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[Poll Results!] Galaxy Note 10 power button is on the left: Is that an issue for you?

For long-time users of Galaxy smartphones, the Galaxy Note 10 brings two substantial hardware changes. One is the lack of a 3.5 mm headphone jack, and the other is the position of the power button. The Galaxy Note 10’s power button is on the left side of the device, right below the volume buttons, and that requires one to forego an old habit if they have been using Galaxy devices for a few years.

The Galaxy Note 10/10+ isn’t the first smartphone on which Samsung has changed the position of the power or volume buttons. The company has been putting both the volume and power buttons on the right side of its budget and mid-range devices launched in the last year or so. The Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ are just the first devices in Samsung’s repertoire to have all the buttons placed on the left frame.

Basically, the layout is new no matter if you have used flagship, mid-range, or budget Galaxy phones in the past. It’s also an issue for those who have used a phone with a dedicated Bixby key. The power button on the Galaxy Note 10 is exactly where the Bixby key would be if Samsung hadn’t ditched it altogether. And anyone who, on a previous device, had the Bixby key assigned to launch an app other than Bixby with a single press has no doubt pressed the power button out of force of habit on their Note 10/10+ every now and then.

In short, there’s a learning curve involved in adjusting to the power button placement for long-time Galaxy smartphone users, and this learning curve can be small or big depending on an individual. And here’s what we want to know in this poll: Does it bother you that the power button is on the left side of your Note 10 or Note 10+? Have you gotten used to it, and if yes, did it take you long to stop reaching for the right frame of the phone to access the power button?

Vote in the poll below, then take to the comments section to discuss your thoughts in detail with other readers!

Results: A change in the position of a button on a phone may not be as simple as some think, as 25 percent of voters said they still haven’t gotten used to the new power button placement on the Galaxy Note 10/10+. 29 percent were able to get used to it on day one, while 31 percent got used to it in a few days. 7 percent of voters found themselves taking a long time to adjust, while the remaining 7 percent voters love the new placement as they’re left-handed.

Does it bother you that the Galaxy Note 10 power button is on the left?

  • Model: SM-N970F
  • Dimensions: 151.0 x71.8x7.9mm
  • Display: 6.3"(160.02mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9825
  • Camera: 12 MP, CMOS F2.2 Telephoto & 12MP F1.5/F2.4 77° & 16MP F2.2 123° Ultra-wide

  • Model: SM-N975F
  • Dimensions: 162.3 x 77,2 x 7.9mm
  • Display: 6.8"(172.7mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9825
  • Camera: 12 Ultra Wide: 16MP F2.2 (123°) & Wide-angle: 12MP 2PD AF F1.5/F2.4 OIS (77°) & Telephoto: 12MP F2.1 OIS (45°) & DepthVision Camera: VGA

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Saranan Majilya
Saranan Majilya

Actually human hands are very versatile. We can grip a round shaped, square shaped, triangular shaped and hexagonal shaped pens or pencils easily. All the matter is adopting. Opposite side power button is not a big issue and may be accustomed after few hours.

ijazali
ijazali

I like the clean design of the note 10. Coming from note 8 , now when i look at it, it looks kinda off.

Gunter2
Gunter2

Got used to it almost immediately. Funny thing is I’m lefthanded but I always use the SPen so I hold the phone always with my right hand as I use it with 2 hands most of the time. So I think i lefthanders or right handers will find it easy. Honestly, if someone can’t get used to a simple change like this, they have issues beyond using a phone.

krym73
krym73

Got used to it in less than a week. Now i keep pressing the bixby button when using my wifes s10. I like how all the buttons got moved towards one side.

mikelitoris420
mikelitoris420

its a gigantic pain in the ar se.

runarolsen
runarolsen

I thought it was gonna be a huge pain in the a**, but I never actually use it to turn on the screen. Thank Homer for double tap and rise to wake.
But it now annoys to crap out of me that all the other phones have on the right. I work at a mobile repair shop and I always press the volume down or Bixby button on other phones

djcbs
djcbs

It’s another pointless change for the sake of change. It makes the user experience worse and I for one am done paying for inferior experiences year after year.

Gunter2
Gunter2

Honestly, if someone can’t get used to a simple change like that and thinks it makes the user experience inferior, they need help beyond how to use a phone with a different button placement that most people have no issues with according to this poll. I wonder how many of those voted that they can’t get used to it…..like you…don’t even own the Note10. I’d say the majority because people who actually own it would be embarrassed to tell people that they’re too stupid to get used to a change a smart chimpanzee could handle.

siaho
siaho

TBH the change can be perfectly making sense when you look inside of the phone and how things are organised there. Not every decision regarding some things related to the hardware are purely based on looks/design.

As for me personally, this reminds me about the times when the discussion was about the top positioned power button – left or right side, discussion. For me it doesn’t matter the slightest.

Gunter2
Gunter2

Exactly, it’s not really difficult to get used to. It doesn’t matter a bit after an hour of getting used to using the other side.

maherk22
maherk22

I actually find it more intuitive as a right handed person. My middle finger natural position while holding my phone is close to the middle of the phone, so it sits near bixby button, and now it’s the ideal position for me since bixby button got replaced by the power button.

ijazali
ijazali

I am left handed so its perfect for me.

Gunter2
Gunter2

I’m lefthanded but hold the phone in my right, and it’s still perfect. 👍👍