Small absurdities: why is there no 'Pause' button for video recording on the iPhone and stock Android?

We often talk about the big picture: iOS on the whole as a platform, the state of Android versus Apple's ecosystem, camera quality in general, and so on. And by now most of you already know the main difference between the platforms, but you inevitably stumble in the small absurdities, the tiny features that either feel like a blessing or can ruin your experience.

Today, my gripe is about one such seemingly tiny omission in a lot of phones including iPhones and Google Nexus devices: why the heck is there no 'Pause' button for videos?

Sure, not everyone needs to pause their videos, nor does everyone records videos every day, but for those who do, a 'Pause' button is a huge time-saver.

We took our time to check which phone brands come with a camera app that has a 'Pause' button for video, and here's what we found:

  • Samsung
  • LG
  • Motorola
  • HTC
  • Meizu
  • Xiaomi
And right below are the phone brands with a camera app that does NOT have a 'Pause' button for video:

  • Apple iPhones
  • Google Nexus
  • OnePlus
  • BlackBerry
  • Windows Phones

Given that a 'Pause' button does not overcomplicate the camera experience and is extremely easy to implement, it only makes sense for Apple, Google and the rest to implement in their camera apps. And especially Apple, given that storage-hungry 4K video and that scarce 16GB base iPhone 6s model.



33. BabaDude

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

There is no Pause because there is no 'buffer'

21. HonestRealist

Posts: 196; Member since: Jan 25, 2016


12. Baracus

Posts: 223; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

Probably another Apple tactic forcing people to buy another iPhone with more memory, because without pause you're forced to continuously record on your limited 16gb which soon enough eats up all your memory, and of course you can't record directly to the cloud so have no option but buy a whole new iPhone.

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I agree. But its worse. The fact they included 4K recording and didnt increase the storage is an issue. With roughly 12GB avail, that is larger enough for maybe 5 4K videos at the most. Yet not one fan bashed Apple for it. Samsung's first 4K phone? Had 32GB of storage...the Note 3. After that all their top phones the S and Note come 32GB.

27. AlikMalix unregistered

Both of you are incredibly biased on your posts. Please research how much memory 4K video actually takes. Isn't Samsung limits you the length of a 4 k video? I agree 16 gigs isn't much - and those planning on shooting 4K consistently should probably shell out for a 128 gig since 32 gig is barely enough as well. And how the hell are people "forced" to continuously record? Really?

32. Baracus

Posts: 223; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

4K video takes 350-400MB per minute, which means close to 2gb for a single 5 minute video. So that's what, 35 minutes total you'd get on a 16gb iPhone.

34. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

They also make a 64 and 128 gig. That's only 70 minutes on a 32 gig, if nothing else is using storage. You made a dumb point.

9. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Don't worry, Apple will "invent" a pause button on iOS 11 and every other OEMs will copy it.

8. vuyonc

Posts: 1094; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Plebilicious :P Just one of the reasons I could never warm up to stock Android or iOS. Just too plain.

4. catt4u

Posts: 145; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

And than there are still people saying TouchWiz is not as good as other skins... Samsung is the only OEM who gives you the option to pause your recording :-) Imo Samsung has the best camera and interface of all Android OEM's.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

My old Nokia e71 did it too, not sure if Nokia still does it.

16. Zylam

Posts: 1826; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Are you high? LG Motorola HTC Meizu Xiaomi All have pause, it's in the article.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Your post was stupid as hell, you friggin idiot. Re read my post, I didn't say what doesn't do it, I clearly said my old Nokia did it. Your response was totally off base...dumb ass.

6. vuyonc

Posts: 1094; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

And Sony ahem

7. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

"Samsung is the only OEM who gives you the option to pause your recording" lets hope you are joking

14. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Is the day after the big game, he probably doesn't remember.

26. AlikMalix unregistered

Dude... Pause button... A pause button? Try editing several real videos at 4K that are more than 5 minutes long on your touch wiz. Besides I never realized there's no pause button while recording video - I don't think anyone really misses it. But if you must there are countless video apps that are designed for more sophisticated manual controls. But enjoy your pause button bro - I rather have silky 240fps. Geez... Scraping the bottom there dude.

31. Victor.H

Posts: 1115; Member since: May 27, 2011

It's not a major thing, that's why the title of the article is 'small absurdities'. I record videos almost every day and get annoyed everytime I need to do so with the iPhone or a Nexus because of the extra editing required to stitch them together rather than just being able to Pause and Resume recordings.

29. Brewski

Posts: 739; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

I have pause. Not Samsung, either. TouchWiz sucks. Stock UI all the way.

35. chenski

Posts: 796; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Me too, its a simple fix and I'd rather have stock than lagwiz

3. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Yet another example of why I say stock Android is almost as lame and limited as iOS. Regardless, my OnePlus One does have the pause button: Always had it since the KitKat days...

10. Victor.H

Posts: 1115; Member since: May 27, 2011

Interesting! I double-checked on the OnePlus 2 and it does not have a 'Pause' button, they seem to have removed it.

11. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Probably wasn't included in Oxygen OS, which is meh stock android with another name. I've been using Cyanogen OS that came with my OnePlus One...

28. Brewski

Posts: 739; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

You never explained why it is absurd. When I saw this headline I said "What, my phone has a pause button". I've never used it. Why would you want to pause a video mid-capture? Either stop it and start a new one or let it keep running and edit out the part you don't want.

30. Victor.H

Posts: 1115; Member since: May 27, 2011

There are many places a 'pause' button comes in handy. Imagine recording a sports event moment, they are often interrupted by breaks for all sorts of reasons. You can just pause and resume the recording, without having to spend extra time to edit the video later on. In fact, stock Android still does not have a decent 4K video editor, so it's practically impossible to merge the two videos.

13. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

My Moto X and G are as close as you can get to stock, both provide a pause button.

18. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Camera FV-5 android app can give you your pause bouton on all android device.

2. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The pause function is really handy tbh.

20. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Pause function - Meh. Personally I just hit the stop button then press record when I want to resume my recording. When done I can use one of the MANY video apps available to merge my clips. This IMO makes it easier to exercise greater control of my end product.

25. AlikMalix unregistered

Yeah, 90% of my videos do not leave my phone until it's edited and made into a sequence movie on the phone - try iMovie - I've tried about 18 movie editing apps - iMovie is the best especially if you record at 4K and want to edit the videos. Long gone are the days of dis functional home video collection that's too freaken unorganized to even enjoy.

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