Yesterday Google revealed that the Pixel 2 would not have a 3.5mm headphone jack, meaning anyone wanting to used wired headphones will have to buy some with a USB-C connection or just buy an adaptor. Those adaptors come bundled with the phone, but replacements are available on Google Play if it every breaks or gets lost.
The downside is that they cost £20, which is really expensive when you compare it to Apple's £9 official Lighting-to-3.5mm adaptor. When Apple's pricing looks more reasonable, you know something is up. The adaptor is also $20 in the US, and when you account for sales tax it means Americans get their overpriced dongles for about £1.80 less than we have to pay.
You don't necessarily have to pay the dongle from Google, naturally, but given all the trouble cheap USB-C accessories have had in he past you need to make sure you're getting something that will actually work. A headphone adaptor isn't likely to fry your phone, but it's always helpful to play it safe.
Prospective Pixel owners will also be happy to note that Google's American store is selling a third party adaptor with a 3.5mm jack and an extra USB-C port - meaning users can use wired headphones while the phone is charging. The downsides are that this isn't available on the UK store just yet, and it costs $45 (and thus, presumably, $45). Belkin, which is what Apple sells, charges £30 for a Lightning equivalent.
Hopefully there will be plenty of these flooding the market after the Pixel 2 launches, which should make it considerably cheaper to get a non-dodgy one
Hey, remember when Google was known for being cheaper than the rest? Looks like those days are long gone.
More from Google's Pixel 2 Reveal:
- Everything Google Announced
- Everything You Need to Know About the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
- Google Pixel 2: UK Pricing and Availability
- Google's New Earbuds Have Google Translate Built In
- Google's Got a Proper Smart Speaker Now, Called Google Home Max
- Google's Replacement USB-C Headphone Adaptor Will Cost You £20
- Google's Pixel 2 Has a Lot to Prove and Everything to Lose
- Swapping the Headphone Jack for USB-C Makes More Sense Than What Apple Did
- Google Wants to Sell You a £900 Chromebook
- The Google Home Mini Is a Google Home But Mini
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