The notch approach loses heavily to 'all-screen' slider designs (poll results)

We asked you yesterday which approach to the "all-screen" design challenge you prefer - a notch, no matter how large, or a slider, as these are the two options that manufacturers seem to currently be forcing onto us without asking first. 

Granted, there are more ideas coming down the pipe, like a small opening in the screen to house the front camera, or a rear display to make the main camera be your selfie snapper, but these are yet to materialize.

Interestingly enough, Apple's notch-y idea proves much less popular among our 1651 respondents compared to the sliding designs, and it's not hard to fathom why. 

Top bezel protrusions are an eyesore that you have to get accustomed to, for a feature like face-unlocking that nobody clamored for in the first place. 

The sliders, on the other hand, despite their eventual durability, waterproofing and case-wrapping issues, are a brute-force solution that allows you to only have a screen panel at the front, while everything else that you use less often than your display, is tucked beneath. 

Thus, Chinese phone makers may be on to something, and we can't wait to see what Xiaomi does with the Mi Mix 3, and its 95% screen-to-body ratio. We also can't wait to see if Samsung will trim the bezels even further for the Galaxy S10, as for now, it is one of the few major holdouts on any exotic solutions on the way to the proverbial "bezel-less" phone.

Notch or a slider, which 'all-screen' design approach you'd prefer?




1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31598; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Only because most of the votes came from people that hate Apple/iPhone. They’ll never admit it, but it true. Personally, I like how the notch looks on certain phones. It’s only ugly (to me), on the new Pixel.

5. maherk

Posts: 7012; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I have to disagree with you on this one bro. The notch isn't exclusive to the iPhone, vast majority of smartphones released this year comes with. I have the P20 Pro, and I'll be getting the Mate 20 Pro, and I still prefer a sliding mechanism over the notch. Sure I got used to it by now, but I would definitely take an all screen front over it.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31598; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I lotta Apple haters will vote nay though, just cause they hate Apple. The site is overrun with immature trolls from both camps.

20. vincelongman

Posts: 5748; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Only if they are Samsung or Sony or Oppo/Vivo or Xiamoi fanboys Since Google, Huawei, LG, all have notches now

24. Gustaurus

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 03, 2018

What do u mean by Xiaomi fanboy? Most of Xiaomi phone are notched now except MIX series. You forgot MEIZU! They dont follow Apple notch and camera position trend. Kudos for MEIZU! But they are quite small company so they hard to sell their product fast to many country.

8. shiv179

Posts: 191; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

I think the notch is a bad compromise. Playing games or watching videos in full screen looks terrible! The notch area can be hidden during video playback or gaming, but then the full screen area is not being utilized.

11. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1472; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Dark, it has nothing to do with the iPhone. It's simply a matter of, do you want a notch that doesn't really add anything and just takes away from the experience or do you want a full unobstructed screen? A minimal waterdrop notch is more acceptable as it barely influences your screen real estate, whereas a notch the likes the Pixel 3XL or the iPhones use is much more obtrusive/impactful.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31598; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That how you’re thinking, cause you’re not childish bro. Don’t forget what this sites overran with.

12. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I dont like apple thats right but, my vote would go for any phone with the notch. I could live with the water drop/tear drop i think.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31598; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Understood, but you also don’t act like a childish hater either.

15. tedkord

Posts: 17463; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Or it could be that a majority here recognize that the notch is a compromise that didn't need to be made, and serves no purpose that couldn't be achieved without an obtrusive notch protruding into your screen.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31598; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Too many childish trolls for that.

2. limporgyuk

Posts: 375; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Who would choose to have a notch if they didn't have to. The Mate 20 Pro, what's the point in having an in display finger print scanner and facial recognition (which requires a large notch)

3. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Slider designs are prone to failure and moisture/dust damange. No thanks.

14. RaidR

Posts: 39; Member since: Oct 12, 2018

I was coming to say something similar. Why would you add a mechanical feature to a mobile phone that would make it more prone to breakage or failure! The notch is not a big issue (no pun intended)!

22. Man_Utd

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

I think it depends on person. Like myself, I don't think I'll use the slider. Don't take selfies and will answer the phone via the screen.

25. Gustaurus

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 03, 2018

Few years ago, slider phone used keyboard for texting. So we have to slide it every time we wanna use. Nowadays (just like MIX 3 which is coming soon), we only slide it for front camera purpose because we can unlock it by the rear fp sensor. Not always using face unlock. CMIIW.

4. syntaxlord

Posts: 239; Member since: Oct 01, 2018

Can we all agree that a slider design is better aesthetically but a notch is more practical?

7. Landon

Posts: 1247; Member since: May 07, 2015

Completely agree. Less moving parts = longer lasting phone. The "waterdrop" notch on the Mate 20 IMO is perfectly fine. Most notifications never even take up that area. However, the Pixel 3 XL's notch is the worst yet.

6. Jrod99

Posts: 778; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

No to the sliders.

9. wabajak13

Posts: 57; Member since: Jan 02, 2018

Maybe we just get rid of the front facing camera.....and the sensors....and the earpiece. Who really needs them? Heck why don't we all just buy tablets?

10. thenotoriousrob

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 11, 2017

First of all, it’s “coming down the pike” not pipe. Second, how about a picture or two of a slider instead of a video? I like the slider. Slide down for camera, slide up for a keyboard.

13. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

A slider phone will almost definitely not be waterproof, a notch ruins video and gaming experiences. I'll just stick with Samsung.

21. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I hope Samsung never goes the notch route, but you never know. If they ever do i hope it will be hide able.

23. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

Letting me down Xiaomi this is a sucky solution. Please phonemakers don't take us back to MOVING PARTS!

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