Home Button on Left or Right?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ArtOfWarfare, Feb 24, 2010.


Which side do you prefer your Home Button on?

  1. Right

    52 vote(s)
  2. Left

    11 vote(s)
  1. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    Do you prefer the Home Button being orientated on the Left or on the Right when using your iPhone / iPod Touch in Landscape?

    I'm asking because I was reading the Apple's iPhone HIG (Human Interface Guidelines) and I noticed it said:

    while I vastly prefer using my iPhone with the Home Button on the Left when using it in Landscape.


    Well, I frequently play games on my iPhone with the headphones plugged in. If I have it orientated with the Home Button on the Right, as Apple suggests, the headphones are wedged into an uncomfortable space between my left pointer and thumb. If I have it orientated on the Left, as I prefer, the headphone jack is near the top of the device giving my thumb and pointer plenty of comfortable flexing space.

    And on a barely related note,

    do people appreciate it when they're able to use an application in an upside down orientation? I understand why Apple doesn't encourage this one, but I personally like applications that can be used regardless of whether it's Landscape Left or Right or Portrait Up or Down.
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Neither. The middle is perfect for use in my left or right hand.
  3. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
  4. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    I prefer to the left as I don't like the headphone socket on the left as you have mentioned. And it does bug me that iTunes defaults so the home button is on the right.
  5. greygray macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2009
    I love such random threads.

    Well, I use it more of the right.
  6. rekhyt macrumors 65816

    Jun 20, 2008
    Part of the old MR guard.
    And the charger too.
  7. Shenaniganz08 macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2010
    i was about to say who cares

    but for video games, I tend to keep the home button on the right side when i use headphones ( much less annoying on the left side for some reason)

    so i chose right
  8. applemike macrumors 6502


    Aug 6, 2008
    I've always held it so that the home button is on the right. On my iPod touch the headphone jack is slightly abouvh where i hold the iPod, so its comfortable, and i can rest the headphone jack ontop of my thumb if needs be.

  9. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    On some games I hate the home button on the right. Has nothing to do with the home button, it's just sometimes I hit the volume button by mistake with my left thumb when playing games like HR battle. And also it's so easy for your right hand to cover the speaker when playing games or watching vids. So I favor the home button on the left so I can hold the iPhone comfortable without pressing or blocking anything.
  10. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    I would have voted but 'I don't give a ****' wasn't an option.
  11. UngratefulNinja macrumors 68000


    May 9, 2009
    I always do it with the home button on the right, but I'm not sure why. maybe because I'm right handed?
  12. Stang07 macrumors member


    Sep 18, 2007
    home button on right

    Good and thoughtful question :rolleyes:. May be because of the fact that I use a L-Shaped earphhone plugging in to my phone I am not so distracted by it and confortable with home button on the right.
  13. Dan73 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 30, 2009
    Home button on left, for what you said plus the volume buttons left = lower and right = higher which makes sense unlike the other way around
  14. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
  15. ArtOfWarfare thread starter macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    I just found this other quote from the Apple iPhone HIG (Human Interface Guide) which clarifies an application should only start with the home button on the right in cases where the device is in a portrait orientation.

    Something I neglected to consider when I set up the poll was what device people are using. Some factors that might change...

    - The iPod Touch has the headphone jack at the bottom rather than the top, which would likely change my preference to have the home button be at the right.
    - Newer devices have volume controlls added on the left.
  16. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC

    The ONLY thing that does is allow you to accidentally enter that mode and then you try and hit the home button and realize you're just pushing on the speaker.

    In other words, it's a feature that adds an annoyance but gives zero benefit.

    It should be killed and any apps that offer it should be rejected by Apple until they fix it.
  17. luckyblue macrumors regular


    Jan 7, 2010
    I'm right handed and I prefer having it on the right. I'm not sure exactly why, but for some reason it annoys me when games have it on the left.

    It may have something to do with the fact that I feel more comfortable with my right thumb being in control by being by the home button. Also, if I'm holding the phone with my right hand and then I start a game it's more natural to keep the control of the phone in my right hand and just grab the top with my left hand.

    Just my two cents.
  18. Shenaniganz08 macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2010
    your comment just proved a few things

    a) very user dependent
    b) very application dependent

    SO OP, if you are asking this for curiosity there is your answer
    and OP if you are asking this because its for an application

  19. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    Not sure what you mean, explain please.
  20. ajohnson253 macrumors 68000


    Jun 16, 2008
    Radom threads, what would a forum be without them?

    But I really don't pay attention to which side my home button is on it really doesn't make a difference. I usually don't use landscape mode though because holding it normal feels more comfortable to me.
  21. pauliphone macrumors regular

    Nov 27, 2008
    London, UK
    with the home button on the right if I am watching a video I feel like the volume buttons are wrong, as you push towards the right for up but on the screen it shows the increments going to the left for up.
  22. mackmgg macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2007
    When I have headphones in, I prefer them on the top away from my hands. Otherwise, I keep in the default orientation. I think apple thinking a majority of the users are right handed
  23. Shenaniganz08 macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2010
    It's pretty self explanatory but if you want

    basically the "nitpicks" you have with the speaker and volume buttons are user and game dependant

    for me I find that the games that have the home button on the left, I tend to accidentally press the volume buttons/cover the speaker

    for some games I find that i hold the iPhone in a certain way, but for other games its a completely different way

    /end thread
  24. Eso macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2008
    I think you are forgetting about the magic!

    "There isn't even a single orientation; there's no up, there's no down, there's no right way of holding it"

    "If you want to share with a friend, you can just... flip over the iPhone, and the iPhone automatically flips the photo to the correct orientation"
  25. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009

    True, but user and game dependent applies to every device.

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