Recently, I've watched a YouTube video critisizing LG of retaining the earphone jack. Although I have never used an LG phone, I've seen my friends use them and they were definetly not as clean as Samsung's or Huawei's. LG is so bad at smartphones that they're known as "the company with the best products, except phones". But one thing I can't understand is, why are people demanding the removal of the earphone jack?
Thanks to Samsung's removal of the jack, I'm currently using three earphones. One is an Iriver ICP-X77i, which is about the cost of a proper meal. It has very decent audio quality and good design. The only drawback is that it's weak, but as all other earphones do, it can last for years when taken good care of.
My second earphone is Samsung's that came with my A80. Samsung's bundle earphones are decent for a free one, and even in my cruel hands, each on lasted nearly a full year. But it's nowhere as good as LG's bundle earphone, which I've used for about a year before it started malfunctioning and I had to buy an ICP-X77i.
My last and definitely the least earphone is MGTEC's MB-W1500, a blutooth earphone I received as a present. It's five times the price of the ICP-X77i but has the quality worth 1/10 of Samsung's bundle earphone. It tries to compensate it's terrible audio quality with dramatic effects, but it's hopeless. For someone who needs a bluetooth earphone that just works, I highly recommend this, as long as you have one of your old smartphone chargers. But if you're trying to listen music with this, don't buy this.
I would normally settle with the usb-C earphone but there are some problems. First, enthusiasts have to use that earphone jack. Since it has been used for more over a century, the earphone jack is all over the place. Only new and low-quality devices support usb-c. The best and professional ones haven't, and can't.
Another problem is that corporations are forcing people to buy their overpriced bluetooth earphones and usb-c to aux connectors. Although not having a cable dangling around you seems good, it may not be worth using Samsung's or Apple's bluetooth earphones that have the audio quality of any earphone under $50. Also, bluetooth devours your battery like there's no tomorrow, which means a heavy external battery is always needed, and it'll take more time for your phone to fully charge.
A recent update to my phone has rendered my bluetooth earphones and my Avantree Saturn useless, because after that, they're so loud that they're virtually speakers, even at minimum volume. This is not my earphones' problem since others using other bluetooth earphones are having the same issues simultaneously and are discussing it on forums and customer services.
My point is, the removal of the earphone jack is a sign of a new age. A new age where even our needs and preferences are controlled by powerful IT corporations. It acts as a justification of selling overpriced wireless earphones that are actually worth one tenth of their price. You might say that the price is for the good Blutooth receivers, but you can find excellent Bluetooth dongles at less that $100. The reasonable price of excellent Bluetooth earphones should be around $100. $10 for the speakers, $50 for the receivers, and $40 for the custom charger, and even that's overpriced.