According to a recent report, the Galaxy S8 will not feature the well loved 3.5mm audio jack. It will instead, sport a single USB Type-C port with audio transmitting capabilities. This will basically mean two things; all your current headphones will become incompatible and you won't be able to use even your compatible headphones while charging. One can argue that a converter/adapter can make the "old" 3.5mm headphones useable on the Galaxy S8, but the audio quality from what we have experienced so far, doesn't remain the same.
It was hardly a few months ago that Justin Denison (Marketing VP, Samsung) mocked Apple's decision to remove the headphone jack, while introducing the Galaxy Note 7.
"Want to know what else it comes with?"
"An audio jack. I'm just saying,"
If they really go through with the decision, one cannot help but feel that even after the joke and all, Samsung is indeed going to do tomorrow what Apple did yesterday. Take note though, that LeEco moved on to Lossless Digital Audio even before Apple did it with the iPhone 7 and so did some of the Lenovo Moto phones. Personally, I would hate to see the headphone jack go, what about you?
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The controversy regarding the 3.5mm jack is not going to go away anytime soon and while a lot of companies have decided to let it go, Samsung is not one of those manufacturers fortunately. Staying true to their promise about keeping hold of the good old 3.5mm headphone jack, the Galaxy S10 is going to have one as well. Although a prototype had earlier shown up that showed the S10 not having one, multiple casemakers have now confirmed beyond doubt that the upcoming S10 smartphones will indeed sport a headphone jack. This is good news really because if you think about it, it would practically make no sense to exclude it from any phone. In case you are not in agreement with that point of view, then let us refute two of the most popular arguments against the headphone jack.
A Headphone Jack Doesn't Allow for a Bigger Battery - Most smartphones with the biggest batteries available in the market today come equipped with a headphone jack, thus negating that argument. In fact, even the Note 9 sports a 4,000mAh battery, in addition to sporting the headphone jack proudly.
The 3.5mm Jack is Obsolete - A technology can only be considered obsolete when something better is able to replace it completely. An example of that would be how Android replaced Symbian because it was better in every way. Removing the headphone jack on the other hand, poses a number of problems and they can be summed up as follows.
· There aren't enough good quality USB Type-C headphones out there at the moment
· People have high-quality wired headphones at home that would lose compatibility with their smartphones if the jack was removed
· Wired sound is more reliable and better in quality
· Wired headsets do not require charging
· You can't use USB Type-C headphones while the device is connected to a PC or being charged
If you need more convincing, then you are probably too biased to realize the truth and in that case, feel free to buy an iPhone!
How would you react if your next iPhone came without the 3.5mm jack? The 3.5mm audio port has been the basic universal standard for all media-capable devices and even basic phones for the last several years. According to the latest rumor about the upcoming iPhone 7, Apple is removing it from their future products. What makes this rumor scarier is the fact that it supposedly came from the iPhone 7 supply chain!
We are unsure as to why Apple would even make this move as we can clearly predict issues with such a decision from the word go. Firstly, the new lightning port is incapable of supporting analog audio unlike the previous Apple 30-pin connector. Even if a regressively proprietary set of costly headphones with built-in amp and Digital-to-Analog Converter is made available, it would definitely strain the battery in addition to becoming far too complicated. Moreover, this would prevent the user from charging the phone while using headphones.
Wireless audio will possibly be a better option if Apple really goes through with this move as your new Apple headsets won't be compatible with anything else you own anymore. In our opinion, the chances of this rumor turning out to be true are pretty slim as the decision would unnecessarily complicate things for the iPhone 7 and frankly, we cannot see a viable reason as to why the company would make such a change to begin with!
The latest Google tablet, HTC Nexus 9 has just hit the markets, many users are still waiting for reviews results on the tablet battery life and audio quality. We got the first battery life test from gsm arena for the Nexus 9. The results are good, it scored 9:43 Hours Web browsing and 12 Hours video playback.
HTC devices is known for its Amazing Sound Quality and the Nexus 9 is no difference. The devices packs all the sound goodies from HTC, from Boomsound front Dual-speakers to the build-in audio amplifier.
The Audio test shows great stereo crosstalk even with the headphone plugged-in [-93.7, -71.1]. The Audio Noise is very low [0.0054] and the speakers is the highest among tablets.
Hot News from CES 2015 today, Sony is bringing back its old "Walkman" brand to the 2015 Android World. The new Walkman device is powered by Android OS and will be priced at $1,200.. which reduces the targeted market size.
Sony Walkman NW-ZX2 is as high-quality as a pocketable player gets it supports FLAC/ALAC (up to 96kHz/24-bit) and Bluetooth with SBC/LDAC hi-fidelity codec. Dual-band Wi-Fi is also available for DLNA playback. The player packs a massive 128GB or not so massive considering a single FLAC album is in the hundreds of megabytes, a full gigabyte even. There's a microSD card slot if you run out, but at an ultrabook price we were hoping for a bit more room out of the box.
The Sony Walkman officially runs Android on a 4" screen. The screen is not up to up to par with the audio capabilities. Not that the screen is a crucial part of a music player, but something better than 480 x 854px would have been appreciated.
Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean is also not our top pick. With the whole "will they, won't they" upgrade situation on phones, I don't even want to think what it's like to wait for a music player to be updated.
with a $1,200 Headphones are essential, otherwise the difference between FLAC and MP3 is imaginary. Just saying that you have to add several hundred dollars more if you want this Walkman player. At least it gets decent battery life 60 hours. If you listen to 128Kbps MP3s. If you want to use the player as intended and listen to FLAC, you get about half the battery life, 33 hours.