What's your least-favorite smartphone trend right now?

What's your least-favorite smartphone trend right now?
2017 was a pretty big world for the smartphone world, since we saw a whole new display aspect ratio pop up and, for the first time ever, a massive evolution in smartphone design. Yeah, we are talking about the super-thin bezels.

But there are a ton of little things that have been trending among manufacturers over the past 18 month. Starting with the systematic removal of the headphone jack, the glass backs becoming a standard since wireless charging is now a common thing, the moving (or removing) of the fingerprint scanner to the phone's back, adding dual cameras that may or may not provide better image quality, widening the angle of the selfie cameras even more, and so on.

Some of these trends get hate, others get praise, and some are just a passing thing with no effect on the big picture. Still, which recent trend do you hate the most?

Which current smartphone trend do you hate the most?

The headphone jack removal, without a doubt
52.4%
Those glass backs are driving me nuts
9.76%
I don't need a ton of cameras on my phone's back, please
3.34%
Tired of selfie cameras giving me banana head
3.24%
No more display notches, please! Just have a top bezel instead
12.13%
Leave my fingerprint scanner where it belongs – on the phone's front!
9.34%
Face / retina scans is another thing nobody needs
9.79%

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94 Comments

1. Lumbergh

Posts: 463; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

Headphone jack removal by far. *Side note to the phonearena community i love so much.* If you guys are looking for the best combo of headphone jack (with great quality and loudness), huge battery with 8-9 hours+ SOT, flagship performance, outstanding camera quality, microSD, IR Blaster, excellent screen quality, and near bezel-less design....... Buy the Mate 10 (non-pro) I got mine for $579 and it's by far the best device I've ever owned.

3. daniyal_05

Posts: 93; Member since: Nov 15, 2017

I feel like IphoneX abysmal sales will frustrate alot of people, jus my own opinion , u can disagree with it

6. Lumbergh

Posts: 463; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

Look, I'm a huge fan of basically every brand, and Apple is obviously included. However, I REFUSE to buy any phone without a headphone jack right now, as I don't think bluetooth tech has caught up to analog, especially when the same company markets proprietary bluetooth headphones with it. Not to mention, I'm not gonna buy anything Apple for a while after the planned obsolescence scandal going on right now. Hoping they get hit hard with the 26+ lawsuits. I hope iPhone X sells horribly, because I'm a fan of technology.

13. Avieshek unregistered

‘M somewhere between Razer & One+ then again, there’s One+ 6 upcoming.

33. ph00ny

Posts: 2025; Member since: May 26, 2011

Amen to that. Bluetooth cans can't match analog cans and that's the biggest downside. If it was comparable then we have an argument. Also the fact that Apple started this trend just after they bought Beats says it all. You can make the phone with headphone jack water resistant and still carry same type of components specially since 8+ and 8 contains same hardware minus battery size and camera

38. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

yeah, they finally "invented'' kinda 2k screens after all these years we had them and by doing so the notch and no fingerprint.. i could live with notch and without fingerprint scanner, but these dual camera bumps and swipe operations, this is for someone who likes to have brand in pocket, i like simple unlocks and sleek design. and we are not going to go to price department, 1k for nothing special..

49. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Neither one of these are problems anymore to me. People adapt pretty quickly to the modern trends and forget old technology. If anything I'd say the insane prices of current flagship smartphones are shaping up to be a real problem to many people.

69. cmdacos

Posts: 4093; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Correction. People that are brand loyal to Apple put up with these changes but I'm sure very few if any are overjoyed with them.

73. sgodsell

Posts: 7187; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It's one thing to have a high price on these smartphones. It's another to Jack up the price and give you less features. The iPhone X is a perfect example of that. At least smartphones like the S8, Note 8, LG V30 and others have a lot more features for their higher prices. You definitely cannot say the same for the iPhone X, and many will definitely agree with that.

74. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The notch is a feature, lol.

88. Leo_MC

Posts: 7190; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

A lot will agree and all of them will not know what they are agreeing to, if they imagine that x had less features than 8.

87. Leo_MC

Posts: 7190; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

How about that cd collection, don't you want to listen it on the phone? The Jack is dead and buried.

92. iampun33t

Posts: 134; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

I feel the abysmal sales are just in the US/EUR cause it is selling like hot cakes in other parts of the world like Japan, China and other Asian markets. Hell I was in Japan in December and saw the iPhone 10 almost 3/4 out of every 10 phones!

36. notfair

Posts: 718; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

i have it since december last year.. a beast

46. Nickfuryroad

Posts: 43; Member since: Oct 25, 2017

I have a mate 10 too and I have absolutely no regrets. This thing is awesome.

47. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Neither one of these are problems anymore to me. People adapt pretty quickly to the modern trends and forget old technology. If anything I'd say the insane prices of current flagship smartphones are shaping up to be a real problem to many people.

54. shnibz

Posts: 509; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

All that is what led me to my Mate 9 and it's fantastic. I'd rather the the Standard Mate 10 than the Pro as well.

64. torr310

Posts: 1645; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I clicked on like to your comment because I like Mate 10 too. But headphone jack affects my decision much less than a curved screen. I HATE curved screens! Fortunately T-Mobile did offer flat screen Galaxy S8 Active!

4. bambamboogy02

Posts: 836; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Curved Displays! Give me a flat screen.

8. paul.k

Posts: 293; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

Was thinking about it, but it's still pretty much a thing done exclusively by Samsung or small manufacturers that you barely hear about.

16. tedkord

Posts: 17302; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Same as the notch, but you included that.

26. cmdacos

Posts: 4093; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Kudos to you sir for calling this out...

34. bucky

Posts: 3776; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

the notch is there for a reason, the curved display was a cosmetic thing that didnt catch on.

52. tedkord

Posts: 17302; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The notch is there as a compromise, pure and simple. It doesn't have an actual purpose that a straight across bezel wouldn't fulfill.

19. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

2.5D glass. It is fancy but far from functional.

48. So-min

Posts: 55; Member since: Dec 07, 2017

You forget Samsung is the world number one conglomerate which is typically a major leading choice. You can't leave Samsung when you include Apple in the list. Very very unacceptable!

86. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

So we barely hear about LG and Huawei? Don't they both have phones with curved displays? HUAWEI is number 2 globally over Apple. Right? LG is a major player too. I hardly call them small.

9. jaywill386

Posts: 17; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

For sure this should have been an option. I miss being able to use Tempered Glass Covers. Curved Tempered Glass covers are crap. I like having something to hold onto in terms of the device sides. just minimize screen-to-body ratio with good battery life. Who is asking for thinner anyway??

40. thedizzle

Posts: 196; Member since: Oct 05, 2017

Yeah they are so bad, they have the adhesive all over the back of normal flat tempered glass covers. For curved, they just but a thin line around the curves and thats it. No adhesive in the center where it needs it and it begins to lift and not register your touches. Annoying lol

10. libra89

Posts: 2271; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Between this and the removal of the headphone jack is a hard choice. One is just annoying and the other one requires you to think about it.

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