Slim, beautiful and powerful, the Samsung Galaxy S8 nearly has it all -- including an all-screen water-resistant design, wireless charging, microSD storage expansion and a fantastic (single) rear camera with optical image stabilization along with excellent low-light performance.
It single-handedly proves you don't need to nix the headphone jack to make a gorgeous, futuristic phone.
But if you truly want it all, you won't find a phone with more features than Samsung's Galaxy Note 8. Take the Galaxy S8's tall-and-glassy design, stretch the screen to a gigantic 6.3 inches then add the trademark stylus pen, and you've got the best phone Samsung's made yet. Battery life and performance are top-notch, too.
Don't want to pay a premium for Samsung? Try the Moto Z2 Play instead -- which brings brilliant battery life down to a more palatable price point without ditching the headphone jack. (If someone tells you removing the 3.5mm jack makes room for bigger batteries, tell them about this handset.)
Plus, like the regular Moto Z2, you can snap on modular accessories like a 360-degree camera or an even bigger battery. It also works with every major US carrier. Just know you won't get quite the same performance from this mid-range phone.
But you should also definitely consider the LG G6, which we've seen for as low as $500 recently. With its expansive, bezel-light 5.7-inch display, water resistance and dual cameras (one boasts a super-wide angle lens for landscapes and close-quarters photography), it could give Samsung a run for the money.
Just know the battery life and performance aren't quite as potent, and only the US and Canada versions have wireless charging.
Still, you don't need to spend anywhere near $500 to get a competent handset with a headphone jack. The Moto G5 Plus is our favorite budget phone, because it doesn't feel like one at all -- it's got the same processor and wide carrier compatibility of the Moto Z2 Play, with decent battery life and a competent camera to boot. Read more in our full review.
And if you're looking for a ridiculously cheap phone with a headphone jack, you can't do better than the Moto E4. It does feel budget, mind you, but it'll get the job done. If you're willing to endure ads on your lockscreen, the Amazon version can be had for just $100 in the US.
Oh, and you can remove the battery! That's an increasingly rare feature.
One last above-average phone to consider: the 5.5-inch Asus ZenFone 3. It doesn't have the all-carrier-compatibility of the Moto G5 Plus -- those phones have similar prices and processors inside -- but you'll get hours more battery life and solid build quality on GSM networks like AT&T and T-Mobile.
If you live outside the United States, it might be the better pick. If you can find it.
An iPhone on this list? Yep: The iPhone SE is an Apple handset that still has a headphone jack. Not only that, it's the rare phone you can easily use with one hand, thanks to its delightfully small 4-inch form factor.
It's definitely missing a lot of recent major iPhone additions like waterproofing, wireless charging and optical image stablization, but you still get your Touch ID fingerprint sensor, Apple Pay and the ability to run ARKit apps. It's a unique phone and $350 is a pretty great price.
If you're considering the iPhone SE, you might as well consider the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus as well. They're basically the same as the SE internally -- last-gen components but still packing enough power -- only you get a larger screen and a far better front-facing camera.
Thing is, you're also paying $100, £100 or AU$150 more than the SE for similar performance with the iPhone 6S... and even more if you want the 6S Plus or additional storage.
We haven't fully reviewed the LG V30 yet, so we're hesitant to recommend it, but it could be the best phone for headphone jack lovers due to an integrated quad-DAC (digital-to-analog-converter) specifically designed to improve wired headphone audio quality.
Plus, it sounds like it has everything we loved in the LG G6, plus a refined design and a gorgeous AMOLED screen. We'll let you know if it's the one to buy... we just need more test time.
I hesitated to add the 5.5-inch Pixel XL to this list, because I have a feeling it won't be available for long -- the smaller 5-inch Pixel is completely out of stock, and we don't expect it to return. Still, if you act soon, perhaps you can take advantage of the slight discount Google's offering right now (in the US only) and get yourself the headphone jack that's missing from the company's newer Pixel phones.
It's a speedy phone with a great camera, and it should get Android updates (it already has Oreo) for a while.