HTC U11's Edge Sense squeeze feature: useful or gimmick?

Today, HTC announced its 2017 flagship – the HTC U11. With a marketing campaign spearheaded by the slogan “Squeeze for the brilliant”, we had to wonder “What is this all about?”.

Turns out the U11 can sense when the user squeezes its metal frame and launch a pre-set app when that happens. There are two gestures – a quick squeeze or a squeeze hold. As for what gets launched – that’s up to the user. Additionally, the camera’s shutter can be activated with a squeeze, instead of pecking for the virtual shutter key. The feature is called Edge Sense.

But is this an actually useful feature, or just a gimmick, which would be forgotten as soon as the user sets their phone up for the first time? Well… what do you think?

HTC Edge Sense: useful or gimmick?

Absolute gimmick
28.11%
I wouldn't knock it till I try it
42.02%
Useful!
29.87%

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  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(24.5h 3G talk time)

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26 Comments

1. 314NTMD

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

it sounds like two(long&short squeeze) adjustable&remappable Bixby buttons to me personally it's useful enough!!

2. androiduser

Posts: 510; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

Lol it's the most gimmicky thing in existence in my opinion

3. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Can you unlock the phone like that?

20. arsaliqbal

Posts: 5; Member since: May 16, 2017

yes it can

4. androiduser

Posts: 510; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

Lol it's the most gimmicky thing in existence in my opinion

26. LumiaLover

Posts: 237; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

you need to repeat that, as we didn't get it the first two times!!

5. androiduser

Posts: 510; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

Lol it's the most gimmicky thing in existence in my opinion. yeah it's that bad but even worse how they keep advertising it as if it's such a great thing

6. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

It sounds like an alternative to Blackberry's keyboard shortcuts, which is really handy. Just without any permanent physical keyboard, which I much prefer. But still not enough to be a worthy upgrade to my OnePlus One, not without an active digitizer pen.

7. aegislash

Posts: 1492; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

I chose the second option, mainly because I'm waiting to see how HTC will make use of this feature, as well as third party developers. If done correctly, it could prove to be a truly innovative movement in the world of tech.

8. willard12 unregistered

There are 5 Phonearena rules to determine if something is a gimmick: 1. If Apple does it, it's not a gimmick. 2. If Apple doesn't do it, then it is a gimmick 3. If Apple does it after someone else, Apple waited for the technology to mature. But, it is no longer a gimmick. 4. If an app can do it, then it is a gimmick, unless it is an Apple feature (see portrait mode done by 10000 apps, Nuance, etc) 5. If there is no denying that the innovation is useful and Apple doesn't do it, then it's not a gimmick. But Steve Jobs was already thinking about 30 years ago, or there were rumors Apple would do it. 5A. If Tim Cook or Steve Jobs said something was useless, but Apple does it anyway, then screw it, rule 5 is superceded by rule 3 (see stylus and keyboard covers, and refrigerator-microwaves)

9. bucknassty

Posts: 1335; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

THANK YOU WILLARD12... this propaganda is just ridiculous on this site

21. killer7D

Posts: 550; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Thank you so much you really hit it !!!!

10. sissy246

Posts: 7109; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

To me it all depends on what you can do with it.

11. zeus4466

Posts: 21; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

I've been using a testing unit for a month now, and I couldn't go back to my previous device because of edge. I'm using the long press for voice recording, I love music and I'm always in meetings, and the edge option is wonderful, I can squeeze the phone when it's locked to start recording, people around doesn't notice it even, and don't get bothered with the phone light when in concert and the light is low... Simply amazing. The short squeeze for the camera is really helpful, I switch between it and Google now... You should try it to understand how helpful it is, it becomes part of the experience. On a side note: the gaming on this phone is the best I hope reviewers notice this. The camera is simply the best I've tried on any phone, and destroys all others in low light.

14. Phonehex

Posts: 762; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Zeus4466 , I've used it as well for a bit , but found it garbage except for opening camera.

18. zeus4466

Posts: 21; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

An option becomes a gimmick when you stop using it after a while, and you use it just to show it to friends. The camera option wasn't my thing, the audio recording was an excellent alternative for me, and I can't let go of it. Everyone of us might require sth and the edge sense just give us this option to access what we need immediately. I hope HTC opens it for developers and you can see how helpful it will be.

12. Stappy3

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

It could be useful. Think about it, instead of adding a dedicated button to the device.. the whole freaking phone can be one! Just wondering how it will react to being in a tight pocket.

13. mobiledigger

Posts: 110; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

It might be usefull but you have to want to use it to start using it everyday like Apple's 3D Touch or Edge UX

15. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 597; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Seems like something that will fail after a fall and how about cases? My case for one is a clear bendable plastic but the sides are extremely stiff sooo.

16. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

Being able to turn on the flash in the freezing cold in the dark sounds quite useful.

17. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

I don't think I will use it. Looked pretty awkward during the presentation especially during the voice parts. I use a case too so not sure if you can jack up the sensitivity enough to use it with a case.

19. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Uh... Guys? You might want to check this out? https://www.dxomark.com/Mobiles/HTC-U11-Mobile-review-The-new-DxOMark-leader 9.0 rating. Now I want to see reviewers for this camera.

22. killer7D

Posts: 550; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

I had the S7 Edge and i never recall that i used the Edge UX once in my life !! Actually those Edges are irritating but since its made by Samsung, it is not a gimmick :D Give me a break .. This feature could be useful. Lets try and see how useful it is ..

23. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

It's not a gimmick because the edge was just for ergonomics, immersiveness, and style. It was never marketed as a game changing way to interact with your apps like this is being marketed.

24. srgonu

Posts: 547; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Its not a great idea to take photos at least. When you squeeze a phone even lightly phone moves from its intended position unless the pressure from both sides of the phone is same and also applied at same time.. ouch

25. HildyJ

Posts: 338; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

With my Nexus 5x I never use the power button. With a short press to mute and long press to increase volume I wouldn't need the volume rocker. A future phone could eliminate those buttons entirely (although you'd need a pinhole reset).

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