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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: