Apple currently offers a Lighting to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter on its website for $9, allowing users who own wired headphones to listen to music through the iPhone 8. Similarly, Google offers a USB-C to 3.5mm headphone dongle for the Pixel 2, but it isn’t cheap. Many users have been quick to point out the accessory costs $20, or twice as much as Apple’s dongle.
The good news is the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL already come with an adapter. But if you lose it, the replacement cost is high. That’s the price users have to pay now that Google has ditched the traditional audio port. So, our advice? Don’t lose the dongle Google gives you.
The fact that Google ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack comes a year after the search giant poked fun at Apple for doing the same thing. Perhaps with enough consumer backlash, Google will reconsider the dongle’s price and drop it down to $9.
As recent iPhone owners have discovered, the death of the 3.5mm headphone jack doesn’t come without its issues. First of all, you need to make sure you always have the dongle with you if you own wired headphones. Second, you can’t charge the device and listen to music at the same time unless you find a specialty accessory.
As a consolation, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL both feature front-facing speakers. You can learn more about both devices in the link down below.