Does the iPhone X's display notch bother you?

We've seen it time and again in various leaks and once Apple announced it, it was official — the iPhone X's all-screen front is kind of “ruined” by a notch at the top of the display. It's there to house the super-advanced depth-sensing Face ID sensors and camera as well as the earpiece, of course.

Now, you may have noticed the quotation marks around the word ruined above. That's because, while some people absolutely hate The Notch, others don't care for it. We are pretty sure that some will even learn to love it as it's a signature of the iPhone X's look.

We were wondering just how controversial it is, though. So, here's a poll for you — do you hate the iPhone X's Notch?

What do you think of the iPhone X "notch"?

Hate it!
65.4%
I'm not really bothered by it
25.04%
I kinda like it!
9.56%

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iPhone X
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2716 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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64 Comments

1. Justlooking

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

That's like asking if you get wet when you stand under the rain.

24. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

That's your opinion!! /s

55. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

LOL! You both win the internet!

2. jellmoo

Posts: 2585; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I thought the one on the Essential Phone was ugly. Then I saw this one...

8. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I still think the Essential is uglier.

21. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Both are ugly...but the Essential is small ugly, iPhone X is big ugly. iPX reminds me of my friend with an inch long mole on his forehead.

23. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Damn. lol, I think that the phone's display is best left rectangular without any type of obstructions like the two phones listed. I think the Essential phone looks nice, but I imagine that after long-term usage, it would really bug the crap out of me. Bezels are not the enemy people (OEMs), battery life is. Make that the priority. SMH...

32. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Honestly, you won't see me using any of them...just for the sake of being bezeless, I don't want to sacrifice real estate abnormally. If it has to be, I would like something like the mix 2.

60. BadAssAbe

Posts: 507; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

If you want more bezel, just add a case. Plus you get more protection and you can choose the way it looks

3. nikhil23

Posts: 442; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

I remember from Essential Phone PA review that they absolutely hated camera notch. I wonder is IpX notch bothers them or not ?

19. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

It's iPA. Deal with it.!!

39. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

It'll be a delightful curiosity to have a physical feature that blocks information on the screen. A+ for playfulness.

4. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1821; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Won't know until I can get my hands on it and use for an extensive amount of time... Asking questions like this doesn't prove anything with the results being that most users haven't even had the device in hand...

9. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The notch is a visual thing, and we've all seen it quite a lot. You don't need to have it in hand to dislike the aesthetic.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well said.

16. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1821; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Not for me. Even though we can see it doesn't mean we will like or not like it once we get it in hand and use it. After a while it may become unnoticeable due to the brain getting used to the visually different notch... It's new territory with display form factor... Give it a min and let the people get used to it first, even though it's not as drastic as a fingerprint sensor move, just like it, it will take some time to get used to the new aesthetic...

18. TerryD

Posts: 546; Member since: May 09, 2017

'Give it a min and let the people get used to it first...' if you don't get used to it, Apple will claim 'your brain is wired wrong'

22. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1821; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I may or may not get used to it, but I'll give it the old college try...

26. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Not going to argue with you, but the notch does have the potential to impact the functionality of the device as software has to be rewritten to account for it. So initially, you can say you like it or hate it, but for some people, they choose to reserve judgment till after they drop $1,000 on it and try it for themselves, and I think they have that right.

14. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Yeah because you need to actually put your hands on fire to know how bad it will hurt you?! Dude you can look at it and see its ugly. You can see all the UI videos showing how the notch gets in the way of the UX. You don't need to touch fire and get burned to know you don't want to get burned. You can see videos of things being burned and know you wouldn't want to experience such. Check this video where Chris Pirillo talks about the UI. He actually shows posts from devs who are complaining about the fact Apple says you have to work around the notch and can't black out the top -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0fgYiNQK3c Think how many apps will be updated, but millions of apps that work perfect on the older models, will look like crap on the X because they won't be fix. https://www.forbes.com/sites/ewanspence/2017/10/11/apple-iphonex-new-leak-jonyive-design-flaw/#59f9514810a0 You have to use that everyday, before you get a sense of how terrible it would be? It was a stupid design decision and Apple is gonna find out just how bad it is, in addition to charging $1000 for it too. I guess once you make an ugly phone (iPhone 6), its hard to break that trend. The camera array itself is not the issue. It's how it was implemented that is. Now we have a more confirmed factual thing we can show as an example, that the claim that Apple waits and does stuff perfect before implementation is nothing but what it has always been.

17. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1821; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

All that's fine and dandy but I never use youtube video's as a basis to form an opinion for something... If that was the case I'd hate the placement of my Note's fingerprint sensor, but in actuality it's in a great spot and I have no issues using it like all the youtube videos suggest. I'll form my own opinion once it's in hand and I use it for a bit.

45. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Shut your face Techie.....

51. Xilam unregistered

It all depends on if the UI takes adavantage of the extra screen on both sizeds if the notch. Will games put their controls there, will apps take advanatage of the extra real estate that Samsung Galaxy and LG just covers up with blank glass? Will apps on iOS catchup to the X design quickly and make use of the new form?

5. drunkenjay

Posts: 1670; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

I hate it but getting it. Just hope its not a disaster for apps.

15. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

What about the millions of apps that won't be updated? You think about that?

30. drunkenjay

Posts: 1670; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

millions of apps will to be honest since its apple.

33. midan

Posts: 2873; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Apple developers actually care that people use their apps, apps will be updated very fast. Just like what happened when 7 plus came when apps had to update to use that bigger screen. Also iOS11 only support 64 bit apps so all those apps which you can use got update recently. So If devs won't support iPhone X, those app very likely won't work with any iOS device either.

6. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

If the Essential phone notch bothered most then the iPhone X's notch has to to be twice as bothersome shouldn't it? I for one think its a poor design decision on an otherwise great phone. The SoC is a beast the display is , love them or hate them, is manufacture by one of the best display manufactures on the planet < Samsung >. This is a Good Phone but its design has been hindered a bit, IMO, by the notch. That's just my opinion. Others may like it or not even be bothered by it. "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" as they say.

7. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

It was a poor engineering decision made by Apple. They wanted a “bezel-less” phone, but took the easy route when it came to the sensors, forward facing camera, etc. Everyone knows Apple users all have OCD, thats why all of their designs are symetrical. That notch will definitely bother most of their users.

12. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I think you're underestimating the militant iPhone fan's ability to love and defend absolutely anything they do.

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