So, that Pixel 3 XL notch... what do you think about it?

So, that Pixel 3 XL notch... what do you think about it?
Well, folks, we know it came as a shock and a surprise, but all these Pixel 3 XL leaks, all the devices that were sold somewhere on the black market, and everything we knew beforehand... well, it turned out to be correct. The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were just announced yesterday and there were no surprises.

This includes that notch on the Pixel 3 XL... a lot of people were hoping that's an elaborate troll and Google was keeping an ace up its sleeve. But no, the phone is exactly what we saw in all the leaks before.

There is a huge group of people out there that absolutely hate the cutout on the Pixel 3 XL. Its design makes it look bigger than it should be, the two cameras and speaker in there make it look like a bad emoji, et cetera. Of course, this group could just be a small collection of anti-notchers that happen to be very vocal.

So, here's a poll, voice your opinion — what do you think of that cutout on top of the Pixel 3 XL's display?

How do you feel about the Pixel 3 XL's notch?

Yikes! Smash it before it lays eggs!
73.94%
I guess I can learn to live with it
17.81%
I barely notice it or care
8.25%

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37 Comments

1. shiv179

Posts: 164; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

That notch on the XL is the fugliest notch I have ever seen! Well done Google! /s

20. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Google is done with making smartphones. Nobody will and should buy these kinds of horrible phones period. There are much much better android phones from $150 to $1000 from many other OEMs that actually makes sense.

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Man, SHUT THE HELL UP! People should buy what the hell they want.

33. doublestandardz

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 06, 2018

well so much for freedom of speech eh brother?

21. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

If I tell you what I think about this notch, word for word then... I'd definitely get banned so; G'Day!

24. lyndon420

Posts: 6787; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Yup. They decided to copy apple's ugly way of doing things, and cranked it up a notch (pun intended).

2. mel0524

Posts: 73; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

The worst notch, i've seen in 2018. Hope they'll learn how to listen with cellphone enthusiast that notch is a No, NO. For the next 2019 pixel model be really careful on the design.

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2585; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I don't hate notches the way some people do, for me it's a bit of a "meh, whatever" sort of thing. But the one on the Pixel 3 XL is by far the most offensive one. I would take the Pixel 3 over it any day of the week, just because of the size of the notch.

4. Sakeem

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

I'm going to go to VZW and see it in person. Then I will make my final judgement.

5. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 597; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

I disliked notches in the beginning but this abomination I just can't get passed.

6. TechGirl90 unregistered

Notches aren't an issue for me, as long as it's subtle. But, this particular one on the other hand is very distracting. IMO Apple had better utilization of the notch in their iPhone X/XS/XS Max, not too big, not too small, it's noticeable, but, it's subtle to where it's not unbearable.

11. fester

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 10, 2018

Just what "utilization" do you have in mind?

8. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

So, ANY phone with a notch... what do you think about it? Yikes! Smash it before it lays eggs! Fixed.

14. cmdacos

Posts: 4200; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Exactly this...

10. fester

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 10, 2018

Horrible. It's not just that Apple themselves are trying to hide the fugly notch by using a background that makes it look like there is none, and it's not even that the Pixel 3 notch is the fugliest on the market today by a large margin. It's mostly that Google has now developed a serious split copycat personality and it can't decide if it wants to mimic the iPhone X's or the Galaxy S8/S9 phones. Really sad.

12. Bankz

Posts: 2542; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Extremely ugly. But not something one can't live without. The problem here however is that the pixel is underwhelming in almost every way aside the camera. From memory to ram, to design, to battery to vanilla Android to no micro SD to no full cameras (features). Only thing it has going for it is camera quality and speakers.

13. SealBeachBum

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

I really hope phone enthusiasts vote with their wallets and skip both Pixel 3s. Innovation is almost gone in the American market, with only two camps left, iPhone and Samsung. The smaller guys used to try and I even miss the quirky, complex clumsiness of Symbian. I really miss having a lot of choices and watching OSs like Windows Phone and Blackberry 10 spring to life, only to wither and die because they weren't "iPhone or Galaxy". Buying either of these unaesthetic hardware turds is telling Google it's OK to copy even the flaws and bruises of the champions. I long for the days of the wild, wild best.

15. bill718

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 28, 2014

Too Sad....., Pixel isn't innovated it's design, it becomes another copy cat of iPhoneX with ugly notch, shame on Alphabets,

16. chbanks512

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 07, 2017

Hideous...it's too bad because I like everything else about the phone, but that notch will keep me from buying one or recommending it to anyone else. #KillItWithFire

18. Kibzara

Posts: 123; Member since: Feb 24, 2016

If you'd want a longer battery life, just hide the notch lol

22. Jrod99

Posts: 729; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

What’s notch to like?

23. antroid

Posts: 392; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

At least they an excuse to have it unlike other manufacturers

27. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

WAAAAY TOO BIG. I don't mind the one on my G7, but that's too big. Plus I can help but see the :D

29. P20prouser

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 10, 2018

Ohh gosh, mine does have notch but GpXL3 is the top notcher off all. Well, Nexus have the greatest looks the best are the Galaxy nexus and LG nexus 4 white... I missed those phone i had.

30. Subpixel

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 22, 2018

What I just want is that ugly "sleeveless shirt" to fail in Zack Nelson (JerryRigEverything) durability test.

34. pmg1997

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

They could have put something useful on that huge notch. Maybe like a headphone jack. That notch is big enough!

35. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Completely stupid thing to do when you don't even have too. We don't mind bezels on the top and bottom. Yes I know you all are grasping for a new design, but why this one? The notch is the ugliest to happen to Anything with a display. The notch is like the rear view mirror in the front windshield. You actually don't even need the rear view mirror l, just like you don't need a notch. Sony and others need to find a way to either make caneras smaller or start using displays that can be made to be opaque and mount the caneras under the display and then you want to take a picture, a tivating the camera makes the display go clear and you snap.

37. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I think you meant transparent, not opaque.

36. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No notches, of any kind. Period. They're an eyesore, and an unnecessary compromise with no real return.

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