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HTC keeps effing up with the button layout, why not go with on screen buttons?

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By Chad_Petree, Senior Member on 22nd February 2013, 08:56 AM
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Who do i have to bl*w in HTC in order to get on screen buttons? Why do HTC refuses to implement onscreen buttons on their phones? they're so practical, they (and we) can remap them to their/our liking , and now they made the horrible decision to cut the multitasking button for good? because supposedly people dont use it? really HTC? you're stripping android of one of its best features? easy and almost instant switching between apps ? whatever people say, having to wait 2 more seconds to hold the back button to get multitask really makes an annoying difference
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22nd February 2013, 08:59 AM |#2  
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Multitasking is just a double tap away man!

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22nd February 2013, 09:52 AM |#3  
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Why not go with on-screen buttons? So you can have a 1920x1080 screen instead of losing 200 pixels or so on one side.
22nd February 2013, 10:07 AM |#4  
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Originally Posted by Shasarak

Why not go with on-screen buttons? So you can have a 1920x1080 screen instead of losing 200 pixels or so on one side.

It's all in the flavor of the designer. I myself prefer this layout over android's on screen button.

And I must say if the HTC One had the on screen but I would have gone with Xperia ZL and never leaped to HTC One.
22nd February 2013, 10:24 AM |#5  
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It's all in the flavor of the designer. I myself prefer this layout over android's on screen button.

And I must say if the HTC One had the on screen but I would have gone with Xperia ZL and never leaped to HTC One.

TBH I prefer physical capacitive buttons over pure software buttons. There are pro and contra for both of them - in the end it's a matter of taste - you get used to both of them.
What I really don't like are physical buttons like the home button on the Galaxy Line. They need to be implemented perfectly, like on the iPhone or they are a major nuisance.
22nd February 2013, 10:24 AM |#6  
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It's all in the flavor of the designer. I myself prefer this layout over android's on screen button.

And I must say if the HTC One had the on screen but I would have gone with Xperia ZL and never leaped to HTC One.

+1. I get to use gestures from bottom edge of the screen using apps if I have no software keys.
22nd February 2013, 12:20 PM |#7  
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Why not go with on-screen buttons? So you can have a 1920x1080 screen instead of losing 200 pixels or so on one side.

Hi for example Xperia Z got on screen button and 5" screen but 3-4 mm, onscreen button taking space unnecessary so practically 4.7" in HTC one screen screen got same usable screen area as 5" of Xperia Z, I got S3 atm and when I install custom rom which enable on screen button and than I realise that on screen button is waste of precious screen size, for better information see using compare tools side-by side and you will see almost there is not much advantage of 5" screen because of onscreen button wasting space and look like .3" screen look like black strip at bottom, I would also like to see if anyone can compare actual usable screen area of Z vs ONE and post here please

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22nd February 2013, 12:27 PM |#8  
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I don't like the on screen software buttons, in many apps they remain visible ie: games... bit irritating.
22nd February 2013, 02:43 PM |#9  
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I don't like the on screen software buttons, in many apps they remain visible ie: games... bit irritating.

Yepp That's very annoying. Especially during games.
22nd February 2013, 03:02 PM |#10  
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On screen buttons would be an immediate deal breaker for me. The Nexus 4 will be the last phone I ever buy with on screen buttons. I hate it, with a passion.

Thank you HTC for NOT using on-screen buttons.
22nd February 2013, 03:16 PM |#11  
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Re: HTC keeps effing up with the button layout, why not go with on screen buttons?
To solve this losing work space complain, they could make made a phone with 5" screen like the butterfly and still get 4.8" real state .

OK some of you don't like on screen buttons but are you actually saying you prefer to not have a multitasking button ?

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