Android Notch: Is It Really Necessary?

Just so you know, Android was the first one to use a notch. Thanks to the Essential Phone, we beat Apple for that. But since Apple is the more popular one, the notch is now associated with the Apple’s iPhone X. So when people talk about the notch, it’s the iPhone X that will always be mentioned. But today, we will talk about the Android notch.

The Essential Phone notch

A lot of smartphones of today especially the flagship releases have the notch. And to tell you honestly, I am not a fan of the notch. Not ever especially when almost every known brand of today except Samsung has adapted the notch.

It looks annoying. It is distracting. It is hideous.

The reason for the design

Apple’s decision about putting the notch on iPhone X was understandable and perhaps up to some degree, acceptable. They placed a state of the art technology up there for the Face ID to happen. But when Android smartphones adapted that design, it became a cringe-worthy moment.

I am not an expert on smartphone technology. I am not even an expert on smartphone design. But then again, I can think of many ways where I can put cameras and sensors in there without having to put an Android notch as well. One good example is the Samsung S9 and S9 Plus. They did it without the notch.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S has no notch. They placed the camera at the bottom. Yes, it could be awkward when doing the selfie. But when it comes to media consumption, browsing, and whatever you do aside from doing a selfie, the experience is so clean because of no Android notch up there. No distraction. No interfering bump in your viewing pleasure.

Mi MIX 2S

Why they copy the notch

The reason why Android brands are adopting the notch is that it gives free marketing. Apple did it and now smartphone brands think it is the new trend.

The problem with the market today is that, no matter how bad the idea is, just because they are being talked about, others will copy it. And this is the trend that makes this whole fiasco a bigger disaster.

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Asus Zenfone 5 copies the notch.

The worst part is that, despite how people express their hate for this design, smartphone brands do not seem to be listening at all. They just do what they want and not what the people want.

Is the Android notch necessary?

In my point of view, the Android notch is not necessary. This whole thing about copying the bad part of iPhone X is just a sign that these smartphone brands are just being lazy. They do not want to make an effort to come up with a design of their own.

Like I said, there are ways to put the camera and the sensors up top. Why not make a curved edge that would make a room for these camera and sensor parts? And at the same time, it will make an illusion of still being bezel-less. Or they can create a mechanical thingy that will place the camera on top when someone wants to do a selfie. Perhaps, make a new technology of LCD/AMOLED screen that enables the camera to hide behind it but can still function the way it is meant to.

Or they can just do what Samsung does; make a thin bezel and put all those components in there horizontally. I can live with that. And then, at the bottom, maximize the screen. Problem solved.

And then there is the Razer phone. It has bezels. But it made use of those bezels intelligently by putting impressive speakers. You see, not everyone is happy about bezel-less. But if that is where the trend is going, at least make a smart move about it.

Final Thought…

So yeah, I don’t believe that the Android notch is necessary. And I don’t think that it is just me. Millions and millions of people are expressing their hate for the notch design. So why are these smartphone brands still using the notch design?

In your opinion, is the Android notch necessary? If you have to design where to put the camera and the sensors, how would you do it? Leave us your ideas in the comment section. We would love to know your thoughts.

Rene Manguerra

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