Re: It isn't that they don't enable the FM radio
Finally had to get a new phone without a headphone jack. Yes, they still exist, but the Venn diagram of features I'd like, such as more than 6 months support and screen less than 12", has an ever-shrinking intersection, and this is one I thought I could live with the compromise. It is possibly even more annoying than I thought it would be:
1. Bluetooth. Latency issues, duolingo in particular is simply not usable because of microphone switching. Having to stop listening to things because you didn't charge the earbuds today. Most devices can't share audio to multiple devices (no simple 3.5mm splitter for train or plane use), brings us to...
2. USB audio, can't charge while using (natch), unless you get an even more unwieldy PD splitter. Patchy quality of any affordable active converter even from a good brand, crackling I just never had with an onboard jack (with the attendant bafflement that the phone has a 32bit 384kHz DAC but even the official dongle is 24bit 192kHz, okay I don't believe for one moment any dog, let alone human, could tell the difference, but just why?), incompatibility of passive converters (and no charging for you my friend unless you go active anyway). Jack-in-the-box headphone dongle sticking out of your pocket when in use.
Yes, most of these can be fixed by paying a lot of money (apart from the USB audio charging and jack in the box issues), but a decent pair of wired earbuds is £15 and will last decades. A pair of AirPods costs £180 with "up to" 6 hours charge while the batteries are good. Not having a headphone jack allows my current phone to be about 1mm thinner than my old S4mini that had one, while being 20mm taller and 10mm wider, so long as you ignore 1mm of camera lenses. I'm so glad they've been able to save that space.