I am going to take a page out of Cliff Wade’s book and write out an opinion of my own regarding smartphones and this trend with having little-to-no bezels.
I couldn’t care less if my smartphone didn’t have bezels.
I’m a graphic designer by trade, so many people think I would be all over the idea of smartphones having tiny bezels, or even no bezels at all. The thing is, when it comes to smartphones, I want function over form. This is a tool I use constantly. I’m not holding it in the hand to look good, I’m holding it to use it.
Function over form
I’ve tried out several phones with small bezels, like the Samsung Galaxy S8, and I found myself accidentally pressing and touching parts of the screen I didn’t intend to touch. It was getting annoying fast.
I pictured myself trying to use devices with the small or zero bezels while holding them in landscape mode. I’d be gingerly pinching the edges as to not cover any screen while watching YouTube or Netflix. How is that practical?
With the lack of bezels, now it’s harder to have other options up front, such as a finger print scanner (which I prefer on the front), or dual front-facing speakers. Yes, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have front-facing speakers, but I then see nothing but complains over the bezels being “too large for 2017.” Seriously?
The BlackBerry Motion was announced, and there again, people complained about the bezel sizes. Yet, so few see how that space is being utilized as for navigation buttons, a finger print scanner, etc. If anyone understands function over form, it is BlackBerry.
Also, what about durability? Why are so many demanding to have a smartphone’s screen stretch right to the edge of the device, making that same device so easily fragile?
What happened to framing?
Besides my desire for more function over looks in a smartphone, I wonder what ever happened to enjoying a framed picture? I look at bezels not only as a place to grip the device, but as a nice frame surrounding the screen on the phone.
I think this trend with smartphones needs to back off. Let’s continue to make batteries larger and last longer. Let’s keep improving the cameras to capture special moments faster, and with better quality.
Please, stop worrying about bezel size.