BARCELONA — If you want your next smartphone to work with all of the wired headphones you may have accumulated over the last decade, the smartphone selection on display at Mobile World Congress suggest two simple strategies: Buy a Samsung, or don’t spend too much money on a different Android phone.
Samsung deciding to zig when Apple (AAPL) zags and retain the familiar 3.5mm headphone jack was no surprise, and neither was the persistence of that 1960s-vintage audio output in cheaper smartphones. But the choices of some mid-tier mobile manufacturers to move toUSB-C and wireless connections—in some cases, only on their most expensive models—is a little harder to grasp..
Apple’s action inconvenienced customers without providing them any increase in audio quality. Yes, Apple’s wireless AirPods aremarvels of design—but they also cost $170 and become yet another item you need to recharge.
(The subsequent move by Google (GOOG,GOOGL) to jettison the headphone jack from itsPixel 2 phones waseven more foolish, given that Google’s wireless Pixel Budsws/googles-pixel-buds-wireless-earbuds-ext
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