View Poll Results: Do you like hardware buttons

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  • Yes, deal breaker if gone

    78 52.70%
  • Don't care either way

    50 33.78%
  • No, glad they are removing them

    20 13.51%
07-27-2014 03:24 AM
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  1. Flagz's Avatar
    I see absolutely zero sense in on-screen buttons, unless they are configurable. Since this is WP, they probably won't be, so why waste pixels on the screen for buttons when you can leave them on the bezel? On 925 the bottom bezel is only slightly taller than the top one, and it doesn't bug me at all. I also hate it how on my Nexus 7, virtual (on-screen) buttons go into landscape when I move the tablet, wasting precious pixels (there's only 800 of those and a lot of screen is wasted for buttons and notification bar).

    Hardware camera button is the best thing that happened to camera phones. I had one on Arc S, but it was positioned so awkwardly that I never used it, I almost dropped the phone if I tried to press it, on Lumias, it's perfect. I don't care much if it stays or not on cheaper models, but a PureView without a camera button is a waste of technology. I take all my photos with the hardware button on my 925.
    They won't take up additional pixels as phones made for WP8 will require extra screen size and higher pixel count (54px I believe) for the buttons.
    02-28-2014 09:14 PM
  2. Flagz's Avatar
    Not a fan if capacitive buttons, would prefer physical hardware, or full software. The software buttons for 8.1 though look amazing IMO. I would def consider it!
    02-28-2014 09:17 PM
  3. RustyU's Avatar
    I never even thought about lefties, do they always move to the right, if you rotate it +90 or -90?
    Yes, it's by design.

    I could care less
    snowmutt and Quinn FitzGerald like this.
    03-01-2014 03:49 AM
  4. skarebrian's Avatar
    Most of the time the hardware buttons are a nuisence - mostly the volume - which magically goes to zero, and the search button always gets in the way. With a skin the problems are ( can be ) even worse the camera button causes wobble - and I agree left handers must have a problem too.
    My Galaxy worked fine on software.
    Best idea heard here was to swipe in/ down/ sideways.

    03-01-2014 04:09 AM
  5. jomarr's Avatar
    I love hardware buttons.

    Especially that very classy windows logo down there but if decide to remove it, I'd be bummed but it wouldn't be a "deal breaker" for me since I have a Nexus 7 with on screen buttons which isn't really bad but I don't know how good it is on a smaller smartphone.
    03-01-2014 05:02 AM
  6. Jan Tomsic's Avatar
    I could care less for the back, home and search buttons. They could put them anywhere. What I would like to see are send, end and camera physical buttons.
    Do you mean the 'green phone' and the 'red phone'?
    Camera buttons needs to stay. I'm not buying a phone without it :D
    03-01-2014 06:20 AM
  7. psudotechzealot's Avatar
    I don't care either way. Just make the bezel smaller.
    03-01-2014 07:08 AM
  8. fatclue_98's Avatar
    Do you mean the 'green phone' and the 'red phone'?
    Camera buttons needs to stay. I'm not buying a phone without it :D
    Yes. I believe the primary purpose of a smartphone is to make and answer phone calls. It shouldn't involve so many steps.
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    03-01-2014 08:34 AM
  9. Jan Tomsic's Avatar
    They won't take up additional pixels as phones made for WP8 will require extra screen size and higher pixel count (54px I believe) for the buttons.
    So instead of using additional pixels for content, they will be used for buttons. Any buttons on screen take up space for content. On iphone for example, a lot of screen is sacrificed for 'back' button (it's a whole bar), because it doesn't have a physical one. All that space could be used for content.

    Yes. I believe the primary purpose of a smartphone is to make and answer phone calls. It shouldn't involve so many steps.
    Well I don't primarly use it for calls, so these buttons don't add much value for me. I did have these buttons on galaxy spica, and they came in handy because the screen would usually freeze when I got a phone call, so pressing the physical 'accept' button was the only way.
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    03-01-2014 01:19 PM
  10. Squachy's Avatar
    AS long as my phone has a camera button. The amount of time you save launching the camera that way....
    RJ Priest likes this.
    03-01-2014 01:32 PM
  11. RJ Priest's Avatar
    This poll needs another choice, "Yes, I like hardware buttons, but it's NOT a deal breaker if gone".

    I do like the physical buttons, and it's cool that on the ATIV S, you can press the physical windows key instead of the lock button in order to turn the screen on. If those three buttons were removed, I could live with it though.

    I will say though, that if the physical camera button were removed, I would be very disappointed.
    Laura Knotek and snowmutt like this.
    03-01-2014 02:18 PM
  12. Angry_Mushroom's Avatar
    As much as I like the hardware camera button... I don't find it to be that big an issue. If removing the buttons means more OEMs jumping on the WP ship... please remove them all.
    03-01-2014 04:04 PM
  13. flyingsolid's Avatar
    Yes, it would be a deal breaker if the hardware buttons were gone, particularly with the Windows or camera buttons.
    03-01-2014 05:15 PM
  14. dkhmwilliams's Avatar
    I have mixed feelings about on screen navigation controls. With my Nexus 5, I liked having software controls, it looks cleaner. But there were some situations when I wish that they weren't on the screen. However, I do like the physical home button on my iPhone. For Windows Phone, I would say the platform will be better without capacitive and physical buttons.

    Sent from my iPad Air using Tapatalk
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    03-01-2014 09:09 PM
  15. snowmutt's Avatar
    I am cheering for whatever gets WP on more shelves with more options. If dumping the hardware buttons do that, then go team.

    I understand that most everyone that is a WP user right now loves the physical camera button. That would be universally missed. Even those who say they do not care would realize how handy it was if it is gone. Still, for me, not a deal breaker.

    As for those arguing that on screen buttons take up real estate: Well, so does the bezel dedicated to the area for capacitive buttons. If you dump one, you can shrink the other and get more screen real estate on the same device footprint. So.... half dozen of one, six of the other. Drop the capacitive buttons, shrink the bezel, and the screen space should even out.

    If this gets HTC One, GS5, and top end LG hardware with seamless WP 8.1 running on them, goodbye hardware keys. I will burn a candle for ya.
    03-02-2014 12:36 AM
  16. sumton's Avatar
    i do like it a lot it gives the phone identity its preferred but not a deal breaker
    snowmutt likes this.
    03-02-2014 12:38 AM
  17. hysonmb's Avatar
    I wouldn't call it a dealbreaker, but, the camera button is a selling point for Windows phone! Unless they do something truly revolutionary to make shooting a picture from the pocket as easy as it is right now without a button, I'll be disappointed by any phone that doesn't include one. I get the feeling they'll do a swipe down from the lock screen to launch the camera like they have for Win8, but, that's not a good alternative IMO.
    03-03-2014 04:34 PM
  18. Sean1robertson's Avatar
    I HATE on-screen buttons, but have never owned a smartphone with on-screen buttons. The form factor will look nicer on the hardware, BUT you instantly/permanently lose screen real estate (which I hate)! Plus I like all my physical buttons. They should at least always keep the camera button tho (because you can always use the on-screen tap if you prefer anyways).
    03-03-2014 04:40 PM
  19. Derek De Souza's Avatar
    The volume rocker, camera and power button are the only hardware button I would want on my phone.
    03-03-2014 04:41 PM
  20. SonofNun's Avatar
    I'm against removing the hardware buttons, unless the on-screen buttons will be like the Windows 8 Charms bar where they can be hidden and swiped away.
    03-03-2014 04:50 PM
  21. poiman's Avatar
    Am I the only one who thinks that the WP8.1 onscreen buttons look to small and may not be very finger friendly?
    03-03-2014 05:11 PM
  22. Ian168's Avatar
    The only button I want them to get rid of is that useless Bing search
    03-03-2014 05:14 PM
  23. EzraWard's Avatar
    I like the on screen buttons, because the capacitive buttons are far too easy to hit while playing a game. As for the camera button, I like having it. Pretty simple opinion, really.
    03-03-2014 05:23 PM
  24. DennisvdG's Avatar
    I NEED the option to disable the capacitive buttons while I'm gaming!!! I hope so much that this option is in 8.1

    If they put it as a toggle in the new action menu that would be perfect...
    Last edited by DennisvdG; 03-03-2014 at 05:43 PM.
    03-03-2014 05:24 PM
  25. RustyU's Avatar
    I HATE on-screen buttons, but have never owned a smartphone with on-screen buttons.
    How do you know you hate them, then?
    03-03-2014 05:42 PM
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