For better of for worse, Apple is a trendsetter in the mobile world. It was for the better when it kicked off the screen resolution wars, but it made things worse when it killed the 3.5mm audio jack.
In some cases, Android manufacturers genuinely try to compete, but sometimes they just blindly copy. When HTC went with USB headphones, they enabled USonic – a unique feature. But we think a couple of Chinese brands dropped the 3.5mm jack just to make their phones look even more like an iPhone.
With that in mind, how long do you think it will be before screen cutouts become popular on Android phones? LG had something of the sort with V10’s and V20’s secondary screen, the Essential phone jammed the selfie camera in the middle of the status bar, so it’s already happening.
Of course, Apple had to cram an entire Kinect so the large cutout was unavoidable. Essential could have put the selfie cam below the screen, like the Xiaomi Mi Mix did. Still, putting it at the bottom means the selfie cam is looking up your nose.
So, how do you feel about screen cutouts? Are they worth it to get a great feature (like iPhone’s TrueDepth camra) while keeping the bezels slim? Are only smaller cutouts acceptable or not at all?