Google Pixel 3 XL notch compared to those of other popular flagships, is it all that bad?

Google Pixel 3 XL notch compared to those of other popular flagships, is it all that bad?
One of the biggest controversies surrounding the upcoming Google Pixel 3 XL is its (seemingly) huge and unsightly notch. But is it really all that bad? How big is it when compared to the notches of other popular Android flagships and the new iPhones? Let's find out.

The notch of the Google Pixel 3 XL is not that wide. In fact, it is considerably narrower than that of the iPhone XS Max, but it is also longer, so to speak. In the Pixel's defense, however, it houses two front-facing cameras, rather than one, but there's a lot of people out there that don't see this as an adequate excuse for what many have called the ugliest notch in the mobile world.

When notches became a thing (or at least became mainstream) with the introduction of the iPhone X last year, people were up in arms about the concept. Now, as more companies have introduced their version of the notch, opinions have warmed a bit, especially when it comes to waterdrop-style notches. In fact, in one of our recent polls, where we asked for our readers' opinion on the matter, the overwhelming majority said they were A-OK with the waterdrop notch. But Pixel 3 XL's notch is no waterdrop.


There's a lot of hate for Pixel 3 XL's notch, while the waterdrop-style notch of the OnePlus 6T seems to be much more liked.

What's a bit misleading when it comes to notches, is that phonemakers like to advertise their "bezel-less" phones with lively, colorful wallpapers that really show how the image on the screen spills over to the sides, almost over the bezels themselves. This really changes your perception of the notch, because you're wowed by the rest of the screen. But what happens when you're looking at the actual user interface of the phone? You know, like you'll be doing 90 percent of the time when you're using the phone.

This is a question that popped into my mind after I saw a recently leaked hands-on photo of the Google Pixel 3 XL next to a OnePlus 6. What was different about this photo was that it showed both phones running Google Chrome, whereas the vast majority of Pixel 3 XL before that showed the phone's home screen, where the notification bar is transparent. In this leak, however, you can really get a good idea of how big the notch is, thanks to the solid, white notification bar that goes from the top bezel, down to the bottom edge of the notch.

image source: Engadget

That's one hefty notification bar

The funniest part about the picture was how many more notification icons there were on the OnePlus 6, despite its visibly smaller notch. Now granted, the Pixel 3 XL will be able to show more icons than what was shown in the picture, but this side-by-side really gives you a good perspective on just how big the notch is.

All said and done, however, I'm still going to refrain from bashing Pixel 3 XL's notch until I see it for myself. It looks rather unsightly in pictures, yes, and I can't imagine it will be that great for looking at content in full-screen, but who knows, maybe the expanded notification area will make up for the looks.

And here's how the notches of the Google Pixel 3 XL, the iPhone XS Max, and the OnePlus 6T compare directly to one another:


The Google Pixel 3 XL, iPhone XS Max, and OnePlus 6T have three distinct styles of notch and very similar dimensions. This makes them perfect for the purposes of this comparison.

But what do you think about Pixel 3 XL's notorious notch? I'm not expecting love letters, but I bet some of you don't mind it. Are there other things you dislike about the Pixel 3 XL, or is the notch the main offender? Tell us in the comments below!

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47 Comments

1. IT-Engineer

Posts: 532; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

The Oneplus 6T is the best looking phone so far

3. Subie

Posts: 2350; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I would agree with you here. But I always keep in mind that "beauty is in the eyes of the beholder"

4. evolution

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 01, 2013

yeah but the rear finger print scanner is gone, it's gonna be way slower to unlock from now on right(compared to 6 or 5 rear scanner). I don't use face recognition, sometimes I don't even take it off the table to unlock. when I'm out I put it face down on the table, now to unlock it takes even longer because by time I've turned it, it's not unlocked like it would've been if the rear scanner was still there as I pick it up off the table. but it does look nice, I have the red 5t. I was waiting for the 6t but no rear scanner got me like...... :/

10. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

6T waterdrop notch is also ugly speakers grill are nonexistant on front but are on top of the phone so better it be a rectangle or square notch

30. Chris_ABN

Posts: 191; Member since: May 16, 2018

I guess you like a big chunk of screen estate to be used for a notch instead of more screen to notch ratio. Either way notches are trash on phones period! But my personal preference would be the water drop notch. (I just hate you'll loose stereo speakers) Then the iPhones notch.(and I hate iPhones) But that ugly notch on the Pixel XL 3 is rediculous. Look at that status bar?!

35. Phullofphil

Posts: 1762; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I think that most of you than are against the notch are just finding a reason to make fun of a phone that’s not your choice. I look at it differently. Without a notch you have nothing but black glass. I don’t even se it as a notch in the screen but a place that the screen took up to put notifications so they are not on phone. I don’t think they are used to there potential. If you kept those wings separate most of the times and since there is mostly on oled panels. You could use it to let’s say just have those come on and not the whole screen to see stuff like the time. Granted that can be done any where but to me it’s great place to put info. Just is done to it’s potential. I not only don’t mind the thing but it’s growing on me and I think it’s bound to have happened.

44. Trex95

Posts: 2380; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Used one plus 6 for couple of days he desgin of one plus 6 looks like Htc u11 with notch phone not as wider as you think don’t like the desgin that much.

2. Mitsjke

Posts: 29; Member since: Mar 28, 2015

Whatever, I will wait for the first televisions with a notch. So film makers can start to make notched-movies.

7. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

How about notch in laptop,mirror,tablets(ipad,chromebook,pixel slate,surface 2-1 convertable pc) and handheld,camera devices so that every content we see with a notch in it,which black notches in above pic are covering the phone top screen with endgaget black bar attach or mix or built within it along top corner white notification bar & icons.

20. cmdacos

Posts: 4093; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Tvs with unibrows are going to be amazing!! And really, you get used to a huge cutout in your screen after only a few minutes of use anyway.... Lmao

31. Be_Mine

Posts: 241; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Please, don't give them ideas. LOL

5. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

I love notches... Buenos Noches!

6. midan

Posts: 2706; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Pixel 3XL is definately worst looking notch phone. The biggest problem comes when you use the phone and see how the notch is in same line with the notification par, it looks so bad.

17. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

The iPhone notches have the worst functionality of any notch. You can't hide it in the settings, and developers have to make their apps support the notch, or their app will be rejected. With Android Pie, developers can develop apps like they normally do. Users with notched phones have setting to take advantage of the notch or not. That is way better than Apples approach.

29. midan

Posts: 2706; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

I kind a understand that you want to hide the notch with Android after seeing the photo above, it's very bad design to make notch and top par same size, it looks very ugly.

39. Aruminiumaian

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

Lol are you kidding me? Pixel's notch looks the worst, and you can't expect Google to put an option to hide the notch. And if it's not hidable then I would choose iPhone's notch over Pixel's any day. Also if you want to talk about the "functionality" of the notch you have to mention that iPhone is the only phone which actually has a proper face recognition components inside the notch whereas on Pixel 2 just has one to house two selfie cameras and that's it.

45. Trex95

Posts: 2380; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

What the use of hiding notch since it’s going too add more bigger bezels including the big chin lol.

14. Foxgabanna

Posts: 587; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

The pixel 3 XL notch is just what I needed in a smartphone.

15. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

A notch and a chin! Oh well!

16. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3097; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

My eyes, it burns. That horrible pixel 3 xl notch.

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

LMAO! Even if we were blinded, we couldn't unsee that horrible Visage that is the Pixel 3XL from our minds.

18. Sparkxster

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

One day away from seeing if Google trolled us with the pixel 3 XL design and gives us the ultra and pixel 3 mini... Or not.

19. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Google Pixel 3 XL notch compared to those of other popular flagships, all notches are bad. Fixed.

21. lovemac209

Posts: 32; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

more hate the bottom chin than ugly big notch...

22. jellmoo

Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Part of the problem is the chin. Not only is the notch ridiculously thick, but the chin is also really sizeable. It gives the device a design more akin to a cheap knock-off than a true flagship look.

24. osterrich21

Posts: 186; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

I hope Samsung bravely withstood this notch madness. This is appalling

25. vuyonc

Posts: 1089; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Daily reminder that the only reason the notch is a popular feature only because Apple couldn't find any other way catch up to Samsung in screen-to-bezel ratio (and failed).

26. osterrich21

Posts: 186; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

All notch is bad.

27. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2146; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

All I can say is "Apple Influenced". You can bring in the LG V10 and Essential Phone, but none have had a greater impact on Jony Ive's and Apple's Team on notch design due to FaceID Tech. Apple isn't the first to do it, but look at the long lasting effect of what Android manufacturers are trying to do to generate sales/revenue.

34. Cat97

Posts: 1858; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Long story short, Apple didn't invent the notch.

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