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[Poll Results!] Why I’m happy Samsung ditched physical navigation keys on the Galaxy S8

Is the physical Home button on your Galaxy-branded smartphone a little loose?
  • No 34%, 1053 votes
    1053 votes 34%
    1053 votes - 34% of all votes
  • No 34%, 1053 votes
    1053 votes 34%
    1053 votes - 34% of all votes
  • Yes 16%, 488 votes
    488 votes 16%
    488 votes - 16% of all votes
  • Yes 16%, 488 votes
    488 votes 16%
    488 votes - 16% of all votes
Total Votes: 3082
18 July 2017 - 25 July 2017
Voting is closed

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of months, I’m sure you’re aware that Samsung opted for a set of on-screen navigation keys for the Galaxy S8 — and I’m especially pleased with its decision, because I was never really a fan of the physical Home button arrangement on its former flagships.

As I’ve said in the past, the Galaxy S6 edge+ is my favorite smartphone Samsung’s released to date, so much so that I decided against picking up the Galaxy S7 to continue using it. One thing I noticed after owning the handset for a year, however, was that the Home button had become loose.

After inspecting a couple of Galaxy-branded devices I’d previously used as my daily driver, including the Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S5, I came to the conclusion that it wasn’t only a problem with my particular unit; physical keys losing their tightness is actually a common fault with Samsung’s smartphones.

You may think that I’m being petty, because let’s face it, most buttons have some play in them. But when I’m spending in the region of $600 to $800 on a smartphone, I expect the buttons to feel sturdy after at least a year of use. There’s no reason for them to wobble when they’re pressed.

That’s why when I found out that Samsung had decided to use software navigation buttons on the Galaxy S8, I was over the moon. That wasn’t the only reason, though. I knew you’d be able to change the order of the keys, and having the option to hard-press the Home button to wake the device was the icing on the cake.

Galaxy S8 Tip: How to change the order of the on-screen buttons

Now you’ve heard from me, I’d like to hear from you. Is the physical Home button on your Galaxy-branded smartphone a little loose? Are you happy with the software buttons on the Galaxy S8? Be sure to cast a vote in the poll below and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Poll Results: The data reveals that while the majority of customers haven’t experienced an issue with the home button on Galaxy-branded smartphone, there are quite a few who have noticed that the key is a little loose. One thing’s for certain: Samsung needs to improve its build quality.

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Matheusiq
Matheusiq

Samsung GALAXY devices having home button means that if there’s a Huawei, a Pixel, a Moto and a iPhone, all of them on a table you know who’s the iPhone and who’s the galaxy, plus the rest look generic. Infinity display can go to infinity and leave this world

viorelianasi
viorelianasi

I’m sticking with my S7 (FLAT, I hate curved screens on both mobiles and TVs and now the rounded display corners of the S8). The physical buttons were one of the features made me choose Samsung over the other Andorid phones. Considering swithing for another brand for my next phone.

acacio23
acacio23

I am not buying a phone without the home button. and will stick to my s7 edge. love it live with it.
no more phone from Samsung until the fingerprint sesor at front and the home button.

Thuglyf
Thuglyf

Possibly the first time in my entire life I’m noticing someone complain about Samsung’s physical button. Not even for once have I noticed someone complain about it being loose. The only poor component of any Samsung phone is its screen. People often complain of it being fragile and its inability to withstand drops, then it’s expensive too. Other than that everything’s all good.

SenorSjon
SenorSjon

The OP3-5 and HTC U11 have a FPS on the front, it isn’t actually a button, but it acts like one. Both have navigation keys on both sides of the button. And unless the whole front is covered in screen or has front-firing speakers, that is how it should be.

The lack of physical buttons (and adding an useless one) drove me away from Samsung. I should have ditched them earlier…

prsten
prsten

the worst thing happened to Samsung, i have a s8 plus, so hard to use without a button, the phone is dialing on itself e. g. the emergency in pocket, its doubled…

DRCarey1
DRCarey1

Not a former Samsung owner, but it seems to be in my future.

I used to own a Nexus 6 and due to the black bar and the white navigation keys I found myself turning the screen on either side in order to prevent long term discrepancies. It didn’t work however and towards the end of my first year of clearly was different at the Base of the phone.

I did regular screen washes and all of that.

So I’m not largely enthused by the removal of off screen buttons.

billywongwashere
billywongwashere

My s7 home button did wear out so I m happy with no physical button. They didn’t need it for other android phones

vassbak
vassbak

We like technology so we are extremely flexible with changes. I am.

Abhijeet M.
Abhijeet M.

Clearly other people aren’t, going by your downvotes. You’re right, though, sometimes change has to be expected.

Titandan
Titandan

I never had a problem with the buttons getting loose. I’ve used the S3, S5, S6, and now S7 Edge. There’s no physical problem I have with my Samsung Phones except that the screen scratches and I haven’t seen any decent tempered glass screen protectors for the curved phones.

cavagsam
cavagsam

I just say, i don’t change note7 for s8,
And im waiting for note7 FE to ditch my s8.
No matter what people say home button was always and always will be one of the faces of Samsung.
Now even new j7 have Fingerprint and its fastest and no need to press it that s8.

cabbe86
cabbe86

There is no note7 🙂 only note fe ? same design not same name ?

mtbrown262626
mtbrown262626

No not lose but better it gone now

PJaya
PJaya

I hope up coming Samsung Tablet come with no physical home button like previous Tablet.
I was happy using my previous Tab 2 7.0,

RoadRunner99
RoadRunner99

I hope they implement a decent navigation UI if they’re going down that path. Otherwise the standard Android navigation bar is a huge waste of space.

ProdByEchelon
ProdByEchelon

You must’ve had a defective unit if so many people voted no.

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