For almost 140 years, the world has relied on the 3.5mm headphone jack for personal listening: it dates back to 1878, where switchboard operators used the jack when they answered and routed calls. Apple turned this long-running history on its head with the release of the iPhone X, which favors Bluetooth and lightning connections instead. No matter how impressive the iPhone X is, there’s a definite subset of users that misses the old-school headphone jack enough to choose a model that still has it, even if it means getting last generation’s model.
Here are a few good choices that all boast the 3.5mm smartphone headphone jack we know and love:
It may be a last-gen phone, but the Google Pixel holds up to today’s standards with gusto. This high-end Android phone boasts a stellar low-light camera, the elegantly-designed Google Assistant for voice commands, and a quick-charging design that uses battery efficiently. As long as you’re comfortable with a mid-sized screen, the Pixel is a great choice for the average smartphone user who wants to snap photos, browse social media, and use apps.
Amazingly, the LG V30 is one of the few current flagships that does include the 3.5mm headphone jack. The streamlined design is aesthetically pleasing and comfortable to hold in your hand, and the OLED display is absolutely beautiful for media viewing. It’s a pricier choice (at least until next year’s LG flagship comes out), but worth every penny for heavy media users who value an intuitive design.
Far from current, the iPhone 6S Plus is surprisingly still relevant. It boasts a big screen for an experience that’s almost more like using a tablet than a phone. And it offers all the features that iPhone users have come to expect, including Siri, and a lightning-fast processor. The camera features built-in image stabilization for better pictures in less-than-ideal conditions. If you’re itching for an iPhone but can’t commit to life without that headphone jack, this is the way to go.
The S8 Plus is another current flagship phone that hasn’t given up on the 3.5mm headphone jack quite yet. Widely regarded as the best smartphone around for everyday users and power users alike, this is basically the iPhone of the Android world. The sleek, modern design manages to look streamlined, which isn’t an easy feat with a powerhouse screen; and it boasts a long battery life and a processor that just doesn’t quit.
If you’re on the market for a budget phone that doesn’t skimp on functionality, the Moto G5 Plus is the way to go. The single-button navigation is both simplistic and intuitive, and the Full HD screen is crisp and clear for viewing media and playing smartphone games. A Snapdragon 625 processor provides plenty of speed for gaming or multitasking (we all know Facebook Messenger is rough on processors).
These are just five models that still use smartphone headphone jacks, but there are others out there… for now. It seems like other brands are going to follow Apple’s lead and phase out the jack as well, in favor of Bluetooth functionality and the use of dongles. Hold onto your favorite jack-capable phone for now, and keep in mind that your choices may diminish as tech continues to advance.