Are you missing the mechanical home button on the Samsung Galaxy S8?
by Preslav Kateliev / May 25, 2017, 9:09 AM
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are fresh new beasts, with lo-o-ong displays and super slim bezels. The design might be breathtaking, but it has its limitations. Among them, we have the lack of room for a physical home button, which has — for ages — been located on every Samsung phone's chin, neighbored by capacitive “Recents” and “Back” buttons.
The new Sammy flagships have virtual navigation keys, like Google's Pixels and LG's phones. With that, we at least get the advantage of being able to (finally) arrange the “Back” and “Recent” placements to how we prefer them, which instantly puts an end to the gripes many have with Samsung's “reverse placement” of those buttons. But we've lost that signature, clicky home button and the backlit capacitive keys, which will certainly be missed by many.
Fingerprint scanner position aside, let's talk about the physical vs virtual nav buttons. Which side of the fence are you on?
Do you miss the mechanical home and capacitive buttons on the Galaxy S8 / S8+?
Absolutely. Mechanical click and backlit buttons are where it's at!
I'm fine either way
I much prefer the new, virtual style
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Not at all. I've gotten use to the new style, and it works just fine.
posted on May 25, 2017, 9:46 AM 7
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Jedii, that is my biggest fear, and one reason why i stayed with samsung. are you able to adjust the vibration feedback strength (length)
posted on May 25, 2017, 10:07 AM 0
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the feedback itself isn't adjustable as far as I've seen..but you can adjust the pressure needed to trigger it so you do it more assuredly. In my opinion, it isn't very localized to the active area as I would like but it works better than regular haptics regardless.
posted on May 25, 2017, 10:25 AM 0
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only missing quick launch camera! :(
posted on May 25, 2017, 10:13 AM 1
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Capacitive buttons are a big part of the reason I picked the S7 over the G5. If that's not an option anymore, I have no reason to stay with Samsung.
posted on May 25, 2017, 11:00 AM 0
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You'd be surprised, Samsung implementation is quite good. The home button responds even when the screen is off, you won't miss the physical button. Infact activity which require double/triple taps (e.g. one hand mode) are easier to activate
posted on May 25, 2017, 6:20 PM 0
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I didn't vote, since I don't have one, but I think I'd miss it initially. I'd adjust with time. However, I'd never adjust to that stupid fingerprint scanner positioning.
posted on May 25, 2017, 11:18 AM 0
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You will adjust to it in less than 3 days max, I hated it before getting the phone, but I loved it after trying it. Unless you're getting the S8 Plus and have average size hands, then that's a different story I guess.
posted on May 25, 2017, 12:58 PM 0
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Not really I don't have huge hands and it took about 3 to 4 days with the s8+ to learn just where to pick up the phone and hit the FPS. I pick it up about in the middle of the phone and not bottom of the phone and hit the FPS every time.
posted on May 26, 2017, 9:07 AM 0
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A virtual button may be new to Samsung, but it's hardly new. The physical home button sported by previous phones was the main reason I avoided Samsung until I finally caved and bought into the Galaxy S7 Edge. Now that I've got my S8 Plus, I'm enjoying having a cleaner design without that ugly throwback button.
posted on May 25, 2017, 11:46 AM 0
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I could care less about the actual home button. Galaxy S8 Plus is a very disappointing especially with freezing and rebooting issues. Not something I want to see from a $900 phone.
posted on May 25, 2017, 11:56 AM 0
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I may be the odd one out but I for one simply cannot understand the preference for on screen buttons. Why sacrifice screen real estate? I know many apps these days provide the option for full screen mode but still...
posted on May 25, 2017, 12:03 PM 1
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Unless it comes with the phone I am not buying or using it. For the most part I think it's a gimmick. I like to use my phone even when it is plugged.
posted on May 25, 2017, 12:27 PM 0
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I certainly miss it. Force Touch anything to me right now is terrible. As they say, "Ain't nothing like the real thing baby!" I have never liked onscreen button, an have always avoided phones that have them. Its not a deal breaker, it just feels weird.
posted on May 25, 2017, 12:55 PM 0
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