Poll results: Would you like it if the back button were on the side of the phone?

Poll results: Would you like it if the back button were on the side of the phone?
The back button - physical, capacitive or virtual - is one of the most used keys on your phone. It is getting more work than perhaps the lock/power key, the volume rocker and the home keys combined, yet manufacturers keep tucking it underneath the display, or at the bottom of the screen if it is virtual.

With today's big-screen phones, it is becoming increasingly a chore to always have to stretch your thumb all the way up or down to hit the back key.

Given that manufacturers have begun placing even fingerprint scanners on the side of phones, we asked you if you would consider placing a back key on the side as an addition to any on-screen keys a viable solution to our ergonomics woes, too. Well, most of you are pleased with the back key where it is right now, and the suggestions ranged from "what if I'm left-handed" to concrete offerings like "volume, back on left side, home, power on right." 

Would you like it if the back button were on the side of the phone?

Yes, it would be more convenient to press
31.59%
No, I'm fine with the current positions
68.41%

FEATURED VIDEO

16 Comments

1. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Virtual back button is my favourite!

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

PIE Controls is mine Gestures are also pretty cool

12. bambamboogy02

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Bring back the BlackBerry side scroll wheel!

3. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

yeah, that's Sammy's S and Note series!

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31061; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Fine on the lower right for my Note, and the gesture on my iPhone. The side key thing, would be kinda odd.

5. tokuzumi

Posts: 1903; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

On screen buttons are my preferred method of navigation input. PIE control is also great on my Nexus 6, as I can swipe down the notification shade one handed via a PIE "slice". Very useful.

13. TSMan2

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 20, 2015

I hate onscreen buttons. Inconsistent experience and waist of display. Still don't have a clue , why some freaks like it??? Please explain!

6. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

I prefer physical buttons on the front because on screen buttons just waste valuable screen real estate.

7. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Untrue... When it really becomes valuable they hide

10. bambamboogy02

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

But always having a back button visible and useable, will always trump hide away on screen buttons. Why tap an extra time to get buttons to show up, during a full screen video, to go back to gallery, when you can hit the didicated back button.

11. bambamboogy02

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Dedicated*

14. TSMan2

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 20, 2015

So? What is the better in onscreen buttons? Dedicated means consistency. Right?

8. monoke

Posts: 1162; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Swipe from edge for back is best and intuitive. Heck make the whole ui gesture based like the n9. That would be my dream.

15. TSMan2

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 20, 2015

Swipe from edge could be used for other , more important task , though. Back button needs consistency , not to depend on developers.

9. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Soft key back button on Samsung phones ftw.

16. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

theres only one answer to that and thats..HELL NO.. THE BUTTONS ARE GOOD WHERE THEY ARE STOP THESE SILLY POSTS PA

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.