The Google Nexus 9 protruding camera makes more sense than the iPhone 6
posted by Michael H. / Oct 15, 2014, 5:37 PM
One of the smaller details about the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus that has drawn quite a bit of annoyance from users is the fact that the phones have cameras that protrude out of the back, instead of being flush with the cases. Interestingly, the newly announced Google Nexus 9 tablet also has a protruding camera, but it seems to make more sense, and be less likely to annoy users than the iPhone's camera.
Nexus 9 promo video that Google put out. The reason for the camera jutting out a bit is the same as with the iPhone: Google wanted to make the tablet as thin as possible; so, the edges of the device taper down at the edges. Of course, you can't have a camera be at an angle and stay flush with a tapered edge, so half of it sticks out from the case, keeping it parallel to the rest of the device.You may not have even noticed the protruding camera on the Nexus 9, because the only promotional material that shows the right angle was the
Google could have moved the location of the camera to avoid this all together, but at least the protrusion won't be an annoyance like the one on the iPhone. With the iPhone, the camera makes it impossible for the phone to lay flat on a table, which really bugs some people (who may have slight OCD, we haven't done the proper research on that.) The Nexus 9 camera is flush with the body and should keep the device flat, even if the edge pops out a bit.
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Google does it right.
posted on Oct 15, 2014, 5:39 PM 39
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So if Google does it then its OK? Clown!
posted on Oct 15, 2014, 5:53 PM 16
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It actually looks better that way. Protruding in an angle while not protruding out of back plane, making it non wobbly on table, even if you don't wobble it it does annoy that it doesn't fit on table properly flat.
posted on Oct 16, 2014, 7:33 AM 0
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It looks like Google took the notes here.
posted on Oct 15, 2014, 6:44 PM 7
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Michael, did you notice there is a 1mm different between these two devices. So, if apple made iPhone 7.9mm thick the lens won't protrude. As usual you always wand justify Google. Nice try. Keep it up.
posted on Oct 15, 2014, 5:56 PM 4
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It wasn't Michael's decision to make the iphone lopsided. That stupid decision belongs to Apple. A seemingly stupid decision, as I'm sure EVERYBODY would rather have an extra fraction of a mm's extra thickness for a taller battery and a phone that lays flat.
posted on Oct 15, 2014, 6:10 PM 23
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If people think the protrusion on the iPhone 6 is ugly, that's completely fair, but this whole 'wobbling' conversation smells like BS. For the past couple of years, no one seemed to care about protrusions/wobbling. It's hard to separate the select few that are legitimately bothered by the protrusion from those who are just complaining because it's fun.
posted on Oct 16, 2014, 3:53 AM 0
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Protrusion is protrusion, doesn't matter how ya slice it.
posted on Oct 15, 2014, 5:58 PM 4
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I really don't think it's this concrete. Generally, yes, a camera bump is an unpleasant thing. In the case of Nokia's Lumias, Samsung's phones, and the new iPhones I think the camera bump is pretty ugly and annoying, it's just out of place. My Nexus 5 on the other hand? I'm GLAD it has the bump, I think it looks great and really distinguishes the device from others out there. Why? I dunno, I just like it, and off the top of my head I can't think of any other devices that implement it in such a way.
posted on Oct 15, 2014, 6:20 PM 4
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