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Wednesday Poll: Headphone Jack on the Bottom or Top?

It’s time to settle this debate once and for all (because polls can do that). Yes, we are talking about headphone jack placement on smartphones. The DL crew wishes that all phone manufacturers going forward would do the right thing (biased much?) and put headphone jacks on the bottoms of phones, because it simply makes sense.

If the jack is on the bottom, you can plug in your headphones and the headphone cable stays out of your way as it drapes below the phone. Also, when you go to place the phone in your pocket in the natural way, which is top down, then the headphone jack points upwards and out of your pocket. If the headphone jack is up top, the cord then becomes a nagging issue and is either draping off to the side, behind, or often times in front of your phone. Then, as you go to place it in your pocket, you have to consciously make an effort to adjust (possibly break) your wrist to slide the phone in bottom side down so that the cord sticks out of your pocket. (That makes my entire forearm hurt just thinking about the maneuver.)

So tell us, which do you prefer and why. Also, to further our argument, we dove deep into the logistics, creating evidence in the most proper of ways – yes, GIFs.

Headphone Jack on the Bottom or Top?

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On the bottom:

On the top:

  • Montero

    I don’t really care where the jack is. I would subconsciously orient my phone so that the jack is on top. however. If it is at the bottom and I ever want to lower or increase the volume while the phone is in my pocket. I’d have to reach further and it’d be upside down. I’d have to adjust to that or always take my phone out of my pocket everytime i want to change the volume

    I prefer the top. 

  • Hmm….

    If you put it in your jeans, you probably put the phone in upside down.  If you put it in a shirt/jacket pocket, it goes in right side up. Here’s my theory: Kids want it on the bottom. Grownups on the top.

    Now, depending on what I’m wearing, I’m either a kid or a grownup! :-P

  • Butters619

    Well when I want to take control I like it on top, but if I just want to enjoy myself and not do any work then bottom works….

    …..wait, what?

    • Tim242

      LMAO! I know that’s right!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Robson/1317522018 Chris Robson

    I use a hardshell holster so it would piss me off if it was on the bottom.  

  • http://www.mobiletechview.com J_Dav1

    That depends, for pocketability I prefer bottom, but for other uses such as propped up on a desk I prefer top.

  • Anthony Armando

    bottom.
    -i put my phone in my pocket with the bottom on top.
    -stock doesnt rotate 180 degrees, which would make interfacing with my phone very difficult when in my arm band for exercising. having the jack on bottom is perfect for putting the headphone wire into my sleeve to be tucked away under my shirt and out of the way. ever get a wire attached to your ears stuck on something? hurts and you might just ruin those headphones/earbuds.

  • whenjasonattks

    teehee

  • gardobus

    Bottom makes way more sense.  I didn’t realize it until I got my GNex.  Now when I plug my phone into the car (power and auxiliary) the cords are both on the bottom and easy to deal with.  With it on the top, theres a cord coming out of each side.  Ever worse on a Motorola with the power coming out the side and headphones out the top.  Dumbness.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500698751 Paul Hansen

      except the most modern moto phone (Razr series) has ALL the jacks on the top. headphone/usb/hdmi

  • http://twitter.com/Erich1979 Erich J Kling

    I say put two jacks on a phone (top and bottom) and be done with it.

  • Michael Quinlan

    I can see reasonable arguments for both top and bottom, but accommodating people who put their phones in the pockets is not one of them.

    That said, if I were to put my phone in my pocket, upside down would be the most natural orientation.  If I’m holding the phone in a natural way for use, the top of the phone is away from my elbow.  If I then go to put the phone in my pocket, the phone will naturally end up upside down, since my arm length is such that my elbows are typically above my pockets.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2BNORJKLNKSMZQC53ZCLLATT5Q Mary

    I think it makes more sense to have it on top. Because headphone cords aren’t always long enough, the most direct way to your ear from the phone makes sense. Also, like in the images above, if you put the phone in your pocket, it makes more sense to have the cord coming out of the top of the phone. Seems more streamlined. 
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  • BlueLetter

    I’m sorry but turning my phone upside down to put it in my pocket is not “natural” to me. It may makes sense, but I’ve been doing it the way most people do it for years now, and that to me is the natural way to do it.
    And having the jack on the bottom would interfere with the way I hold my phone, but thats something I could learn to get around given time.

    • Paul

      I completely agree.

  • Live2Rootz

    Can’t believe how many people are saying top. I used to have to flip the phone around when I pulled it out of my pocket but with my gnex that is no longer a problem. Most people saying top have never had a phone with the Jack on the bottom so they just don’t know what they are missing ;) Top from now on for me.

    • Diablo81588

      Did you just contradict yourself? :P

    • Durpadurr

      but now you flip your phone whenever you put it in your pocket

  • Tim242

    DL is of its rocker today. First you call the DROID brand crap. Now you think it’s natural to put your phone in your pocket upside down??? I say top is best. But, I love my Nexus anyway.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Beer:30 may have started early today. :P

  • DrHotmann

    As long as it’s not on the side like my Dell Streak…Worse decision ever.

    • Diablo81588

      Now THAT makes no sense.. Leave it to Dell, lol

      • nicotinic

        They’re just dellusional.

        ;’D

  • TheWickedShepherd

    Should have had a 3rd option to the poll: Don’t care.

    Now that decent BT earbuds/headphones aren’t much more than wired versions there’s no reason I’d ever go back to wired. Nothing has caused me to drop my phone more than walking around or working out with wires dangling all over the place.

    • Inquizitor

      Unless you care about battery life.

      • TheWickedShepherd

        Battery life is a smidgen shorter with BT but not enough to make a difference between lasting all day or needing to swap in a fresh battery. If I have to change out the batteries it’s not because of the BT.

        • Inquizitor

          On the One X or the GNex? I can tell you BT is as much a battery killer as anything else if it’s used for long periods of time like listening to a lot of music or podcasts on the Nexus.

    • Dliuzzo110

      “I lift things up and put them down”

  • AngryTurd

    When I have the headphones plugged in, I put the phone in my pocket facing up. All other times, down…it’s not a big deal. I prefer it on top. 

    I guess if I put it a holster or inside of a fanny pack, I’d have a stronger opinion. :p 

  • PC_Tool

    I vote for: Nowhere.

    Seriously…we should be *long* past the days of needing a frigging headphone jack, peoples.  Wireless charging, wireless adb, wireless everything.

    Get rid of all the connections.  Ancient history.  No joke.  We should be beyond this crap by now.

    • Tim242

      Wired headphones provide the best quality. BT is not the greatest quality, and burns battery.

      • Diablo81588

        Agreed. Streaming audio over bluetooth kills your battery worse than the LTE radio it seems.

      • http://twitter.com/jcardona1 Jose Cardona

        Yup. I only use BT while at the gym to avoid dealing with cables. But audio quality suffers. Nothing compares to the sound quality of a wired headphone, and it probably never will. 

      • PC_Tool

        Why can’t our devices sync/stream wirelessly over wifi to our … everything? Or even over 4G/3G…whatever.

        Pick yer poison. ;-)

  • TexAgMichael

    Epic journalism is epic.

  • Diablo81588

    Top. Regardless of how many times you say it, it makes no difference what orientation the phone goes into your pocket. I’ve never had the urge to put my phone in my pocket upside down. It’s just as comfortable to have the phone right side up and adjust accordingly when you bring it out of your pocket. Also, the cord getting in the way when you’re using the phone is nonsense. It just wraps around the back and goes underneath towards your head. In addition, I would hate having the power button on the right side, as that’s where the volume rocker should be. I don’t use my phone with my left hand, so it’s very uncomfortable to have to adjust the volume from the left side.

    • Dliuzzo110

      I’m right handed but use my phone with my left hand…is that wierd?

      • Diablo81588

        Not any weirder than me putting my phone in my left pocket and using it with my right hand. :)

        I’ve always been accustomed to having my keys in my right pocket, and phone+keys in the same pocket=no no.. lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001042929953 Ryan Conklin

    I put my phone in my pocket top down, screen facing my leg. that way when i take it out i’m already holding it like i would be to use it. so put the jack on the BOTTOM

    • Liderc

      Exactly, and that’s why headphone jack on the bottom works best. 

      • Droidzilla

        *for people who put their phone in their pocket top down.

        ftfy

        • Liderc

          You should always put your phone top down, because when you pull it out, it will be right side up.  Any other way and you’ll have to rotate the phone. 

          The only place this doesn’t work is if you put your phone in your inside jacket pocket. 

          • Droidzilla

            My phone is right side up and I have no issues with getting it in and out of my pocket. The Moto bump makes it pretty handy/easy, too.

          • Diablo81588

            Agreed.

          • LiterofCola

            yup

          • Nick

            But you still have to rotate it.

          • MooleyBooleyTroll

            Some people don’t walk around with pockets big enough to wrap their hand around it in pocket and pull it out. I reach in and grab it with my finger tips and it flips into my hand in one motion. I say you buy a phone with a jack that fits your own style :)

    • http://twitter.com/mechapathy shawn brandel

      This.

    • cizzlen

      Exactly. I had a Droid X and hated the jack being on top. I don’t understand why anyone would prefer it that way. 

      • David Lutz

        I have a Droid X and prefer it on top because I keep the phone in my pants pocket facing up due to the extra thickness caused by the camera. Makes it easier for me to pull it out that way. I guess it all just comes down to how you actually use the phone…

        • cizzlen

          Yeah but that in turn can cause stress on the head of the headphones themselves, the part that’s most likely to get damaged than anything else.

          For me, it’s easier to pull the phone out upside down screen facing my leg and headphone jack on the bottom so I don’t need to flip my phone around as it’s already in my hand. Especially handy when working out.

    • Jonathan Ross

      Yea I agree. People keep talking about their accessories not working but fail to realize that they would make the dock and cases accordingly. 

      If you don’t charge your phone in your car, then you don’t use it enough. 

  • Bart Gilliam

    Top works best for me. When I’m in the car I tend to put my phone in the cup holder. Having jacks, headphone, HDMI, Micro USB, etc, can be dangerous especially if your ever have liquids or condensation lurking in your cup holder. Having worked in the cellular industry in the past I have seen may liquid damage claims on phones that pick up moisture just that way.

  • subiedude85

    Doesn’t bother me either way, I use Bluetooth 90% of the time.

  • Wil

    I agree – bottom. The chord isn’t in the way, and I usually put the phone in my back pocket upside-down, the way the hand fits in the pocket.

    • Diablo81588

      Better not sit on it lol

  • Trevor

    That must have been an awkward picture to take…

    • Dliuzzo110

      Physically awkward? Or awkward like the morning after awkward? “Soooo……”

      • Trevor

        Depends who took the picture :-)

  • tankboyben

    where the hell is the “dont give a shite i use bluetooth headphones biaches!” option??

  • cody climer

    I have a bad habit of breaking headphones and headphone jacks, so I’ve gone bluetooth for music. I can spend about 80bucks a year on head phones because they always break down and then the cost of having the head phone jack fixed or replacing the phone… it’s just not worth it. It’s cheaper to buy a bluetooth stereo headset and not have to worry about those problems. 

  • jorelkilcullen

    who cares, who uses headphone jacks anyways? bluetooth is the only means i ever use to transmit audio

    • http://twitter.com/jcardona1 Jose Cardona

      Those who care about highest-quality audio. 

    • Tim242

      BT burns battery.

  • Wizwoz

    Why would you almost break your wrist putting a phone in your pocket? How do you handle your phone when using it? The ear piece is at the top, hence you just drop it into your pocket in the manner which you hold it. Not too difficult. Put the jack at the top… which is the natural way to put a phone in your pocket. 

    • http://twitter.com/jcardona1 Jose Cardona

      That seems so wrong to me. When I hang up a call, I extend my arm straight down and drop the phone in my pocket, as if I was going to lay my arm at my side. The phone ‘naturally’ goes in my pocket top-down. 

  • Michael_NM

    I like it on the side…

    • Tim242

      That’s what he said.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10602828 Mike Hilal

    The only issue with the 3.5mm jack being on the bottom is that it’s too close to the microusb (this has to be on the bottom IMO), and risks interference when it’s being used for charging.  Other than that, it’s just that smidge more convenient when it’s on the bottom. 

  • sc4fpse

    Top. Whenever I’m driving a car other than my primary vehicle, my car mount for my Nexus isn’t in it. If I sit the phone down on the passenger seat, the acceleration of the vehicle screws with the orientation of the screen while using it as a GPS. I can’t put it in my cupholder right side up because the headphone jack is on the bottom, so I’m forced to put it in upside down… but the screen won’t rotate 180 degrees, so that doesn’t work. Bottom placement blows, period.

    • Unexpected62

      180º is in some ROMS, AOKP for one, but I do wish it was in stock android.

  • http://twitter.com/jcardona1 Jose Cardona

    I just wish they put ALL the ports on ONE side. One thing I hate about my Rezound is the audio port is on top and the charging port is on the left side. Using two ports at the same time makes it look like electrical spaghetti with wires all over the farking place. 

  • heyheythere

    how is putting your phone in your pocket top down “the natural way?” I put it in my pocket straight down, top on top, bottom on bottom.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Because we say so. :P

      • Tim242

        You also called the DROID brand crap today. Your credibility is sliding

        • kixofmyg0t

          He called the DROID brand crap…..yet runs a website called droid-life. 

          Just think thats ironic lol.

        • Liderc

          I’m sure they’re worried about what Tim242 says about their “credibility.”

          • Tim242

            Regardless whether they care what I think or not is irrelevant. The man built a website around the DROID brand. To now call that brand crap, is silly. That being said, I was joking. At least he thought it was funny : )

          • Liderc

            I’ve never seen droid-life as JUST droid phones, I don’t know why everyone seems to feel that way.  I know the intent was Droid-centric at first, but it hasn’t been focused on droids since the OG became “dated”.  

            It’s a place for all android devices to be discussed, I bet you 90% of their readers wouldn’t even come here if only droid branded phones were discussed(I know I wouldn’t) because Droid branded devices are no longer the majority and best android devices. 

          • Tim242

            I never said it should be Droid only. I wouldn’t come here either, if that were the case. I said that he built the site around the brand. Calling it crap is beyond crazy talk. I enjoy reading about all Android phones. As long as he keeps iDevices out, I’m good.

          • Liderc

            I think the fact is the Droid brand is crap right now, so it’s not crazy to say that.  It started this android revolution and then got blown by. 

          • Tim242

            That is a generalized comment. The DROID brand still has its place. There are still some great DROID devices being released. Maybe he should follow everybody’s advice and fold Droid Life into Android Life.

          • Liderc

            Droid life is what became popular, hence why most of the news stays here.  It’s simple economics. 

          • Tim242

            I said fold them in together, not ditch one. You seem to just want to disagree with everything.

          • Liderc

            You stated you wanted him to fold Droid-life into  Android-life, but the domain name Droid-life is much more popular.  It would kill his sites value.  

          • Tim242

            Adding two letters is not going to kill the value. It’s something that should be done. Following your logic, we should call all Android phones, DROIDS, because that was what built Android’s value.

          • Liderc

            You’re using my logic about Kellex keeping his website valuable to the entire android ecosystem? 

            =x

          • Tim242

            Yes. The DROID name built both.

          • Liderc

            I didn’t deny that, I actually said that earlier about the OG.  My point is, he would lose an incredible amount of value and links by merging DL to AL.  Droid-Life has an Alexa rank of 14,202, which is very good.  An.Droid-life has a terrible domain name and a much worse rank.  Droid-life is his bread and butter and it’s about the incoming links that he’s achieved since it’s conception that has built his readership.  Without it, his google search could literally disappear. 

            It has nothing to do with the actual droid brand, it’s about the domain’s alexa rank. 

          • Tim242

            The links can be linked together. My favorite local TV site was kthv.comfor many years. They decided to change the domain to todaysthv.com. That was 3 years ago. I still type in kthv.com and get redirected.

          • Liderc

            Yes you get redirected, so many of the people would make it over to the new site, but Droid-life the domain would lose thousands of backlinks(which take years to build and are the most important thing for a website) and indexed pages in search engines.  It would literally kill the alexa ranking(which is what makes a site worth money).  Trust me, I’ve been in web design for nearly 6 years and the worst thing you can ever do is change your domain name once it’s become ranked well.  I’ve seen it kill an entire site before. 

            The best thing would be to kill an.droid-life and redirect everyone to droid-life. It’s the much more valuable domain by literally a factor of 10.

          • Tim242

            Then maybe he shouldn’t call it crap then : )

          • Liderc

            That’s my point, I don’t think he thinks of droid-life as the “droid brand” he thinks of droid as “android” because this is the site that took off.  He feels the droid brand has gone to crap, which a lot of people agree with so it’s just not as crazy as one might think. 

            From past polls, most of his readers aren’t using droid branded devices anyways, so it’s irrelevant. 

    • http://twitter.com/jcardona1 Jose Cardona

      It just depends how you put it in and pull it out. I follow the first animation, so bottom makes sense for me.

      • TexAgMichael

        That’s what she said (not heyheythere)

        • http://twitter.com/jcardona1 Jose Cardona

          zing!

      • Tim242

        Hahaha dirtiest thing I’ve read all week.

    • http://twitter.com/NickInLA Nick

      Put your hand in your pocket, that’s the natural way. Hold the phone in your hand, now stick your hand in your pocket. How is dangling the phone in your hand using 2 fingers while dropping it into your pocket, natural? Now try to take the phone out of your pocket when it’s face up, you again have to hold the phone with 2 fingers and rotate the phone in your hand to get it into the proper position, completely unnatural.

      • mike_s123

        It’s a bit silly arguing about what’s the “natural” way to put something in an unnatural pocket. Unless you’re a kangaroo, that is, and they keep their pocket contents upright.

    • jjrudey

      If your phone doesn’t fit in your pocket I think that’s a problem you need to discuss with your pants.

      • http://twitter.com/jcardona1 Jose Cardona

        I think heyheythere is a girl. They can, and should be expected to, wear the tightest pants physically possible. 

        • TC Infantino

          I agree with just one exception, there are certain women (and men) who should avoid wearing tight clothing at all costs.  I was at Walmart just yesterday…(shudders)

    • Kal5el

      There are no girls on the internet.

      • CORYK333

        I saw one, once, i swear

    • TC Infantino

      +1000 for girls wearing tight jeans.  Woot!

  • teleclimber

    the gifs assume that you pull your phone out by wrapping your hand around it. I pull my phone out by grabbing the top. It then pivots and lays in the palm of my hand in the correct orientation. Hang on while I work on a gif.

    Edit: I voted top, and I put my phone in the pocket upright.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Damn pivoters. :P

      • TC Infantino

        Heh, well the spinners are more fun.

    • BulletTooth_Tony

      That’s how I do it too… and most of the weight tends to be at the bottom, just feels better.

    • Liderc

      More likely to drop it that way.  2 fingers and rotating vs. multiple fingers and thumb and no rotation. 

  • Blink1st

    Haven’t had a phone with the jack on bottom (og droid, dinc, thunderbolt) but I wish I did. It may seem.insignificant or nit-picky but the cord does get in the way when you put the phone in your pocket top down.

    • Tim242

      You should be asking yourself why you pit your phone in.your pocket upside down.

  • http://twitter.com/kn1ghth4wk241 Mike Daniels

    Doesnotmatter.avi

  • http://twitter.com/AZTricky Will M

    Bottom, no question. I thought it was weird when I first got my gNex but now I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • Hoyce1212

    How about we get up with the times and use bluetooth!

    • Tim242

      Because it sucks unneccesary battery…..

  • http://twitter.com/ralph9994 Ralph Kleinveld

    bottom just makes more sense. as you can see on the gif for top you need to rotate your phone and stuff

  • Mate01

    Top

  • riktking

    On the bottom. Looks better in car window mount.

  • tanknspank

    Definitely the bottom… Why would I want to flip my device around in my hand to put it in my pocket? 

    Had both, definitely prefer the way it is on the Galaxy Nexus to, say, my thunderbolt and droid.

    • Droidzilla

      I have mine on the top and don’t have to flip the device; I just don’t pull it out like a momo like in the gif.

      teehee – I said, “pull it out.”

  • muffnman

    Bottom – makes for better docking experience.

  • Mack

    Bottom. That’s one thing I loved about my old iPod Touch. 

  • Jack

    I like being on top.

    • John

      so does your mom
      O_o

      • tvjrc603

        Yeah, that’s what she told me at first too, but she is really willing to experiment once she gets comfortable.  I pulled off the double-wheelbarrow Eiffel Tower on the second date…well worth the price of lunch at Denny’s.

        • John

          hah

        • LiterofCola

          you killed it -_-

      • Bazinga!

        How can they both be on top at the same time?

        • John

          Obviously, you’re not a golfer.

    • Tim242

      : )

    • Larizard

      i saw the poll options before reading the post and I was like.. wait, what?

    • Oh yeah

      It depends on my mood, sometimes it’s the top other times it’s the…. Oh wait. What are we talking about again???

  • Erfahr

    Bottom. Gotta say, although there’s only been a few votes, I’m surprised that there have been so many people who prefer it on the top.

  • EL Big CHRIS

    I really like the bottom approach but since I dont have a cardock for my galaxy nexus it’s cumbersome for it to on the bottom.

    • gardobus

      How is it cumbersome?  I don’t have a cardock and I love that the auxiliary and power both come out of the bottom.

      • EL Big CHRIS

        Because I used to use my DInc and for a short time the iPhone 4 in a cup holder thingy I got from the dealership and when the jack was on top it worked. Now on the bottom I have to have my phone upside down so the cable can’t get on the way. I drive a Scion tC.

        • CORYK333

          Sorry

  • Samvelavich

    most people put their headphones in their pocket upside down… do bottom makes more sense

    • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

      I put my phone in the right way up, and the headphone jack is on the top. If I had a gnex, I’d put the phone in my pocket upside down.

      Doesn’t really bother me either way tbh. One thing that does bother me is the USB thing. HAS to be on the bottom for me.

      • Samvelavich

        I agree with the USB thing… my cousin has a droid RAZR and I hate that the charging port is on top… it gets in the way so much when you try to use it.. same with it being on the side because u cant get a comfortable grip on it.

      • Droidzilla

        I prefer the USB port on the top.

        • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

          on the corner.

      • scotcho85

        My preference is that the headphone jack and USB port are on the same side, whether it be top or bottom

    • FortitudineVincimus

      According to the poll thus far, “most” people are not doing this.

      I like to put mine in a stand on the desk, so bottom is no good. I have a special pocket on my backpack and when I pull phone up and out, I like to not have to flip it over.

      TOP

      • Samvelavich

        not everyone uses a stand or a pouch… im pretty sure a lot of people just put it in their pockets and it wouldnt make sense putting it right side up because you would have to flip it over after taking it out… if its upside down u just pull it out and its automatically right-side up.

        • FortitudineVincimus

          and yet even now…. the poll still shows your wrong.. “most” people are not doing what you say. 

          • Samvelavich

            yeah dude, i see that and believe me, im surprised lol… i dont know any people that put it in right-side soo ya

          • balthuszar

            by right-side do you mean top up? i do that

          • Liderc

            Shouldn’t you be on the RIM story b*tching about how it’s irrelevant to this site?

          • tanknspank

            I would rather go with most people are voting with what they have, because that’s all they have had. 

            Whatever floats your boat though.

        • JMac726

          BOTH

          • tvjrc603

            I don’t know exactly why, but I had visions of Insanity Wolf in my mind as a read that…

        • mike_s123

          If you carry it in a shirt pocket, then right side up is right side up. There’s no flipping involved. 

      • LiterofCola

        Agreed, mine sits in the cup holder while driving, do it bring on the top makes more sense.

        • StevieWelles

          Why? Just put your phone upside down in the cupholder. Makes absolutely no difference in that case.

          • SteveTango

            +1000

          • feztheforeigner

            You can’t see the screen. I do the same thing for navigation and music by plugging the audio jack into my car’s stereo; need to see where I’m going and what’s playing!

          • UnknownMember

            I use a proclip so my phone is above my aux cable, and power source. Thus bottom for both is ideal. I take it you don’t charge while in your car?

          • LiterofCola

            I charge in my car, and it works out well since the outlet is on the top as well.

          • r0lct

            Enable auto-rotation for 180 degrees

          • LiterofCola

            But the phone would still look awkward, being upside down and all.

          • r0lct

            For me I’m not concerned with how it looks in a cup holder, just how well it works.  Especially with on screen keys, it becomes a non-issue.  However I know everyone has their own preferences.

          • LiterofCola

            Yeah, it really is a non-issue.

          • feztheforeigner

            As far as I know you can’t in stock ICS

          • LLcdPH

            That’s correct.  It doesn’t rotate 180 degrees. 

          • r0lct

            To be honest I don’t even have that feature turned on it AOKP, it being inverted while in my cup holder doesn’t bother me at all.  

          • LiterofCola

            Why would I want my phone upside down in my cupholder?  It would look super awkward when shuffling through songs.

          • Samuel

            I hope you don’t drive anywhere near me

          • LiterofCola

            Ha!  I use Player pro, so I can chage songs with a swipe of the screen without looking.

          • mikeym0p

            How? I learned to hit the fast forward button without looking even when the phone is upside down. Not only that, you can pick it up and select the song, or even with Cm9 use the volume key skip.

          • ddh819

            i hope you’re not driving while using the phone, but you could let the screen rotate.

          • LLcdPH

            You also can’t use your phone for navigation if upside down in a cup holder.

          • http://www.tedpavlic.com/ Ted Pavlic

            But stock Android doesn’t flip the display for upside-down mode. You’re stuck with an upside down display.

      • Matthew Rosidivito

        I think most people generally do put their phones in their pocket upside down, but you’re right if you were trying to say that it doesn’t correlate to most people preferring the mic jack on the bottom.

      • feztheforeigner

        I like to pull my phone out just a tad to see the clock. To keep from reading an upside down font I have to put my phone in right side up.

      • Liderc

        I bet a majority of the people only say top because that’s what they currently have(it’s more common currently).  It’s not their preference, they’ve just never had one on the bottom yet to compare. 

        Although I did hate my OG’s headphone jack being on top, anytime I was listening to music and holding it, the damn cord would always keep hanging in front of the screen. 

        • Panicswhenubered

          ^THIS

        • Josh Groff

          My old slider phones had it on the side, always put my phone in with the screen up. It’s only a 90 degree rotation of the phone if you’re used to it.

          Hold phone normally, rotate 90 degrees clockwise if you’re right handed, it will now be ready to put into your pocket with the top up.

        • firant

          I keep my phone in my breast pocket — if its upright I can just pull it up and key the screen on to check the time / notifications when I’m in court / in a meeting. Top for both lockswitch and phono jack is a good thing.

          • Liderc

            I agree that the breast pocket works out better with the headphone jack on the top, but power button on the top doesn’t work for larger phones, the side is a must.

      • TC Infantino

        Actually, if the headphone jack were on the bottom then a stand specifically made for your phone could also have a jack built in so that when you slide the phone into it (in portrait view) then your stand could be a music output as well.  Though I really don’t like Frapple for many reasons, they did do something right with their devices all having the same exact connector type and placement on the bottom.  When you go to the electronics store and see 10 different types of docking stations (music, alarm, etc…) and they all work with any iPhwne, then you have to agree that standardized port placement allows aftermarket manufacturers to make a variety of devices you could use.

        • Mr. Joshua

          iPod Classic has jack on top.

    • UndergroundWire

      Exactly my reasoning.

    • BlueLetter

      Somehow I doubt that, even if just as a result of conventional jack placement I’m pretty sure most people change their grip and put their phones in rightside up.

      • EvanJ2462

        LoI just put my phone in right side up for the first time maybe ever, and at first I tried to hit a power button that wasn’t there and then when i spun it i dropped it.

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    • MooleyBooleyTroll

      Guess I’m not most people :( I put mine in my pocket top side up.

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