Notch in my house: iPhone X copies — not so popular


Apple's iPhone X has a pretty signature — if divisive — look. Yeah, the notch, which eats into the rectangular shape of the screen, is a subject of many debates, the vertically-oriented dual camera module still feels like an oddity, the shiny frame completes the package. And while it's a unique-looking device, it also has a unique price tag.

But, as with everything that is popular, there are already manufacturers out there making phones that have been so "inspired" by the iPhone X, they kind of look like copies of the phone. But they come at a 5th of the price, so that's a plus. If you've been itching for the display with little ears, you may be eyeing one of those devices and wondering exactly how risky it would be to order them online. Well, are you? We thought we'd ask...

Here are the poll results:

Would you buy a (cheap) Android phone that copies the iPhone X?

Sure, that sounds fun!
26.33%
Nope
73.67%

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28 Comments

1. antroid

Posts: 392; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

Apple is not so innovative as it's used to be. I also don't get why some companies still try to mimic them.

3. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Because there isn’t a company in the mobile space that wouldn’t trade places with them. Not trolling honestly.

5. cmdacos

Posts: 4201; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

100% agree but doesn't mean Apple is making strong choices, especially as of late. Quite the opposite actually but they still benefit from having a loyal fan base.

6. Shott3r

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 28, 2017

Sadly, companies don't care about strong choices. Only money. No matter what. If they have a captive user base then they'll do whatever. Honestly though, as stupid as the notch is, it is a distinguishing silhouette. Every other all screen phone looks the same from 5 feet away. With the iPhone you know what you're looking at, and I think are ok with having recognizable design language, because it's a fashion accessory.

8. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

With the screen off, from 5 feet away, even the iPhone looks like any other phone. Just because you can tell what it is, doesn't really give your point any credence. Because i can just say, yeah he/she has that ugly notched iPhone.

11. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

So if it does look like any other phone, and you do find it ugly, doesn't that make the S8 and Note 8 ugly as well? Buddy, you need to find a hobby, the hate you have for a piece of gadget is pathetic, and the way you attack anyone who doesn't share your unconditional love to Samsung is disgusting to say the least.

14. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Yes, the S8 and Note8 are ugly...but if you like that skinny jean type of phone that's fine too.

22. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Not only are a hater, not only are you Stupid, but you're also purposely ignorant I already stated several times I like the iPhone X and only didn't keep.it do to most of the apps I use being 32bit and thus the useless. Also Samsung makes some God ugly phones, which is why I buy nothing but the S or Nite because they look better than any phone sold by any OEM. After all Samsung phones have won more design awards than any other brand of phone on the planet and that is a fact. You can call me whatever you want. Names don't hurt me.

26. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

If anyone feels the S8 and Note 8 Are ugly, so what. They are entitled to their opinion. I'm not gonna get mad about it. Because it isn't fact or a lie. Every one is e titled to their perspective. The problem with people like you, is you have zero respect for opinions t hst don't agree with yours. Like some other people here, you always try to play on both sides. I have a right to criticize what I buy or own or don't buy an don't own as much as I want to. You can kindly not comment on anything I saw whether you agree with it or not. You're not my father or mother and I person don't give to shakes about you!

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 31036; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You've become the new Arte8800. They ban you, you come back, they ban you, you come back.

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Look it comes down to usefulness. The notch is not useful at all. As a matter of fact a display with no notch cutout is more useful for things like VR and AR. So why go with a notch at all. It's more gimmick than anything else. I will take a small bezel on top with the camera and other sensors any day of the week.

16. c.m.s

Posts: 236; Member since: Dec 10, 2017

Of course its useful, its some extra space to show status icons on instead of needing to have them on the ordinary screen area. In other words more screen for other things. Turn that extra screen area off (black) and you would have your standard "forehead" like most other phones. Its up to software to make use of it or hide it were appropriate. Like the image (?) of Moto X5 where you hardly see its a notch: https://www.phonearena.com/news/Alleged-Moto-X5-picture-shows-four-cameras-bezel-less-design-iPhone-X-like-notch_id101684

20. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

So your idea is to change and make more apps to accommodate a notch. Yeah, okay. Like I said more gimmick than anything else.

30. c.m.s

Posts: 236; Member since: Dec 10, 2017

Again, its up to the implementation is up to the software (OS). You could choose to always only use this area for status icons so apps would not need to care about it at all. Fact is that is useful since you free up space of the regular screen area this way. No gimmick about that.

33. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

So once again. It's for a bit of status information, and that is your words, right. Which btw there was more status information when there was no notch. Now you have to swipe down from the right to get the battery percentage information. Look at the end of the day you are trying to say there is more more free space, but in reality this notch is less useful than before with no notch. That is a FACT. Maybe if I say it one more time it will sink into your head. It's more of a gimmick than a useful feature.

34. c.m.s

Posts: 236; Member since: Dec 10, 2017

Haha! How can it be a FACT? Listen to yourself. A "notch" is just an interactive "forehead". With a notch you have the OPTION to display status information (or other information) without needing to use the normal screen area. With a normal "forehead" you do NOT have that OPTION and that is a FACT. In worst case you do not use it at all, leave it black and than its exactly like your normal phone "forehead".

17. CandyBar

Posts: 43; Member since: Dec 08, 2017

Copying worked out quite well for Samsung

23. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Really? Which phones?

4. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Maybe because they're the most popular out of all the smartphones out there?

19. Phullofphil

Posts: 1789; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Anybody that’s bought any Samsung already got a phone that’s a copy of an iPhone design. Just not the iPhone X yet

21. cmdacos

Posts: 4201; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Huh? Thankfully that's not true at all

27. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

A notch is not innovative it looks cheap. Any screen even a TV would look cheap with a notch, remember the Android flat tire watch screen, how did that sell.

10. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Another face palm on iPhoneArena?

18. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1557; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

We have better designed phones and better hardware available from Android OEMs. Why would I want Android on something like an iPhone X? Even the iPhone 8 has a better design, and it's still the recycled iPhone 6 design.

28. kevin007in

Posts: 327; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

notch is ugly. but still essential phone looks better. :P

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