A notch too far: The unlucky irony of the bezel-less cellphone

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Let me simply begin by apologizing for daring to criticize one thing that is clearly each magical and revolutionary.

I do know, I do know: With its snazzy new iPhone X, Apple simply "innovated" the bezel-less smartphone. (It additionally "innovated" wi-fi charging — er, sorry, AirPower — together with quick charging, high-quality OLED shows, and gesture-based controls, amongst different issues. However we'll concentrate on the bezels for now.) And hey, I am definitely not one to get in the best way of a very good buzzword. 

Whereas this column is ostensibly about Android, although, there isn't any denying that Apple's tackle the design development du jour is certain to have an effect on all components of the cellular spectrum. With quite a lot of low-bezel telephones already obtainable within the Android ecosystem and many extra sure to seem within the months forward, Apple's strategy to the idea is prone to turn out to be related to us all at some degree — whether or not straight or not directly.

(In regards to the time period "bezel-less," by the best way: You might need observed that I stated "low-bezel" as a substitute of "no-bezel" a second in the past. That is actually extra correct, as all of those fancy new telephones — together with the iPhone X — most definitely do nonetheless have bezels. However I will begrudgingly use the phrases interchangeably for now, for the reason that technically inaccurate "bezel-less" is the extensively accepted nomenclature of the second.)