From Apple removed the 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone in 2016, we’ve continued to see smartphone makers removing the venerable port. But 2020 threw curved balls. Two – not one, but two – companies reported headphone jack to their respective flagship phones.
The joy of the 3.5mm headphone connector is that it’s one of the few truly universal standards left. You can catch just about any pair of wired headphones. Plug in. Listen. No need to worry about whether they’re Lightning or USB-C, or if the connectivity comes and goes. No batteries to charge, no dongles to attach. There are obviously times when Bluetooth is preferable, but it’s also good to at least have the option.
If a headphone jack is what you need, or even just what you think you want at some point, try one of these mounts. Many of these choices are in our Best Android Phones and Best cheap phones guides, and be sure to check out our Best cheap headphones guide, which includes several picks using the 3.5mm headphone jack.
Update January 2021: We’ve added the Pixel 4A, Moto Edge, Galaxy A71, Nokia 5.3, OnePlus Nord N10 5G, and Moto G Stylus 2021.
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