From the iPhone to the Essential Phone, here are the 5 best-designed smartphone notches out there

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It looks like the smartphone notch is here to stay, at least for the foreseeable future.

Almost every premium smartphone now comes with a notch design, which was first introduced with the Essential Phone in 2017 — yep, the iPhone X was actually the second phone to feature a notch.

After the iPhone X was released, it seemed like a free-for-all where nearly every smartphone maker adopted the notch. Samsung is a notable holdout against the notched design, and companies like Vivo have innovated to go notch-less by creating phones with popout cameras instead of putting them on the display. 

Either way, not every smartphone notch is created equally.

Check out the best and worst notch designs we’ve seen on smartphones so far:

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5. The rumored Pixel 3 XL

Without a doubt, the rumored Pixel 3 XL has the worst notch. If the leaks are accurate, it’s going to be massive, and will surely by noticeable. Rather than embracing the notch, Google is seemingly shouting it at you. 

As with other Android phones, you’ll likely be able to change the display around the notch to a black color so it looks like the traditional Android notifications bar. It could potentially give the illusion that this monstrous notch isn’t there, but it would also replicate the appearance of a rather large top bezel. At least it’ll give some symmetry to match the burly chin bezel at the bottom.

4. The iPhone X, XS, XS Max, and XR

The notch on the iPhone X, XS, XS Max, and XR isn’t awful, but it’s incredibly wide compared to notches on most Android phones. 

Perhaps the iPhone notch scores poorly because Apple doesn’t seem to be embracing it. Instead, the company tried to hide it with its new half-planet wallpapers, as if it were ashamed of it:

iPhone XS / XS Max / XR

If Apple won’t own the notch, why should anyone else?

Tied for third: Most Android phones with notches, including the Huawei P20 Pro, OnePlus 6, and LG G7

Down the middle of the list is almost every Android phone with a notch — they’re unassuming and not too big. Plus, they’re not as deep nor as wide as the iPhone notch.

The Huawei P20 Pro, OnePlus 6, and LG G7 are perfect examples of notched Android phones.

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