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Which is the better aspect ratio: tall and skinny or short and squat? [Poll of the Week]

Do you prefer tall and skinny 18:9 aspect ratio displays on your smartphone, or are you a fan of the more traditional 16:9 displays?

Published onNovember 13, 2017

Last week's poll summary: Out of over 6,100 total votes, 46.2% of voters said they'd choose the HTC U11 Plus over the Google Pixel 2 XL, while 35.6% said they'd rather choose the Pixel 2 XL. 9.6% said they wouldn't buy either device, and 8.7% of voters are still undecided.

2017 has ushered in quite a few firsts in the smartphone world, perhaps the most notable of which being the 18:9 smartphone display. The LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8/Plus were the first phones to feature 18:9 displays (technically 18.5:9 in Samsung’s case), and many other companies have followed suit.

However, a handful of devices have been announced this year that have the more “traditional” 16:9 aspect ratio displays, like the HTCU11, OnePlus 5, and even Google’s own Pixel 2.

See also: What is the LG G6’s 18:9 aspect ratio all about? – Gary explains

What are the benefits of 18:9 displays? Probably the biggest benefit of the new aspect ratio is the fact that your phone can have a large screen (at the diagonal) without being unwieldy in the hand. Also, more and more TV shows and movies are being recorded in 18:9, such as Jurassic World, House of Cards, Stranger Things. Our own Gary Sims does a great job at explaining aspect ratios in this article if you’d like a more detailed explanation.

Do you prefer one over the other? After owning the HTCU11 and Pixel 2 XL, I’m a fan of taller/skinnier (18:9) displays. I’m sure there are some folks who prefer short and squat 16:9 displays though. Be sure to cast your vote in the poll attached below, and speak up in the comments if there’s anything you’d like to add.

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