Mobility

The 8 most overrated smartphone features

1. Lightning port replacing headphone jack

Smartphone providers are always looking for new, exciting features to include in their devices. Here are some that are not worth it.

Apple stopped featuring its 30-pin connector charging port after the iPhone 4, replacing it with a smaller lightning port for charger. While this change was probably necessary in the long run to make the iPhone thinner, eliminating the headphone jack as well was not.

While Apple may think it is convenient to only have one plug for charging and listening, this change left users with multiple pairs of unusable earphones. Additionally, users can't charge their phone and use their headphones at the same time, forcing us to either buy adaptors or new devices.

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About Macy Bayern

Macy Bayern is an Associate Staff Writer for TechRepublic. A recent graduate from the University of Texas at Austin's Liberal Arts Honors Program, Macy covers tech news and trends.