- Headphone jacks have become nearly extinct on today’s smartphones.
- But these six Android phones, all of which made our list of the top 20 smartphones in the world, still have a headphone jack.
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The standard headphone jack has become a rare find on most smartphones in 2019.
Since Apple nixed the standard headphone port from its smartphones starting with the iPhone 7 in 2016, many other major smartphone makers have followed suit.
Most of these companies offer consumers three simple alternatives: use a dongle to plug in your current headphones, use USB-C headphones, or switch to wireless earbuds like Apple’s AirPods or Samsung’s Galaxy Buds.
But not everyone wants to keep track of a dongle, spend money on a new pair of headphones, or part with their favourite non-USB headphones.
Here are the best smartphones you can buy that still have a headphone jack, all of which have made our most recent version of the top 20 smartphones in the world.
Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL
There are plenty of reasons to love Google’s latest smartphones, the Pixel 3a and 3a XL.
At $US400 and $US480 respectively, they bring high-end features to smartphones that cost about half the price of rival flagship devices. They retain many of the Pixel 3’s best features, such as its impressive camera, and offer long battery life as well as a sharp OLED screen. And yes, they also have a headphone jack. The only difference between the two devices is in their sizes: the Pixel 3a has a 5.6-inch screen, while the XL model has a 6-inch display.
Google compromises in a few small areas to keep the price low. For example, the two phones lack wireless charging and run on a lower-end processor than the pricier Pixel 3. They’re also made of a cheaper polycarbonate material rather than metal and glass like more expensive alternatives.
Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus
With its triple camera, gorgeous curved screens, and elegant design, the $US900 Galaxy S10 and its larger, $US1,000 companion are top-notch picks, regardless of whether you’re looking for a phone with a headphone jack or not.
Unlike most modern smartphones, Samsung managed to bring an edge-to-edge screen to its Galaxy S10 family without giving it a “notch” at the top. Instead, it carved out a hole near the top of the display for the camera, which is much less intrusive than the notch found on its rivals. Plus, the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus also have an ultra-wide camera, making it possible to capture a much wider field of view than most competing phones.
But keep in mind that the in-screen ultrasonic fingerprint sensor isn’t always as reliable as it should be.
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Don’t underestimate Galaxy S10’s smaller sibling, the $US750Galaxy S10e.
With a more compact design that some may find easier to hold and many of the same features as the S10 – including its wide-angle camera, hole-punch display, and, of course, the headphone jack – the S10e is an excellent choice for those looking for a less expensive, more portable alternative.
Motorola Moto G7
Motorola’s Moto G7 is further proof that quality smartphones don’t have to be expensive. The $US300 device comes with a nearly borderless display and a glass rear panel like most premium smartphones and a dual-camera setup that includes a 12-megapixel lens and a 5-megapixel lens.
Given their low price, Motorola’s previous Moto G phones have lacked when it comes to camera quality, but the company claims this phone uses new camera software that can help sharpen zoomed images.
The Moto 7 also has a few features that are difficult to find on modern high-end phones, such as a headphone jack and a microSD card slot for additional storage.
At $US850 LG’s G8 ThinQ may be a bit pricier than the other options on this list, but it’s still worth considering if you’re looking for a high-end smartphone that will support your favourite pair of headphones.
The LG G8 ThinQ comes with a 6.1-inch OLED display with a 3120 x 1440 resolution, a 12-megapixel camera, and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera for capturing photos with a wider field of view. You can also unlock the phone using the standard fingerprint and facial recognition, or by waving the palm of your hand over the device – a feature that’s specific to LG.
You may not find yourself using features like Hand ID and Air Touch – which enables you to control your phone using touchless gestures. But the basics are good enough to satisfy those who don’t mind spending a bit extra on a high-end Android phone.
LG V40 ThinQ
This year, smartphone makers like Apple and Samsung all shipped flagship phones with three rear camera lenses for the first time. But LG was ahead of the curve with 2018’s $US950 V40 ThinQ, which features a triple-lens rear camera, a 6.4-inch high resolution touch screen, and two front-facing cameras.
Not only does it have a port for connecting wired headphones, but its headphone jack also supports HiFi DAC (digital-to-analogue converter). That means audio should sound even crisper than usual when listening through wired headphones – especially if you’re using a high-quality pair.