Leak shows HTC M8's on screen navigation buttons
posted by Alan F. / Feb 02, 2014, 5:40 PM
It seems to be a personal preference. Some like the on-screen buttons, while others would rather have the capacitive keys. The advantage in using on-screen buttons for larger-screened devices is that it can reduce the actual size of the handset. And on-screen buttons also might lead to fewer accidental touches of the navigation keys.
A published report on Sunday revealed an image of the alleged HTC M8 online along with the capacitive buttons used for the HTC One and HTC One X. You can see that if the image is legit, HTC will be returning to a three button layout for the HTC One 2, even if it is on the screen. Last year, HTC's navigation panel featured just the home and back buttons.
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FINALLY Now it's just up to Samsuck to start giving their crap on-screen buttons.
posted on Feb 02, 2014, 5:53 PM 4
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And yet the best 2 selling phones in the last 6 years have had physical buttons! I guess Samsung's success is pain in the ass for you, if so, I am afraid you ll end up with hemorrhoid!
posted on Feb 02, 2014, 6:08 PM 19
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My last 2 devices was the Note 3 and Note 2 but before that it was the Verizon Nexus. I personally prefer on screen buttons because there's so much flexibility. You could change the colors, number of buttons, activate/deactivate from the power menu and assign shortcuts for any app. You could even use pie control which is reliable and even more customizable. Now I can easily flip a software switch on my Note 3 to activate the on screen buttons but it's redundant. But I expect the Note 4 to launch with on screen buttons because of the screen increase.
posted on Feb 02, 2014, 7:30 PM 3
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Exactly... While playing temple run in my N4, most of the times when i try to jump I open up Google now by swiping up the home key... and I am dead (in the game).. And before the 4.4.2 update and after the 4.4 update, my power button started to mess up... having another key to open the screen is pretty good IMO...
posted on Feb 02, 2014, 8:46 PM 2
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I've never mistakenly hit the on screen keys on my Nexus 4 or Nexus 5. Secondly, if you're prone to hitting the on screen keys wouldn't you also hit capacitive buttons? Third, a home button can have the same problem you're having with your power button now. If you lose the home button you'll have no way to get back to your home screen.
posted on Feb 02, 2014, 9:06 PM 1
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I will take on screen buttons any day. That's what the one needed. The speakers were great on it but that combined with the capacitive buttons meant the screen could only be 4.7 inches while similar size phones like the S4 rocked a 5 incher. This could be the best phone ever. I am betting I'll choose this over the Galaxy S5. We'll see which one comes out first.
posted on Feb 02, 2014, 5:54 PM 3
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I only agree with on screen buttons when they actually allow for more screen real-state... Otherwise I rather have capacitive
posted on Feb 02, 2014, 6:21 PM 2
I think three physical buttons is so much better than capacitive or on screen buttons, because it can prevent accidental presses. And on screen buttons is much better than capcitive just because its more flexible and costumizeable.
posted on Feb 02, 2014, 8:12 PM 0
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For some reason I remember everybody preferring physical buttons over on screen buttons six months ago, now it seems like the other way around for the most part.
posted on Feb 02, 2014, 6:23 PM 0
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Curious about that back button... It isn't supposed to look like that. An arrowed one like the previous flagships would've made sense.
posted on Feb 02, 2014, 10:35 PM 0
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I absolutely hate onscreen buttons. I love my Note 3, but if Samsung decides to go with onscreen buttons then i'll just buy another fone that offers capacitive/physical buttons. Thats just my personal preference.
posted on Feb 02, 2014, 10:57 PM 0
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