It’s the industry standard size. My BlackBerry Tour, along with every other recent BlackbBerry model, has a 3.5-inch headphone jack. It’s the same as the ones you’ll find on basically all gadgets that have a headphone input. Yet something is odd with my Tour’s. Actually, it’s two things that are odd. I checked some support threads, but found little of use. These two problems just keep recurring. Thankfully it’s something that I can avoid in most cases. But that doesn’t get RIM off the hook for releasing devices that have these issues. The first issue involves plug size. For some reason, some plugs listed at 3.5″ just don’t fit into the jack. I can’t even begin to express how frustrating this can be. This happened twice when it made me really upset. First was when I wanted to hook up my Pandora to a stereo that had a 3.5″ input. The other was when I bought a tape adapter for my girlfriend’s car. In both cases the plug was simply too big for the jack, despite both of them being listed at the same size. In both instances I inserted the plug into my iPod without issue. The other problem seems to occur only with certain headphones. I first noticed it with my Nexus One headphones. I’m not sure what physically or electrically happens, but the result is the headphones going in and out, with the sound pumping through the device speaker instead. This can be quite embarrassing if you’re on, say, a bus and you don’t notice that the sound is coming out of the speaker. The first time it happened everyone around me got intermittent bursts of Joe Strummer. I’ve been told to use a pencil eraser to try and clean the connectors, or to push them down with a paperclip. Neither has yielded results. I basically can’t use those headphones with my Tour. I have to use my Sonys. My question is of whether this issue exists on other devices. Do you have issues with your headphone jack? I’d love to hear the stories you have of when you realized it.
Do you have problems with the headphone jack on your BlackBerry?
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