Disregard the notch

by Volker Weber


It looks like everybody is discussing the notches on 2018 smartphones. From having used an iPhone X for a year I can tell you this is a non-issue. You quickly ignore it completely. Having a large screen is a benefit, and tucking the status symbols away in those corners gives you more space for real content.


I don’t mind the notch. I hate the swipe bar at the bottom. After a week I just want to turn it off.

Ed Brill, 2018-10-12

Exactly the same feeling like what Ed says. The swipe bar is really irritating, more than the notch. I only notice the notch if I have to enlarge a picture with text and then text i wanna read is behind the notch. Which of course I can change by moving the picture, but still in these rare cases i don't like the notch. Otherwise i don't care.

Dirk Steins, 2018-10-12

Swipe bar ? What swipe bar. Oh, that swipe bar. Just forgot it was there.

Volker Weber, 2018-10-12

Just returned my iPhone XS Max to the Apple Store inside 14 days. I felt it did not offer me anything particularly over and above my existing iPhone 7 Plus for a large amount of money. Movies did not use the whole screen. The swipe bar was annoying. Face ID is also annoying. I appreciate the simplicity of an actual button to press. Glad to be back on 7. Maybe i will look at the next generation.

Andy Mell, 2018-10-12

As I said, if you have a 6S and above, there is no need to upgrade.

Volker Weber, 2018-10-12

I agree with Volker that a large edge-to-edge screen with a notch is better than a smaller screen without a notch. But I disagree that you don't see the notch at all. Sometimes you do when you enlarge photos or watch a video full-screen. It's not bad but it is not perfect neither.

I wholeheartedly agree with Ed though on the swipe bar at the bottom. It is annoying, particularly when you look at photos. It feels like training wheels on a children's bicycle which you don't need anymore after a certain amount of time. I got it where to swipe up from, Apple, so please remove it in future iOS updates. (NB: BlackBerry 10 users did not need such crutches ...)

Jochen Kattoll, 2018-10-12

@Jochen: On my phone the swipe bar disappears really fast - and does not reappear when switching through photos. For me it reminds me (if I realize that it is there) that I can switch between apps and due its fast "auto disappear" I do not mind.

Bernd Schuster, 2018-10-13

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