Best overall

Samsung Galaxy S9 / S9+

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ aren't much different from their predecessors, but seeing as those were Samsung's best-ever-selling phones that's not a bad thing. These phones are all about giving you the most features in the most beautiful package. You get top-end specs across the board, plus all of the hardware features you expect: waterproofing, wireless charging, an SD card slot, a headphone jack and more.

The camera is all-new this year, with a sensor that does fantastic processing to remove noise and sharpen fine detail. It's aided by a dual-aperture lens to get the best combination of light and detail in different shots, and in the case of the Galaxy S9+ is paired with a secondary telephoto lens for zoom and portrait mode shooting.

You don't get the clean and simple software experience of the Pixel 2, which may take some extra customization and tweaking on your part, but the Galaxy S9 is far less polarizing overall — just about anyone looking for a high-end phone will love using the Galaxy S9 or S9+.

Bottom line: The Galaxy S9 and S9+ don't require much thought — they can do everything, and look great doing it, with few real downsides.

One more thing: Consider paying the extra $120 for the Galaxy S9+, where you get more RAM, a bigger screen and longer battery life. It's worth it for most people.

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Best for sound quality

LG G7

LG's latest phone, the G7, has a headphone jack, a powerful amplifier, and a Quad DAC, to push some of the best audio we've ever heard in a phone. While it's not as good overall as the Galaxy S9 and S9+, on audio quality alone the G7 has no peer (except other LG V-series phones).

With a 6.1-inch display, a super-fast Snapdragon 845 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a dual camera setup that will impress even the most vociferous critics, the LG G7 is, overall, an outstanding phone. But if you just want the best sound quality coming out of a phone headphone jack, the LG G7 is the phone for you.

Bottom line: LG does all of the basics amazingly well, and accents it with a nice body and super-capable pair of cameras.

One more thing: The G7 can even power high-impedance headphones from the headphone jack.

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Best for business

BlackBerry KEY2

Business folks don't need to worry about Bluetooth — they just want to plug and play. The KEY2 continues BlackBerry Mobile's tradition of offering incredible sounding phone calls through a precisely-tuned headpiece and, of course, a headphone jack. There's even a pretty great pair of earbuds in the box — with a microphone and in-line remote — if you don't have your own pair.

Bottom line: Along with the keyboard, the KEY2 keeps it fittingly retro with a great-sounding headphone jack.

One more thing: You can use the phone's keyboard shortcuts to quickly launch your favorite music app.

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Best for less

Moto X4

The Moto X4 is all about providing a high-end feel without the coinciding price. It originally retailed at $399, but can often be had for well under $300 now just a handful of months after launch. At that price, it's a fantastic phone — it has a beautiful metal-and-glass build, dual rear cameras, solid battery life and really good specs for the money. The software experience is typical clean Motorola, and runs buttery smooth thanks to some wonderful optimizations.

Unlike many of Motorola's more expensive phones, the Moto X4 has also retained a headphone jack. And even with that, it's still IP68 water and dust resistant.

Bottom line: The Moto X4 is a fantastic deal at under $300, providing a flagship-like experience in many respects for far less than half the price.

One more thing: You can get the Moto X4 from Amazon or Motorola directly, but also on Project Fi as an "Android One" version with a longer update runway.

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Conclusion

When it comes to keeping the headphone jack around, Samsung still takes the cake with the Galaxy S9 and S9+ — they're great phones overall that happen to also still hold onto this important port. The LG G7 is also a good phone that keeps the jack, and has best-in-class audio quality. On the cheaper side, the Moto X4 has a ton going for it and retains the headphone jack and IP68 water resistance at a sub-$300 price.

Best overall

Samsung Galaxy S9 / S9+

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ aren't much different from their predecessors, but seeing as those were Samsung's best-ever-selling phones that's not a bad thing. These phones are all about giving you the most features in the most beautiful package. You get top-end specs across the board, plus all of the hardware features you expect: waterproofing, wireless charging, an SD card slot, a headphone jack and more.

The camera is all-new this year, with a sensor that does fantastic processing to remove noise and sharpen fine detail. It's aided by a dual-aperture lens to get the best combination of light and detail in different shots, and in the case of the Galaxy S9+ is paired with a secondary telephoto lens for zoom and portrait mode shooting.

You don't get the clean and simple software experience of the Pixel 2, which may take some extra customization and tweaking on your part, but the Galaxy S9 is far less polarizing overall — just about anyone looking for a high-end phone will love using the Galaxy S9 or S9+.

Bottom line: The Galaxy S9 and S9+ don't require much thought — they can do everything, and look great doing it, with few real downsides.

One more thing: Consider paying the extra $120 for the Galaxy S9+, where you get more RAM, a bigger screen and longer battery life. It's worth it for most people.

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Update July 2018: We've replaced the LG V30 with its newer, better counterpart, the LG G7. The rest of the list remains unchanged.