As much as HTC has been esteemed over the years for the innovation and consistent excellence in their products, there have been a few bumps in their road to becoming one of the top hardware manufacturers in the mobile space. The one standard in HTC’s diverse designs over the years has traditionally been the presence of the ExtUSB port and the absence of a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Numerous methods of working around this limitation have been detailed over the years. Bluetooth Headphones are one option; though HTC themselves offer several options that are typically less expensive. HTC’s Multifunction Audio Adapter offers an assortment of connectivity options while the HTC Stereo Headphones may be used for both music and phone calls. A third option from HTC is their Audio cable, which features a male 3.5mm audio plug, which is perfect for playing audio from your HTC phone through a home or car stereo.
The full review is after the jump.
As stated above, HTC’s Audio Cable converts your ExtUSB port directly to a male 3.5mm audio plug. This cable probably isn’t the best choice for those simply wanting to plug in a pair of headphones (if that’s what you’re after, you want to look at the HTC Stereo Headphones); the primary function of this cable would be for use with a home or car stereo that has an auxiliary input jack. The cable itself is just less than 4 feet in length.
The primary reason that someone would want a wired audio adapter over a pair of Bluetooth Headphones or speakers is the fact that a wired connection will almost certainly offer better audio quality than a Bluetooth solution. When it comes to physical build quality, HTC has a well-earned reputation for their hardware; and their Audio Cable upholds that reputation.
The one thing that I like most about my AT&T Tilt 2 (HTC Touch Pro2) is that it performs exceptionally well at a number of different uses. Whether it’s messaging or email with the well designed keyboard, browsing the internet using the large WVGA screen, or listening to music; I couldn’t be happier with the functionality that my phone provides. Occasionally however there are things about my phones hardware that leave something to be desired, such as the lack of a dedicated audio port. Having a single cable that will allow your phone’s audio to be routed to whatever stereo may be handy is rather important for those of us that use our phone as a media player.
If you use your HTC as your primary media player, chances are that the HTC Audio Cable would be a great addition to your gadget collection. The Audio Cable sells for $16.95 from the WMExperts store.