iPhone X like Android Phones and Why the Original is Prettier?
Using Phone Sized can give you some interesting insights about the design trends in the mobile phone's industry. I've set up a long comparison of many screen notch-based mobile phones. Yes, many of those phones that resemble the original design of the iPhone X.
This includes phones (and there are many more) the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro, Asus ZenFone 5, Huawei nova 3i, Xiaomi Pocophone F1, Oppo F7, Vivo V9, and Vivo X21 side by side. I've also previously looked at the Vivo Y82, Oukitel U18, Sharp Aquos S3 and many other phones that come with a notch and all of them resemble the original notch design of the iPhone X. I think that once everyone has seen that Apple goes with a notch, they give themselves an "OK" to move ahead and copied that notch design. After all, if A[pple does it, it doesn't matter if it looks awkward or ugly, if Apple did it, it's OK and people will buy it anyways.
Anyway, that's not the point I wanted to talk about. Looking at that comparison of the 8 mobile phones side by sides yield an interesting insight. First of all, you can see that many companies went with larger devices before Apple came out with the iPhone XS Max. I put the iPhone in this comparison, and it sits below the Huawei nova 3i, while the iPhone X is the smallest of all those phones. Just shows you that many companies wanted to be there before Apple and release an iPhone X-like Android smartphone with a larger display.
The Asus ZenGone 5, for example, comes with a 6.20-inch display and it's the smallest one after the iPhone X that has a 5.80-inch display. IT shows you how companies how competing against each other in bringing phones with larger displays. Now with that bezeless design being the biggest trend, more companies allow themselves to bring out phones with bigger displays, but ones that aren't necessarily that big.
A good example of that is seeing how the iPhone XS Max compared to the iPhone 8 Plus. It has a much bigger display and it's also 0.9mm shorter and 0.7mm narrower than the iPhone 8 Plus.
Back to our comparison. Another interesting thing to see is the design of the front side of the phone. The iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max—all have a very even and unified design. The bezels are equal on all sides, which gives the phone a very elegant, sleek and modern look. Now, look at all the other Android smartphones. All of them, without exception, don't have this unified-bezel thickness design. The closest I can see coming to that is the Huawei nova 3i, Vivo X21, and V9. The others have a larger bottom bezel and their design doesn't look unified compared to the iPhone X, XS, and XS Max.
There might be other Android phones with a notch that might look more similar though. The being said, you can see how important it is for Apple to have a design that looks super sleek and unified in all directions. I'm sure if Apple had a technology that it could have used to hide that notch and still offer all those advanced technological features, it would have done it. It just means that Apple is not there yet. Apple could have chosen to use a straight black line where instead of a notch, but this would ruin that unified design. Some companies like Samsung opted not to go with that equal bezel design with its Note 9 design. Whether it's a good design choice or not, I don't know. I personally like Apple's design better, even though its side bezels are much thicker compared to the almost non-existent bezels of the Note9.
The iPhone X original design is now ruling the high-end phone's market, but in my opinion, Apple was the one who was able to deliver the best looking phone, regardless of all the competition efforts to design a phone similar to its original iPhone X phone.