• Unconsidered Consequences in the War on Smartphone Bezels

    Smartphone OEMs are winning the battle against smartphone bezels, it seems. With the Mi Mix leading the charge, LG and Samsung turned a regional skirmish into a global campaign. Even the inventor of Android himself has joined the fight, reclaiming almost all of the top bezel for his Essential Phone.

    Later this year Apple will, with their 10th anniversary release, attempt the impossible—to put a fingerprint scanner underneath the screen of the iPhone 8. What you see above is only a fan render; note the presence of a headphone jack. #Courage. Anyway, Samsung wasn't able to accomplish this feat on their Galaxy flagships this year, and according to SamMobile they've have given up on it for the forthcoming Note 8 as well. But, as 9to5Mac reports, Apple has already filed patents for a Touch ID-enabled screen, and appears to be proceeding full steam ahead.

    Here are two reasons why I think this is a bad idea.

    The screen of your smartphone is simultaneously its most important and vulnerable component. If your screen cracks to the point where it is non-responsive there won't be any alternative way to authenticate yourself. It's possible that your 2017 flagship might also have an iris scanner, and it's also possible that your screen will be damaged to the point where that sub-screen technology won't work properly, either.

    There's another, potentially even bigger issue. Since your cracked screen now has an embedded proprietary fingerprint scanner you will likely have no other option than to get it fixed at an authorized repair center. Replacing a smartphone screen isn't especially difficult if you have the proper parts and tools; third-party repair shops have been doing brisk business with butter-fingered users for years. But Apple especially has been fighting right to repair legislation across the USA, and a Touch ID-enabled screen would give them an unfair advantage in winning that war as well.

    Links: 9to5Mac, SamMobile

    This article was originally published in forum thread: Unconsidered Consequences in the War on Smartphone Bezels started by acurrie View original post
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. yyz123's Avatar
      yyz123 -
      I find phones with small/no bezels are harder to use with 1 hand.
    1. dragon2knight's Avatar
      dragon2knight -
      Apple hates folks doing any kind of repairs to their products, it's been that way for too many years now. This surprises me not in the least. As for bezel less designs, the jury's still out on that for me. While I love the increased screen real estate, too muck bezel is literally too hard to handle without unintentional touch's, just ask any Edge user's out there with slim cases about that one.
    1. bobdevnul's Avatar
      bobdevnul -
      The thinnest bezel is trendy, but I like being able to hold a phone without launching apps at the edge of the screen.
    1. NotABiot's Avatar
      NotABiot -
      Smartphone manufacturers are responding to imaginary legions who demand phones only a few millimeters thick, with such design necessarily resulting batteries that last 3 to 4 hours. Those imaginary legions are LOUD!
    1. Ipse's Avatar
      Ipse -
      Quote Originally Posted by bobdevnul View Post
      The thinnest bezel is trendy, but I like being able to hold a phone without launching apps at the edge of the screen.
      Yup, my biggest beef with S7Edge...
    1. stessT's Avatar
      stessT -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ipse View Post
      Yup, my biggest beef with S7Edge...
      Bought and returned an S7 Edge for just this reason. I got a G6 instead. Thin bezels and a big screen in a smallish package that is easy to hold and operate without accidentally launching something.

      Sent from my LG-H872 using HoFo mobile app