Best Android phones with a sweet, clicky physical home key

Best Android phones with a sweet, clicky physical home key
Oh, the joys of having a tangible, physical, tactile home key that you can press and feel a clicky sensation that indicates you are brought back to where you started - the home screen, ready for a new usage spree. 

No amount of on-screen buttons can recreate this feeling, and there is no way you can go to home without looking on a big phone with virtual keys - a feat that is easy peasy on one with a physical button. You can also press and hold to evoke recent apps, or execute another action, like calling the voice-controlled personal digital assistant. That is the whole point of a virtual butler, for instance - you must be able to manage it with your voice without looking. 

Moreover, having a physical home key means that it's flanked by either tactile or capacitive navigation buttons, so there are no pesky on-screen keys that eat up precious space from your display at all times, save for when you are browsing through pictures in the gallery, or watching movies. Last but not least, with the recent trend towards mobile payments, the home key often serves as a mobile fingerprint sensor, too, so that's another incentive to get such a handset. Long story short, some people prefer a physical home key, instead of a virtual one on their handsets, and the iPhones have had it from day one, that is why we are rounding up the best Android phones with a physical home key that you can currently get.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active


In many ways, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active is a better phone than its ordinary, meekish sibling. It has a much better battery life, and is the rugged, waterproof phone that the S6 can never be, if not placed inside a specialized bulky case. To top it all off, all navigational buttons on the handset are of the physical type, so you never have to look down on it while biking or sliding down that zipline.



Meizu MX 4 Pro


How about a 5.5" Quad HD display, 20 MP camera, and a generous 3350 mAh battery, coupled with dedicated audio processing chips? Yep, the MX 4 Pro has all the makings of a flagship without breaking the bank, and the clicky home key with embedded fingerprint scanner of the touch variety only comes to reinforce this notion.


Samsung Galaxy S6 edge


This handset is really edgy, and not only because of the unique side-sloping flexible AMOLED display, but also since it shares all the wonderful features of its namesake - QHD Super AMOLED display, 3 GB of RAM, 14nm Exynos chipset, and a 16 MP camera with OIS. Its place in the pantheon of physical buttons is earned by the elliptical home key with a fingerprint scanner built in.


Samsung Galaxy S6


The one and only original comes with the highest screen pixel density, all the hardware bells and whistles, and a premium metal-and-glass body to die for. An added touch of brilliance - the comfy and clicky home key that looks great, and serves as a fingerprint reader for Samsung Pay - the company's promising new mobile payment system.


The Galaxy Note 4 needs little introduction, as it has consistently been proving to be one of the best phablets out there, complete with a fast chipset, long battery life, wonderful display, and the venerable S Pen stylus. It does sport a physical home key, too, like the rest of the Samsung crew here, but the built-in finger scanner if is of the inferior swipe, instead of the newer touch variety.


Meizu M2 Note


Albeit not a flagship per se, the Meizu M2 Note wins our hearts not only with its clickable home key, but also with one of the best value-for-money ratios you can currently get. How about a 5.5" 1080p display, octa-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, 13 MP camera, and dual 4G SIM, dual-standby abilities? Not bad at all for around $170 only, and the phone also sports a hearty 3100 mAh battery to back it all up.

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32 Comments

1. Takeharu

Posts: 288; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Slow day?

23. waddup121 unregistered

Lmao ikr. THis article is just wtf.

24. nuldolor5x.com unregistered

S6 and s6 active, I am still to feel them. But to my own experience, no phone is better than the note 4

27. Simona unregistered

dunno my physical home btn is stucked jammed

2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

To be honest, software buttons are worth the space they take on the screen. The bottom bezel is needed for thumb to rest on, and also it's much more comfortable to use because of the easier reach and not having to apply pressure like on physical buttons.

3. ph00ny

Posts: 2069; Member since: May 26, 2011

Um what? I think i'm exerting similar amount of pressure to use the physical button as well as on-screen/capacitive buttons. Also one major advantage of having a physical advantage of having the physical button is no matter where the phone is, you can turn them on much easier without looking

4. kamen

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

You turn it on easily without looking then what? Unless it is a specialized key for mute/play or any other function that is not connected to the UI as the Home button actually is, physical button is not much of a plus.

8. ph00ny

Posts: 2069; Member since: May 26, 2011

Hold the home button for google now, Turning the phone on, Returning to the home screen. Based on the physical location, you can quickly figure out the back or recent apps. Hold either capacitive buttons for their respective functions such as menu etc Maybe i'm more old school in that aspect that home button has been around for many years going back to the old flip phone/winmo days

10. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Try to use a physical button by just touching it. Doesn't work. You have to actually press it down. I know in most situations it doesn't matter, but I've already encountered those many times. What about the ohysical power button on the side? You can just as easily power it on already in the pocket before taking it out. And double-tap to turn on, easiest way to turn it on while on the table. Physical button also makes it easier to accidentally turn the power of. Maybe not on iPhone since the button is a bit inside.

25. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

'Try to use a physical button by just touching it. Doesn't work. ' - That doesn't mean you need to apply more pressure for physical button. Infact, its better since user gets the feedback that the button was actually pressed when he isn't looking. 'What about the ohysical power button on the side? You can just as easily power it on already in the pocket before taking it out' - Yes but its not as convenient as home button as you still need to feel and find it on the side bar and also you need to change your grip to reach out to the side power button. 'And double-tap to turn on, easiest way to turn it on while on the table' - It maybe but it lacks security. With home button finger print verification + unlock (iphone & S6/Edge) can be done without looking at the device very fast. Also for double tap you need to make sure display is not touching (inside the pocket) anything otherwise it wouldn't work.

29. Simona unregistered

my pressing btn is jammed .. on iphone what now? my soft home btn on my android newer jammed ..

5. xperian

Posts: 421; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

Another article just to praise Samsung

7. ph00ny

Posts: 2069; Member since: May 26, 2011

or Meizu and indirectly Apple too

30. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Only reason why I own Samsung phone

6. Orion78

Posts: 217; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

I'll gladly have on-screen buttons than out dated physical ones. Nice try "writer".

9. ph00ny

Posts: 2069; Member since: May 26, 2011

I'll gladly have off screen buttons for more screen space. Aren't you guys worried about potential burn-in issues in the future from having a static image on your phone/tablet constantly. Sure some apps do take the whole screen but it can become an issue

18. mixedfish

Posts: 1567; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

"Aren't you guys worried about potential burn-in issues in the future from having a static image on your phone/tablet constantly" Well no because phones with on-screen keys don't use OLED.

28. ph00ny

Posts: 2069; Member since: May 26, 2011

news flash, LCDs can also have static images burnt in. Not saying it happens all the time. My old Galaxy Nexus didn't burn in and and same goes for Tab 7.7 Only devices that i've owned with OLED and onscreen keys

11. HighOnAndroidFTW

Posts: 185; Member since: Apr 26, 2015

Go ahead and " gladly" eat up your on screen presence, I'll have my physical buttons still have a larger screen better screen to body ratio and fit in a smaller footprint.... BOOM GG

21. mixedfish

Posts: 1567; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

So which magical phone are we talking about?

12. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

(Computer) Physical keyboard >>>>> all touchscreen keyboards ever.

19. mixedfish

Posts: 1567; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Call me when you're done fitting that computer in your pocket.

26. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Done.

13. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

It's all about prefrence.

14. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

I never had a physical button until i just got the S6. after 3 months, i have to be honest, im not quite sure how people deal with these buttons. apple, sammy etc. the phone is CONSTANTLY unlocking in my pocket. taking pics, writing scibble in texts (thankfully only once sending), and one time calling malasia... yes i can put a password or some lock on my phone to solve this, but is this what it has come to? I need to lock my phone to save it from itself? I dont lock my phone. why slow myself down? I couldnt care less about keeping people out of my phone, so the last thing i want is to have to put a password in everytime i want to unlock it.

15. HighOnAndroidFTW

Posts: 185; Member since: Apr 26, 2015

Finger print scanner. Built in and the best in the business

16. HighOnAndroidFTW

Posts: 185; Member since: Apr 26, 2015

Not to mention you can go from a blank screen turned off. Hold the finger down it will even turn on and unlock to home screen. Problem solved

17. rifat44

Posts: 49; Member since: Apr 29, 2015

I think the back buttons r the best

20. mixedfish

Posts: 1567; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Or maybe double tap to wake.

22. rifat44

Posts: 49; Member since: Apr 29, 2015

And both these features which lg has invented

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