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


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 give attention to the bezels for now.) And hey, I am actually not one to get in the best way of buzzword. 

Whereas this column is ostensibly about Android, although, there isn't any denying that Apple's tackle the design development du jour is sure to have an effect on all elements of the cellular spectrum. With a wide range of low-bezel telephones already obtainable within the Android ecosystem and lots extra sure to look within the months forward, Apple's strategy to the idea is more likely to grow to be related to us all at some stage — whether or not straight or not directly.

(Concerning the time period "bezel-less," by the best way: You may need observed that I mentioned "low-bezel" as an alternative 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 actually do nonetheless have bezels. However I am going to begrudgingly use the phrases interchangeably for now, for the reason that technically inaccurate "bezel-less" is the extensively accepted nomenclature of the second.)