Bye, jack, hello USB-C? Are you kidding me? Are you serious when you say that! Also in 2020 you don't have to do without the practical headphone jack. We show the smartphones with jack connection in all price ranges.
An outcry echoed through the tech world when Apple cut the 3.5mm audio connector on the iPhone 7 in late 2016. Get rid of the analog ballast from the 1960s, with a consistently digital solution.
Many suspected that Apple saw another way to ring the till. After all, iPhone buyers need an adapter to continue using their beloved analog headphones. It is even more lucrative for Apple if the fans immediately go for the Bluetooth headphones Airpods (test report), Airpods 2nd Gen (test report), Airpods Pro or the Earpods with Lightning connection.
As is so often the case, the Android league followed Apple's example. But the feared sinking of the 3.5 mm headphone jack is still not a reality today. In the update of the article, we take a look at models that came onto the market in 2019 and 2020. That doesn't mean that the 2018 devices are no longer good, on the contrary. Accordingly, we leave them in the respective section in the lower area. The good news: there are good or very good models for every budget.
Anyone who wants to have decent Bluetooth headphones in addition to the jack also no longer have to dig deep into their pockets. You can get reasonable headphones for under 20 euros, as our article "Bluetooth headphones for under 30 euros in a comparison test" shows.
Smartphones with Android Go
In the absolute entry-level segment, you should rely on a smartphone with Android Go. The operating system is detoxified and especially tailored to devices with narrow hardware. This is a good choice, especially for inexpensive devices. The Alcatel 1C (2019), for example, is available from just under 40 euros. The Gigaset GS110 is a little more expensive for around 72 euros. That comes with Android 9.0 Go, 16 GB of storage space and main camera with 8 megapixels, not a bad choice.
The third device in this category comes from Nokia. The 1.3 dual SIM has Android 10.0 Go, so it is pleasantly current. 16 GB of memory and main camera with 8 megapixels can also be seen for a price point of around 110 euros.
In our guide we have what you can expect in terms of performance in everyday life: How much smartphone is there for 100 euros? summarized. In short: expectations should not be too high, but there is sufficient performance for simple tasks.
Up to 250 euros – entry-level smartphones with a jack
If you want a full-fledged Android, you have to invest a little more money: From just under 135 euros you can get a Huawei P Smart 2019 (test report). It has 64 GB of storage space, an IPS touchscreen with a resolution of 2340 × 1080 pixels and a rear camera with 13 megapixels. Motorola has the One Action (test report) for around 188 euros. Although this has 128 GB of storage, it is a rather mediocre camera.
If you rely on a long battery life, you should take a look at Motorola's newest model, the G8 Power (test report), for around 220 euros. In addition to the eponymous 5000 mAh battery, it offers a 6.4-inch screen, a quad cam on the back and 64 GB of memory. The Motorola Moto G8 Plus (test report), the big brother of the G8 Power, is now also available for less than 250 euros.
The Sharp Aquos V (test report) is available for just under 200 euros more. It cuts with us with the grade Well from, the price-performance ratio is excellent, but the device is only delivered with Android 9. With the Xperia 10 (test report), Sony delivers a smartphone with a great 21: 9 resolution, a rare but interesting choice.
There are still good devices among the 2018 models, some of which are now under 150 euros. The Motorola Moto G6 (test report) receives a buy recommendation here. It impresses above all m with workmanship, display and battery life. The camera, on the other hand, could be a bit brisker.
The Gigaset GS185 (test report) is less convincing. It reveals performance problems and only offers 16 GB of internal memory, but has a very long battery life. The Nokia 6 (test report) is rather average in most respects, but is available as a dual SIM variant.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro (test report) is clearly better, because it offers high-performance performance and 6 GB of RAM, which is not everyday for the middle class King of the middle class fetched. It is now available for just under 240 euros.
The youngest candidate in the category of smartphones under 250 euros is the Huawei P40 Lite. It has already made it into the 2020 leaderboard of smartphones with Android 10. With a 6.4-inch FHD + display, quad cam, Kirin 810 and 6/128 GB, it offers everything a good smartphone needs. The 4200 mAh battery is also impressive, at least on paper. Biggest problem at the moment: No Google services are installed on the smartphone – this makes it impossible for some users to buy, others are happy about the good price-performance ratio and install their desired apps as apk files.
Reading tip: The best smartphones up to 400 euros
250 to 400 euros – mid-range smartphones with a jack
The middle class starts at around 270 euros. There is an almost huge selection of very good devices that would previously have played in the upper test field. The Samsung Galaxy A51 (test report) from 2020, for example, the one with the grade Well cut off with us. There are also devices with interesting features, such as the not very fresh Blackberry Key2 LE (test report). It is one of the few smartphones with a keyboard. The Xiaomi Mi 9T (test report) belongs to the upper middle class – built-in hardware and battery life give the smartphone the grade in 2019 very good brought in.
There is an exotic with an OLED display from Motorola. The One Zoom (test report) is now available for less than 300 euros. If you don't let the massive optics put you off, the two-year-old Sony Xperia XA2 (test report) is a solidly crafted mid-range smartphone with a good camera and above-average performance. The pre-installed bloatware is less appealing. Finally, you can find the LG V40 Thinq. The predecessor LG V30 (review) came late, but was still able to convince us. Accordingly, interested parties should also give the V40 a chance.
from 400 euros – high-end smartphones with jack
If you want to spend more than 400 euros and have a smartphone with a jack plug, you have three manufacturers to choose from, who launched a new model in 2019: Asus, Samsung and Xiaomi. The Samsung Galaxy S10e (test report) is the cheapest entry into Samsung's S-Class. The version with 128 GB of memory is available for less than 500 euros. We recommend photo friends to the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro (test report) and its triple camera. The Galaxy S10 + (test report) also convinced us in the test with its excellent camera system.
Smartphone gamers can also choose from the Asus ROG Phone 2 (test report). Hardware and design speak for a gaming device, but the camera has to be cut back a bit.
A model from 2018 also remains in the list: The Oneplus 6 (test report) is surprisingly price-stable, but still worth every penny. The display is huge, the edges narrow, a notch provides additional space for the screen. The performance is at the top and the camera is one of the better. The criticisms: no wireless charging, no water resistance and no memory expansion.
Fortunately, even in 2020, four years after Apple said goodbye to the jack plug, there are still manufacturers who do not cut the jack socket away. This applies to all price categories and for products in every category. So you are neither limited to the cheap devices, nor do you really have to dig deep into your pocket.
It is also interesting that the range of smartphones with a jack plug has still not shrunk significantly. The question is whether Apple or the other manufacturers have made the right decision.