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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. HeavyHanded's Avatar
    I hate the capacitive buttons on my HTC 8X. Anytime I hold my phone in landscape mode, I end up inadvertently tapping one of them. If I hand my phone to someone to show them a picture, the same thing happens. I want them on screen buttons so that this frustration can go away.
    03-03-2014 05:45 PM
  2. d_abbatelli's Avatar
    I would make a big distinction between the physical buttons and the capacitive ones.
    The capacitive buttons won't be missed to me, while the physical ones are a must and I would like to have more of them.
    There are many occasions when the touch screen of my 620 just doesn't work (as example, when it rains or when I'm doing some sport and I have swetty hands).
    I don't expect to be able to browse the web in those situation, but I do expect to be able to adjust the volume.

    What I would really like is few physical buttons (4 like actual Nokias would be ok) that smartly change behavior according to the situation and the preference.
    An example, the camera button could act as camera button when the camera app is actually open and as "skip the song" when the music is playing.
    03-03-2014 06:22 PM
  3. sd173's Avatar
    I can't wait for the virtual there front-facing buttons, mainly because I'm too lazy to move my thumb all the way to the side of the screen when I'm using my phone in landscape mode.

    Since WP8.1 is more of an update to catch up with the competition, I think companies that are or will be making Windows Phones should to try to set something like a new industry standard by getting rid of pushable buttons altogether. What I'm thinking of is having no hardware buttons to create a featureless phone that could turn on by applying force to the screen (pushing on it with a finger). The volume could be changed and camera turned on using vibrating buttons on the side which would function like the current voice command home button that needs to be pressed and held to operate. I know this sounds like some crazy concept phone, but this seems like a step toward future smartphones to me.
    03-03-2014 06:30 PM
  4. Darkgift's Avatar
    I prefer the physical buttons, but wouldn't rule out a phone with onscreen buttons. But no camera button would be a deal breaker for me.
    03-03-2014 06:35 PM
  5. Sekyal's Avatar
    Since the Nexus 7 has software buttons, I can say I don't like them. I hit them accidentally often. Yes they do disappear after a bit, but it is wasted screen space. What is so bad about buttons? No matter what the camera button needs to stay, so handy.
    03-03-2014 06:56 PM
  6. ErickBonilla_01's Avatar
    Nokia fan here. I welcome the on-screen buttons, but the physical camera button is and MUST stay as a differentiating point from Nokia since materials and construction quality have always been outstanding. Keep it!
    03-03-2014 07:02 PM
  7. poiman's Avatar
    The only button I want them to get rid of is that useless Bing search
    It's going to be Cortana.
    03-03-2014 07:36 PM
  8. Quinn FitzGerald's Avatar
    I should say, I voted as "deal breaker" but only because there wasn't a "camera button is needed" option. [EDIT] I could live without the physical buttons I think as I have never had a phone without physical buttons. People should not say they like or hate the new thing unless they have used both... [/EDIT]

    The 3 main buttons aren't needed as physical, at least, I don't think so.

    [EDIT]
    Yes. I believe the primary purpose of a smartphone is to make and answer phone calls. It shouldn't involve so many steps.
    Pretty sure phone calls are not over 50% of smartphones usage, or even the largest feature they are used for.

    It is dark right now and my capacitive buttons blind me because they are so bright. I would like to use software buttons plus hardware camera buttons. I really like that the navigation bar can be set to your accent color.
    battery saver turns them off :) [/EDIT]
    Last edited by Quinn FitzGerald; 03-03-2014 at 08:11 PM. Reason: relying to quotes + added stuff
    03-03-2014 08:01 PM
  9. XcZachx20's Avatar
    I really like physical buttons, but I could adjust to the buttons being on screen.
    1. It opens more hardware companies to make windows phone and to load WP8.1 onto phone they make for other OS
    2. it can remove large amount of black around the screen, an issues some critics hate in the earlier lumia lines.
    3. More customization with these buttons that is coming to WP8.1 (match theme color)

    But I hope there is still an opition for a camera button, it would just narrow down my selection. If they did not require a physical camera button that would be fine as long as the Lumia line and other lines if they choose keep a camera button. Because I like physical buttons.
    03-03-2014 08:43 PM
  10. marknocturnal's Avatar
    I like that they are standard. When I had Android, I switched from HTC to Samsung and I remember two of the buttons were switched and it took me a while to get used to the new configuration.
    03-03-2014 10:04 PM
  11. Aniket Bhat's Avatar
    The NavBar seems quite nice actually. Unlike android it hides and doesn't waste pixels. But for the camera button..... HELL NO. I want those. I love how i can use the camera even when it is locked. and the vibration too..
    03-03-2014 10:46 PM
  12. Denegar's Avatar
    Love the physical buttons, but supply and demand will sort this out. I will keep buying the WP8 phones that have physical buttons, others might buy onscreen ones for a bigger screen or cheaper phone. I think the camera button is absolutely essential though. I'd hate to lose the button. It's one of my favourite things since switching from an iPhone to a Nokia Lumia.
    03-03-2014 11:00 PM
  13. reda igbaria's Avatar
    I prefer to have them physically on the phone
    03-03-2014 11:04 PM
  14. bawboh86's Avatar
    I use the camera button way too much to want to see it go, but I have used it many times without the button and been just fine. I've actually been doing a small Instagram/street photo project and using the software open makes it easier to get the shots without bringing attention to myself.
    03-03-2014 11:19 PM
  15. ams963's Avatar
    Removal of the camera button will be a deal breaker for me. But I would love the removal of the three front buttons.
    03-03-2014 11:34 PM
  16. Xaphoon148's Avatar
    I like the buttons on Lumia 1020 just as they are now, and no camera button would definitely be a deal breaker.
    03-03-2014 11:35 PM
  17. muvig's Avatar
    For fast access to the camera without unlocking the phone first, the physical button is a must for the camera. since Nokia already have those buttons, i think it would be a matter of choice hoping nokia would continue implementing them
    Jan Tomsic likes this.
    03-04-2014 12:30 AM
  18. Fahad Aziz Khan's Avatar
    Camera button Should stay always.......

    even other brands/manufacturer/OEM OS should include Camera Shutter button at least or by default use there Volume buttons as a Shutter button.
    03-04-2014 12:46 AM
  19. bayanii's Avatar
    Don't remove the camera, power, and volume. I can live without the back, start, and search. I'd prefer not to, but having buttons in many ways makes it feel real.
    03-04-2014 02:09 AM
  20. tk-093's Avatar
    I don't have a problem with the "physical" buttons on my Lumia 928 and I don't have a problem with my on-screen buttons on my Moto X. I think I'm actually leaning towards the on-screen buttons. When in landscape, they stay on the right as if they were physical which is great.

    When you're in games they disappear so you don't lose any space as is also the case when you're watching video so you don't really lose any screen space for anything important.

    The big advantage of on-screen buttons is that you can now have a smaller bottom bezel and thus keep the form factor a little smaller while having a larger screen.

    I would miss the dedicated camera button, though. Makes it so easy to take pics.
    03-04-2014 10:20 AM
  21. bsayegh's Avatar
    I would actually prefer more tactile buttons than the ones that are already on the phone. A lot of times if I am in my car I need to navigate my phone without really looking at it. I have placed the music tiles that I need in certain places where I know exactly where they are without having to look, but sometimes I have trouble just getting to the start screen because I cant find the windows button without looking.

    Please don't take those buttons away.

    Also they would have to be nuts to take away the shutter button.
    03-04-2014 10:38 AM
  22. icyrock1's Avatar
    I WANT it to move to the side on my tablet, but they stay on the bottom, and the home is super hard to reach. I never even thought about lefties, do they always move to the right, if you rotate it +90 or -90?
    Anyhow, I suppose they wanted to simulate how the hardware buttons would stay on the side too. Still, hardware buttons are better.
    They always move to the right of the screen. It's annoying, especially since I use my phone with my left hand (really, who ever designed on screen buttons needs to take in consideration that there are left handed people in this world). Hopefully, Microsoft takes that into consideration, but honestly, the way they are now (at least, on Android, isn't very intuitive for lefties).
    03-04-2014 11:06 AM
  23. fatclue_98's Avatar
    I think it's funny how some of these posters eschew the physical buttons but at the same time DEMAND that the camera button stays. Can't have it both ways guys and gals. Either you want buttons or not.
    03-05-2014 12:53 PM
  24. freestaterocker's Avatar
    I think it's funny how some of these posters eschew the physical buttons but at the same time DEMAND that the camera button stays. Can't have it both ways guys and gals. Either you want buttons or not.
    But we CAN have it both ways. MS didn't say OEMs have to either make it with either physical back-start-search buttons and hardware camera buttons or none of the above. They just said "you don't HAVE to include either anymore". All I need is for one OEM that builds a WP to include a hardware camera button but opt for virtual OS buttons, and we all have our next device while you're eating your words! :)
    03-07-2014 02:59 PM
  25. fatclue_98's Avatar
    But we CAN have it both ways. MS didn't say OEMs have to either make it with either physical back-start-search buttons and hardware camera buttons or none of the above. They just said "you don't HAVE to include either anymore". All I need is for one OEM that builds a WP to include a hardware camera button but opt for virtual OS buttons, and we all have our next device while you're eating your words! :)
    You misunderstood me. My comments were directed at those who deplore physical buttons and say they're tacky or take up room, etc. but go nuts if faced without a camera button. Don't go bashing hardware buttons and demand a camera button; that was my point. Personally, I like as many physical buttons, optical track pads and nav aids as you can possibly stuff into a phone. A lot of us like to "feel" our way around our devices. For example, I bet you don't take your eyes off your TV when you're fiddling with the remote, right? How many remotes out there without buttons?
    03-07-2014 03:14 PM
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