In recent years, smartphone design looks uniform. Even if there are innovations introduced by one vendor, other vendors will follow suit and become new trends. Design the “notch” screen for example. Since being introduced by Apple on the iPhone X at the end of 2017, there have been many Android smartphone vendors who have joined the “bangs” screen design in less than a year.
In fact, not all Android users are happy with the innovation offered. The following features are becoming a trend on smartphones, but still complained and make loyal users weary.
Missing the 3.5 mm audio jack plug
When Apple first launched the iPhone 7 without a 3.5mm audio jack, Apple reaped a lot of scolding. But apparently, many vendors are following Apple’s footsteps to strip audio jacks.
Not only follow trends, most manufacturers choose the option at design considerations. Without an audio jack plug, the cellphone body will be slimmer, the space for the battery capacity is wider, and the easier it is to make it waterproof. Anti-water and Zero Audio Plugs Economic reasons are also considered, where manufacturers also sell wireless headphones or USB type C separately.
Thus, users must buy an adapter again to install an audio device on their cellphone, if they choose not to use a wireless connection.
Today’s mobile phone carries a lot of unibody design, where the battery is embedded in the body of the device. This results in users not being able to arbitrarily change the battery of the device. Non-removable designs are likely to be suitable for those who prioritize sleek and sturdy mobile designs.
But for users who want to have a durable cell phone for years, this is not a fun option. The battery becomes one of the components that is rapidly degraded. Along with its users from time to time, the battery will be eroded. By embedding it in a device, users cannot automatically replace it easily.
The official battery replacement price will be very expensive if it passes the warranty period. As a result, users are “forced” to replace the new model smartphone if they are not satisfied with the battery performance, and follow the vendor game.
“Notch” or bangs screen
Like the loss of the 35mm headphone jack plug on the iPhone 7, when Apple introduced the iPhone X with a “notch” or bangs design, blasphemy also approached a lot.
But the “diatribe” is again a new trend. In just a year, many Android vendors spawned their bangs. The “bangs” screen seems to be a synonym for premium cellphones like the iPhone X for tens of millions of rupiah. But, there are also many users who are disturbed by the notch that protrudes on that part of the screen.
Some consider “notch” to interfere with the beauty of the screen and force application software and operating systems to outsmart the interface appropriately without being cut off. As YouTube does, one must outsmart the notbox with latterboxing (black line on the screen) to adjust the unique aspect ratio of 19.5: 9 belonging to the iPhone X.
Bezel-less and curved screen
This one reason can be very subjective when viewed from the price tag. The thinner the frame (bezel) is left, the display will be wider and will certainly increase the cost of panel production. Especially if you adopt a curved display alias screen with curved edges like the Samsung Galaxy S series. From KompasTekno’s observation in the Quora forum on Wednesday (08/29/2018), there are still some users who do not mind the thick bezel on the edge of the display.
But if you look at the performance, the bezel-less design can be said to simply boost the screen quality. Especially with a curved screen, the quality of the multimedia experience of its users will also be boosted. The curved screen is also able to provide more application information than the normal screen.
The cellphone body is getting slimmer
About design, thin phones are not a problem. But when viewed from the material, some users don’t like it. Some smartphone users blame low quality aluminum materials that are widely used by smartphone manufacturers. The reason is, the material is called lighter than steel and not easily broken like glass. But its strength will also not be comparable to steel.