iPhone headphones are special headphones that are designed specially for the iPhone. They are usually built-in an in-line microphone to use as a hands free phone. Also they come with buttons to control your music.
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on the other side, don't come with such features. Therefore, a headphone adapter for the iPhone is needed.
An expensive headphone with an iPhone headphone adapter is a must have iPhone accessory specially if you use your iPhone heavily listen to music.
Although the iPhone comes with a headphone from Apple, the sound quality of the Apple iPhone headphone is not that great. Also, it is always a good idea to buy another set of iPhone headsets just for emergency cases.
For example, I have an iPhone headset in my car, and I have the original Apple iPhone headsets in a drawer next to my bed, and I have another iPhone bluetooth headset in my drawer in my office. Therefore, when I need a headphone, I can always find one next to me where ever I am.
If you use the iPod application a lot, you might need a nice iPhone headset that will give good sound, and that has a mic and control buttons.
It is not common to find high end expensive headphones with a microphone and control buttons simply because those features will add cost to non-iPhone users. If you don't care much about the quality of the sound and answering phone calls at the same time, then simple cheap headphones are available.
There are many different types and styles of headphones that work for the iPhone. However, if you have one of the first generation iPhone 2G, then you must have an iPhone headphone adapter.
Manufacturers of headphones have some creativestyles and shapes, and also names to differentiate between the different types and styles of those headphones.
Bose for example, might call one type of headphone a different name than what Sony thinks. However, a naming scheme that covers almost every type of headphones can still be developed by just relying on the shape and style of the headphone.
Therefore, we can divide headphones into five different categories. In ear headphones, on the ear headphones, around the ear, clip-on type, and behind the nick headphones.
Those headphones go inside the ear canal, and provide some seal with the ear to improve sound and eliminate outside noise. I personally don't like this type of earphones, as they can fall easily. However, they are small and can be stored in a purse, bag or a in a pocket.
The Apple iPhone headsets reside in this category. There are many headphones of this type that are designed for the iPhone. Some of them have both a microphone, and control buttons. Others might only have either a mic or one or more buttons.
In ear headsets usually have some rounded rubber feature to help sealing and holding the earphone in the ear. Still with a little move or bump, this type of headphones can fall easily.
To avoid this problem, some of those earphones have some kind of a rubber hook that attach to the cable and route the wire behind the ear.
It converts the in-ear type headphone to a clip-on type headset. Once the hard rubber piece is attached to the wire, the headsets can go inside the ear canal and hook to the ear. It hold them in place and prevent them from falling.
Those types of in-ear headphones seem to have highfrequency sound and lack of base due to their small size. Since they are small and portable, they can be folded easily and stored in a carrying case.
This type of headphones just sit on the ear and have some padding or foam for ear comfort. The two speakers are usually connected with flexible plastic that go around the top of the head.
This style has bigger speakers but still don't cover the whole ear. They usually have better base than the smaller in-ear headphones. If they are equipped with noise canceling technology, the atmosphere noise can dramatically be eliminated.
It is very difficult to find those type of headphones designed specially for the iPhone headphone jack. They can be too expensive to just be designed for the iPhone.
Therefore, to take advantage of the iPhone headphone
jack, use an iPhone headphone adapter. Those iPhone headphone adapters are cheap and can be found from many online stores. They will allow your expensive headphone to control the music, so you can play, pause, forward and rewind your music, besides the ability to answer and end phone calls.
This type of headphones is similar to the on-ear headphone. The speakers come in different sizes and shapes. They can be in-ears or on ear.
The two speakers are connected with a flexible plastic that not only keeps the ear phones firmly tight but also it makes it easy to wear and remove.
It routs behind and around the ear and then behind the neck giving a very nice and tidy appearance. This type of headphones isn't commonly available specially for the iPhone. However, you can always connect it to an iPhone headphone adapter and control music, and make phone conversation.