The Notch: Is it as bad as you thought?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Hustler1337, Nov 4, 2017.


Is the notch as bad as you thought?

  1. No - it's not as bad as I expected / getting used to it

    134 vote(s)
  2. Yes - it's worse than I expected

    28 vote(s)
  3. Neutral - it's (more or less) as I expected / I wasn't concerned about the notch

    109 vote(s)
  1. Hustler1337 macrumors 68000


    Dec 23, 2010
    London, UK
    Hi guys,

    So many of you have now got your hands on the iPhone X and after much debate, outcry and criticism about the notch, is it really as bad as it has been made out or is it worse than you thought?

    What's it like when watching videos, pictures and day-to-day activities? Is it noticeable or have you even found yourself forgetting its even there? Has your perception changed now that you've started using it?

    Would be great to hear what your views are now that you actually own one and have started using it in your day-to-day activities.
  2. democracyrules macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2016
    Notch is no big deal and overly exaggerated and overrated. iPhone X is the best design iPhone in the history.
  3. immigrantsong macrumors member

    Sep 23, 2008
    Macon, GA
    For me , it just pretty much faded away very quickly. In fact, I watched Blade Runner some late last Dolby Vision HDR by the way...zoomed it in so it filled the entire display...and I just didn’t think about the notch. My 2 cents, FWIW.
  4. DiveKitty macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2017
    I was always rather neutral, and having X in hand for last day confirmed it is a non issue. It blends away for me even watching video full screen.

    I actually like that the clock/battery icons are tucked up in the corners, and how the notch sets boundaries of sorts for the swipe functions. It definitely identifies it as an iPhone, even in a case, which I think was important to Apple if they were losing the Home button.

    I think the X is a gorgeous phone and is not “marred” by the notch as so many seem to allege. It just works.

    If you had a “Neutral but now Team Notch” I would vote that one!
  5. AlphaPoppy macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2013
    I knew it wouldn't be a problem and with the phone in my hands, I still don't think it is.
  6. Cashmonee macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2006
    I agree that it is more or less a non-issue. I was worried about it before I got it, but honestly, if I am not thinking about it, I really do not notice it. In a few days, once the newness of the phone wears off, I doubt I'll think about it again. In fact, I am coming to prefer it. I rather like stealing a little extra real estate for persistent information like battery life, time, etc. The one thing that would be perfect is to make that area not accessible to apps and allow the user to change the background color of it. It would solve the full screen photo/video issue and the notch would basically not exist for those that it bothers. I would not be surprised to see something like that in an update.
  7. saltd macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2010
    It’s a non-issue-I don’t even notice it at all. Compared to huge bezels, it’s so much better.
  8. Mr. Y macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2011
    What notch? Jk, hardly notice it and never was concerned about it in the first place.
  9. shootertwist14 macrumors member

    May 2, 2016
    Not a problem at all, i even liked it since i get to see the edge to edge screen on the left and right
  10. jbachandouris macrumors 601


    Aug 18, 2009
    Upstate NY
    My eyes are immediately drawn to it. Mayne that will change with time...
  11. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    No. Doesn’t bother me at all. Actually the persistent home bar indicator (or whatever Apple is calling it) bothers me more, especially in certain apps like Safari where it’s always there. I’d like it to fade away after a few seconds and only come back if you swipe on the screen.
  12. adela28362 macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2014
    Forgot about it within minutes. You really don’t notice it. Only real implication is the lack of battery percentage that is actually noticeable by proxy.
  13. Cashmonee macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2006
    I agree with you on the bar. I was playing a game in landscape and the bar bothered me far more than the notch. This was a game updated for the X as well.
  14. aloecool macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2011
    Same. Coming in, I didn't think it was going to be a big deal and certainly didn't think it was going to bother me. But I've got to say...I can't help looking at it.
  15. jamin00 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 14, 2012
    Essex, UK.
    First time I noticed it was playing golf clash today and no it didn’t bother me then either
  16. xxray macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2013
    I wasn't worried or bothered by it much in the first place, but after playing with it in person, the complaints were so overplayed. The notch is what allows the screen to go across the entire front face of the device. Without the notch, there'd be a straight black bezel across the top which would look much worse. When using the phone, I forgot the notch was even there.
  17. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I agree. The notch likely on a tech site will have more speculation about it than just the average iPhone consumer who wants to upgrade to the latest and greatest. It's likely not that big of a deal for many outside a tech forum.
  18. barkomatic macrumors 601

    Aug 8, 2008
    The notch is a big deal for me when watching videos with a naturally wide aspect ratio and so I watch them zoomed out. This takes away the notch but adds a black box around it which makes the video tiny. However, many video apps don’t have that aspect ratio and there are bars on each side that obscure the notch — and don’t have black bars at the top and bottom at least. I don’t like it all and it was exactly the annoyance I thought it was going to be.

    It’s one aspect of an overall enjoyable device though. All smartphones out there have strengths and weaknesses.
  19. walex19 macrumors regular


    Jun 28, 2010
  20. dave006 Contributor


    Jul 3, 2008
    Just West of East
    The problem is not the "Notch", the real issue is the shear number of third part apps that have not been updated to allow for the Notch.

    Youtube works great but everything else sucks wind.

  21. LarrySmith macrumors regular


    Jun 26, 2017
    I barely have noticed it, not a problem at all.
  22. flat five macrumors 603

    flat five

    Feb 6, 2007
  23. Dd0tc macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2014
  24. redman042 macrumors 68030


    Jun 13, 2008
    I notice it at times, and some apps need updating to work right with it, but it hasn’t made me doubt my purchasing decision at all. This phone and this display are just too good. Heck, I even play my movies at full screen (notch visible) because they look great filling the whole screen.
  25. Mr. Y macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2011
    Agree 100% about the home bar. At the very least, the home bar should disappear during use, like how Safari hides the navigation options. My biggest hope would be that it disappears entirely in an iOS update.

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