With the G Pro 2, LG continues its buttons-on-the-back trend. How do you feel about that?


In general, people tend to instinctively resist change – most of us get an awkward feeling when we're forced to break a habit or change a routine. That is why it was was risky, to say the least, for LG to launch a flagship smartphone – the LG G2 – with buttons placed on the back, not on the sides. After all, there was no knowing whether potential buyer would embrace the idea, or immediately reject it regardless of the smartphone's technical capabilities.

But from the looks of it, LG has no intention of abandoning its unique button design. The LG G Pro 2 was made official yesterday, and just like the LG G2 and the LG G Flex before it, its power and volume keys are placed on the back.

Now, LG's buttons-on-the-back concept isn't disastrous by any means. In fact, it has its benefits – the lack of side buttons allows LG's engineer to make smartphones less wide (read: easier to grasp). It takes time, however, for one to get used to using these keys, as we mentioned in our long-term LG G2 review, so they aren't an ideal solution either.

How do you feel about all this, guys? Are you okay with LG's unorthodox button design? Or would LG's high-ends stand lower on your "Want It" list because of their button placement? Cast your vote below!

Buttons on the back – aye or nay?

I'm okay with my smartphone's buttons being on the back.
72.99%
Bad idea. I'll pass.
27.01%

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  • Display 5.9" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3200 mAh

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34 Comments

1. MarkArigayo

Posts: 240; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

It's a real innovation.

28. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Innovation? do the placement of buttons is called "real innovation"?... sorry bro, your innovation sucks... you can call it a really good design idea, in my view...

29. DAMONORIBELLO

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

clearly he was being sarcastic : )

33. hurrycanger

Posts: 1775; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

That's what I think, too.

2. Smokin

Posts: 120; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

In all honesty, the back button on G2 sucks. Really, the button doesnt give me a good enough feedback unlike other OEMS

27. steedsofwar unregistered

The back buttons are great! A much better implementation than the side ones. Both in terms of form and functionality. It makes the bezels thin, the front of the phone look even more minimalistic without bolts jutting out of the side for power or volume. It is easy to press, especially when on calls. Software volume buttons and Knock-On to wake display feature eliminate any problems old school guys will face.

31. hurrycanger

Posts: 1775; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Do you have the Verizon's G2? The buttons on the Verizon version suck comparing to the one on other versions of the G2.

3. X.E.R.O. unregistered

The back buttons are great and not hard to get used to. It's original & designed with a purpose. People who complain just needs something to complain about, so they do it.

8. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

It's very unconfortable ehen I put the phone on table for watching, You tube as example, and want to change the volume

12. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

If I'm not wrong, you can change the volume in the notification bar.

15. eli577

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 29, 2010

Yeah, like you are watching Youtube, when the phone is layed down on the table with no tilt at all. Anyway I think the orientation of the buttons is great, whenever I hold the phone in whatever direcetion, I always manage to push the buttons I want to.

18. socaholic

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

You can swip up or down on the left hand side of the screen, to increase or decrease the volume when the phone is in landscape mode.

4. jcdz89

Posts: 78; Member since: Mar 01, 2013

All LG fans will say hell yeah... greatest innovation in this century

11. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I'm a Sony fan and I say the back buttons are hell yea, so what's your point?

13. warren24

Posts: 19; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

Did he say anything about Sony fans?

14. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Did you read his comment and my comment properly? He said "All LG fans will say hell yeah..." to the back buttons, but that's wrong. I'm a Sony fan and I say the back buttons are hell yea too.

30. DAMONORIBELLO

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

hate to say it but warren24 has a point. jcdz89 didn't say anything about Sony fans. You see, technically by saying "All LG fans will say hell yea" it doesn't discount other fans, such as yourself, from saying "Hell yea".

5. josephnero

Posts: 789; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

no go for me.i prefer side buttons

6. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

It's hideous. Doesn't make the phone thinner either, wtf is the purpose? Design change? Didn't help the sales too. Honestly, G2 was great, if not for the back button I might buy it. But, meh, people have their preferences, so whatever.

25. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

It doesn't make the phone thinner because LG wanted to go the route of USEFUL changes. The buttons are on the back because it allowed them to narrow the bezels on the device, this is why they are fitting a screen almost the size of the OG Note in a body bearly larger than the S4.

7. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 894; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

People who complain will complain for anything & everything... For me Its no issue.. I got used to Touch Keyboard instead of Physical, I got used to bigger screen instead of small, I got used to different positions of power button on different devices. I can get used to this new unique placement as well..

19. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I also got used to a feature phone after years on smartphones, so no issue for me either

9. MAG33

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

For big phones back buttons are great...for phones with display smaller than 4.7-5" is not so great.

10. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I'm definitely okay with the back buttons, that's a new and interesting innovation. I tried the LG G2 before and to be honest, I like the back buttons.

16. jackson_kaeluen

Posts: 87; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

The back buttons is really great, just imagine this big smartphones, while you handle a calls, media, how easily you can adjust the volumes without reaching to the side buttons. Your index finger is easier to reach and control it! Its also avoid phone from slipping! GREAT INNOVATION!

17. mike2959

Posts: 697; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Had the phone for 4 months now. The buttons has pro's and cons, overall I'm split down the middle on them. Awesome device though.

20. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1177; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

I prefer buttons on the sides, even after trying the G2, so I'll pass.

21. Nabil2511

Posts: 152; Member since: Jan 27, 2014

when you hold the phone, you index finger lies right on the buttons.. great innovation from LG.. and a good trademark aswell.. cos we all know HTC One Max copied that placement with that fingerprint scanner on the back..

22. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Back buttons are great. It took me about 2 hours to get used to them. So yes!

23. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Ditto. They are placed so it's natural to adjust volume while on the phone, takes very little time to get used to. I was on the fence about getting the G2 but kept coming back to it, glad I did, the buttons aren't an issue like people make them out to be.

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