There are times when I worry about humanity. Look around. We are not exactly a species of creatures who have become good stewards of the planet. We ignore what is important and frenetically obsess over what is insignificant.
Am I right, Notch haters and Hole lovers? I bought into iPhone X back in 2017 even though it came without Touch ID and was graced with a much criticized Notch at the top of the display. Actual usage over a few days taught me that critics sometimes don’t know what they’re talking about. Did I mention Holes?
A few years ago Apple came up with some technology that the company thought would revolutionize and make obsolete the higher security and higher convenience brought about by Touch ID. Face ID. Fair enough, and it works– except for one problem.
iPhone X, iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and even iPhone XR all have an unsightly Notch which house the camera and other technological goodies used to make Face ID work. Members of the technorati elite politburo and the nattering nabobs of negativism howled at the Notch and its obvious design faux pas. Customers? Well, they didn’t care so much because the ears or horns left and right of Notch contained some useful icons and it didn’t take long for application developers to fix their apps to match, and it didn’t take long for competitors to add their own Notch to Android-based smartphones.
So much for industry wide criticism, huh?
The design trend for 2019 is going to be much better, judging from my first experience with the notch’s successor: the hole-punch display.
Savov got to play with the Honor View 20, a smartphone much beloved by the anti-Apple crew on various and sundry anti-Apple techno-websites and declared it view-worthy.
This phone’s screen is an LCD that measures 6.4 inches diagonally and has a resolution of 2310 x 1080.
Less than iPhone Xs Max, even with a Notch.
No Notch. Just a hole. Or, Hole. It’s going to be a trend. Hole, Hole, Hole. Remember, Apple’s
iPhone was not the first with a notch, but it seems to me that there must be a better way to incorporate all the technological goodness of Face ID meets selfie camera than holes in the glass.
The cutout just nudges the notification and status icons into the middle of the display and everything goes along as it already did with notches.
This company has done a very neat job of integrating the design feature that will dominate 2019 with its hole-punch display.
No it won’t.
Technorati elite politburo members will tout it as the next great anti-Apple, anti-Notch thing, but it won’t show up on more than a handful of devices, and it’s likely you’ll never see anything from Honor.
It’s hard to think of Honor, an understudy brand to Huawei’s consumer electronics operation, as a competitive name at the very highest tier of smartphones.
So, if you can’t buy one, and you can’t, and not many will make it to market, then what’s the deal? It’s anti-Apple bias at work again.
With specs like a 4,000mAh battery, a 7nm Kirin 980 processor, a 48-megapixel camera, up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of storage, the View 20 is proving to be quite the compelling start to the year.
Uh huh. We’ll see.
When Apple introduces an iPhone with a Hole instead of the Notch will the same critics of Notch consider the iPhone worthy? Or, will the Hole become something new to criticize because it came from Apple?