LG, Samsung, Apple or Essential: who did 'all-screen' best?

In years past, when phone makers touted their phones as bezel-less, they usually meant thin side rim, but after it became clear that Apple is working on an "all-screen" phone with OLED display last year, there was a rush to trim the top and bottom bezels, too, as nobody seemed sure how exactly it would look like. Nearly all major brands pierced the 80% screen-to-body ratio this year, but had different approaches to the "all-screen" solution in terms of shapes and forms, and we wanted to know which one is your favorite so far.

From the LG G6, through the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 or the Essential Phone, all the way to the upcoming iPhone X, and even the Mate 10, phone bezels aren't what they used be. Almost every major manufacturer, save for Sony and HTC, outed handsets with great screen-to-body ratios this year. 

Barring Sharp, which has been making georestricted to Japan headless phones with its EDGEST design for a good while, it all arguably started with the Mi Mix last fall, when Xiaomi released a handset that had the top and bottom bezels shaved off to a minimum, and a screen with 17:9 aspect ratio. 

The ratio then moved to a more standard 18:9 Univisium aspect with the LG G6, then to 18.5:9 with the Galaxy S8 and Note 8, and to 19:9 with the iPhone X. If we extract the on-screen navigation strip or the status bar surrounding the notch of the iPhone, those gravitate towards the 18:9 mark, too, so we can say that this is the new normal for a high-end phone screen, and next year it will likely move down to the midrangers as well, like it or not. 

This new aspect ratio is a bit misleading, as it allows phone makers to tout that they've housed enormous screen sizes in very compact bodies, but, since the handsets are taller and narrower, in terms of screen area the 16:9 standard would win for the same screen size any day of the week. The ways that phone makers approached the task to make "all-screen" phones with high screen-to-body ratios, however, differ drastically, and nowhere is that more visible than in the bezel-trimming solutions. 

There are thin or wider strips, cutouts, rounded corners, or getting rid of almost anything but the chassis top as with the Mi Mix 2. Check out all the different bezel-less solutions that resulted in the "edge-to-edge" display revolution this year, and tell us whose approach is your favorite.

Who did 'all-screen' best in 2017?

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1. Jacksie66 unregistered

Good job you didn't include the iPhone 8. It'd take up half the page..

2. ramdroid

Posts: 134; Member since: May 21, 2016


11. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

iPhone X is the more logical one to be included, of course... The iPhone 8 isn't even trying to be bezel less... So , no.

55. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013


3. Hollowmost

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

Sammy been bítchslapping the competitors in design department since 2016 ....

30. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

You mean since the S6?

37. naittosan

Posts: 240; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Totally disagree with you, can't hold the Samunung phone without touching the side of the screen and launching something you don't want. Plus there are too many buttons on the phones to hold it anyway you want.

42. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Maybe for people with stubby church deacon- like hands, but for myself I've had no accidental touches/launches & on my Note 8 I can do a screenshot with one hand. Now on my S7E I had several accidental camera launches by pressing the home button, but for everything else not sure who you're referring to.

46. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Apparently you have never used a Samsung phone

63. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

No, you can't hold a Samsung phone without touching the edge. I can do so with no issue. Even without the case. If you dont like the edge then dont like it. But claiming aomething cant be done, simply b3cause you can't is a reach.

73. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Not even an issue on the S7 Edge, so no.

4. viandrona

Posts: 19; Member since: Jul 03, 2016

Depends on what you understand by best. Best overall, Samsung. Best color calibration, Samsung. Best screen to body ratio? Well, judging by that only, Essential takes the cake, with 84.9%. Found a screen to body ratio comparison article on digitaltrends.com. Not sure if I'm allowed to share the exact link :)

7. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I believe iPhone is still the best in color calibration area.

36. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

At least if you use deliberately inaccurate measuring methods like this place or Anandtech.

44. Xilam unregistered

What is it with you people - every time some tech site gives praise to Apple - “they use inaccurate measuring” “they’re paid by Apple” “they favor Apple in tests”. The hell with you. Take it like a man. Same companies gave android manufacturers praise all the time - you guys had no issues with those.

50. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Let them hate Apple all they want, that won't change the facts.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31045; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Overall Samsung. Samsung: biggest screen Samsung: No ugly notch Samsung: No having a bezel, but renaming it a border Samsung: front camera on top ,where it should be They nailed all the points, and made the best looking screen as well.

20. adecvat

Posts: 640; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Samsung: looks like TV remote control.

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 31045; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I couldn't care less what you think. Simply don't buy it.

28. Michigan

Posts: 246; Member since: Nov 19, 2016

this comment looks lij

29. Michigan

Posts: 246; Member since: Nov 19, 2016

this comment looks like it's remote controlled.

43. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

That's an awkward ass remote control you have then. My remotes aren't nearly as wide as my Note 8.

52. darkkjedii

Posts: 31045; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Right on lol.

45. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1060; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I use my Galaxy as a TV remote, just one more feature to love

6. Camilla81

Posts: 90; Member since: Mar 18, 2017

The v30 did it best, no notch on the top like the iPhone or a cut out for the camera like the essential, no curved screen on the front like The Samsung phones.

24. you_sukk_it

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 11, 2017

the v30 is really a beautiful phone.it has it all. quad dac amazing manual video and stills control.

27. Camilla81

Posts: 90; Member since: Mar 18, 2017

And a wide angle lens.

8. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

If Note 8 would have had a 6" display, it would have had the best design out of every phone listed, but I find it to be way too big to be called a phone. I want to say S8, but I don't like rounded corners... But if I have to chose (which I don't, because none of this years phones appeal to me), I would chose Samsung (S8) and this is what I have voted in the poll.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31045; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The Note 8 is a Phablet.

18. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

S8 got to be just as big as yesterday's phablets, while Note 8 is bigger.

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