Guess which technology company receives the most criticism for moving the bar forward? Apple. Remember the original iMac? No floppy disk drive. Every few years Apple tends to throw out the old in favor of the new and takes the barbed arrows from critics who prefer to hold onto the past at any cost.
How about that headphone jack missing from new iPhones and iPad Pro models? Plenty of digital ink was spilled over Apple’s decision to throw out the old in favor of the new. Touch ID? Gone. In its place is Face ID.
Enter the Meizu Zero which outdid what Apple usually does.
There’s a new phone from Meizu which has no ports, no buttons, no slots. This is the Meizu Zero, a smartphone that takes minimalism to a new level.
Think about that for a moment. The Zero is a flat slab of glass and metal with rounded corners– pretty much like all modern smartphones. What is missing are most of the standards– USB port, buttons, memory card slot, side and top bezels, and headphone jack.
Modern, meet minimalism.
What you can’t see are the microphone holes and speaker holes. Wait. There are no speaker holes.
This device works with mSound 2.0 technology which somehow – magically – uses the display as a speaker as well as an earpiece.
Minimalist smartphones are all the rage now that Apple started the trend toward removing standard connectors. No, you can’t buy such devices. The Meizu Zero and Vivo Apex will not be manufactured in sufficient quantity that they’ll show up on Amazon. For now, these minimalist designs are more promotional items than anything that would compete against an iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy-whatever.
What’s missing in this minimalist trend is all the outrage from anti-Apple critics.
Why are critics so silent over a smartphone with no buttons and few relics from the standards of yesteryear?
Nilay Patel on the iPhone’s missing headphone jack:
Taking the headphone jack off phones is user-hostile and stupid
That attitude seems to fly in the face of technology advances.
Ditching a deeply established standard will disproportionately impact accessibility.
So, Mr. Patel, what say you about a smartphone that ditches all such cruft from yesteryear?
So far this year I’ve read a few dozen articles on the Meizu Zero and Vivo Apex and other futuristic smartphones that may arrive with fewer of the standard features we know and love so well– USB connector, fingerprint sensor, buttons, card slots, bezels, headphone jack.
Not one word of criticism on usability or hostile acts or stupidity. Are those critics paid by Apple’s competitors to voice such noise without regard to perspective?
Where is the anti-Apple outrage when competitors do what Apple does?