Over the past few years, more and more smartphone manufacturers have decided to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack from their phones. This is in spite of many people still wanting it. Many polls have shown that consumers still generally want their phones to have a headphone jack. Alas, no matter how many polls we answer, we are left at the mercy of the manufacturers. If all of them make phones with no headphone jack, we'll be forced to either adapt, or hold on to your existing phone forever.
I'm opposed to the removal of the headphone jack, not because I want to use wired earphones instead of wireless, but because I feel it is a hostile, anti-consumer move. By removing the headphone jack, manufacturers are forcing users to either use/buy a dongle to continue using their wired earphones or buy a pair of wireless earphones (which are generally more expensive). This could also severely limit the choices available to a consumer if they feel like they must have a phone with a headphone jack. Some people have claimed that the headphone jack needs to be removed to push the wireless earphone industry forward. There may be some truth to that, but having a headphone jack on your phone doesn't impede progress in any way. My stand is that phones should still have a headphone jack, that way consumers can choose either wired or wireless earphones, and not be forced into a corner.
Anyhow, I'm not here to debate on the removal of the headphone jack. I'm here to ask if you are still using wired earphones, or if you have embraced the wireless movement? I've used wireless earphones in the past. I've had two pairs which were relatively cheap and from less premium brands. Which is probably why they ended up not lasting long. With more and more phone manufacturers removing the headphone jack, I thought it was time to invest in a good pair of wireless earphones. I decided on the Bullets Wireless from OnePlus, and I'm extremely happy with my decision.
You can check out my full thoughts in the Twitter thread above, but basically there are three things I love most about these earphones. The first is that they charge with USB-C. I ignored many other options that still charge via micro-USB. My phone charges with USB-C, so I didn't want to have to rely on a different cable to charge my earphones. I can now use the same cable to charge both my phone and my earphones. I also love the magnetic controls. When my earphones snap together via magnets, they turn off and my music stops playing. Separate the earphones and my music instantly resumes. I can't express how convenient this feature is. Lastly, the sound. I'm not an audiophile by any means, but my music sounds pretty good coming through these earphones. It doesn't come with active noise cancelling, but the fit in my ear is good enough to drown out just enough sound to allow me to enjoy my music without being interrupted by the outside world.
I'm not the only one who loves these earphones either. Andrew Martonik from Android Central literally can't leave his house without his Bullets Wireless.
So what about you? Do you already use wireless earphones? Do you plan to and are currently looking for the best options? Or do you still stick to the trusty old 3.5 mm headphone jack? There's a similar discussion going on in @dkeller's post, so you could drop in there as well.