Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
Third option: Why?
I get it... you're saying "why do you need a notification LED if you have the screen?"
Do you know how many times people push the home button to illuminate the entire screen just to check for missed notifications? That's where a little blinking LED comes into play... and that's why many phones have them. (or had them)
Yes... the screen lights up when you have a new notification. This isn't about that.
The problem is... the screen does not stay on to keep
notifying you if you happen to be looking away from your phone or you are physically away from the phone. Again... that's why the notification LED existed in the first place. It was a gentle reminder.
And why is the back
of the phone the best place for it? The point of a notification LED is glancability. If the LED is covered by the phone... you won't see it!
You're probably thinking that since the iPhone doesn't have a front notification LED... that no phone should have ever had a front notification LED.
I loved it when my Blackberry had one. And I'm not the only person to think that:
"I had the HTC Nexus One and I loved how the phone had the lighted trackball which could be used for missed call/message indications."
"I personally enjoy having that light because I don't want to have to keep checking my phone to see if I got a new message or email."
"But I do agree, the RGB LED on my Nexus One (and my earlier G1) is incredibly useful. Especially in situations where the phone needs to be dead silent."
"I want to take a step back and say that all phones should come standard with one period"
"I like my nexus 4 notification light. I never want to put my phones screen face down"
Sadly... most phones don't have notification LEDs anymore. But that doesn't make me not want one anymore!