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Do Yourself a Favor and Hide the Pixel 3 XL’s Lazy Notch

by Justin Herrick | October 26, 2018October 26, 2018 10:30 am PST

Notches don’t bother me, but Google’s strikes a nerve due to its lacking nature. So I decided to get rid of it myself.

Even though I love almost everything about the Pixel 3 XL, you won’t find a notch on mine. Does it take away from the appearance? Sure, but I’d rather enjoy using my phone as I want than subjecting myself to a meaningless feature. That’s only the truth. Google didn’t do much of anything for its notch to be purposeful.

The top-of-the-line model isn’t a slouch inside. Yet there wasn’t nearly enough done for its notch. Aside from storing a dual-camera setup, you have absolutely nothing to appreciate. Android’s not showcasing any special features or gestures with it, and most third-party apps don’t know how to handle it.

Google made its name in software, so I can’t imagine what the excuse would be for leaving out any value-driving features for the notch on this flagship. Such a bummer, frankly. It could’ve been a notch to remember much like the iPhone’s.

Just recall Apple’s success last year. The first notch wasn’t created by Apple, but the team out in Cupertino popularized it. Apple introduced the iPhone X and, from then on, we realized that notches need to have a purpose for consumers to accept them.

While other companies had dabbled in notch-happy lifestyles before, none of them expressed effort. Apple, though, ushered in best-in-class facial recognition. Everyone else keeps trying to replicate the notch for looks and not its brains. Had Google made the decision to include a TrueDepth-like system, maybe the notch on my Pixel 3 XL would be kept around.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m well aware there’s no real connection between a notch and facial recognition. The notch offers up additional screen real estate. Meanwhile, facial recognition focuses on biometric authentical. You don’t need one to have the other. But I simply don’t want a notch that’s doing nothing at all.

Rather than stretching my fingers upward for the same old drop-down menu Android’s sported for a decade, I’d rather go all-in on the traditional experience. By turning off the display cutout, I don’t have to look at the notch and it’s easier for me to reach the top of the screen. Now I’m back to a comfortable, logical layout.

All extra pixels on the edge-to-edge screen are purely for aesthetic. It’s nice to look at, but there are Pixel 3 XL owners who’ve already expressed similar their disdain for the useless notch.

Join me, friends and foes. Get rid of the notch on Google’s Pixel 3 XL. Put it into hiding, and leave that lazy notch in the dark until these companies get motivated again. It’s a decision that everyone should make on this flagship and similar ones.


Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...

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