Ting, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in the United States, conducted a survey of over 3,600 U.S.-based smartphone buyers.
It found some very interesting data, including that only one percent of respondents said that the headphone jack was a top-three feature to them when picking a new phone.
The question asked of the 3,640 responders was “What was the first, second, and third most important factor in choosing your new phone?”
Responders were able to pick from a pre-selected list which included price, screen, camera, battery, storage space, specs (RAM, processor speed), operating system, headphone jack, and “cool factor.”.
Of those choices, only one percent of responders put the headphone jack as one of their three most important factors.
Two percent cared a lot about the “cool factor,” which suggests the average smartphone buyer in the U.S. cares more about having a cool-looking phone than they do a phone with a headphone jack.
Considering the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is now officially the first flagship device from the company to not feature the headphone jack, this survey might simply be another indicator that the time of the headphone jack is slowly fading away. »