Can people even find these journal entries nowadays, considering the current site's content-centered layout? Doesn't matter.
On today's "Things That I Need To Get Off My Chest": More mobile phones awful trends. In the past I made an entry about my prediction regarding the future of mobile phones (something something new batteries technology that makes such a difference it turns phones without it to virtually obsolete). The market still hasn't reached that breakthrough, but despite assuming it would probably arrive some day, the market seems to be adamant to go in the wrong directions, lead by a company that covers its eyes willingly.
I'm talking about being copy-cats, following stupid trends without critical thinking. In this current instance, Apple's notch.
Sure, Apple's iPhone X wasn't the first to have a notch. Essential PH-1 had it before, but like with many other trends, they go under the rug until Apple does them. Apple pulled this horrible design choice, and now other companies follow suit. Everyone looking at it should see how much of an idiotic design choice the notch is. It reduces the screen's real estate and serves no real purpose. Only reason Apple made it was because they could do whatever they want and people would still suck it up. Apple is currently on top of the popular technology world's most idiotic design choices: a wireless mouse that has a charging port in its bottom, meaning it can only be charged upside down, an electronic drawing pen that can be charged only by being connected to a Lightning port, sticking 17.6cm out, laptops and phones that have so little ports you need dongles upon dongles to listen to music via headphones while charging your device. And they still don't go bankrupt because... people don't care. Or at least their customers don't care. I talked with a friend who bought an iPhone X, and his baseless responses gave off the impression he simply outsourced his thinking, and is just glad to have Apple dictate to him what he wants to do.
Back on topic, notches are dumb. If you have a rectangular screen with resolution of X by Y, and you put on an X by Y sized picture/video/media on it, you'll see everything, every pixel of the original media gets displayed in its proper place. When you have rounded corners on screens, those corners get cut off, like somebody came with scissors and trimmed off the edges of the paper. When you have a notch, it's an other trapezoidish shape that gets cut off. These scissors work overtime. And you, as the user, won't see what's on those slices of paper that fell on the floor. Nobody likes it when they sit behind a tall person at the cinema, why would anyone cope with the notch?
So why adopt this trend? Why not improve or... ignore it?
For a damn long time, since the G2, I gave credit to LG for TRYING. They put their volume and lock screen buttons on the backs of their devices. It's not necessarily better, but it's different from the norm. While everyone has their buttons on the sides of their devices, LG tried something else. And they added the screen wake-up at a double tap function that since became a norm. It's cool and admirable. They kept their removable backs up to the G4, and made an even bigger innovative attempt with the G5's removable bottom. But while clever and unique, it wasn't done well enough, and the phone was considered a failure. And failures limit future decision making. The G6 was ordinary. No back buttons, no removable battery. And now the G7 is planned to have a notch. It might have a feature to hide the notch behind the notifications bar, but that's just more real estate that goes unused.
OnePlus. They came into being in a metaphoric blazing fireworks show. They put out a demand-limiting plan that helped them moderate their supplies and keep their phones' prices low, while delivering surprisingly good hardware and software. They broke all stigmas associated with Chinese phones and formed invaluable trust between the western world with cheap Chinese phones. Their future releases were less impressive. Their phones fell into the more mainstream standards, but they still kept trying to be unique in some ways, be it by flashy VR announcements or special features.
Still, their OnePlus 5 reveal talked about its intricate and unique design, which... looks identical to the iPhone. And the OnePlus 6? Currently leaked with a notch.
Google is not innocent of copying bad design choices. The first Pixel phone's introduction openly mocked iPhone's lack of 3.5mm port. The second Pixel? No audio port and no mention of it. Nobody even mentioned the hypocrisy.
It's mind boggling, really. I have no trust in the mobile phones market. While I expect battery technologies to advance at some point regardless of phones, I'm now certain no one would actively push towards it, because every company is stuck chasing Apple's tail, while Apple runs around in a random pattern.
Nobody cares enough to to put down their foot and state they will follow Apple no more, because that a risk, and risks often don't translate to profits. Only one who's allowed to take risks is Apple, because people will buy their products no matter how bad they are.