2018, the year of the clones . Historically, there have always been similarities and “inspirations” between some firms and others, but this year is crazy. 90% of the high-end Android is a copy of the iPhone X , the notch is a alternative , not something required to reduce frames, and if not, ask the Vivo, the Samsung Galaxy S9 or the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, you do not need a notch to have a good design .
Google, has been presenting its Pixel generations for two years, some phones that are characterized by being different to the whole high range , for better or worse., show that the model XL, the aspiring king of the throne in Android, will have a notch. Bad news for users , who will see how even the big G, has had to surrender to Apple’s design.
I would love to see on a table dozens of terminals recently presented this year with the screen off, it would be ridiculous . Clones of clones, the same frontal design whose only variation is the few millimeters that there is difference between the frames, and the size of the notch itself. Google already ridiculed Apple a few years ago, as they were among the first to eliminate the headphone jack. At the birth of the Pixel 2, they eliminated this 3.5mm entry , without referencing Apple.
This year, it seems that they will repeat the steps. The Pixel 3 XL will have a notch, a notch that does or does reduce useful screen space , and that does not contribute anything new.
If something is clear to me, it is that If I’m going to spend almost 1,000 euros on a phone, this has to adapt to me, and not me to him . I will never understand the argument of “is that you do not get used to it”. We are admitting that we have disbursed a large amount of money, that the mobile phone has something that is not to our liking, but that “you end up getting used to it”, that is, adapting yourself to it.
Yes, I have tried the notch, you get used to it, but it’s still annoying . And before you argue the argument that “you can hide by software”, say that, in my opinion, this is an option sloppy , which ends up adding digital frame to the phone. If we do not like physical frames, imagine the digital ones, anyway.
It’s Google, GOOGLE! Obviously, the big G has ample means to create a precious terminal without the need to include the happy eyebrow, although perhaps, with this Pixel 3 XL, they want to finally join the market trend . The first year, the distribution was a disaster. This past 2018, the second model arrived thanks to the distribution of Orange and its sale in stores like the official one of Google, aYaphone or Amazon, and this Pixel 3 XL, could come with an even better distribution .
Opting for a “commercial” design could be the clue that Google finally wants its Pixel to be sold at the level of others flagships , good news on the one hand, but that does not take away the counterpart of having a Pixel similar to the iPhone ahead. If Google wants to present its particular rival of the iPhone, should not be inspired by it , and we are very afraid that this is what is going to happen.
The notch issue would not be so dramatic if we did not have rumors that this was a temporary Apple solution, and that they will remove it as soon as possible . The argument that it is not possible to have a bezel-less without notch disappear when Apple idee solution to this eyebrow, and at that time, all Android that chose to copy the iPhone X, will be in a bad position .
Following a market trend is not bad, to some extent, and with the notch it is getting out of hand . As always, the power of decision rests with the user; wait for the next generation of smartphones without notch, or resign and get used to this eyebrow. What do you decide?