Is the "waterdrop" notch better than the iPhone X-like notch?

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"The Notch" is one of the most controversial design choices in recent times. A lot of smartphone fans insist they hate it, phone manufacturers insist on putting it on their phone displays. Ever since the iPhone X first hit, we've been getting more and more phones with a screen that goes right up to the bezel, but there's this cutout on the top, which holds the earpiece, proximity sensors, and front-facing camera.

Very few phone makers have stayed away from this trend. Some have no issue with leaving some "chin" and "forehead" on their phones, other more obscure brands came up with some pretty amazing mechanical pop-up contraptions that hide the camera within the phone's body. The manufacturers that do come out with a "notched" phone either include the choice of hiding it entirely by having the display show a black bar up there, or boast about how their notch is smaller than others. Yeah, that was a thing.

So, now that a recent leak showed us that the OnePlus 6T will allegedly have the super-minimalistic "waterdrop"-type notch over its display, we wondered — is this better, just as bad, or worse than having a wider notch? So, we ask you — what do you think?

Waterdrop notch vs Normal notch: which do you prefer?

Waterdrop for sure
Better have the full notch up there
Are you kidding me? A notch is a notch, it's just as bad
I really don't care about or mind "notches"



1. mikedemoda

Posts: 127; Member since: Mar 19, 2010

the thing is the Apple Notch has a purpose... which is housing the 3D face scanning technlogy, unlike the Android with no personality copycats that only copy the notch for no purpose at all, just for the sake of copying Apple...

4. hjl2345

Posts: 89; Member since: Aug 11, 2018

While for some most devices I would agree (G7, the recent Leno moto phone etc) notches still provide users with "some" extra space on the top. But I would rather prefer Samsung's non notch approach.

6. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The water drop design is one of the most ugly things on earth.

8. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1376; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

I find it way less invasive and obstructive than Apple's notch or similar. It takes up a small portion of the notification bar which you don't use much anyway, not much reason not to use it to further reduce bezels. Then again I'm fond of the Mi Mix 3 slider phone concept as well.

36. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well the OP is somewhat retarded when he says Apple's notch is for a house a camera, and others are copying when they also have a house the camera. This isn't even a question of copying because technically they all copied essential if notch copying is a thing.

37. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 908; Member since: May 07, 2014

LOL Apple's notch has been floored here.... Do you want some tissue?

38. sissy246

Posts: 7065; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Looks better then that ugly notch. The best is a small bezel just like Samsung does it.

23. Vokilam

Posts: 1181; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Basically Samsung devices have notches too they’re so WIDE that they stretch to the side edges of the screen. Technically iPhone X wastes a lot less screen with a notch than Samsung, because Samsung’s notch is just empty glass area on both sides of the front camera. And why in the world does Samsung also put a notch on the bottom too and it’s so wide that it stretches to the sides of the phone - that’s really a wasted space. Keep in mind. I like Samsung devices - I owned them before iPhone X. I’m just making a debate to those that say notch is a protrusion rather than extra screen space on side and then turn around and say Samsung did it better when there’s empty black empty areas on top and bottom of their devices for absolutely no reason when technology exists to get rid of it. Technically...

29. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Yet Samsung still managed a higher screen to body ratio than Apple. Maybe Apple shouldn't waste so much space on bezels and a big notch.

30. Vokilam

Posts: 1181; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

The bent screen is wasted real estate since you cannot watch movies or do anything without a reflection. I never like those bent screens. If you do actually straighten out the screen the bezels on the side (that Samsung cleverly trying to hide) are the same as iPhones. I wanna see Samsung do thin side bezels on a flat screen. Then let’s talk. You’re alll acting like there’s a bezel and a notch. When it’s actually just a smaller bezel than Samsung.

40. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1376; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

The bent screens Samsung uses are just a clever way of doing away with side bezels, with a little added functionality. On the iPhone X the bezels are still very present all around the screen, even if Apple tries their hardest to hide it in promotional material.

34. ahmadkun

Posts: 561; Member since: May 02, 2016

I'm talking as a graphic designer now .. waht Samsung did is totally great to give both sides ( up and bottom ) the same size bars gives it alot of sense and harmony much pleasant to eyes .. apple did the same with iphone x the gave the same value to the sides and bottom.. those companies understand design, but others when the put chin and notch at the same time it gaves it some of weirdness not quite ugly but not pleasant to eyes at all

39. sissy246

Posts: 7065; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

No it is not a notch, a notch is that ugly thing Apple is doing that cuts into games and movies. Small bezels look so much better.

41. Vokilam

Posts: 1181; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I disagree. Bezels are ugly. That’s why i had Samsung until Apple got rid of theirs.

43. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

So you are calling a bezel a notch? Tbats a bit if a stretch. The bezels dont cover the screen. Tou have 100% of the screen available to you, even the part that curves. You so. Ot need a. Itch to house any sensors whatsit er, when the previous iPhones before the X, had bezels. Apple could have made the bezel thinner and left the display without a notch and so could those copying this dump idea. What has been in all bezels since day one smartphones? Cameras and other sensors.

44. Vokilam

Posts: 1181; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I agree with one thing, yes Apple was the king of bezels before the x, that’s why I didn’t like their design and switched to note series for 3 years after iPhone 5s. Now I like what Apple did over what Samsung isn’t doing. The notch doesn’t bother me one bit - like many have stated as well on this forum. I have no allegiance to any brand, I buy what I see is better and right now iPhone X is better with its unique design. You don’t like it - I won’t argue with you. But I like it - it seems like a forward design than just slimming the bezels.

31. Guaire

Posts: 885; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

That's ridiculous. It has no purpose other than pure aesthetical choice. Do you think iPhone X would have a full screen without a notch or an old school forehead, if it had not Face ID hardware? Do you realize half the Apple's notch contains non-Face ID related hardware such as front camera, speaker, proximity sensor, microphone and ambient light sensor? Do you think Android manufacturers could make a true full screen with at least front camera, yet somehow they chose to copy Apple's infamous notch? Do you think all those notched Android handsets has no hardware there?

51. epdm2be

Posts: 819; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

"...Do you realize half the Apple's notch contains non-Face ID related hardware such as front camera, speaker, proximity sensor, microphone and ambient light sensor?..." Yet, it's missing the most basic requirements of a phone, a notification-LED

45. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Lol Android notches have senors too Less senors hence why they are less invasive and obstructive

47. Marcwand3l

Posts: 426; Member since: May 08, 2017

A full bezel could also do the same thing. The notch on the X only has a purpose from a design perspective. It's not a necessity.

2. mynameisPZee

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I hardly comment on this site due to poor posts and a lot of trolling. However, I want to say this post makes no sense, Apple cant go the "water drop" notch route due to the amount of sensors packed in there for FaceID, while the other phone only houses your normal camera. Therefore, theres no basis for comparison. Lets compare 2 phones with same amount of sensors and see which is slimmer please?

5. baldilocks

Posts: 1494; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

The notch area seems way too large for those sensors. Some could be moved up higher and the speaker grill could be removed altogether.

22. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

That is true. However Apple could have gone with no notch as well. Because let's face it Apples notch is so large, that the tiny screen space on either side is not a lot of useful space. So it would have been better if there was no notch. As it is today, Apple's notch is mainly for bragging rights in terms of screen ratio, and screen size. If the two tiny sides were gone, then the iPhone X would only have a 5.6" display, and the number of Pixels would be reduced by around 80 pixels.

9. Loveneesh

Posts: 432; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

"Apple cant go the "water drop" notch route due to the amount of sensors packed in there for FaceID" Then just remove the notch. We can live with upper bezels on front. Atleast they don't always bother us while using our phones.

3. cmdacos

Posts: 4092; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

A notch is lazy uninspired design no matter which device. It's useless and adds no value whatsoever.

10. mynameisPZee

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

coming from one of the worst trolls on this site, can you Kindly explain why it is "lazy & uninspired" since it helps with slimmer bezels or are you just trolling & being stupid like you always do?

7. jellmoo

Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I honestly don't notice it on my Essential phone, but find it really distracting when I look at the iPhone X my friend has.

11. ZombieHunter

Posts: 265; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Just one more thing for petty people to complain about.... how sad.

12. Elvis358

Posts: 219; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Seeing notche's almost every I start to care less about them! It's interesting that people are buying phone's with notche's even if they are hating notch. There are still at least 3 smartphone brands that are not using a notch for their flagship's!

18. sissy246

Posts: 7065; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Some people are loyal to the brand they like so they have no choice.

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