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Ever Wondered Why Cell Phones Are Always Rectangular In Shape?

We all own a mobile phone, and most of us have smartphones, though. After all, they are the core needs of our daily routine. But, beyond just playing games, messaging, calling, and listening music, have you thought about the design of the smartphones?

Why are they like brick shaped mini-tablets and not circular in shape?

Well, here is the answer. And guess what? There's not just a science, but, maths involved behind it. 

Ever Wondered Why Cell Phones Are Always Rectangular In Shape?

Ever Wondered Why Cell Phones Are Always Rectangular In Shape?

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The rectangular shape of the cell phone stems from the phone's history.

The rectangular shape of the cell phone stems from the phone's history.

Well, earliest cell phone naturally fell into rectangular shape because of the way keypad, display, microphone, antenna, and the speaker had to be positioned.

It's all due to our nature of perception.

It's all due to our nature of perception.

Everyone wants to see anything as much as possible regarding perception, especially when it comes to entertainment.

And, viewing from the rectangular medium, we get the maximum impression. How? Just scroll down.

Heard about the aspect ratio?

Heard about the aspect ratio?

We human can view the things comfortably according to the aspect ratio, and the standard one is 16:9. I guess, now you are getting little by little!

The play of symmetry.

The play of symmetry.

If you see the symmetry of the alphabets or characters, they appear much more elegant on the rectangular screen than on the other.

A pixel is square in shape and not a circle.

A pixel is square in shape and not a circle.

And thus, the square pixels easily tessellate to fill a rectangle. Other shapes would have either wasted space where there were no pixels or very oddly shaped pixels on the edges.

And, you will understand better by this.

And, you will understand better by this.

As it seems, circular screens may not be utilized 100%, and most of it will go out of the frame. 

Let's take one more example.

Let's take one more example.

We all are aware of the mathematical term "perimeter" (a path that surrounds a two-dimensional shape).

Mathematically, the perimeter of the rectangle is greater than a circle or a triangle.

Rectangle-> 2(length+breadth) || Circle-> 2*pie*radius

Which means, rectangle acquires much more space than a circle. Now you got the thing!

And it's definitely easier to hold.

And it's definitely easier to hold.

Yes, of course, the rectangular design is very pocketable and comfortable to hold. Imagine the round piece, (say CD) to hold and to presume to type. Quite a fuzzy, no?

Thanks to the actors behind the edges of the screens!

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What do you think, circular phones would have been better or rectangular?

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