Still the DAMNED hardware home button???

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Sensamic, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. Sensamic macrumors 68030

    Mar 26, 2010
    Dont tell me people like a hardware home button after used either a capacitive button or on screen home button (like the nexus).

    My iphone 4 home button broke after only one year. Thats what happens with hardware buttons: they eventually break. ALWAYS.

    On the other hand, capacitive buttons are way better. The last longer, are more responsive and faster and nicer to touch. No need to press down the home button.

    Will Apple ever implement this??? I hope on the next iphone, but...
  2. Zwhaler macrumors 604


    Jun 10, 2006
    My iPhone 4 button works about 25% of the time or so when pushing down normally. Granted that's after 2 years of ownership and a couple drops. Hopefully they reinforced the one for the iPhone 5 so it doesn't keep happening!
  3. DeaconGraves macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Eh. While I've never used capacitive buttons on a smartphone, I think they are a disaster on other devices (Xbox, PS3, etc.)

    So I'm very happy that they kept the home button. But to each his own.
  4. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    Yes, it would be crazy if people had different opinions than yours.
  5. BmoreDrumGuy macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2010
    Baltimore, MD
    Hated the capacitive buttons on the S3. Hardware button is still fine for me.
  6. groupersandwich macrumors 6502

    Sep 29, 2011
    Tallahassee, FL
    I've used both...I prefer the physical button. Bravo Apple for keeping it!:D
  7. Zedsdead185 macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2006
    i prefer the responsive click from a mechanical button. Plus, i don't know what you were doing to your button to break it, but the button on my 3GS is still holding pretty strong...
  8. Cod3rror macrumors 68000


    Apr 18, 2010
    Apple should give Zephyr a try, seriously, if you haven't you should too.

    There is no need for the Home button.
  9. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
    Had capacitive buttons on all my android phones except one.

    I prefer the hardware home button.
  10. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    Hardware button is here to stay.

    BTW, wouldn't that make it the opposite of damned?
  11. Sensamic thread starter macrumors 68030

    Mar 26, 2010

    Maybe they should have included it in iOS 6. I hope with the bigger screen now they can add gestures in iOS 7 or iOS 6.1.
  12. george-brooks macrumors 6502a


    Oct 31, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    Never had a broken home button, like that you have to physically press it, less accidental inputs. Lets not forget, Steve made very certain that the original iPhone had as few buttons as possible, and that remains to this day. He didn't even want a home button, maybe that is the best option, 3 finger swipe like the 7th gen iPod Nano
  13. DaGrandMastah macrumors 6502a

    Mar 19, 2011
    This one I can't agree with. I do not want a touch button....I like the physical feel and can see a touch sensor one causing all sorts of havoc with inadvertante touches. I would hate that idea...and my button has had issues with unresponsiveness.....I'll gladly take that over inadvertent touches that would plague a device with no physical button.
  14. Surrylic macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2010
    This. 100% I have an android phone right now and really dislike the touch sensitive buttons. A single physical button is way better IMO, and that's what hope apple always sticks with.
  15. 0dev macrumors 68040


    Dec 22, 2009
    The home button in the iPhone 4 was an anomaly, the home buttons in all other iPhones still work fine.
  16. D.T. macrumors G3


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
    Love the hardware home button.

    It has a nice positive tactile response, it's easy to locate by touch, it has a simple, +consistent+ implementation across the OS and apps.

    I thought the capitative buttons on my Galaxy S and Atrix were awful.
  17. luked14 macrumors 6502

    Aug 1, 2010
    Galaxy Nexus software buttons are the best approach I've seen so far.

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