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

Results: HTC U11's Edge Sense squeeze feature - useful or gimmick?
So, HTC finally 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? We thought we'd ask you what your opinion on the matter is. Here's how the votes tallied up!

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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13 Comments

1. libra89

Posts: 2282; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I believe this is one of those things that is worth a try.

12. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I think it's the same as any other means of getting access to an application through a reroutable/programable form. It's useful only if you can set it to your preferences.

2. maherk

Posts: 6889; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I have 2 questions regarding this feature, will it work with a case? And how much should a case be loose for it to not affect it?

3. Lois13

Posts: 61; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

I don't see why it won't work with a case since it's pressure sensitive. The device will stay sense the pressure through a case.

4. maherk

Posts: 6889; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The case would absorb the pressure if it's made of leather or rubber, that's my theory, but I might be wrong.

5. TBomb

Posts: 1505; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

If it's a plastic case then I can see there being an issue. However, if it is made of rubber or silicon or other flexible bendable material the pressure will still be felt despite being less through some displacement. I bet HTC will make a case itself that will work with the Sense Edge functionality and then incipio/otterbox/others would follow suit if they ended up making cases for the phone too

10. sissy246

Posts: 7120; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Agree I can see were a otter box defender case wouldn't work since it has the hard frame around it then the rubber​ case on that and any other case made like that.

11. maherk

Posts: 6889; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I'm not saying it won't work at all, but it'll affect it, especially with the amount of pressure you'll need to put.

8. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

They did say it will work with a case...I'm sure there's a big burly one that might hinder the performance, but there is a calibration tool to adjust that may alleviate an issue.

6. Lenny86

Posts: 301; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

HTC try to sell the phone with this "U" seless feature. Probably that is why the phone is not bezel free, they had to place these sensors by the screen.Really can't see this pressure option really is needed next to screen but rather under would have been greater.

7. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

At first I was like, total gimmick! But after some thought I think would be quite a convenient feature, especially for the camera. I just hope they've ironed out all of the potential accidental squeeze issues.

9. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Haven't tried it yet but just from the demos/videos it's easy to see that it'll work very fluidly with gloves on or one-handed. Call it what you want but ease and convenience is welcome especially when it's not hindering anything.

13. BoiledCabbage

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 29, 2016

Useful if they add operational gestures like scrolling through pages

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