Originally Posted by breadnatty08
I'm actually coming from a Galaxy Nexus to an S3. On screen buttons to physical ones.
I agree, it sometimes is a pain to hit the "hard" home button.
But, I'm able to remap the other buttons to offer different activities. For example, if I long press my back button, it simulates a "home" press.
This way required root, but there are other ways to do it without. Check out this article:
Customize Android's Home button shortcut | How To - CNET
Some remaping capabilties (albeit limited) are available in third party launchers, like Nova.
I was absolutely dreading the switch to hard buttons. I use my Nexus 7 every day and come to feel that the on screen buttons were optimal. After a few months with the S4, I've changed my mind. I've come to really like the home button. Takes a little while to get used to, but then it works well. Now I miss it when I go back to my N7.