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Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 waves goodbye to on-screen Android buttons: good idea or not?

0. phoneArena posted on 25 Jan 2013, 09:36

Just recently we saw more images of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 and while there is nothing that striking about the upcoming tablet at first glance…

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posted on 25 Jan 2013, 09:56 4

13. justme (Posts: 58; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)

Exactly! This device seems very much geared to portrait mode,which is odd. And it is ugly...I'm hoping it comes in black; it might look better then.

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 10:19 2

23. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)

Never was a big fan of sammys design dept., i like my tablets thick and heavy :D

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 13:10 2

52. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

It's why I hate on screen buttons because there's no way to hide them
... They take up valuable space when playing games and web browsing where you want the full screen and in some games they just come in the way.. If they were to provide a gesture ie swipe up from the bottom bezel to show and hide buttons...its possible to do with root but I want it to be a stock feature...took then I will prefer physical buttons

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 15:04

66. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)

I agree with you there, simply hiding them would solve everything, if im not mistaken a launcher allowed me to hide the status bar on my froyo tab, i see no reason why this can not be done in jb or ics...

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 09:53

11. spideyhead256 (Posts: 148; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)

no.the screen is big anyways. :|

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 09:54 6

12. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1543; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)

I like the on screen buttons, for me it's the physical ones the one that waste space, as the space they are taking could be used for a bigger screen.
Moreover, I don't really enjoy the 16:9 aspect ratio of most of the screens in Android, which is fine for video, but not so good for reading a book or browsing the web. The screen buttons both help to reduce that bad feeling and they dissapear when they are not needed (EG: when watching a film). Unlike the physical ones, that you have to keep constanly avoiding while in landscape.

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 10:00 2

15. SportDriver (Posts: 31; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)

I like more on screen buttons.Irelly do not like that middle buton becuse you need some power to press it and it may work with phones and it may even work on this 8" tablet but i can not imagine how this would work on bigger tablet (9,7" or 10,1" ).

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 10:03 2

16. appleandsonylover (Posts: 7; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)

The on screen buttons for me is better than the physical ones specially for tablets/phablets. It's easier to use on landscape mode. They should try to come up with solution similar to Huawei's Emotion UI wherein the onscreen buttons disappear when not in use so that they could use the whole screen. I saw the Emotion UI at Youtube and I really liked it.

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 10:04 10

17. mio15 (Posts: 38; Member since: 21 Mar 2011)

Simply make them optional.
Switch On / Off

-> All Happy

maybe something like autohide would be great

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 10:13 2

21. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Ubuntu is working with this concept for context menus i think and that's why they advertise -- "Content, not controls" on their site --

I am sure Samsung must be itching to copy this concept sooner than expected :)

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 11:36

39. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Amen to that

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 10:09 4

18. McJobs (Posts: 107; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)

another awful plastic design from Samsung, iPad mini looks like it's from another planet. A planet with better designers.

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 10:15 1

22. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

I am allergic to aluminum and all artificial jewelry stuff. Gold is ok for me to touch.

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 10:09 3

19. deadstroke (Posts: 113; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)

look better wizout the phyiscal buttom. it will look much better a cleaner screen

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 10:11

20. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Samsung teasing Apple by copying the idea as Apple made %screen space not wasted as USP. Someday maybe they will have all buttons on the stylus :)

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 10:23 1

24. BadAssAbe (Posts: 465; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)

I like the onscreen button setup in Honeycomb, ICS, and Jellybean 4.1
4.2 uses too much space with a bottom and top bar on 10.1 devices, looks good on 7in and under though.
Overall, I'm not a fan of on-screen buttons unless there no bottom bezel.
If there must be bezel room add hardware buttons
Even the Razr M has too much bottom bezel, waste of on-screen space and bezel

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 10:27 2

25. christianqwerty (Posts: 467; Member since: 05 May 2011)

I actually prefer actual physical buttons. I don't really like on screen or capacitive buttons..

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 10:32 1

26. N.Reynolds (Posts: 257; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)

I love the on screen buttons on my galaxy nexus. That's one thing turning me away from the new phones is still a lack of on screen buttons on the new galaxys and Droid DNA. So I strongly disagree with this article praising physical buttons.

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 10:52

30. bparkerson (unregistered)

We share identical thoughts, taste in devices, and opinions on this article!! No...I won't share my Woman!!! LOL

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 10:40 2

29. rodpe (Posts: 11; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)

i like on screen bottons in tablet and cell fones

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 11:00 1

32. shnibz (Posts: 390; Member since: 18 Sep 2011)

I never liked capacitive buttons. I much prefer on screen...even prefer physical buttons over capacitive

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 11:00 3

33. jedpatrickdatu (Posts: 169; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)

I prefer non-screen buttons to maximize screen space. Also, that tablet looks swollen. It looked better on the SIII and the Note 2. I hope it's not official.

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 11:20 3

35. Aeires (unregistered)

Samsung said they had four fake prototypes they leaked of the S3 before it launched, just to throw people off the track of knowing what it would look like. Wouldn't be surprised if this was is a fake prototype.

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 11:21

36. Feanor (Posts: 849; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

Rather stupid article. If you replace on-screen buttons with physical ones, you have to either sacrifice screen real estate in a given size of device, or add bezel on a device with a given screen size and end up with larger device. With on-screen buttons you waste space only when you need them and when you don't need them, they disappear... How is this bad???

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 13:16 1

54. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

On screen buttons are still there when web browsing or playing games etc...it only seems to disappear during video..also look at the nexus 4 and s3 they pretty much same size yet the s3 has bigger screen and physical button so your 1st point isn't necessarily true..also even though the nexus 4 is 4.7" actual usable screen is 4.5" in other than videos...

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 16:15

71. Feanor (Posts: 849; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

It's stupid to even compary dude. Physical buttons are always bigger and always fixed, so already by concept they cannot save any space. Now if LG didn't manage to reduce bezels on the Nexus 4 is their design problem, it doesn't have anything to do with their on-screen buttons. The Xperia ZL has on-screen buttons and it manages to reduce bezels admirably and thanks to them it has a 5 inch screen and smaller real estate than the GS3. This is really possible only with on-screen buttons.

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 11:25 1

37. r2d2_sw (Posts: 5; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

I think the idea of on-screen buttons is great if used the right way. By "right way" I mean the on-screen buttons should be placed were you'd normally put hardware keys, making your real estate bigger at time instead of smaller most of the time (except when watching movies). Currently, manufacturers have not been using it the right way because phones with on-screen button all have a huge lower bezel with plenty of space to fit those button. That is the problem. This problem is existent on Nexus phones and tablets as well.

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 11:28

38. IU_Lover (Posts: 35; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)

Galaxy S3 UPSIZED!

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 09:52

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posted on 30 Jan 2013, 09:53

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