Poll results: Would you like it if the back button were on the side of the phone?
posted by Daniel P. / Oct 26, 2015, 6:08 AM
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
No, I'm fine with the current positions
Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015
Virtual back button is my favourite!
posted on Oct 26, 2015, 6:24 AM 4
Posts: 1757; 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.
posted on Oct 26, 2015, 8:06 AM 1
Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015
I prefer physical buttons on the front because on screen buttons just waste valuable screen real estate.
posted on Oct 26, 2015, 8:18 AM 1
Posts: 2944; Member since: Jun 19, 2012
Untrue... When it really becomes valuable they hide
posted on Oct 26, 2015, 9:42 AM 2
Posts: 827; 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.
posted on Oct 26, 2015, 3:24 PM 0
Posts: 1113; 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.
posted on Oct 26, 2015, 11:18 AM 0
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