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#1 2 months ago

So I have the iPhone X now which, is pretty great, and I am used to it, but it still has the infamous notch, which I can live with.

But lately companies have been trying to do away with notches and chins altogether with some pretty innovative designs;

 

What do you guys think to this? Are we moving to an all-screen, gesture focused experience? With technology now allowing in-screen fingerprint readers and, hopefully roboust, retractable cameras?

Or do you prefer the current style of phone, is the desire for more screen, less size the right step?


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#2 2 months ago

Is it where things are going? Probably. I don't think it's a big difference - like phones have been going in this direction for a while. Chin, no chin, whatever. At this point we're talking about whether you've got a couple of percentage difference.

The last thing that's like --- "okay, I'd find it annoying to go back to what was there before" - ? Fast biometrics. Other than that, there's not been - to my eyes - a lot of advances in this area for a fair number of years. They've become faster - so that's a thing. But in terms of core functionality? Nope. Not really.




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#3 2 months ago

It is one of those features that don't really make a huge difference but that are useful for making a product stand out and creating some desire for ownership. Like the around-the-edge-display thing. I'd probably take an edgeless display over a regular display, but not at the current price premium. Eventually all of those things become standard features anyway; my current mid-ragen smartphone can keep up with the high-end phones from 2-3 years ago in most respects, including design.


I really like the concept for laptops (e.g. Dell XPS) btw.




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#4 2 months ago

I think the only real benefit that it brings in real terms is it allows phones to stay small or get smaller again while maintaining the same 5-6' displays people are keen to have, so it's a bit of a best of both worlds things really.


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#5 2 months ago

the pop out camera is a bit.. meh


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#6 2 months ago
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I think the only real benefit that it brings in real terms is it allows phones to stay small or get smaller again while maintaining the same 5-6' displays people are keen to have, so it's a bit of a best of both worlds things really.

As someone who, in 2018, just bought a phone with a physical keyboard... I have to say that's not high on my list of priorities. 

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#7 2 months ago
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I think the only real benefit that it brings in real terms is it allows phones to stay small or get smaller again while maintaining the same 5-6' displays people are keen to have, so it's a bit of a best of both worlds things really.

As someone who, in 2018, just bought a phone with a physical keyboard... I have to say that's not high on my list of priorities. 

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What phone was that?!


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#8 2 months ago
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I think the only real benefit that it brings in real terms is it allows phones to stay small or get smaller again while maintaining the same 5-6' displays people are keen to have, so it's a bit of a best of both worlds things really.

As someone who, in 2018, just bought a phone with a physical keyboard... I have to say that's not high on my list of priorities. 

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What phone was that?!

BlackBerry Key2. The camera's kinda shit, (well, that unfair, the camera's fine, the camera software not so much...) given the lack of stabilisation and terrible low-light performance, but since I basically use the camera on my smartphone as a document scanner these days that doesn't mean much to me.

I honestly don't think it has much mass appeal, unless you mostly use your phone for communication and organising and stuff like that. ^^;




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#9 2 months ago

I thought BlackBerry were deader than even Windows Phone.

Do they run Android now then?


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#10 2 months ago
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I thought BlackBerry were deader than even Windows Phone.

Do they run Android now then?

Looks alive to me:


And, yep, that's Android.


I'm in two minds about it. I can't imagine that one would want to play games on it, and the camera is kinda crap. But... I don't find myself using the camera on my phone that often for anything that matters, and I don't play games on it. I don't know - maybe I'll end up going back, but so far it has been a fairly pleasant experience. Like - I'm somewhat used to waiting until I get back to a computer to text message people and that hasn't been happening the last few days....

Might end up just buying an actual satnav for the car and then... what else do I use my phone for?

There are definitely advantages to having a larger screen in a smaller device, and a nicer camera. But... eeee... it's not an easy choice to make for me. I like being able to work with text more easily. There are moments I miss the larger screen - on and around pulling it out in a town I don't know and having a nicer presentation of the street map for instance - but is that worth giving up the text? Or the Hub on this thing? - Having all your accounts in one place is really nice.

I don't know. Like they've come up with a really nice design compromise here between screen space and the need to have a physical keyboard. They've made the choice tricky.

(Also it feels nicer in the hand than the sheet of glass that only really felt good in the hand with a case on. :)




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