Do you think smartphones with large bezels look outdated?


When it comes to smartphone screens, size certainly matters. Since about a decade ago, when the first full-touch phones started to show up, average display sizes have gone up from around 3 inches to over 5 inches. Naturally, overall phone sizes have also gone up, and while a fair share of users may still prefer compact devices, now, most of us are perfectly happy with carrying smartphones that were considered giant some years ago.

Fortunately, various manufacturers - including Samsung and LG - have found ways to pack humongous displays into bodies that are surprisingly un-large. Other manufacturers, not so much. This is why, when we look at some of the relevant flagship smartphones currently on the market, we can't help noticing that handsets with large bezels appear a bit odd next to models that have almost no bezels.



Most probably, thin bezels are the future - Apple seems to be agreeing, as it's reportedly getting ready to release an iPhone 8 that looks like nothing the company has ever done before. Of course, it may take many years before we can say that large bezels are history. Until that happens, we want to know: What do you think about phones with huge bezels at this very moment, in mid-2017? Do they already look outdated? Cast your votes in the poll below, and feel free to share your thoughts on this in the comments section.

Do smartphones with large bezels look outdated?

Yes
66.35%
Don't care, I'm fine with large bezels as long the phone is top-notch
29.78%
Outdated? No! I love large bezels!
3.87%

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42 Comments

1. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Eventually they will. Have a older Samsung HDTV with large bezels and really stands out compare to my newer LG. Think phones will follow this trend too.

12. Lumbergh

Posts: 463; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

I'm def in the minority but I don't mind bezels. However, iPhone bezels are far too large. OnePlus 5 bezels I don't mind one bit, as the device's footprint is substantially smaller than the iPhone 7+ while retaining the same 5.5" screen size. IMO, LG perfected it with the G6. Flat screen, little bezels, and easy one-hand usage. Hopefully they continue utilizing this design language with future smartphones.

14. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Me too. I don't mind any bezels at all if it's packed by a gajillionpixel cam, stereo front facing speakers, iris scanner, sensors, and a headphone jack. Function over form for me.

19. MomoSimon

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 23, 2017

Agree. IMO, LG G6 gave more screen without sacrifice the ergonomics (like S8). Maybe if they got SD 835 on G6, it would have better market competition

23. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Putting the SD 835 in the G6 wouldn't have made a difference in competition since nobody goes into a store asking for a phone because it has a specific chip inside

13. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

That’s how I feel too. It’s more that in time all devices with bezels will feel old. It doesn’t stand out to you until you see devices without them. After you do though... man it’s apparent.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

To me, it depends on how the rest of the phone looks, as well as the color. Black phones with bezels, tend to look better than white or gray phones. Since the screen is always black when off, it blends. I gotta go with the 7 Plus, as the best looking big bezel phone, due to the overall look of it. It doesn't really look that outdated to me vs some others.

6. domfonusr

Posts: 1083; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

The iPhone's kinda started the bezel thing, so they do tend to look really good with regular bezels. If they ever stopped having bezels, I would be afraid to grab the thing the wrong way, or something like that.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It would be odd, to hold an iPhone with no bezel. That's gonna make the iPhone 8 really fresh looking. All that screen, and no bezel, is gonna look quite nice. Samsung and LG nailed it though, by having just enough to make good use of, and still look bezeless.

34. Feanor

Posts: 1346; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

2-3 years ago everyone was complaining about Sony strategy of always black bezels irrespective of colour. People where complaining that if they bought a white phone, they wanted a white phone all around and not only on the back. Sony had to comply (which for me was a mistake already back then, because black bezels DO blend better with screens). Now with the trend of bezeless phones and with Samsung going all black for the front of the S8, people want the front bezels to be black and "blend". All this proves that people have no real design criteria and they just jump onto trend bandwagons, particularly when they come from Apple or Samsung. Like the bezeless trend.

37. libra89

Posts: 2271; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Agreed. Unfortunately this is not the case for the Pixel series.

3. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

I place my finger on bezel when I use camera. Because of cam button I need only one hand. Also keep thumbs on bezels while playing any game. It does not need to be 1.5cm but 0.7cm is too small. Also keep phones from having front speakers. Screen/body = 76% is more than enough to me. 2:1 is not necessary to reduce bezel. I'd rather have a wider phone than one that looks like a tv control. I bet in 1 or 2 year people will ask for bigger and better front cameras. 1/2.5" or 1/2.3" sensors. It cant be fit in..

4. domfonusr

Posts: 1083; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Having a little bit of bezel is healthy for a phone and its user. Having too little bezel makes me wonder where or how I will hold the thing. Also, the sensors and front facing cameras have to go somewhere.

5. Tux4g63

Posts: 121; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

I don't think the phones look odd and are inferior quality in any way, but if a phone with more body than screen costs the same amount as a bezel less phone, I feel like I am getting embezeled by that company...

7. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

If screen to body ratio is anything less than 75%, them bezels are way too much IMO and look fugly and outdated. No problem with higher screen to body ratio, as long as there's enough bezel for the sensors to blend into and the device has great palm rejection for whenever you're holding it.

10. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

*70% damn typos.

8. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3100; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

"Don't care, I'm fine with large bezels as long the phone is top-notch". This slim bezels craze is stupid.

11. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

after the S8 and G6 yes...they really do. Seeing an S7 edge now it looked ridiculously outdated next to my S8+, made me worry about how much OEMs can change their designs year on year without it getting stale.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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16. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

It's ll about portability for me. It's a phone so it's better to fit inside your pocket nice and comfy. Own a phone with small bezel is matters a lot for me, because i love phone with huge screen (about 5.5' or more). Currently i'm rockin OP3T, and the bezel is okay.

17. 314NTMD

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

phone with large bezels does look a bit outdated to me, but i prefre it over phone with longer screen which sacrifice one-hand usability for beauty( i still need to use my phone one-handed every so often)

18. monoke

Posts: 1157; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

It already kind of does which is why I passed on the xz premium, since I do love Sony's snappy skin the most vs other oems. Sorry but those bezels are OK 4 years ago, but they're unacceptable today imo. Designs gotta evolve to be more streamlined and futuristic especially when other competition is headed that way.

21. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Even before phones started going the small bezel route Sony phones looked dated. They've been using the same [boring] design language for years now.

36. monoke

Posts: 1157; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

I'm OK with their squarish flat design as it does give it character and u tell it's a Sony. I don't think it's boring. It's the massive bezels that kills it. I mean the xz premium should not have a worse screen to body than my current z3 from 3 years ago! That's bloody shameful! Lol.

20. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

They look dated against phones like the S8 and G6 but I wouldn't mind them as long as they're there for a purpose.

22. LiveFaith

Posts: 453; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

They looked outdated 10 years ago. It's unbelievable to me that it has taken this long. It's hilarious to me that all the pushback anyone hoping for tiny bezels got from fanboys of the very companies that are now seeing the dang light. I have no idea why some struggling upstart company did not try tiny bezels many years ago. They didn't.

24. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Really?! They looked outdated 10 years ago? Even Tony Stark was rocking the LG VX-9400 in Iron Man, IN 2008! That was 9 years ago. Now if you said they were outdated 4 years ago I'd sort of agree based on the all screen see thru joint he was using in Iron Man 3 but since you didn't your comment is completely senseless.

25. ramdroid

Posts: 130; Member since: May 21, 2016

Lots of don't and apple fans Looks Outdated, yea. Do i mind using it, no.

26. Leo_MC

Posts: 7203; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Since 3-4 years ago I have asked myself why don't the phone makers fit as much display as the physical size of the chassis allows and we see today that this is happening. I like as much display as possible, but I don't like rounded corners.

27. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Bezels are just like Touchwiz. Venom.

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