Poll results: the iPhone X notch draws hate and ridicule

Poll results: the iPhone X notch draws hate and ridicule
So, Apple has finally updated its iPhone design and wow... did it do it in a controversial way. First, the only way to get the new form-factor is by coughing up $1k on the premium iPhone X, then, there is the fact that if you can only afford the more reasonably-priced iPhone 8 you'll find that it's rocking the 4-year-old design that we've had since the iPhone 6.

Anyway, not all is ponies and happiness with the iPhone X, however. Its all-display front actually has a weird-looking forehead. Some might say Apple's top-notch phone is ruined by a top notch. Of course, it's used to house the phone's earpiece, front camera, and its sophisticated Face ID sensors. But it still drew quite a bit of ridicule.

So, does everyone hate it? We decided to run a poll and see how many of our users do... Here's how the votes tallied up:

What do you think of the iPhone X "notch"?

Hate it!
I'm not really bothered by it
I kinda like it!

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iPhone X
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256GB
  • Battery 2716 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1382; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

It is controversial even with some Apple fans. Though as I have said its a good device as far as the SoC and Screen. Its just hindered design wise by this so called notch IMO. But again this is all subjective and beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

5. Avieshek unregistered

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." Just because this line exists, it shouldn't be abused.

10. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1382; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Lol. " Apple can't always be top Notch in design"

21. thxultra

Posts: 474; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

No but they left room in so next year they can bring it up a notch...

2. Sakeem

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

The "notch" makes the screen look like one giant screen protector. In my opinion it's distracting. Let's see how it all plays out. Hopefully in the future, Apple with it's boat loads of cash, can produce a better looking device.

3. dnomadic

Posts: 449; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

The deign is growing on me, but the practicality of the design still cause me to ponder, WHY?? I understand the why but...... If they were going to make a phone lacking in symmetry, why not one full, thin, bar across the top, housing all the necessary camera components. You lose so much screen or interrupt video with this design element (won't call it a flaw because the phone looks good)

7. Sakeem

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Agree 100% The fan made renders looked a lot better than this.

23. Valdomero

Posts: 707; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I think Apple wanted to make a unique looking phone. All the other "thin-bezel" phones looks kinda the same, If they did what the others do, the phone will not be recognizable from the rest of the party. They always had the round button at the bottom, the huge chin and forehead of the bezels, that made the phone pretty recognizable from a distance. Now that they are going "thin" on the screen I think they decided that move to make something "unique" at the front to differentiate from the rest. Still, looks very impractical for a daily usage. Wish they added a Fingerprint scanner at the Apple Logo, that would be lit!

30. tedkord

Posts: 17511; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It wasn't about unique looks, it was about squeezing a few more percent of screen to body ratio of for marketing purposes, since they couldn't do the camera and sensors without some bezel. It's a compromise, and not a very smart one.

4. monoke

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Iphone x - It's notch for everybody.

6. BullDozer

Posts: 160; Member since: Dec 18, 2015

It's just ugly.

8. JohnR

Posts: 165; Member since: Sep 08, 2017

Eh, the notch doesn’t bother me that much anymore. It’s like a mini top bezel. Big deal.

12. cmdacos

Posts: 4386; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Except full screen media isn't obstructed by a bezel like this unibrow is.

11. DFranch

Posts: 562; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Just what nobody ever needed a phone with horns.

16. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Who are these 332 aestheticists who actually like the notch?

17. emac854

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 24, 2017

Those are Apple employees

19. tedkord

Posts: 17511; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They're the same 83 people voting four times each.

18. p51d007

Posts: 705; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Don't care one way or the other. BUT! People are more worried about how it LOOKS, versus how it WORKS. Form, follows function. You want a piece of jewelry, go to Kay Jewelers. IT'S A PHONE, not a work of "art".

22. Blazers

Posts: 779; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Apple has always mixed functionality with asthetics.....until now.

31. tedkord

Posts: 17511; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No, the aesthetics died with the iPhone 6, and the iWatch. The iPhone X is actually a step up from them in design aesthetics.

25. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1603; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Screen notch effects how it works, and has already been negatively criticized by app developers.

26. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Well it looks bad and its gonna work bad. Those facts are readily available for your viewing on Youtube. In fact Apple updated guidelines require that the notch can not be blacked out with a bar. They must work around it or below it. The 1st and only problem that really matter is this: There are nearly 3M app in the Apple app store. 100% of them now work visually perfect with all present iPhone design. Out of 3M apps, only the most popular ones will be updated to work properly with the iPhone X design. That basically means 2.5M apps (give or take) will NEVER be updated and have their data blocked on the screen. For many of those apps, many likely won't care what is blocked. But it doesn't change the fact its a bad design. f Samsung had did this, the Apple fans would have been all over it with hate posts. But its Apple do its ok.

29. epdm2be

Posts: 830; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

That notch doesn't really matter since it only houses the clock and signal bars. As for portrait oriented apps it won't matter at al since it will still show the same clock and signal bars. Landscape oriented apps will probably show a black bar at left under the notch the make that notch a full bar. That way it won't interfere with e.g. media-playback or games.

27. dmsrfl

Posts: 76; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Never mind that front notch...what about that HORRIFIC back camera bump/design/placement. I mean come on!

32. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

This is notch the phone you're looking for.

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