One of the growing problems with humanity seems to be our ability to share thoughts and feelings and perspectives with anyone, anywhere, at anytime. Sure, everyone is entitled to an opinion, but it has become increasingly clear than many such considerations are there for the sake of capturing eyeballs for advertising and provide no real value on their own.
Whatever anyone of notoriety does these days is met with a frothy mixture of idol worship to outright complaints to hatred and on every stop in between. It’s everywhere; from cable TV news, to online forums to social media sites; everyone has an opinion, everyone is eager to pick sides without much consideration of the ramifications, and everyone complains about everything.
What’s going on?
Cable TV news and mainstream media and politics aside, I see much the same thing in the technology world. Amazon is wonderful. Apple is doomed. Google’s Pixel camera tops iPhone. Again (but most people cannot tell the difference). iPhone X’s Notch is bad design.
Google’s new Pixel 3 XL– the one that is about the same size as iPhone Xs Max– has a similar Notch. Is that bad design? Or, is it good design based upon physics?
Nick Summers has a forum to voice an opinion and he uses it:
The notch on the Pixel 3 XL sucks
Flagship pricing should mean flagship design.
Well, Samsung’s Galaxy-whatever and Galaxy Note 9 don’t have a Notch, so that must be good design, right? Or, is it design from 1999. After all, both still have the ancient Forehead and Chin which Apple killed with iPhone X.
What’s the design flaw in the Notch? Everyone has an opinion.
Compared to this year’s crop of flagships, the notch is an eyesore.
How so? Nick doesn’t say. It just is. Yet, it should be obvious to anyone paying attention to the technical gadgetry which makes up what resides behind the Notch as worthy; Face ID, Selfie camera, et al. Those components have to go somewhere. In the past they went to the Forehead. Now the Forehead has shrunk to the size of a Notch and the sides have more usable icons.
What’s wrong with that? In fact, the Notch has become something of a design trend.
The OnePlus 6, for instance, has a shallower notch and will soon be replaced by the OnePlus 6T, which reportedly has a teardrop-shaped one. There’s also the Huawei P20 Pro, the Lenovo Z5 and countless mid-range offerings from Honor, Motorola and Nokia.
What I sense in such missives is what I’m going to call a ‘fake complaint.’ It’s an outrage with no purpose other than to express an opinion that is contrarian where none needs to exist.
About Nick Summers:
Nick is a reporter for Engadget, covering video games, internet culture and anything else that takes his fancy. He has a bachelor’s in multimedia journalism and holds an NCTJ certificate.
In other words, he’s not an electronics designer, not an electronics engineer, and knows nothing about how to build such devices, but he has become adept at complaining about trivial aspects in a way as to catch eyeballs and lure their attached brains into a consideration without value.
‘Fake complaints’ are everywhere these days.