View Poll Results: Do you prefer a hard Home button on your phone?

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  • I want a phone with a hard home button

    4 19.05%
  • I don't want a phone with a hard home button

    8 38.10%
  • Hard home button or not, it doesn't matter to me

    9 42.86%
03-23-2014 07:58 PM
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  1. rob damiani's Avatar
    I have the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition; my first Android phone after leaving Apple and my crappy iphone 5 in the dust. I personally don't like the S4's hard button. I fond myself constantly mi****ting it. Do most Android phones have this center button? Do Android users prefer the button? No button? Or it doesn't really matter?
    03-09-2014 08:53 PM
  2. Amia BooMaster's Avatar
    Hard buttons? You mean the home button? Am I missing the point?


    Anyway physical buttons give more free screen space but on the downside can possibly wear out or get broken.

    Sent from my BEAST Note 3 using Tapatalk
    03-10-2014 09:40 AM
  3. nedia_r's Avatar
    I think on-screen buttons are better.
    03-10-2014 09:50 AM
  4. rob damiani's Avatar
    Yes, please see the title. "Do you prefer a hard Home button on your phone"


    Hard buttons? You mean the home button? Am I missing the point?


    Anyway physical buttons give more free screen space but on the downside can possibly wear out or get broken.

    Sent from my BEAST Note 3 using Tapatalk
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    why is that?

    I think on-screen buttons are better.
    03-10-2014 09:51 AM
  5. srkmagnus's Avatar
    I really doesn't matter to me. I know a lot of people don't like it and Google is pushing on-screen buttons, which is really nice. But if the device is right and has a home button I would consider it.
    03-10-2014 10:01 AM
  6. rob damiani's Avatar
    I think I like the idea of all on screen buttons and no physical buttons. I just haven't tried any phones with that hardware. I had been iphone for the past 4 years and now I'm using the Sammy S4.
    03-10-2014 10:06 AM
  7. JeffDenver's Avatar
    I have the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition; my first Android phone after leaving Apple and my crappy iphone 5 in the dust. I personally don't like the S4's hard button. I fond myself constantly mi****ting it. Do most Android phones have this center button? Do Android users prefer the button? No button? Or it doesn't really matter?
    Yeah, thats the main thing that has prevented me from getting a GPE of a Samsung phone. I love their hardware, but hate their design (including their software design...touchwiz is awful).

    I know it is possible to ROM it and enable soft-NAV buttons. But there is no way to remove the hardware button. It'll always be there.
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    03-10-2014 10:19 AM
  8. JeffDenver's Avatar
    I think I like the idea of all on screen buttons and no physical buttons. I just haven't tried any phones with that hardware. I had been iphone for the past 4 years and now I'm using the Sammy S4.
    The thing with soft-buttons is that they are a lot easier and faster. I used to be a big critic of the soft-buttons at one time...I was annoyed that they took up screen real estate. But after using them I have found everyday navigation is just much much faster and easier. Especially for multi-tasking. Multi-tasking is just effortless on phones with soft-buttons.
    rob damiani likes this.
    03-10-2014 10:23 AM
  9. rob damiani's Avatar
    That's what I wanted to hear, thanks.
    The thing with soft-buttons is that they are a lot easier and faster. I used to be a big critic of the soft-buttons at one time...I was annoyed that they took up screen real estate. But after using them I have found everyday navigation is just much much faster and easier. Especially for multi-tasking. Multi-tasking is just effortless on phones with soft-buttons.
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    Keep in mind that there isn't TouchWiz in GPE S4

    Yeah, thats the main thing that has prevented me from getting a GPE of a Samsung phone. I love their hardware, but hate their design (including their software design...touchwiz is awful).

    I know it is possible to ROM it and enable soft-NAV buttons. But there is no way to remove the hardware button. It'll always be there.
    03-10-2014 10:48 AM
  10. JeffDenver's Avatar
    That's what I wanted to hear, thanks.
    My BF has a Galaxy S3 and never uses multi-tasking because of this. It is just easier to launch the app again normally.
    03-10-2014 10:56 AM
  11. itic's Avatar
    hard buttons are just another thing to wear out or fail.
    rob damiani likes this.
    03-10-2014 10:58 AM
  12. zorak950's Avatar
    I used to prefer hardware buttons, because you were going to lose that screen space one way or the other: either because the screen was physically smaller to accommodate hardware buttons or because the software buttons were always eating up the space on your screen. Now that they've added Immersive Mode, though, I think soft buttons finally make sense because you can actually use that extra screen space at least some of the time.
    03-10-2014 12:05 PM
  13. roadkizzle's Avatar
    I definitely prefer the soft/capacitive buttons over the physical ones.

    I really like using Android over the current competitors because of the speed and effortlessness it takes me to navigate the OS. Part of that is using SwipePad to access 16 of my most useful apps, quick call my wife, or access my app drawer without needing to press a single button.

    The soft buttons require little thought while using the physical button requires me to stop my train of thought and direction of travel to press the button.

    Also, the addition of the physical button normally necessitates a redesign in how to access the multitasking and/or Google Now, which I feel just detracts from the overall interface.
    03-10-2014 12:09 PM
  14. eggantom's Avatar
    I still don't have that much trust for sensors. Always better to have a button you can rely on.
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    03-14-2014 08:44 AM
  15. dpham00's Avatar
    I prefer the physical button myself. Nice to actually feel the button. Multi tasking still works on my note 3 though honestly I prefer to use pie control and set it to the apps I use most

    dpham00, Android Central Moderator
    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 3 via Tapatalk Pro
    03-14-2014 08:52 AM
  16. JeffDenver's Avatar
    With soft-buttons you never have to worry about the home button wearing out or breaking. And they will adapt to whatever position you are holding the phone...the home button will never be on the top.
    vamp464 likes this.
    03-14-2014 09:21 AM
  17. Spencerdl's Avatar
    It really doesn't matter to me. Coming from the Blackberry Z10 (no button) and now having the 5s and Note3 (button), it's just a slight adjustment. If I had the choice on the same device to choose swipe or button, I would probably go with the swipe because of the KOOL factor.....SMILE.
    03-14-2014 10:27 AM
  18. dpham00's Avatar
    With soft-buttons you never have to worry about the home button wearing out or breaking. And they will adapt to whatever position you are holding the phone...the home button will never be on the top.
    I have warranty to cover the button if it wears out. I don't want the in screen buttons to be at the bottom in landscape mode.

    dpham00, Android Central Moderator
    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 3 via Tapatalk Pro
    msndrstood likes this.
    03-14-2014 10:54 AM
  19. msndrstood's Avatar
    Hardware is fine. I can find it by touch in the dark to wake up the phone. For me, that reason alone, it's worth it.

    Sent via The Big, Bad, Beautiful Note 3
    03-14-2014 11:24 AM
  20. JeffDenver's Avatar
    I have warranty to cover the button if it wears out.
    Well...you do for the first year anyway. Warranties are also not terribly convenient most of the time, requiring you send the phone in by mail.

    I don't want the in screen buttons to be at the bottom in landscape mode.
    They're not.

    03-14-2014 11:29 AM
  21. xchange's Avatar
    I like the soft buttons better, they automatically get out of the way for all things that matter, they don't require extra hardware
    03-14-2014 11:31 AM
  22. Tsepz_GP's Avatar
    Not really bothered either way ,TBH, although I do like the fact that with my GS4 I ALWAYS have 100% 5inch screen real estate, and I like how Samsung have replaced the Android Menu button on the left with the Android Task Switcher button, so best of both worlds now.
    03-14-2014 12:25 PM
  23. dpham00's Avatar
    Well...you do for the first year anyway. Warranties are also not terribly convenient most of the time, requiring you send the phone in by mail.


    They're not.

    http://cdn.androidpolice.com/wp-cont....06_thumb1.png


    Sorry then I was confused. For my uses the home button is either on the bottom or on the side. I guess they could be on the top if rotated that way but I have never needed to.

    Also I have extended warranty so I am covered for so long as keep the extended warranty. When I have a warranty defect, I call Verizon and they send me a replacement next day because I have TEC. I just send back my defective device using the prepaid label. Even if I didn't have the extended warranty, during the first year Verizon would replace manufacturers defects, but you won't get it overnight. They will still send you a prepaid label

    dpham00, Android Central Moderator
    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 3 via Tapatalk Pro
    03-14-2014 02:26 PM
  24. garublador's Avatar
    I prefer the hard buttons, but it's not a bit deal either way. The only button I've ever had wear out was on a 5 year old iPod. I've never had a monitor, mouse or phone button wear out on me. They're usually rated for tens of thousands of operations, so it's rarely an issue. It's nice being able to hold the device where the buttons are and not activate them. My S4 has the hard home button and soft back and settings buttons. I find either I, or whomever I'm handing my phone off to show a picture to, more often than not accidently hits the back or settings button. It just takes a touch and no pressure to activate it, so it's much easier to hit on accident, but not really any easier to hit on purpose. I actually miss the search button that the older Android phones had. Forcing developers to standardize where the most commonly used buttons were was one of the things I liked about Android. Getting rid of set locations for those buttons moves away from that.
    03-14-2014 02:37 PM
  25. sting7k's Avatar
    After thinking about it I can't decide. So it doesn't matter to me. Buttons don't influence my buying.
    03-14-2014 04:59 PM
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