Is it me or does the iPhone 4S home button seem to not click as well as the iphone 4

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  1. macrumors regular

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    Is it me or does the iPhone 4S home button seem to not click as well as the iphone 4. The iphone 4S home button doesnt feel sturdy and strong, feels kinda of flat and doesnt seem to click as well. To me it seem the iphone 4 home button was a lot sturdier and stronger. My iphone 4 click much better than the iphone 4S.

    Anyone else notice this?
     
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    AndrewR23

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    Every iPhone home button is different. Mine feels the same as my old 4.
     
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    Sir Ruben

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    Mine has a lovely new springy feel to it. I like :)
     
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    DiamondMac

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    Funny this was mentioned as I thought the same thing today.

    It seems like I have to click harder for things to pop up as fast
     
  5. macrumors newbie

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    Same thing I was noticing today. I purchased my iPhone 4S from the apple store in Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Saturday Oct 17. It does not have the "clicky" feel when you push on it. It just feels as if you are pushin on a small spring with no confirmation on contact. On the I4, the power button and the home button had the same click feeling, they are different I4S (power button still has firm click). Just trying to be clear on what I mean by click. I called the apple care today and was told that everyone perceives the work "click" different and that it was just how it is perceived (I beg to differ)! Hope this helps. I plan on going by my local AT&T store today to feel the floor models and see how they compare, I will update my finding later.
     
  6. Jordan9, Oct 17, 2011
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    Mine is a little weird. If I hit the top portion of the Home button it doesn't do anything. But if I hit it anywhere else it works fine. Not too big of a deal for me but if more of the button stops working (like I can only hit the left side) then I will take it in.
     
  7. macrumors 6502

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    Why is this always a concern when an idevice is released? As long as it actually clicks and functions like its supposed to why does it matter how it feels?
     
  8. macrumors newbie

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    Mine does not work all the time
     
  9. macrumors 6502

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    That I could understand. If it doesn't work all the time then try to get fixed/replaced. But the op says it "feels" different than the iPhone 4, not that it doesn't work properly. It just seems that every release there is some saying it "feels" different even though it works.

    Obviously in your case the different "feeling" could be a defect since you say its not working all the time.
     
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    DiamondMac

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    Is this serious?

    Why does it matter how a phone feels?

    You miss the millions of posts by people on this forum stating that a feel of a phone is one of the most important aspects for them
     
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    EmbraceTheOne

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    My 4S's home button is completely perfect.

    -Knock on wood.
     
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    I get that a phone should feel good in your hand. You don't want it to feel too heavy or awkward to hold. But to say the clickyness of the home button isn't the same as their old phone seems weird. It's kinda like a placebo effect like a new update being "snappier" when it actually isn't.

    Like I said in an earlier post, if the way the button is clicking is affecting the functionality of the phone, then there is a reason to be concerned. But to complain(not the proper word but I can't think of a better one at this time) that the click is too soft or too hard is, IMO, a weird thing to be nitpicking about.
     
  13. macrumors regular

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    Mine works better.

    iPhone 4 button sometimes wouldn't register. :mad:
     
  14. macrumors regular

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    Oh please, that's like saying that every pair of breasts functions the same and nobody cares how they feel!!

    :p
     
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    b166er

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    Mine is ok right now but I suspect it will get "mushy" in a couple months, just as it did on my 4 and my 3G.

    I don't think there is an easy way around this. That one button does more or less all the work, it's bound to get worn out over time.
     
  16. macrumors 6502a

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    I noticed the exact thing on mine. It still works fine, just isn't as "clicky" as my old 3gs.
     
  17. macrumors newbie

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    Same here. "Mushy" feel, lacks the positive clicky feedback. My GF's 4S is not like this, nor was my 3GS (which is as clicky as ever). Try as I might to get accustomed to it, it just doesn't feel right or proper, and it continues to irk me.
     
  18. rodman109110, Oct 17, 2011
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    lol, I hereby rescind all my bitching.
     
  19. macrumors 68000

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    Mine feels springy. I like it a lot better then the mushy feeling buttons on my old iPhone's
     
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    DiamondMac

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    I can only speak for me but clicking the home button and getting an immediate response is a big deal. I use my phone a lot and simply going from one place to another quickly is necessary. It may sound small or weird but it is a big deal to me.
     
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    I sure hope Apple changes the home button to a capacitive one on the IP5. Had my IP4 replaced twicw for a non-responsive home button. So much dirt/dust collects under it.
     
  22. macrumors 6502

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    My wife and I both got the iPhone 4S, hers white and mine black. Hers easily gives a nice click feedback while mine feels soft/mushy/squishy to the point that I'm not always confident I actually clicked it. This gets worse when needing to double-click. The button still works, but it's definitely not as nice to use as my wife's. I try to ignore it, but I catch myself thinking about its lack of response pretty much every time.
     
  23. macrumors regular

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    Every time i click on another person's iPhone home button, it feels "different".

    I think it's like a voice, there's a variance between individuals.

    Anyway, my 4S has a better feel than my 4. It's softer yet sturdier. I have no idea if it's an intentional change made by Apple, or if it's coincidence.

    Thing is, the power button and ringer switch also feel more positive.

    Back to the home button; my previous phone was too firm. It was firm enough that you wouldn't know if your finger was in the exact center or halfway between center and edge. And amazingly, i've felt other phones that were even harder (and in one case, the button failed very frequently).

    If this new button means that it's easier while sturdier and also more durable, then it's win win win.
     
  24. macrumors 65816

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    Mine is significantly better. Not only does it feel more sure and solid, but it also registers every click exactly. Every click registers...every double click registers. Unfortunately, my 4, from the time I got it, had the 'schizophrenic button syndrome' where sometimes a click wouldn't register, sometimes a single click would appear as a double click and sometimes a double click would act as a single click. Annoying.
     
  25. macrumors newbie

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    I am having the same issue and am so glad I found this thread..(I was starting to think I got the 1/1000 lemon) See, this is my first ever iPhone but I used to play with my friends I4 which had a very responsive "clicky" home button. My 4S though feels very mushy. Now don't get me wrong, it registers but like someone previously said, it just irks me every single time i click it that unless I hit it directly in the center, it doesn't give me that 'clicky' responsive sound.

    Now here's the weird thing, I took it to the apple store and they gave me a brand new model but sure enough, same exact thing..slightly mushy home button. I don't know if it's a white version thing or not but I'm about to go get another new one but in black. Sorry if I sound lame but for a phone I'm going to stick with for 2 years, I want everything to be perfect. A $500+ device shouldn't be "mushy" whatsoever.
     

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