Happy Friday, y’all! And welcome to our first weekend poll and discussion. We’re hoping to get you fine folks more active in the comment threads, so we figured what better way than to do so with a poll and a little gentle prodding. You seem to like polls over on Google+, which we will continue to do, but we also want to see your pretty faces here on our home turf from time to time.
To kick things off, we’re gonna talk about one of the past week’s biggest stories – the fact that the Pixel 2 will not come with a headphone jack. Some of you are okay with it, some of you hate it. One thing’s for sure, nearly everyone has an opinion on this one. We want to know yours.
Before I open up the floor for discussion, let me pitch in my two cents.
Rest in peace, heaphone jack. You will be sorely missed.
To be honest, I’m pretty disappointed the Pixel 2 won’t be usable with my wired headsets. Yes, I own Bluetooth headsets, but the majority of my collection is wired. One of my favorite things about the LG V20 was its Quad DAC, which made for amazing sound output. As a music lover, audio quality is high upon my rankings list of importance. And lets face it, we’re still 5-10 years away from Bluetooth being on the same level as a wired connection. And that might even be a bit of a generous guesstimate.
I’d like to think that Google would stray from being trendy for the sake of customer satisfaction, but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. Back in the good ol’ days, being an Android user was all about the freedom to choose. Now, it feels like Googs is force-feeding us with the same spoon the iSheep get fed with, and it’s starting to leave a bad taste in my mouth.
Now, that’s not to say I won’t buy the Pixel 2. I’m still up in the air on that one. My final decision boils down to the camera and the device’s availability on T-Mobile, with whom I’ve been a loyal customer for the past 11 years. I won’t get started on the rant about how few “Pure Android” devices Magenta has given us since the OS’s inception, however. I’ll save that for another day.
Anyhoo, I’m going to go ahead and open up our poll and give the floor to you folks. Are you okay with phone makers RIP’ing the headphone jack?