Apple vs Samsung vs Pixel vs LG notification shades: which one you prefer? (poll results)


We made a quick overview and a visual comparison of the various approaches to the notification and connectivity toggle shades solution that different phone makers employ in their interfaces, and asked you which one you prefer. You can have a glimpse of the most popular notification shade layouts in the slideshow below, as, somewhat surprisingly given the spartan visuals and features of a stock Android shade, that's the one that took the cake with more than 40% of the 1859 votes. Next in line are Samsung and Apple's solutions, while LG and the rest are trailing in preference.

Those hidden interface panels where phone makers place shortcuts for quick access to connectivity toggles, and host app, call or message notifications, are one of the more diverse interface segments that can make or brake the respective user experience. From background to layout, from iconography to notification access - each and every one of the major phone brands approaches the notification and toggle shades' visuals in a different manner, and provides different ways to access them.

This interface element is usually tucked away from plain sight, and only visible when you pull up or down to preview a message or turn on, say, Bluetooth. The way you access the shade, however, and its layout, could make interaction with your device easier, or an exercise in frustration, that is why we wanted to do a brief listing of who does it how, so you can gauge what you are missing, or where the toggle panel of your phone maker excels compared to the rest.

Whose notification/toggles shade solution you like most?

Samsung
25.44%
Apple
18.07%
LG
10.27%
Stock (Pixel, HTC, Moto, Sony)
41.53%
EMUI (honor, Huawei)
2.96%
Other
1.72%

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11 Comments

1. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3094; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Stock all the way.

2. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Anything else apart from Google/stock. That barebone, featureless interface looks like a kid suffering from malnutrition. I know it's a fashion to 'love' stock on the internet, but living on such impractical system makes no sense to me. Functionality and practicality should be the primary method to judge an interface.

7. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

http://www.phonearena.com/image.php?m=Articles.Images&f=name&id=266890&kw=&popup=1 Loots functional, practical and downright beautiful, so don't know what you're on about. If you're going by iPA images, then this one is just a blatantly lazy job and they should dig through their own stock photos more. Otherwise, stock Nougat notifications are far better than both Samsung or LG or Apple or whoever. The images they provided up above literally show 6 pages of Apple and samsung notifications and then 1 quick settings page (from like Jelly Bean) for all of the others.

9. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 908; Member since: May 07, 2014

Agreed

3. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I do like Samsung clean white notification.

4. aznhachi

Posts: 212; Member since: Apr 12, 2016

currently with resurrection remix rom (zenfone 2) keep the quick settings stock as possible it's neat and easy to use still miss the zenUI's style

5. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I like Samsungs, but I am use to it. To be honest I think I would like any of them.

6. xperian

Posts: 417; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

I like Apple's approach, where you don't have to swipe twice to reach toggles, swiping from the bottom is convenient, too bad it's not always responsive

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30902; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Overall Samsung, but I like how Apple splits it from quick settings.

10. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I've had all the Samsung devices and now have the Pixel XL. I prefer the Samsung notification shade. For a device praised for it's design the iPhone's notification shade is terrible imo.

11. rsiders

Posts: 1898; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Having used the V20 for just a couple days LG has really done an excellent job with their notification shade. Very much mature and refined over the previous version.

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