Results: extra-tall screens are well-accepted by the community

Results: extra-tall screens are well-accepted by the community
Last year was marked by the introduction of a new display aspect ratio in the smartphone world — 18:9 (or even taller, up to 19.5:9). Mixing thin bezels with elongated displays resulted in futuristic-looking phones that deliver web content with more immersion than we thought we could get up until now. But it also introduces weird letterboxing, notches, and the removal of front-mounted home buttons or fingerprint scanners.

Some people aren't exactly happy with the new tech, others welcome it. We thought we'd ask — how many of you firmly intend on sticking with 16:9 for as long as possible? The poll results are interesting — most voters (38%) actually prefer the ultra-wide ratio, a good 41% don't put aspect ratio as a determining factor for their purchase, and just 20% prefer to stick with 16:9. Well, we say "just", but that could translate to a lot of people in the end... Let's see which companies decide to please that niche and continue making 16:9 flagships in 2018!

Will screen aspect ratios affect your buying decisions in 2018?

Yep! Wide-screen (18:9 or more) only from now on!
38.37%
Yes! 16:9 for me!
19.96%
I'm willing to make a compromise for the right phone
24.58%
I absolutely don't care about aspect ratio
17.09%

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16 Comments

1. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

I really hate these 18:9 screens. All content was, and will be created for the 16:9 aspect ratio. Besides that, I find that I miss some extra height in landscape mode while watching photos, videos and browsing. The only advantage I see is whith scrolling while holding it vertical, but that doesn't make up for the disadvantages I just mentioned, at least not for me. But nowadays phone makers are advertising with the 18:9 "feature", and it only got popular because it is either something new or people associate it with a bezel less design.

2. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

*height should be width in the first paragraph.

3. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I don't now if you recalled the time when mobile displays were 2 x 3 and we loved them then the standard 4 x 3 came which mirror our television displays and some dissented saying it had no advantages on a mobile display since there would be letter boxing and looked strange on a mobile device. Then our apps caught up and the display format became normal and no one want to go back to 2 x 3. Then HD television came to age as tech forge ahead and Android, Nokia etc.. mobile devices quickly jumped on this new format of 16 x 9 ( there was letter boxing until apps caught up). Apple was one of the last hold outs as every other OEM embraced the format and people like you and me were thrilled with 16 x 9 and the extra view of vision it gave our display. Now tech is again moving forward and 18 x 9 is the new format ( even Apple this time does not want to get left behind and has quickly adopted the format). Trust me in a couple of years you really wont want to go back to 16 x 9 as apps like Netflix, Hulu, Sling etc.. all start using the new format with HDR and DCI 3 - 10 it just the natural progression of tech it hurts now but in the end we will embrace it merits

5. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

I'm not against progression. It's just that 16:9 was the sweet spot for me for a screen in landscape mode. It had the best balance between height and with while watching a movie. Now I miss so much on the top and bottom. Also with browsing: now with the new 18:9 aspect ratio the sides are usually white while I have a limited reach on top and bottom. Besides that, 16:9 is more natural for humans than any wider aspect ratio as it is closer to our own vision (even though we see in an oval shape). We're used to see height as well, and not only width. Imagine you're standing in front of a window. Would you like it to be 16:9 or 18.5:9? Btw, I've got the G6 for the reference.

13. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

You can get a great screen to body ratio with 16:9 though, 16:9 wasn't done evolving and they just left it before it reached it's final form, I didn't think Samsung would considering that the Note 7's 16:9 display has a 78% screen to body ratio, that is only 0.6% less than the G6 with it's 18:9 display. Honestly these other aspect ratios aren't needed and so much content isn't supported on them, watching a video just annoys the hell out of me on 18:9 because I can't stand those borders.

14. Lois13

Posts: 61; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

Well Samsung increases their screen to body ratio by a decent amount with the use of the curved display since it reduces the width of the phone. If you compare the two, the top and bottom bezels on the Note 7 are quite a bit larger than on the LG G6

15. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

That's true but it was only a matter of time before they shrink that to, like I said they left 16:9 to fast. keep in mind that the bottom bezel is the on that really matters.

4. Phantom1031

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 02, 2014

Believe me this aspect ratio is also holding me back from buying note 8, otherwise I have been using only note series, my last three phones have been note 2, note 3 and last one is note 5

7. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

as a Note8 user , taller screen is way better for taking notes , reading things ,playing games. This cant be an excuse

6. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Of course they are, anything that Samsung does is approved here

8. cmdacos

Posts: 4260; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

And Apple and Google and lg and...

9. barondebxl

Posts: 180; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I've had the note 8 3 times. First time, I liked the device itself but the size and weight was too much for me. Second time I wanted to try the pixel 2 XL and so I sold the note 8 for it (big mistake). Now 3rd time is the charm. I actually love the 18:9 aspect ratio, I love the tall screen of the note, gives me plenty of room to type while seeing lots of content. I just love it. I hope Samsung keeps the exact same size screen for the note 9

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31291; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

With Apple and Samsung doing it, the rest will follow suit, to stay relevant. The big dawgs have spoken.

11. mootu

Posts: 1527; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Who is left to follow? Sony, Motorola & Essential are the only ones off the top of my head.

12. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Well we may have tpnwait until those OEMs decide to make premium phones. Cheap phones will be to pricey if they have such an expensive display.

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