That one button better be built well!

Discussion in 'iPad' started by doug in albq, Feb 27, 2010.

  1. doug in albq Suspended

    doug in albq

    Oct 12, 2007
    Because it is sure is going to get much use.

    iPad GUI should come up with a way to enter and exit apps by using the touch screen, and not have to hit that single mechanical button so often.
  2. sheaitisnotso macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2005
    Relax. I've had the 2G iPhone for over 2.5 years and my home button still works no problem.
  3. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    Well you'd use it less than the spacebar on a laptop wouldn't you? Your laptop would be almost as useless if the spacebar didn't work:( So I think the home button will be fine:D
  4. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
  5. sassenach74 macrumors 65816


    May 3, 2008
    Hampshire, England
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    In all fairness I had my home button fail on my first iPhone, which Apple replaced. But I think this more of an exception than the rule, I can't see there being any more issues with it than there are the iPhone.
  6. bossxii macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2008
    Kansas City
  7. dave1812dave macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2009
    You make a valid point. Mechanical portions of products that are mostly electronic, tend to be the weak link. As just one example, I have a very expensive stereo amplifier (made by Mark Levinson) and the only item to fail on it has been the power switch (a $130 switch!). The electronics have been humming along quite nicely since 1985. The switch gave up the ghost about 15 years "YES", I would be concerned about mechanical components.

    I've had other devices that the only defects has been in the moving-parts components, rather than defects in electronics.
  8. bossxii macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2008
    Kansas City
    If the one button on the iPhone needs to be a concern, surely form the 75 million iPT and iPhone users their are numerous threads about button failures and repairs yes?

    If someone still own's their iPad in 15 years and the button finally gives out. It will be a story like a car that went 1 million miles with no issues. They will write a story about it and people will be WOW that's an awesome piece of hardware.
  9. admanimal macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2005
    Wouldn't it make more sense to say the touch screen better be built well? That's what people are going to be rubbing their dirty paws on 99% of the time.
  10. EssentialParado macrumors 65816

    Feb 17, 2005
    The only problem I have with the idea of some kind of global gesture, or swipe, or anything else to return to the home screen is the potential to accidentally activate it during a game.
  11. Jay Marcase macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2010
    Well if the home button stops working you're not going to be able to exit any of the apps which is why this is a valid concern.
  12. doug in albq thread starter Suspended

    doug in albq

    Oct 12, 2007

    my wife and I both have an iPod Touch—about a year each.

    She uses her iPod Touch more than I use mine.

    Her Home Button has much less resistance than mine, like the clicking mechanism is weakening from use.

    I'd call this a valid issue, as pointed out above, that home button is quite necessary for any sort of use on the device—unless Apple adds an additional way to enter and exit apps with the touchscreen.
  13. johnmoorejohn macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2010
    My mom's iPhone button felt weird to me. It was sort of mushy, didn't quite click. Until she cracked her screen and got a new iPhone.

    Also, if you try out old classic white macbooks, there are all levels of weirdness with the mouse buttons. The OP has a valid concern.
  14. mmomega macrumors demi-god


    Dec 30, 2009
    DFW, TX
    My only concern is that ATT service actually works worth a crap with it.
    Button fails for whatever reason Apple will fix it.
    3g connection dropping every 15 minutes , call ATT and complain and they won't fix anything.. its your fault. Your expectations of working service was too high, even tho 12 months of ATT's ipad plan is damn near the same price of the device itself.
  15. siurpeeman macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2006
    the OC
    mushy is one thing, actually working is another. i've felt plenty of home buttons that didn't quite click as well as others, but they've all worked perfectly fine.
  16. mackmgg macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2007
    And if the touch screen stops working its any better?

    Also, my friend's home button broke a little while ago on his iPhone 2G after 2 years of usage. Until apple replaced it, he just powered off his phone and turned it back on to quit apps.
  17. johndango macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2010
    Redmond, Wa
    Seems like there should be some gesture they could create to serve the same purpose.
  18. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Don't be such an alarmist, the iPhone home buttons have held up just fine.
  19. bozzykid macrumors 68020

    Aug 11, 2009
    The way you use it will be different. With the iPhone, you can hit the button with your thumb while you are holding it with the same hand. With the iPad, hitting this button will not be so easy. While I'm sure the quality will be fine, it is a valid point about not having a gesture to close apps.
  20. doug in albq, Jan 12, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2011

    doug in albq thread starter Suspended

    doug in albq

    Oct 12, 2007
    Bump for iOS 4.3 and new gestures for using the "home" button less...told ya!:)
  21. 7thMac macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2010
    Yep, according to various blogs, a five finger gesture will switch between apps.
  22. tekchic macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2010
    Phoenix, AZ

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