But Amazon has a similar feature, but it won’t be having it after April 30 in 2018.

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Unboxing the Sony WH-CH700N Bluetooth and ANC headphones

I am still trying to iron out how to organize “headphone reviews” but in the meantime, we have another one of our customary “text and pictures unboxing”. This time it is the Sony WH-CH700N headphone, a bluetooth and ANC combo, with 3.5mm playback as well…

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Unboxing the Brainwavz Memory Foam Earpads

On its face, unboxing may sound like a goofy thing. However, it is the most objective part of a review, and it can help people who are interested in knowing exactly what they are getting when they buy something. It can also be helpful to people buying used, so they can compare what’s offered versus what the new condition product would include…

Which brings us to our customary “text and pictures unboxing” of the Brainwavz Audio Earpads, of the memory foam kind. I bought these while they were on lightning deal, while posting the Gold Box round-up on our deals blog. The ones you see below are the brown color scheme.

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Buyer Beware: Elevation Labs counterfeits on Amazon

The founder of Elevation Labs raised the alarm on the company’s official blog. Counterfeiters have been making (imperfect) copies of their flagship “The Anchor” under the desk headphone hanger product and undercutting them slightly on price, so the average non-power-user customer buying them on Amazon is more likely to buy the counterfeit because Amazon puts the lower price in the featured spot on the main product page.

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