Since pretty much everyone these days has a smartphone, there is a reduced need to carry a separate MP3 player around with you just to listen to music, watch movies, or listen to audiobooks.
Smartphones that allow you to stream videos via your 4G data plan, download the latest Game of Thrones episode from the app store, or just listen to a meditation playlist on YouTube during your long commute to work, have been an absolute essential for those who are on the move often.
There is of course the ongoing debate about whether or not using headphones with your cellphone can transmit cancer causing radiation, but regardless of whether you are a believer in that or not, it is always beneficial to invest in a good set of headphones that are compatible with your smartphone.
We have taken a look at some of the different products available on the market and compiled a list of the best types of headphones for cellphones. If you want to get really specific, then check out this article on the best headphones of 2016 for further reading.
Wireless ear-bud headphones are an excellent option for those who want to be discreet about their music listening, or are concerned about messing up their hair on the way into the office.
In-ear wireless headphones allow you to connect to your cellphone via a bluetooth signal whilst not having to worry about the cables getting tangled in your jewellery or hair. You can listen to music, watch movies with excellent audio quality, or simply have a conversation with your best friend, without having to hold the phone to your ear or risk disturbing those around you by switching the speaker option on.
Wireless headphones were once limited by their pricing, but as technology advances we are seeing several affordable options becoming available for consumer purchase, meaning there is little difference between buying a traditional pair of headphones with a cable and a set of wireless headphones.
Noise Cancelling Headphones
Noise cancelling headphones are always a good choice for those who spend a lot of time on the phone. Trying to concentrate on what someone is saying to your on a call can be rather complex if you are sitting on an especially noisy train or in a busy bar.
Noise cancelling headphones allow you to listen with clarity to what the person on the other end of the line is saying, by eliminating the noise around you. They also are excellent for relaxation purposes if you just watch to plug into your cellphone and switch off by listening to some classical music on the way home after a long day at the office.
Brand Specific Cellphone Headphones
Most of the Smartphone manufacturers like Apple provide a set of headphones with the cellphone when you purchase it. These can be fine if you are only going to be using them from time to time, but if you are an avid listener of the radio or you value the quality of sound output, then you will probably want to upgrade from the headphones that are provided with your cellphone.
Additionally, they are usually lost within about a week, for some inexplicable reason. That said, depending on the brand of your cellphone, some of the headphones will be better than others. It is also worth checking that a specific input fitting is not required to use non-brand specific headphones with your cellphone.