Did you know: this cool screen protector gives iPhones Android's killer feature (the back button!)


The Apple iPhone is a great device: fast, smooth, excellent all around (not perfect, of course, and there are many equally great Android phones), but it lacks one crucial feature that makes us feel dumb every time we have to reach to the furthest corner of the display to press on the ridiculously inconvenient to reach back button in apps.

Yes, the iPhone does not have a back button, and that's a problem, at least for those of us who are used to the convenience of Android's back key (now, if only Google itself did not decide for some crazy reason that the multitasking button should be closer to reach than the back key in stock Android 5.0 Lollipop, but that's a different topic). And no, Reachability is not a real solution, it's ridiculous that you have to double tap on the home key in order to shrink down the app, in order to reach far (but not as far) to press the back key. Seriously, in an ideal world, Apple could have easily just made double tapping function as the back key, but we're not living in that ideal world.

It's impossible to reach the corners of the iPhone 6 Plus without some elaborate finger gymnastics
Luckily, there is a solution for this problem, and it comes in the form of a simple screen protector. Actually, it's not so simple - it claims the title 'world's first smart screen protector'. Also, the solution is here only theoretically - the screen protector currently exists only on Kickstarter, which is still better than vaporware.

Still, it's such a simply smart project that we can't imagine it going wrong. And you can still back it up and get yours at an early bird price of sub $20. If it all works as advertized, we would not be surprised to see many iPhones rocking this new protector.



source: Kickstarter

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40 Comments

1. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

This is Apple... They sell you a device that cost 1000 $ and then you have to buy a case to make it waterproof, or an accessory to make it read cards, a battery case to make it on par with the best, or a screen protector to get a back key.... Ridiculous. I love my Z3c more and more everyday

2. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

tell us something, we don't know.....

31. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Read the comment above yours. Or find something on your own.

4. Galaxy_Apple

Posts: 129; Member since: May 24, 2015

your forgetting iPhone has the back gesture , which works better than Androids finicky back button that has a mind of it's own. but I like how samsung enhances the android back button with the long press for dual window , use it all the time. I really like iPhones reachability its easer than other one-handed modes, I hope someone clones it on android.

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

A button is easier than a gesture IMO And since half of iPhone users I know dont even know that gesture exists (until I showed them) IMO reachability isn't as good as Samsung's original one handed mode since you don't have repeat it over and over again every time you want to touch a button up top

9. Galaxy_Apple

Posts: 129; Member since: May 24, 2015

yes and no , gestures works all the time , back button sends me to places sometimes I don't want to go back try it with multi-tasking button , switch to a app like music now press the back button to go to library , see what happens. same with one-hand mode , one android we need to activate it then tap a button then again de-activate it , it's better sometimes functionality wise atlas on a samsung phones. but on iO.S it's more automatic one tap press and back to normal it's real easy.

25. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

after i used the swipe-back gesture, i can't really back to the back-button. really, it works really good, responsive, fast, and smooth. you can swipe it on the lower side of the screen, and that's a pretty good one-handed operation. keep in mind that a device that 4.7" or larger is never meant to be used with one hand, so the back button on the top left i think is not a problem, as most of us use the phone with two hands. can't really imagine one-handed use on a 5.5". Android killed one-handed phone since they keep increasing the screen size continously. Newer/better phone = Larger screen logic.

37. thesims2customs

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

Don't forget with easily broken only button on iPhone :)

12. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Back button finicky? You must have a faulty device, never has any of the buttons ever been finicky for me..

16. Galaxy_Apple

Posts: 129; Member since: May 24, 2015

Not finicky just has a mind of it's own sometimes works great 90% of the time. like I said it takes you to places sometimes you don't want to go back to , it's tough to explain in text. just search strange Android back button behavior on google for more info on the subject , it's not a huge deal but still a issue. i still prefer the back home n task button setup, but just saying.

17. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Yes I've done this before but it was my own fault. My hand seem to just touch it sometimes when I'm doing something but that is human error.

18. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

You get used to the way the back button works. If you're on the initial screen of an app the back button will take you to the previous app or your homescreen. If you're not on the initial screen of an app the back button will take you to the initial screen and then go back to the previous app or home screen. And that swipe gesture in iOS doesn't work for all apps and it won't take you back to a previous app.

19. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Samsung's one handed mode is very good gesture works alright too You are a fool if you think the back button is worse than Apple's method which isn't even consistent across all apps.

22. bucky

Posts: 3785; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I'll take a swipe off of the curved side of my iPhone than a back button (which isn't consistent among all androids) any day.

20. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

This seems an odd statement, finicky back button? has a mind of its own? you press it it goes back, you don't it doesn't? I have not really heard anything saying that the button is finicky?

32. AlikMalix unregistered

I hate dedicated back button on bottom like it is on most androids. I scroll with my thumb when I read, then I gotta reach across to the opposite corner to go back? Wtf? I scroll up, down, forward, and back all in any area my thumb is resting at - simple. Dedicated buttons are so ancient. But that's just me I guess - intuitive vs old school I guess.

33. gaming64 unregistered

That's subjecive, man although I like your point. I really have ahard time using a dedicated back button, especially if it's on-screen or capacitive 'cause my palm always touches it like everytime on one handed use. Maybe it's just my handling.

40. exran

Posts: 61; Member since: May 02, 2015

There are a lot of ways to get iPhone features on Android. I've used different gesture navigation apps to get the swipe back gesture on my nonrooted phone. If you have root, it's even better because you can get these xposed modules for swipeback (smoother than gesture nav apps) and for one-handed mode, which you can customize to look like reachability or Samsung's solution.

11. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Are you the only idiot in your family?

3. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Cool Idea. They started of with $17 for 1 screen, now you can pledge $28 for 2 screens. Estimated Retail Price is $49, so back them in kickstarter

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Lol is that diagram from Tyrion Lannister's hands? I'm average height and can use my Nexus 5's 5" like that image's diagram for the iPhone 5 (I only need to stretch for the top left corner (or top right if I'm using my left hand))

21. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Exactly, on my S5 only the top left is a stretch but it can still be done.

6. Galaxy_Apple

Posts: 129; Member since: May 24, 2015

actually this guy is ignorant Apple has the swipe back gesture that works amazingly well with the curved screen since iO.S 7. plus reachability is easier to activate than samsung n Lg one hand modes. I have a galaxy phone but Hardly use one hand mode to many swipes to activate n then de-activate. iPhone falls short in many areas such as price to performance , specs , multi-tasking etc. but one handed operation is really good in iO.S , swipe down for spotlight, tab button on safari in easy reach at the bottom , music categories+ now playing tabs at the bottom etc... just some examples wish more manufacturers paid attention to bringing controls to the bottom of the display, Chrome is a pain to use sometimes with tab button on the very top.

8. monoke

Posts: 1162; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

If i'm not mistaken, isn't there now a swipe back feature in ios?.. In any case, would it kill apple design element to just put a transparent back button on bottom instead? It's 2015 now geez apple. People shouldn't have to jailbreak to get basic functions should they?

10. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Killer feature? Really? Simply swiping the screen at any height is much more convenient and ergonomic than pushing the back button at the corner. Since we are at it: Android is fragmented even in the buttons arrangement. WTF?

13. Galaxy_Apple

Posts: 129; Member since: May 24, 2015

fragmentation isn't a big problem , no point in criticizing Android it's the manufactures fault for not doing it the standard way samsung popularized. Most smart Android users buy samsung phones anyway so the button layout has been the same for years. so no issues.

14. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

You want to start a flame war about a back button.. how much of a troll are you lol..

24. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

The Back gesture is not available everywhere and for every app... and button "fragmentation" is really the design choice of the manufacturer... if you had more than Apple designing phones for iOS, then you would see a variety of buttons and designs... I actually like On Screen Buttons now that I have gotten used to them and every manufacturer is mostly consistent with their placement. Sony keeps Back Button on the left, Samsung on the Right and HTC lets you decide... BTW my Z3 Compact is as ergonomic as the iPhone 5s and I enjoy a screen almost the size of the one in the iPhone 6... specially when immersion mode is active.

28. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

on-screen buttons are the worst implementation of navigation. if the screen is not an AMOLED the black-bar becomes greyish, and that kills the beauty of the phone, it looks WAY better when they are full screen like gaming/viewing videos and pictures. even Samsung uses a hardware button(capacitive + hard button).

30. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Good thing we all have our own opinions. I've come to like on screen buttons specially because they transform and adapt. I.E. When rotating the phone. My device does not have Amoled but the contrasts are very good (I've had Amoled before) and some native apps allows for transparency in the Xperia theme so no ugliness in there. Today I see little to no benefits for physical buttons ala Samsung/Apple. Specially with tap to wake. It all comes down to opinion.

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