Do you miss the hardware buttons on Samsung smartphones?

Do you miss the hardware buttons on Samsung smartphones?
So, lately, hardware buttons on smartphones have slowly been going extinct. This ranges from Apple removing a home button to HTC removing pretty much all of the buttons on its latest phone. Yeah.

Dialing it back to a less crazy note, software navigation bars have always been a thing on Android. Google pushed hard for it and always developed its Nexus phones (now Pixels) to have a software navbar with no hardware control shenanigans.

Samsung, on the other hand, pushed hard to keep its hardware controls for years. The classic Sammy smartphone had a hardware home button in the center of its chin, with a couple of capacitive touch buttons for Recent Apps and Back neighboring it.

However, since the Galaxy S8 came out and proclaimed war on all bezels, there was no longer room on the device for hardware controls. And Samsung did like all the other Android manufacturers — it went with the software controls.

This has both its own drawbacks and benefits. The hardware controls were tactile, predictable, always there, and the home button had a reassuring click to it. The software buttons are customizable, make it possible to build a phone with such a small chin, and can be hidden whenever you want to use the full size of your screen.

But which solution do you prefer more?

Do you miss the hardware buttons on Samsung smartphones?

Nope. Software all the way!
65.19%
Oh yes... yes, I do.
34.81%

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34 Comments

1. mr.joosue

Posts: 65; Member since: Nov 06, 2017

Pretty useful how the home button doubled as an fingerprint reader.

20. drunkenjay

Posts: 1700; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

yeah, thats what i liked about it and stopped using the galaxy's after they put the fingerprint sensor at the back in horrendous fashion (s8). i will come back to the s10 since the fingerprint sensor will be at the front again.

29. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

EXACTLY! note4/s5 has that, and it works great! Why did they decide to make another button somewhere else? 2 birds, one stone!

2. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

I think they could have kept if they wanted too. Like when we see the Mate 10. That could be easily have been the s8+, it is not much bigger than s7e. Look at s8 x s7e : screen got just little bigger, fps is awful, battery lost 600mAh and s8 is just 1mm shorter. Another example is N8 Sirocco, same 5.5" 16:9 like s7e, it is 10mm shorter. No need to go 18,5:9.

3. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Not really, the virtual button in my opinion works just fine.

4. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1277; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

No, I am not missing the home button with fps -- as in-screen fps is the future. In fact, Samsung has to remove one more (almost non-configurable, hence) useless bixby button from their phones...

5. antmiu2

Posts: 551; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

I like the option to enable or disable like on my OP2

6. talon95

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

What do you mean? We're all trying to get rid of the Bixby button. Yes. I miss the front side FP sensor, but not the button itself.

9. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

No we ALL are not trying to get rid of the bixby button, speak for your self, not everyone.

34. talon95

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Can you remind me what Samsung's privacy policy is regarding all of the data sent to their servers? Do they sell it directly to Russia or does it go to China first? "we're all" refers to all the people I know with a Samsung device, I must not know you. I have yet to meet anyone who wants or uses it.

7. middlehead

Posts: 466; Member since: May 12, 2014

Capacitive buttons are 60% of the reason I'm still using an S7.

8. libra89

Posts: 2313; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

What's the other 40%?

14. shnibz

Posts: 517; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

Good question lol

18. middlehead

Posts: 466; Member since: May 12, 2014

Some combination of: Not wanting curved screens (so all Samsungs lose points) Not wanting FP reader on back (so basically every manufacturer loses points) and Not needing to change. I haven't had any performance problems yet, so nothing's pushing me to 'upgrade.'

27. andynaija

Posts: 1264; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

I agree with all of your points, which is why I'm using a Note 5, if the Note 10 has a finger print sensor on the front (in glass ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ) then I'll consider upgrading.

10. libra89

Posts: 2313; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I like the aesthetic with having software buttons but it make a novice flasher like myself forget how to go into download mode.

11. Cat97

Posts: 1976; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Just use the OnePlus 6 simple but highly ergonomic gestures for a few minutes and you will never want to go back to dedicated buttons.

12. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

I just hate tapping that physical home button to an extent that I only use Assistive Touch in my iPad. Software buttons FTW.

13. shnibz

Posts: 517; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

I miss the remappable buttons from my OnePlus 3T. Could even make a long press do various things. The Physical power button was garbage as it kept failing and having to be sent in and repaired but those 2 keys were glorious.

15. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Took some getting used to but I the on screen joints. Would be nice if they made a capacitive gesture area where the bottom bezel is.

16. Chrusti

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

It would be amazing if Samsung and Co could implement something like an haptic engine. That would mean that we could get the haptic sensation of pressing a real button by tapping the display!

17. monoke

Posts: 1197; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

I'm coming from the Nokia N9 days so I'm happy gestures and swipe are the future. Button paradigm whether on screen or hardware is ancient once u learn gestures.

21. drunkenjay

Posts: 1700; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

the buttons dun feel so good.

26. monoke

Posts: 1197; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

If I had my wish, I would dust away the buttons in a snap! ;)

19. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1584; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Between the curved edges and rear finger print scanner Samsung phones have become more difficult to unlock when laying on a flat surface. Physical home button with FPS was perfect for unlocking the phone on my desk without picking it up. So yes, I miss them.

22. drunkenjay

Posts: 1700; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

as long as the s10 has the on screen fingerprint sensor, it will be fine imo.

25. hallihallo.87

Posts: 54; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Set it to safe inviroment. Use the 3d button, when you are home. Simple as that ;)

23. Telemike

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

Always liked software nav bars, but now I'm using the front fingerprint reader and gestures on my Honor View 10. Long press sensor for home, tap for back, swipe left for recent apps. Motorola does the same on G5

24. Jrod99

Posts: 778; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Got rid of one. Added another.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31596; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Software all the way.

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