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With the G Pro 2, LG continues its buttons-on-the-back trend. How do you feel about that?

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With the G Pro 2, LG continues its buttons-on-the-back trend. How do you feel about that?

In general, people tend to instinctively resist change – most of us get an awkward feeling when we're forced to break a habit or change a routine. That is why it was was risky, to say the least, for LG to launch a flagship smartphone – the LG G2 – with buttons placed on the back, not on the sides. After all, there was no knowing whether potential buyer would embrace the idea, or immediately reject it regardless of the smartphone's technical capabilities.

But from the looks of it, LG has no intention of abandoning its unique button design. The LG G Pro 2 was made official yesterday, and just like the LG G2 and the LG G Flex before it, its power and volume keys are placed on the back.

Now, LG's buttons-on-the-back concept isn't disastrous by any means. In fact, it has its benefits – the lack of side buttons allows LG's engineer to make smartphones less wide (read: easier to grasp). It takes time, however, for one to get used to using these keys, as we mentioned in our long-term LG G2 review, so they aren't an ideal solution either.

How do you feel about all this, guys? Are you okay with LG's unorthodox button design? Or would LG's high-ends stand lower on your "Want It" list because of their button placement? Cast your vote below!

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Buttons on the back – aye or nay?
72.99%
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(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.

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posted on 14 Feb 2014, 03:29 11

1. MarkArigayo (Posts: 240; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


It's a real innovation.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 10:07 1

28. Ashoaib (Posts: 2282; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Innovation? do the placement of buttons is called "real innovation"?... sorry bro, your innovation sucks... you can call it a really good design idea, in my view...

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 13:30 1

29. DAMONORIBELLO (Posts: 91; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


clearly he was being sarcastic : )

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 01:39

33. hurrycanger (Posts: 1190; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


That's what I think, too.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 03:34 9

2. Smokin (Posts: 120; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


In all honesty, the back button on G2 sucks.
Really, the button doesnt give me a good enough feedback unlike other OEMS

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 09:31

27. steedsofwar (Posts: 288; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)


The back buttons are great! A much better implementation than the side ones. Both in terms of form and functionality. It makes the bezels thin, the front of the phone look even more minimalistic without bolts jutting out of the side for power or volume. It is easy to press, especially when on calls. Software volume buttons and Knock-On to wake display feature eliminate any problems old school guys will face.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 13:37 1

31. hurrycanger (Posts: 1190; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


Do you have the Verizon's G2? The buttons on the Verizon version suck comparing to the one on other versions of the G2.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 03:35 6

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


The back buttons are great and not hard to get used to. It's original & designed with a purpose. People who complain just needs something to complain about, so they do it.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 03:55 6

8. hung2900 (Posts: 804; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


It's very unconfortable ehen I put the phone on table for watching, You tube as example, and want to change the volume

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 04:19 2

12. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5556; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


If I'm not wrong, you can change the volume in the notification bar.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 04:36 1

15. eli577 (Posts: 81; Member since: 29 Jun 2010)


Yeah, like you are watching Youtube, when the phone is layed down on the table with no tilt at all.
Anyway I think the orientation of the buttons is great, whenever I hold the phone in whatever direcetion, I always manage to push the buttons I want to.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 05:26

18. socaholic (Posts: 4; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


You can swip up or down on the left hand side of the screen, to increase or decrease the volume when the phone is in landscape mode.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 03:44 4

4. jcdz89 (Posts: 70; Member since: 01 Mar 2013)


All LG fans will say hell yeah... greatest innovation in this century

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 04:17 10

11. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5556; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I'm a Sony fan and I say the back buttons are hell yea, so what's your point?

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 04:22 2

13. warren24 (Posts: 19; Member since: 02 Apr 2013)


Did he say anything about Sony fans?

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 04:25 7

14. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5556; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Did you read his comment and my comment properly? He said "All LG fans will say hell yeah..." to the back buttons, but that's wrong. I'm a Sony fan and I say the back buttons are hell yea too.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 13:35 2

30. DAMONORIBELLO (Posts: 91; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


hate to say it but warren24 has a point. jcdz89 didn't say anything about Sony fans.

You see, technically by saying "All LG fans will say hell yea" it doesn't discount other fans, such as yourself, from saying "Hell yea".

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 03:47 7

5. josephnero (Posts: 315; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


no go for me.i prefer side buttons

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 03:48 5

6. Killua (Posts: 270; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)


It's hideous. Doesn't make the phone thinner either, wtf is the purpose? Design change? Didn't help the sales too.

Honestly, G2 was great, if not for the back button I might buy it. But, meh, people have their preferences, so whatever.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 09:19

25. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 407; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


It doesn't make the phone thinner because LG wanted to go the route of USEFUL changes. The buttons are on the back because it allowed them to narrow the bezels on the device, this is why they are fitting a screen almost the size of the OG Note in a body bearly larger than the S4.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 03:55 3

7. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 652; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


People who complain will complain for anything & everything...
For me Its no issue..
I got used to Touch Keyboard instead of Physical,
I got used to bigger screen instead of small,
I got used to different positions of power button on different devices.
I can get used to this new unique placement as well..

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 05:44 2

19. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 748; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


I also got used to a feature phone after years on smartphones, so no issue for me either

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 03:56

9. MAG33 (Posts: 12; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)


For big phones back buttons are great...for phones with display smaller than 4.7-5" is not so great.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 04:16 3

10. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5556; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I'm definitely okay with the back buttons, that's a new and interesting innovation. I tried the LG G2 before and to be honest, I like the back buttons.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 05:20

16. jackson_kaeluen (Posts: 63; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)


The back buttons is really great, just imagine this big smartphones, while you handle a calls, media, how easily you can adjust the volumes without reaching to the side buttons. Your index finger is easier to reach and control it! Its also avoid phone from slipping! GREAT INNOVATION!

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 05:24

17. mike2959 (Posts: 247; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


Had the phone for 4 months now. The buttons has pro's and cons, overall I'm split down the middle on them. Awesome device though.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 06:30 2

20. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 822; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


I prefer buttons on the sides, even after trying the G2, so I'll pass.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 06:37 1

21. Nabil2511 (Posts: 149; Member since: 27 Jan 2014)


when you hold the phone, you index finger lies right on the buttons.. great innovation from LG.. and a good trademark aswell.. cos we all know HTC One Max copied that placement with that fingerprint scanner on the back..

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 08:20 1

22. E.S.1 (Posts: 291; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


Back buttons are great. It took me about 2 hours to get used to them.
So yes!

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 09:04

23. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Ditto. They are placed so it's natural to adjust volume while on the phone, takes very little time to get used to. I was on the fence about getting the G2 but kept coming back to it, glad I did, the buttons aren't an issue like people make them out to be.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 09:04 1

24. csoulr666 (Posts: 91; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)


It is an interesting approach for phones with big displays, a better thing would be to consider that they took care of the "How will I unlock the phone with the phone on the table/surface" with their Knock On feature. Way to save your a** LG!

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 09:19 1

26. AfterShock (Posts: 2812; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Nexus user, so I have some bias, but more so about stability on a flat surface and looks then correct functionality.
Which I'm thinking could be quite handy when holding the phone versus it laying down.

I can't say much on stability either with the weird camera hump on mine, but a case solves that immediately, which may work for the G2.
Never saw one in a case yet.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 21:44

32. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1134; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


Power and vol.rocker it's. Easy To use on both left or right hands,LG made innovation.only Verizon's so thin bad idea for bigred.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 08:17

34. jackson_kaeluen (Posts: 63; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)


Its Human Engineering! Learning from us! LG, make your Life's Good, It's All Possible.

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