iPhone X I want flat edges on the iPhone

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  1. cnev3 macrumors 6502

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    Why Apple decided to go to curved edges on the iPhone is beyond me.

    Flat edges mean better grip. Better grip means a case is not a necessity. No case means you can more appreciate the aesthetics of the device.

    Flat edges mean there’s more useable surface area for engineers to work with. It may seam miniscule, but there’s no such thing as miniscule when it comes to space in a smartphone.

    Most importantly, the flat edges made the iPhone more distinct looking. They stood out from other phones.

    Am I alone on this one?
     
  2. adamgbiggs macrumors 6502

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    I agree with this, when I had the i4, 4s, 5 etc I didn’t need a case, but since the 6 I felt it needed a case on it espeacialy for extra grip on the device.

    Adam.
     
  3. dotzero123 macrumors regular

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    Personally, I don't like the curved screen nor the glass back. They both scare me because they increase the likelihood that I'll damage my phone and need apple care or a new phone. I Love Apple but do believe, as with many things, the House always wins.
     
  4. JoeyD74 macrumors 6502

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    Get out the grinder and make it happen.
    Are you thinking iphone5 style? I did like that one better
     
  5. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    I have an iPhone 5, 4s and 4. My primary driver is the iPhone 6s+. While I appreciate the design of the iPhone SE (and therefore my iPhone 5) the reality for me is that I have dropped my iPhone 6s+ far less than my iPhone 5.

    And my 6s+ has never been inside a case. For over three years now.
     
  6. Jordan921 macrumors 601

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    Flat edges woulda been nice on the X/Max.
     
  7. vertical smile macrumors 68040

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    I had the exact opposite happen to me.

    I used the original, 4s, and 5s, and then decided to get the much larger 6s Plus. I hated the rounded edges, as the phone would pop out of my hands all the time.

    I used 6s Plus for about 2 years, cracked it twice from dropping, and after a second AC+ replacement, I sold the replacement to a friend that was looking for a cheap iPhone.

    I switched to the squared edged SE, and I have been very happy since.
     
  8. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    Don't get me wrong. I'm no devoted fan of my 6s+ and as I've said I'd prefer the shape of the SE in the plus size.

    But for some reason I seem to be able to hold onto the 6s+ better. Why that is and why perhaps it's specific to me and maybe a few other people, I don't know.

    Perhaps it's because it's larger than my 5.
     
  9. x-evil-x macrumors 601

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    Its because its overall bigger not really really the shape.
    Did you have an X?
    I had all plus size phones and went to an X its much more slippery then my max model I went back to. I think its just because its more substantial not really because of the style cause its the same as the X.
    I think a larger plus size phone in a square shape will make it much better for grip and would look a ton better imo.
     
  10. jdsmitty10 macrumors regular

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    Although I did like my 5 and squared off chamfered edges. I don’t think it was as comfortable to hold as rounded edged phones. The matte finish is what makes them slick and difficult to hold in my opinion. I am currently caseless with my XS cause it has a gloss finish and my hands actually stick to it unlike the matte finish. I prefer the rounded edges but glossy finish for going caseless and enjoying the actual feel of the phone without a case.
     
  11. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    No. In February 2015 I got a 6+ because after suffering on Sprint for so long I was determined to get my pound of flesh by leveraging any offers they had for me.

    In September 2015 we left Sprint and I needed a new phone. Rather than paying for another 6+, I chose to get a 6s+.

    That's the phone I have right now. But not because I really wanted it.

    No iPhone since the iPhone 5, with the exception of the iPhone SE, has held any interest for me. I have always hated the antenna lines and camera bulge of the 6 series and it just got worse (camera bulge) with the 7/7+ and up.
     
  12. Falhófnir macrumors 68040

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    Fwiw, I've never felt comfortable going careless with a plus due to how thin the edges are for quite a big device - I find it makes it awkward to hold securely. I feel like a more squared off design would offer better grip?
     
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  14. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    How do flat edges give engineers more surface area to work with. Rounded edges have more surface than flat edges
     
  15. x-evil-x macrumors 601

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    But the lines got better the 7’s matte black looked super good besides the camera bulge
     
  16. kasakka macrumors 68020

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    I can still remember how my iPhone 4 edges were are bit too sharp and the phone felt much more comfortable with a bumper on. Even the best version of the iPhone 4 design, the Oneplus X rounded the edges a bit to make it more comfortable.
     
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    Imo, the iPhone 4 was perfect. It was just the right thickness and squared edges.

    I never used a case before the 6 series, since then I had to cause of how slippery the devices are.
     
  18. robertosh macrumors 6502a

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    Curved edges helps to one hand operation but given the fact that the current devices are so huge I don’t see the benefit. And also the edge design looks outdated (4+ years)

    Anyways, it seems that the new iPad will have flat edges so I guess that it could be inherited by the 2019 phones.

    I’m still dreaming with a 4,7 size phone with flat edges and full screen
     
  19. cnev3, Oct 6, 2018
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    Because components and chipsets don’t have rounded edges. They’re square and rectangular. Think of it like fitting books into a basket versus fitting books in a box that has the same width.
     
  20. ARizz44 macrumors 6502a

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    I’m in the camp that used glass screen protectors. I realize not everyone feels the need, and personally I don’t like using one but it helps my resale value each year. Anyway, it is the curved edges of the screen that cause me issues with screen protectors. Even though they are cut short so as to supposedly avoid this, they still tend not to seal to the glass around the edges. Makes the protector that much more noticeable and an overall cheap look.
     
  21. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    Let’s hope the engineers can cope, I like the rounded edges.
     
  22. x-evil-x macrumors 601

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    true. Id imagine they can make the phone overall smaller with squared off edges like before. It would save all that room for the curved edge for more inside the phone.
     
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    The iPhone 5s design, upscaled to a larger display in addition to the no bezzles would be absolutely stunning. I have no clue why Apple hasn't done this already.
     
  25. haruhiko macrumors 601

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    Sharp edges on a big phone will hurt your fingers when you're holding it. For X/XS/XS Max, the non-white versions have stainless steel bands with colour coating on it which significantly increased the grip.
     

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