Everybody wants the latest and greatest new gadget, right? Wrong. There is a broad scale, a long tail, a Bell curve-like set of statistics that covers the human spectrum known as customers. A few of us want the best new features, most of us are willing to wait until they become mainstream or are required to upgrade, and a certain, smaller percentage wait a long time before upgrading to the latest of anything.
Yet, technology websites and tech writers would have us to believe we must upgrade to every new device with new features– unless they’re from Apple, then don’t bother because the iPhone maker never bothers to improve anything.
Need exampls? How about smartphone bezels, cameras, display technology, and security features?
Remember how critics hated iPhone’s Notch? They hated that iPhone’s bezels were not thin enough, too. Michael Simon seems to have had enough:
The war on smartphone bezels is going too far
Agreed. After all, Samsung’s smartphones have a thick forehead (top) and chin (bottom)– more so than iPhone, but with almost no side bezel at all.
Google’s upcoming Pixel 4 will likely have a huge bezel packed with innovative features—and that’s the way it should be.
I’m not certain that’s the way it should be, but it shouldn’t be such an issue whereby customers ignore the Pixel 4 and move on to something else just based upon the bezels, forehead, or chin.
There are plenty of other reasons to stay away from Google’s Pixel line.
Samsung, Huawei, and One Plus all sell phones with curved screens that make the edges of the display seem practically invisible at first glance.
Why is that important? Nobody ever says.
It’s like the nuclear deal with Iran. It was oh so bad. But why? Where are the details? No nuclear weapons seems like a good idea. The Affordable Health Care Act was terrible for Americans? OK, but why? Why was it bad? It seems as if affordable health insurance would be good for people, right?
So it is with thin bezels, OLED displays vs. LCD displays, fast processors, multiple cameras, and all the other features that technology websites and techno-gadget writers broadcast ad nauseam, but average everyday customers just want the basics.
Good calls, improved signals, decent camera, long battery life, text messages, a browser, and the option for games and other apps.
he dream, of course, is to make the world’s first completely bezel-less phone.
Agreed. But why? Why is it so beneficial to users?
Barely-there bezels are already a sign that you’ve paid more for your smartphone than you probably should, but the ultimate status symbol will be owning the first phone with a 100-percent screen-to-body ratio.
Let’s do the Bell curve dance, OK? None of that matters to most smartphone customers. Most of us want a smartphone with unbreakable glass displays, too. That’s why we use a case.
Once you get over the gorgeousness of curved glass, though, what are we really gaining with edge-to-edge displays? They’re more breakable, and more prone to accidental touches.
And if you put a case on the bezel-less smartphone, what’s the point of less bezel?
Kudos to Simon for avoiding the anti-Apple screed mentality of tech writers.
Apple’s iPhone XS is pretty close to the sweet spot.
Does that not sound just like Apple? That might explain why the Mac does not have a touchscreen (yet). Most of the Windows PC and Chromebook notebooks with a touchscreen get used as a standard PC notebook, and not as a tablet.
Maybe it’s time for technology writers to push the envelope of common sense and go with the flow from the middle of the Bell curve.