As you know, the Nexus One comes with a 4-segment 3.5mm headphone jack, whereas the standard 3.5mm plug has 3 segments.

I visually compared a standard 3-segment 3.5mm plug with the 4-segment 3.5mm plug that comes with the original Nexus One headset and they seem identical in length.

My only concern is that plugging in a standard 3-segment into this 4-segment jack will damage the Nexus One.

Better safe than sorry... so instead of empirically plugging in the standard 3-segment plug in the the N1 just to see whether it causes a fatal short or not, I prefer to ask those who are already knowledgeable with this: Is it safe to use a standard 3-segment with the N1 headphone jack?

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Your phone should be fine.

Android won't route phone calls through headphones though, iPhone can be set to do so and uses the phone's microphone.

An option I use to attach standard headphone to my Galaxy S is a simple Bluetooth headphone adapter (£10 from Amazon), that way I get to use MY headphones and make calls via them, plus you can keep your phone in your pocket when skating into town!

  • @Adrian Thanks. What do you mean by "won't route phone calls through headphones"? When I use the original headset that came with the Nexus One, I can hear the audio in the earpieces. Can you explain? Also, if you can provide a link (or just a brand/model#) to the Bluetooth headphone adapter you mentioned, this would be much appreciated. Commented Apr 6, 2011 at 12:00
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    Headphones don't have a mic, so Android cant use it as a Headset, even though the phone has a mic on it...I have this one from Amazon UK amazon.co.uk/Nexxus-Bluemusic-Stereo-Bluetooth-headset/dp/… I use it all the time, especially as I use Music Link headphones that work with my hearing aids - but it works with ANY 3.5mm stereo jack headphones
    – Mesh
    Commented Apr 6, 2011 at 12:09
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    @Adrian: what exactly do you mean by "can't use it as a headset"? I have a 4-segment audio plug that comes with my Samsung Spica, and I can use its mic just fine.
    – Lie Ryan
    Commented Apr 6, 2011 at 15:56
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    headSETs have 4 segment plugs, ground,left,right and mic - they WORK. headPHONES dont have a mic and only have 3 segment jacks ground, left, right, and cannot be used for PHONE CALLS, at least on my Galaxy S - so I have to use the BT adapter to use my headPHONES for music and CALLs
    – Mesh
    Commented Apr 6, 2011 at 16:16
  • @Adrian I have been able to use 3-segment headphones for phone calls (hearing the call through the phones) since the day I got my Galaxy S. Commented Apr 7, 2011 at 17:10

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