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Poll: How Important is a 3.5mm Headphone Jack to You?

By Brandon Miniman September 1, 2008, 12:02 am

Two weeks ago, we found out that the majority of you (63%) want an FM Radio tuner on your phone. On a related note, how about a 3.5mm headphone jack?

It's almost second nature that when we review a new Windows Mobile phone, we gripe if there is no 3.5mm headphone jack. The reason for this omission is clear: OEMs want to switch to a one-port-for-everything model to save on cost and space. Lately, HTC and Samsung are trending towards this new model, but Palm, with the Treo Pro, is saying yes to the 3.5mm headphone jack.

Not having the headphone port means that to use wired headphone, an adapter must be used (which is sometimes included but not always), and that's just another thing to carry around. But really, how important is this jack to you? Do Bluetooth headphones and external audio suffice, or do you have an undying loyalty to a certain special pair of wired headphones/earphones that yearn for an inbuilt 3.5mm jack?

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