Hot topics

Poll: What do you think of the camera cutout design trend?

apple iphone x 06
© Apple

The industry trend toward bezel-less displays is bringing more favorable screen to body ratios to more smartphone users, and I think that's a great thing. But, some manufacturers are making controversial design compromises in order to achieve these smaller frames. We want to know what you think of the already notorious notches of the iPhone X and Essential Phone. 

Also known as a camera cutout, the notch refers to the area where the display wraps around the front facing camera and sensors of a device. The Essential Phone and the iPhone X are introducing the design concept to Android and iOS users, respectively. These are two highly visible devices, so there's a good chance that other manufacturers could pick up cues from them and incorporate the notch into future designs of their own devices.

While I like bezel-less displays, I'm not a fan of this particular design compromise on either of the aforementioned devices. While the camera cutout certainly stands out in a sea of rectangular displays, I don't think it sticks out in a good way. It leaves a sense of there being something missing, and neither Apple nor Essential made an effort to blend it in by making the status bar black.

essential phone front
Check out the camera cutout on the Essential Phone. / © Essential

With this shift toward bezel-less displays, our collective idea of what a smartphone looks like could change radically. Home buttons are migrating to the back of devices or disappearing entirely. The iconic iPhone look, a home button and big bezels at the top and bottom of the display, is going to be a thing of the past. Do we really want the notch to replace it as the defining characteristic that helps us recognize the brand? Do we want camera cutouts distracting from the beauty of various Android flagships' impressive displays?

We want to know what you think. Do you love the notch? Do you think it looks like someone ruined the iPhone X by taking a bite out of it? Do you hate way the tiny camera cutout looks on the Essential Phone? Is a bezel-less display worth the compromise? Vote in the poll below and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

How do you feel about the notch?
View results


Best smartphones to buy in 2024

  The best Android phone The best iPhone Best camera phone Best mid-range 2023 Best Foldable Best compact foldable
Image Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Product Image Apple iPhone 15 Pro Product Image Google Pixel 8 Pro Product Image Google Pixel 7a Product Image OnePlus Open product image Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 Product Image
Review: Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Review: Apple iPhone 15 Pro
Review: Google Pixel 8 Pro
Review: Google Pixel 7a
Review: OnePlus Open
Review: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5
Go to comment (6)
Brittany McGhee

Brittany McGhee

Brittany loves to keep up with the latest technology and innovation, so she is excited to have the opportunity to write about the wonderful world of Android. She thinks spreadsheets and numbers are fun, in addition to reading books and volunteering.

View all articles
Liked this article? Share now!
Recommended articles
Latest articles
Push notification Next article
Write new comment:
All changes will be saved. No drafts are saved when editing
Write new comment:
All changes will be saved. No drafts are saved when editing

  • 12
    Deactivated Account Sep 24, 2017 Link to comment

    I think that the cutouts and notches look 👀 terrible, but I’m afraid that we’ll be seeing a lot more of them, unfortunately.


  • Mark G. 28
    Mark G. Sep 23, 2017 Link to comment

    I'm not a huge fan of bezelless devices, the tradeoff between design and quality/strength is to great. Though I think Samsung have nailed it with the S8/Note 8, but I guess it's a design feature that will be used by most manufacturers.
    Apple have not designed a device in any meaningful way, they're long term plans were to keep the same IPhone design and continue to rip their customers off, instead they were forced to bring out the X as a reaction to Samsung superior design and quality. Samsung needs to keep to the script and not to react to Apple.

    Peace 🖖

  • 21
    Peter Harwood Sep 23, 2017 Link to comment

    Ive a xzpremium and all you hear from people is its got big bezels! Well i dont give a shit about bezels why! because for one they house the best stereo speakers on any phone there is, theres plenty of room for the front camera and flash by the way its the best front facing camera there is and the main thing with bezels it makes the phone stronger as people will find out when they drop their bezeless phones? Plus bezels makes no difference to your viewing experience on a phone screen.

    Mark G.

    • David Martrano 29
      David Martrano Sep 24, 2017 Link to comment

      The bezels are ok if you have two stereo front facing speakers! The notch or cut outs could be very distracting while viewing video's!


  • 22
    ljhaye Sep 23, 2017 Link to comment

    Samsung will copy the design cues and we will all experience deformed screens

    Deactivated Account

  • David Martrano 29
    David Martrano Sep 23, 2017 Link to comment

    I really don't care for the cut out or notch on the X or essential. For myself it kinda looks distracting when viewing video's. Is it me or am I just seeing things. Why would they do this?

    Deactivated Account

Write new comment:
All changes will be saved. No drafts are saved when editing