If something has been marked this week has been for the. We have been speculating for some time about what this terminal would be like, and the truth is that the presentation left us with an open mouth . NEX de Vivo looks like a smartphone of the future, with a frontal dominated by a trembling 91% screen, whose thicker frame, the lower one, barely scratches five millimeters. The best? No notch . The company has solved the notch by adding a removable camera on the top that is deployed at will, and that, which could seem like a panacea, Actually it is not so much.
Many people have not hesitated to affirm in social networks and in the comments of the articles that “This is innovation” , what “This is the solution to the notch” and that “Live has done it” . I, personally, am sorry to say that I’m not at all agree . The removable camera of the Vivo NEX is a temporary patch that solves a temporary problem, but that, unfortunately, has more disadvantages than advantages.
The removable camera is not the solution
The most obvious reason why the removable camera is not the solution is, in my opinion, the durability and endurance . On the one hand, we have the mechanical aspect, and that is that we are talking about a component that must exit and enter the terminal through a mechanism powered by an engine . The problem with these systems is that they wear out over time. Maybe during the first months there is no problem, but stop to think one thing: How many times do you open and close the internal camera of the mobile phone at the end of the day?
Let’s say you’re an Instagram fan and send selfies on WhatsApp and social networks. If you deploy the camera 10 times a day it means that the engine, the mechanism of the Vivo NEX, should raise and lower the lens 3,650 times a year , and we will have to see how a system of such small size supports this intensive use. Over time, in one way or another, will end up wearing out and will stop working like the first day , and will have to change it, renew the equipment or run out of a rear camera.
Another aspect is the, and here I say something that I have already said in other occasions: a small object that protrudes from a larger one is cannon fodder . I do not want to imagine what it has to be to see how the camera goes flying because, while you were taking a selfie with your friends, someone has hit you unintentionally and has loaded it. Another option is to open it in your pocket and the lens is scratched or break when making a sudden movement. Not to mention that when the camera is deployed, can get water and dust , and you know what happens when water enters an electronic device or dirt builds up inside it.
Ricardo Aguilar , partner of Andro4all, makes an interesting note, stating that “In addition to the wear and fragility that the mechanical component will have, the striking feature of a selfie is to be able to take it out instantly, quickly and comfortably. A removable camera ends directly with those basic pillars ” . It coincides with Damián García , editor of this website, which states that “The front camera is an element to which the market has always tried to find meaning and that its use is more instantaneous than anything else, so hiding it is not an option too good” .
Jacinto Araque , another partner that you will also know, affects that “The removable camera is called to be the most fragile and uncomfortable solution to reduce the frontal frames” and in what “Experience tells us that, in mobile technology, the simple always prevails over the complicated, and, until now, there is no better solution than the notch” . Speaking of simplicity, Adrián Fariñas , editorial coordinator of Andro4all, is clear and concise in his statements: “All the mobile cameras are too much for me” .
Christian Collado , on the other hand, is more positive and sentences that “I think it’s a good temporary solution until the camera can be under the screen” . Speaking of resistance, Christian quotes Vivo , which says that “The motor can push up to 500 grams, and withstands a pushing force of up to 45 kg, it also deploys in less than 1 second” . Finally, it brings up an interesting aspect, and that is “In terms of fragility, I do not think it’s much lower than the glass of the screen that covers the camera for selfies on any mobile, and I suppose it will be cheaper to change a single component than the entire glass of the screen if it breaks.”
As you can see, the opinions are really polarized , which shows that it never rains to everyone’s taste. Be that as it may, most editors agree that it is a fragile system that does work, but it is not viable in the long term. Is it better than the notch? It’s something that, ultimately, must decide the person who will spend the 500-600 euros that the terminal costs. And you do you think?