The notch approach loses heavily to 'all-screen' slider designs (poll results)
by Daniel Petrov / Oct 19, 2018, 6:44 AM
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.
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?
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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.
posted on Oct 19, 2018, 7:05 AM 5
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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.
posted on Oct 19, 2018, 7:34 AM 11
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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.
posted on Oct 21, 2018, 8:16 PM 0
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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.
posted on Oct 19, 2018, 8:31 AM 1
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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.
posted on Oct 19, 2018, 9:30 AM 5
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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.
posted on Oct 19, 2018, 10:16 AM 1
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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.
posted on Oct 19, 2018, 12:26 PM 1
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Slider designs are prone to failure and moisture/dust damange. No thanks.
posted on Oct 19, 2018, 7:20 AM 6
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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)!
posted on Oct 19, 2018, 11:12 AM 0
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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.
posted on Oct 21, 2018, 8:19 PM 0
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Can we all agree that a slider design is better aesthetically but a notch is more practical?
posted on Oct 19, 2018, 7:27 AM 1
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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.
posted on Oct 19, 2018, 8:23 AM 2
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A slider phone will almost definitely not be waterproof, a notch ruins video and gaming experiences. I'll just stick with Samsung.
posted on Oct 19, 2018, 10:28 AM 0
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