Are you missing a mechanical home button on the iPhone 7?

Are you missing a mechanical home button on the iPhone 7?
With the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Apple ditched the clickable physical home key for a pressure-sensitive one that has an adjustable haptic feedback when pressed. That haptic key on the iPhone 7 takes some getting used to, both if you are coming from Android, and if you are upgrading from an older iPhone, but overall the uptake period is pretty short, while the advantages of this design are numerous. 

First off, there are no wearing parts as there were with the clickable home key, plus the home key gives you varying degrees and patterns of feedback for different events, thanks to the excellent Taptic Engine underneath. Moreover, this lack of a mechanical home button made the iPhone 7 easier to waterproof, and so on.

The haptic feedback, however, which sort of just kicks the bottom part of the phone around, is not entirely similar to the satisfying clicky feeling when you pressed the button on previous iPhones, which may bug some people. That is why we wanted to ask you if you miss the old mechanical home key on your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, or if you have gotten quickly used to the new one.

Are you missing the mechanical home button on the iPhone 7?

Yes, the clicky feeling is not the same
No, I've gotten used to the new key

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iPhone 7
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 1960 mAh(14h 3G talk time)



1. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

I don't have an iPhone 7 and neither does anyone else I know. I really want to try that home button however.

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

just go to the nearest apple store and try it...

6. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

The Apple Stores in the Dominican Republic just do repairs. I have yet to see the phone in the country at all.

13. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

I have two family members with the iPhone 7 plus. It's kinda odd feeling at first. Once you press it, you can feel the press, but you can't feel it press in.

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5762; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also it sort of vibrates the whole bottom portion of the phone, which feels strange at first IMO its a good improvement since the new touchpad is far less likely to break than the mechanical button

15. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

It's pretty nice when you push down to click it but nothing too special. Certainly easier to keep clean free of lint than physical buttons.

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

As some of you might be aware, I just bought an S6... And needless to say; I couldn't be more happier...! But there are of course a few gripes here and there, and one of them is the 'Physical Home Button'... I DON'T LIKE THE PHYSICAL BUTTON ON MY SAMSUNG S6, PERIOD... The whole smartphone has a "button-less" interface, so why an 'ancient' clicker, I wonder? And that's one of my few complains about the S6... And come to think of it, its my BIGGEST complaint so far... I'm glad that Apple has gotten rid of the physical button, as that poor round thing does almost all the 'chores' on iOS...!!! And I am certainly glad to hear the rumors which 'allegedly' suggests that the upcoming S8 might loss the physical home button in favor of 'something else'... Perhaps Samsung might 'clone' the iPhone button...? (< A tad crude remark, innit?) Oh well... G'Day!

4. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Samsung will sure follow. Im very sure of that. 100% Samsung had that mechanical home button because of iPhone. All of Samsung Galaxy devices had it, except Nexus ofc.

7. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

The battery life is kinda Meh also.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31677; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nope loving the new touchpad.

10. wereallbiased

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I love it myself as a weird way it almost reminds me of the old blackberry storm..which i loved back in its hey day.

8. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

When you first use it, it takes a little getting use to but after that, it's perfectly fine. The only time it feel a little weird is when the phone is laying in a table and you hit the button. I really don't know why this question is asked as many Android phones don't have a physical home button.

9. Unordinary unregistered

After using it, then using a mechanical home button, the mech one feels ancient and "broken" in a sense. Best capacitive button on the market.

16. ddelaney

Posts: 31; Member since: Oct 14, 2016

Previous one was a way better.

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