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Poll results: Buttons on the back – Aye or Nay?

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Poll results: Buttons on the back – Aye or Nay?

Every major manufacturer out there has a 'thing', at least according to public opinion. Among other things, Apple has its unyielding stance on the topic of screen size, while Samsung is intent on miring the consumer's mind with an endless stream of options in the face of an extensive product line. As of late, LG has started out its own 'thing' -- buttons on the back of devices. Indeed, that experiment of sorts seems to have paid off, for the South Korean number two has now fitted a total of three devices with them -- the LG G2, LG G Flex, and now the LG G Pro 2. It made sense, then, for us to go ahead and check with you: are you liking the new approach or not?

As it turns out -- no -- the majority of us do not mind LG's way of doing things slightly different. About 73% of respondents cement that notion. The remaining 27% think it's a bad idea, and they'd rather pass. Of course, given the company's apparent resolve to keep on banking on this differentiating factor, along with its vow to become the third largest manufacturer in the world by the end of 2014, means that quite some people will be faced with the question for real. Considering the latest products to come out of the company's labs, it appears almost certain that an LG devices will make most people's shortlist in the upcoming year. But can LG keep up the pace? Now that's a good question.

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Buttons on the back – aye or nay?
72.99%
1070 votes
(1070 votes) I'm okay with my smartphone's buttons being on the back.
27.01%
396 votes
(396 votes) Bad idea. I'll pass.

1466 votes


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posted on 18 Feb 2014, 01:26 9

1. Yubnub (Posts: 100; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Nay..

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 01:46 2

5. Skoms (Posts: 118; Member since: 03 Feb 2014)


They make LG can make their phones with smaller Bezelz
And not equal bezelz such as Sony or MS Lumia .

But Sonys phones are waterproof.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 03:23 1

20. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 240; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


And it's better for left- and right-handed users, which I think is most useful feature.. :)

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 06:09 2

32. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


Moto X has ultra thin bezels too. But buttons are on the side.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 07:40

37. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 360; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


Besides the bezels, there is another benefit. If you listen to music on-the-go, and you put your phone in your pocket with the screen facing your leg, adjusting the volume is a piece of cake lol

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 21:43

48. Kaiser2007 (Posts: 144; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)


New approach? Seriously? My Moto Charm got "backtrack". I disable it on the day one, didn't even try it. Now, using it as back up phone.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 01:27 4

2. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I like it.. I like it a lot.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 01:50 6

6. X.E.R.O. (unregistered)


I don't like it....I LOVE IT!!

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 01:58 1

9. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Really? Wow!

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 02:09 2

13. Rocksteady (Posts: 196; Member since: 29 Apr 2012)


Why are you commenting on an Android article un-enthusiasimly and negatively?!

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 05:12 2

28. ihavenoname (Posts: 1252; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


This is not Android thing, it's just overall buttons in the back.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 06:00

31. CHEFJEFF (Posts: 143; Member since: 22 Sep 2009)


I have the G2, it's difficult to feel the power button becuase it's so slightly raised, or to distinguish the up or down volume. I thought it was a great idea until I had to use it.
Give me back the side controls.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 10:59 1

43. imMature (Posts: 75; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


You can't distinguish the up or down volume? Wow.. That's quite a skin you got there.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 01:41 3

3. alterecho (Posts: 1054; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


As long as the buttons on the back are large enough and are responsive, to compensate for the obscured view and lower power of the index finger vs the thumb.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 01:44

4. Kyokado (Posts: 115; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Lg is just trying to be fancy with it. This is an idea that most obvious is not practical. So they slap on a few comercials of people laughing and smiling when they are using the g2. And they think the idea is cemented in our heads. But in the end its just something they hope that can show that they can be different from most manufacturers.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 05:30 1

29. LGisgood (limited) (Posts: 428; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


I LOVE USING BACK BUTTON ON MY G2!

ITS MORE COMFORTABLE!
I CAN EASILY USE EITHER LEFT HAND , OR MY RIGHT HAND TO OPERATE THE PHONE.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 07:33 4

36. hassoups (Posts: 254; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)


YOU COULD DO THE SAME WITH EVERY OTHER PHONE TOOO!!!!!

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 07:08 2

35. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)


They're not trying to be fancy with it at all. The buttons are extremely practical. Especially if you have large hands, like i do.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 01:54 1

7. Nabil2511 (Posts: 147; Member since: 27 Jan 2014)


it's a nice trademark from LG.. HTC's got the boom sound.. iPhone's got the slick design.. motorola's got the best battery.. Sony wins the waterproof part..what about Samsung eyh? lol

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 02:02 1

10. williamdroid (Posts: 125; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)


S Pen? Lol
I never liked the Galaxy S line but the Note line is on a whole other level

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 02:31 1

16. Kyokado (Posts: 115; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Thats just u. U dont like the galaxy s line. That doesnt mean that it aint good.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 02:55 4

18. williamdroid (Posts: 125; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)


And i never said it was.
All i stated was that I, as in me, dont like the S line.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 02:06 2

12. hurrycanger (Posts: 770; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


Samsung got gimmicks!!! lol
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(I actually enjoy Samsung phones though. Aside from all the software stuff many people don't care about, the S4 and Note 3 are currently very good phones. The Mega 6.3 is very nice, too, despite that it is a mid-range phablet. Multi windows is also a great feature.)

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 03:02 3

19. williamdroid (Posts: 125; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)


Actually, i agree lol most of the "features" are mostly gimmicks haha IMO

But i cannot fathom living without Multiwindow (currently using it), Direct Dial (i think thats what its called), Pop Up window, and the S Pen.

But MultiWindow is what won me over from the other Phablets.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 14:30

46. DnB925Art (Posts: 141; Member since: 23 May 2013)


I don't use many of the features, although what I like to use doesn't mean other people may like them. it's all about preferences. I do use the multiwindow, direct dial, pop-up window, S-Pen (and all the associated apps like S-Note), Smart Stay (I watch a lot of videos so this is important) and even in the camera app like best shot and best face.

At least if you don't like the extra "gimmicks" they can be turned off.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 02:37 3

17. Droiderr (Posts: 32; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


Well, samsung is already on the top as the market leader. So it must have done something. I dont like answering your question as this might do it.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 07:05

34. Nabil2511 (Posts: 147; Member since: 27 Jan 2014)


but it doesnt have any trademarks though, anything that it specializes in.. other OEM can produce the same specs as most Sammy products nowadays anyway

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 11:12 1

44. Taters (Posts: 2584; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


They have a no compromise trademark. They don't ruin ergonomics for looks like HTC and Apple. They don't add annoying flaps and make huge phones just to waterproof when waterproofing is not needed for at least 95% of the time. They don't add 3000 mah batteries unless they can get it well under 8.9 mm unlike LG and Moto.

I don't know about you but a 5 inch 1080p screen, great ergonomics, 2600 mah battery, first to use gorilla glass 3, first to use a faster ram, latest internals, all at the same size as the GS3 and at only 7.9mm is an efficiency that no one else comes remotely close. The Xperia Z had an S4 pro. The HTC one was the same size as the GS4 but with a 4mp camera, smaller screen, slower ram, similar size, only 2300 mah battery, and at a fat 9.3mm. LG can't top Samsung until the end of the year at a different release schedule.

Sorry buddy. But no one is even close to them yet. Let's hope it changes this year when Sony and LG is rumoured to follow the same release schedule as all the other flagships. Still, I don't see it with Samsung owning stake in Gorilla Glass and cornering the market on ram. If Qualcomm wasn't so good this year they probably would have had the market on SOC's too.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 14:34

47. DnB925Art (Posts: 141; Member since: 23 May 2013)


You forgot the Note (phone) series and the S-Pen specifically. Other manufacturers may have phablets, but Samsung Notes have the S-Pen included which differentiates the Note series from all other phablets. Closest thing that uses a capacitive stylus are in the tablet size range like the Surface and Samsung Ativ Win 8 tabs, and Android Note Tablets.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 08:57 1

40. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)


Samsung is one of the few manufactures that still provides support for micro SD cards on high end devices. That's the main reason I keep going back

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 10:57

42. Taters (Posts: 2584; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


They manufacture their own parts which are the best and they are willing to spend money for the consumer. Meaning we get the absolute cutting edge for the same price as all the competitors flagships. I don't know about you but I would take best components over the crap you spewed about other competitors any day of the week.

Unfortunately, I change phone every few months as a hobby but if I were to chose one. Best DNA wins always.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 14:27

45. DnB925Art (Posts: 141; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Sorry, but Samsung has the capacitive stylus aka S-Pen. That was a game changer which distinguishes it from other big-screened phones and phablets. As a result I have owned the Note 1 and Note 2 and will buy the Note 4 when it does come out (I skipped the Note 3 since I'm so happy with my Note 2).

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 01:55

8. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2629; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Power button AYE. Volume buttons NAY.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 04:30

27. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 686; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Yeah me too, but I should be able to get used to it

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 02:03

11. williamdroid (Posts: 125; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)


I would have gone for the G2 but i greatly dislike On Screen buttons. So i went with the Note 3. Still, the G2 is badass

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 03:40 1

21. joey_sfb (Posts: 2547; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Yup! On screen buttons takes up screen real estate permanently. So I want physical button.

Glad most manufacturer realise this and are keeping it till Google finds an interesting way to deal with the problem.

Back button are ok till you put your phone down. So there trade off.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 03:48

22. X.E.R.O. (unregistered)


Maybe they should switch to gestures.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 10:13

41. Guti986 (Posts: 21; Member since: 26 Dec 2013)


I think that's where the double tap (knock on?) feature to turn the phone on comes in handy

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 02:25 1

14. iqjumpuw (Posts: 21; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Back buttons powered with the knock on feature is actually great.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 02:25

15. noteseries (Posts: 76; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


nay... nay... nay...

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 03:54 2

23. snowgator (Posts: 3187; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


What I like is that LG was willing to take a chance and do something different. Good sign for a company that was running in place for like 2 years.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 04:03 1

24. gabrielvoica (Posts: 51; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


samsung has the copy-paste thing :)

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 04:11 4

25. Reeyawn (Posts: 59; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


Being a G2 user, all I can say is that, in my opinion, placing the buttons at the.back was an excellent idea. Really love my G2.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 04:17

26. technitude (Posts: 20; Member since: 19 Dec 2013)


I have it, I didn't like it at first, now I'm OK with it. I do wish it was off to the right or left. My finger does not naturally sit at that spot.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 05:45

30. gabrielvoica (Posts: 51; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


it's the best android device that i ever owned and probably the best on the market right now...rockin' mine for 2months already and i have nothing bad to say...the buttons on the back is a great design choice..

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 06:49

33. SmartPhoneStream (Posts: 160; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


It's a good concept, especially with the knock on feature to unlock your phone and quick access to the volume menu. However, the Verizon model has smaller keys and they're flush, so the power button is hard to distinguish from the volume up button,

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 08:27

38. ChafedBanana (Posts: 355; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Back buttons get a big thumbs down. Buttons on the side are better so that is where they should remain. Samsung knows. Look where the most successful Android phones put them. Power button on the right side towards the top and volume on the left side. Done. Differentiate some other way.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 08:53 1

39. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)


I'm always accidently hitting the volume keys or on/off switch on my samsung all the time so I'm willing to give the LG way a try.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 23:33

49. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 885; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


Buttons are awesome left or right hand use is a breeze. Lg did a great job.

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