assistance with iphone
June 2, 2008 10:12 AM   Subscribe

help me with iPhone issues....

Why do the plug in headphones suck? i want to use them for the phone....what am i doing wrong?
any other tips
posted by femmme to Technology (12 answers total)
To get useful answers, you may want to describe some of the ways in which the iPhone headphones suck for you.
posted by browse at 10:28 AM on June 2, 2008

Response by poster: you cant hear at all...
posted by femmme at 10:33 AM on June 2, 2008 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: it isnt broken buds...
posted by femmme at 10:33 AM on June 2, 2008

Do you mean that they're completely silent, or that the volume's too low for them to be useful?
posted by Tomorrowful at 10:45 AM on June 2, 2008

I can hear fine. What do you hear?
posted by rhizome at 11:37 AM on June 2, 2008

Are these the headphones that came with the iphone? Or others?

If they are others, it's possible they don't fit in the recessed port, and aren't going in all the way, meaning they won't work.

If they are the headphones that came with the iphone, perhaps they are broken.
posted by crickets at 11:48 AM on June 2, 2008

I've had problems with the iPhone loosing track of where it should be sending audio. Restarting didn't help. What did help was repeatedly plugging and unplugging the headphones 5-10 times in quick succession.
posted by Good Brain at 11:55 AM on June 2, 2008

I know I was very disappointed to find out that my expensive headphones do not fit into the jack of the iPhone. They almost do, but not far enough to make the sound come through them instead of the phone's speakers. If you're looking to use phones other than ones made by Apple, you may be out of luck unless you want to do some hands-on work and put a new plug on your non-Apple phones. Good luck.
posted by PhatLobley at 11:58 AM on June 2, 2008

*If* your problem is, in fact, that non-Apple phones won't work, you can just spend a few bucks on an adapter.

If that's the problem, however, I'm not sure how useful they're going to be for telephoning purposes (assuming I read your question right): They won't have a microphone.
posted by Tomorrowful at 12:04 PM on June 2, 2008

Adapters may be had for ~$1 here.

As Tomorrowful said, check that there is a microphone on the cord, or 4 bands of metal on the plug. If you have 3 bands, there is no microphone and you'll have to talk into the phone itself during a phone call.
posted by mostly_impossible at 1:01 PM on June 2, 2008 [1 favorite]

I've also whittled down the plastic surrounding the plug on some Bose headphones, with perfectly acceptable results. It doesn't hurt the performance, and if you take your time, it can look ok too.
posted by nevercalm at 2:54 PM on June 2, 2008

2 minutes with an Xacto knife will make most all minijacks fit in the recessed port, including Shure and Etymotics.

If you're talking strictly audio quality, yes the stock white apple headphones are a boggling combination of both bad quality and uncomfortable.
posted by spatula at 7:44 PM on June 2, 2008

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