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Other Tech Hate It or Love It: USB-C

Started by Dark Zeta January 2nd, 2020 8:22 AM
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It's a new year (and new decade), and I've been wondering how people feel about USB type C and the ups and downs that it has brought with it. I still see various people saying that they love it, hate it, or just wish they could stay using the same old stuff we've had for years.

I'm personally a very big fan of it since many of my devices use it (and I'm absolutely stoked for USB4 in the future), I'd love to hear other's thoughts and opinions on this jack of all trades now that it's had time to mature.

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I actually prefer USB-C, and I was pretty disappointed that the iPhone 11 still went with a Lightning Port. The iPad Pro from 2018 features USB-C, and all I want is just to have several of the same cable for the sake of convenience.
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I actually prefer USB-C, and I was pretty disappointed that the iPhone 11 still went with a Lightning Port. The iPad Pro from 2018 features USB-C, and all I want is just to have several of the same cable for the sake of convenience.
Yeah... I really feel like Apple dropped the ball with not adopting USB-C on their phones when they were the ones that started the movement with their MacBook lineup. (Wondering if the no-port iPhone rumor is true or not).

I love being able to use the same charger for my phone, laptop, keyboard, headphones, Nintendo Switch, etc. Also, USB-C extension cables on my laptop charger working across the room? Yes please!

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I'm glad that it's being adapted even by vendors like Apple, who in the past preferred a proprietary standard.

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Love it, don't even know what a down is other than older tech, like older phones obvs don't have it

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Love it, don't even know what a down is other than older tech, like older phones obvs don't have it
I had a fairly large issue with it at first due to it being new and non-standardized (I believe this is essentially a non-issue now). Many people can also find them fairly confusing due to the amount of options they have.

The biggest complaint I here is that they are essentially killing older standards like Micro-USB and the 3.5 millimeter jack (headphone jack). Another complaint is regarding devices that only have USB-C which forces users to purchase adapters for old technology like traditional flashdrives.

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(Wondering if the no-port iPhone rumor is true or not).
i'd say this is definitely within the realm of possibility. probably pretty likely, at that.

i remember when Apple's headphone jack ditch was initially mocked and made fun of and then eventually nearly every single smartphone manufacturer followed suit. i suppose whether companies like or dislike Apple, its influence on the smartphone industry is pretty much undeniable at this point. if they were to go with a no-port iPhone, it'd be a huge slap to the face to like, everyone who's starting to adopt USB-C. not only that, manufacturers would be stuck making the decision on whether or not to follow in Apple's shoes and do the same thing because they also want to be perceived as "with the times" and ditch all ports on their phones, or break the trend and continue as they have with USB-C being their standard. the reason for this mostly being that wireless charging seems more of a... futuristic (for a lack of another word to put it) thing than corded charging which may be the more appealing route, but who knows.

wireless charging technology is far from perfect, though. i dont know if fast-charging is a thing with wireless chargers or whether USB-C pretty much outclasses them in that regard.

i will say, at a time where laptops are also adopting the USB-C standard as well as miscellaneous accessories, it would be a slap to most people to now have to go out and buy expensive wireless chargers all because of the industry trend, so i really hope, even if Apple does go this route, that other smartphone manufacturers don't.

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Personally I don't mind with USB-C because my Nintendo Switch comes with one, and I don't have to worry on plug in the wrong side of the cable if I wanted to charge it.

However, it's not quite common for me because most of the phones that I have still have Micro USB as the charging port. I just hope USB-C cable won't replace other useful ports like the headphone jack because I'm still comfy using it.

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Personally I don't mind with USB-C because my Nintendo Switch comes with one, and I don't have to worry on plug in the wrong side of the cable if I wanted to charge it.

However, it's not quite common for me because most of the phones that I have still have Micro USB as the charging port. I just hope USB-C cable won't replace other useful ports like the headphone jack because I'm still comfy using it.
It's already replaced it (it in addition to Bluetooth becoming a more common standard). None of the current flagship smartphones ship with a headphone jack as of the Samsung Note 10. The latest flagship that offers it is the Samsung Galaxy 10.

I suggest to look toward the mid tier range of smartphones for the future if you wish to stick with it. :)

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It's already replaced it (it in addition to Bluetooth becoming a more common standard). None of the current flagship smartphones ship with a headphone jack as of the Samsung Note 10. The latest flagship that offers it is the Samsung Galaxy 10.

I suggest to look toward the mid tier range of smartphones for the future if you wish to stick with it. :)
The LG G8 and G8X still have it, as well as the V50, all of which is high end or flagship tier.

USB-C as a standard is really nice, because I'm not having to guess what cables a device needs, it's just one cable. It's also nice for the technologically inept or challenged because they won't have issues with having to use it. It just works.
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The LG G8 and G8X still have it, as well as the V50, all of which is high end or flagship tier.

USB-C as a standard is really nice, because I'm not having to guess what cables a device needs, it's just one cable. It's also nice for the technologically inept or challenged because they won't have issues with having to use it. It just works.
I honestly forget that LG is still making phones, so my bad on omitting them. As long as their Quad DAC is still a selling point, then they will continue to use the jack. Though, I wouldn't be shocked if they stop selling phones within the next 2 years. I believe the G9 should be releasing...this month. We'll see if they still include it then.
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