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Old October 25th, 2012, 08:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So it's definitely official now...we all know that the galaxy Note 2 on Verizon will have not just backplate branding but on the Home button as well.

A shame since there are plenty of ample other opportunities to let us know whose network we're using, (you know the one with the name on the back, it's apps on the phone, on the lock screen, on the homescreen and the one we pay our bills to monthly) More irksome since none of the other carriers deemed it necessary. I have yet to see one in a VZW store yet but did play with one at T-Mobile yesterday.

So what are our options for removing the branding on the button? I'm considering waiting for a site like

Samsung Galaxy Note Home Button -Black - Parts4repair.Com

to get Note 2 parts in. According to a friend who owns the original Note getting to the button isn't that difficult if you've got an eyeglass screwdriver set.

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Old October 25th, 2012, 08:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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So it's definitely official now...we all know that the galaxy Note 2 on Verizon will have not just backplate branding but on the Home button as well.

A shame since there are plenty of ample other opportunities to let us know whose network we're using, (you know the one with the name on the back, it's apps on the phone, on the lock screen, on the homescreen and the one we pay our bills to monthly) More irksome since none of the other carriers deemed it necessary. I have yet to see one in a VZW store yet but did play with one at T-Mobile yesterday.

So what are our options for removing the branding on the button? I'm considering waiting for a site like

Samsung Galaxy Note Home Button -Black - Parts4repair.Com

to get Note 2 parts in. According to a friend who owns the original Note getting to the button isn't that difficult if you've got an eyeglass screwdriver set.
Yeah that is unfortunate, i really want a Note 2 but would seriously reconsider so i don't have to stare at that horrible branding all day lol.

I would agree with you with just waiting till a site offers to sell one.
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I doubt I'll wait, I preordered mine already. After playing with one at T-Mobile yesterday it really is as fast as they say. Add to that I have huge hands and are 6'4" the size isn't that bad at all. it's SLIGHTLy taller and wider than my Galaxy Nexus. I'm a Global IT manager now, so it's kinda my gift to myself.
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the branding is going to rub off within a month

go take a look at the back of the S3s
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Even on the button? Has anyone confirmed if it's just painted on or if it's actually PART of and like under the surface of the button?
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i'm almost 100% confident its painted on and will chip/peel away

think of how much more it would cost to do it any way other than painting it on post production

verizon is a grimy company, they do grimy things, so they aren't going to do something that is going to increase the cost of manufacturing

especially since they are selling the device for the same price (or cheaper) than its competitors
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Gonna put some kind of sticker over it
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As much as is being made of this topic, if I was one of these screen protector companies I would be working on this as we speak. For me personally, if ZAGG or somebody made a grey colored sticker to go over it & you couldn't see thru it, then it might be worth looking into.

I don't know...I guess I just don't see what the fuss is all about. At first I was a little annoyed, but at the end of the day it doesn't take away from what is a great device.
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It doesn't take away from the sheer power of the device no. I was considering maybe using a little Sugru or something if it can't be easily scratched off. I just thought that Samsung was really hitting its stride design wise with the Galaxy nexus, the SIII and then this phone.
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As much as is being made of this topic, if I was one of these screen protector companies I would be working on this as we speak. For me personally, if ZAGG or somebody made a grey colored sticker to go over it & you couldn't see thru it, then it might be worth looking into.

I don't know...I guess I just don't see what the fuss is all about. At first I was a little annoyed, but at the end of the day it doesn't take away from what is a great device.
The SGP/Spigen Glas.t screen protector for the Galaxy S3 came with a little Home key nub sticker.
See this video
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Send them SGP an email and ask them to source/produce the home key nubs for the Note 2

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It doesn't take away from the sheer power of the device no. I was considering maybe using a little Sugru or something if it can't be easily scratched off. I just thought that Samsung was really hitting its stride design wise with the Galaxy nexus, the SIII and then this phone.
I read a tip a long while ago to try for logos printed on top of the glass/plastic. It was to use a sugar cube. Abrasive enough to scrape off the decal/silk screen but not abrasive enough to scratch the glass.
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The SGP/Spigen Glas.t screen protector for the GS3 came with a little Home key nub sticker.
See this video
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Send them an email and ask them to create them for the Note 2
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I just sent an email to ZAGG & attached the above video. Thanks.
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Ever since the leaked photo of the Verizon variant appeared, folks have been going bat ish crazy about it hoping it was just a prototype. Now for those that like being bare, what are you going to do about that huge Verizon logo on the back. Or what?....that doesn't bother you?

Just about everything we own has some companies label of sorts on it. How is this any different than if instead of placing it on the home button it's somewhere else on the front of the phone? I'd rather it be on the home button than emblazoned below the speaker grill or embossed into the actual body of the phone itself. IF Sprint had done this I would've still gotten the phone.
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This must be a trendy 20 something or teen thing. I could care less if it has a logo on the button. I'm in it for the performance and capabilities of the phone. I guess I'm too old for this over obsession with branding. The guy at the hat store gave me the weirdest look when I immediately took the stupid sticker off my new era hat. People are making it out like its a heinous crime to have that there and that it completely ruins the phone.
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I just sent an email to ZAGG & attached the above video. Thanks.


You sent it to Zagg? Why in the world would you send it to them!? If they steal the idea and make them they are going to be way overpriced, sold exclusively at Best Buy, have an orange peel texture, and only to be installed correctly when you buy a geek squad warranty for it.

Since SGP sourced/produced them for the Galaxy S3, SGP should be the ones contacted to source/produce them for the Note 2.

Or there is always Amazon. Something will turn up for the Note 2 after a few weeks I'm sure. Get Bedazzled Treb, you know you want to.
Amazon.com: samsung home button sticker
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^^^^^^^^^^^ Nice link. Order me the polka dot 6 pk.

Do you really think I'll hear back from ZAGG ? Come on now
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A trendy teen lol...no.

I could care less about the logo on the bdk it doesn't take away from the aesthetic of the phone. When no other model or phone before it had that logo on a home button...that's a decisive change
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The SGP/Spigen Glas.t screen protector for the Galaxy S3 came with a little Home key nub sticker.
See this video
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Send them SGP an email and ask them to source/produce the home key nubs for the Note 2
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You sent it to Zagg? Why in the world would you send it to them!? If they steal the idea and make them they are going to be way overpriced, sold exclusively at Best Buy, have an orange peel texture, and only to be installed correctly when you buy a geek squad warranty for it.

Since SGP sourced/produced them for the Galaxy S3, SGP should be the ones contacted to source/produce them for the Note 2.

Or there is always Amazon. Something will turn up for the Note 2 after a few weeks I'm sure. Get Bedazzled Treb, you know you want to.
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^^^^^^^^^^^ Nice link. Order me the polka dot 6 pk.

Do you really think I'll hear back from ZAGG ? Come on now

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Check these babies out:
http://www.spigen.com/cell-phone/apple-iphone/iphone-5/aluminum-home-button-iphone-ipad.html

Mount up VZ users. A Note 2 home button cover up, from SGP, is one step closer to you but you can't have if you don't ask.
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It may take more than a few months for the VZW logo to wear off. My supervisor has been field testing the Note 2 for the past few months. Playing with his is how I decided I wanted one. Anyway, the VZW logo on the button looks exactly as it did they day they sent it to him to test a few months ago. I heard a rumor about sand paper though, not sure who would want to risk that.... Here is one alternative.

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Hopefully it's something like the one on my Bionic. That was SUPER easy to scratch off.
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Verizon has always been the worst at carrier branding, it took months before they finally caved to Apple and it's just one of many reasons why Google won't be dealing with them in the near future.
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A logo on a button, OH THE HUMANITY!

I mean really, a logo right on the home button for the entire world to see.
I can't show this off to anyone, they're all going to laugh at me.

As soon as mine arrives, I'm sending it back to let Verizon know just how much their logo on the button upsets me and ruined the experience of such a potentially wonderful device. There is no way I'm going to spend my money on something with a company logo on it.

In fact, I'm sending back my:
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A logo on a button, OH THE HUMANITY!

I mean really, a logo right on the home button for the entire world to see.
I can't show this off to anyone, they're all going to laugh at me.

As soon as mine arrives, I'm sending it back to let Verizon know just how much their logo on the button upsets me and ruined the experience of such a potentially wonderful device. There is no way I'm going to spend my money on something with a company logo on it.

In fact, I'm sending back my:
60 inch Zenith plasma
Hummer
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Coffee mug
Alarm system panel
Surround sound system
Backpack
Grill

Oh well, my rant is over, time to go watch the smurfs and play tea party with my stuffed animals.
You have no idea how hard it was for me to "like" your post.

I had to overcome the horror of using my Logitech branded mouse and keyboard while staring at my Dell branded laptop screen
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You have no idea how hard it was for me to "like" your post.

I had to overcome the horror of using my Logitech branded mouse and keyboard while staring at my Dell branded laptop screen
That's just awful. What a terrible way to start the morning.
I think you need a good cry, I know I do.
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Well branding normally doesn't bother me. Coming from the iPhone, I just feel that carrier branding just doesn't add anything to phone. I have the AT&T version, and it has the AT&T globe thing on the black plate. My first reaction is I want to remove it (again coming from the iPhone), but now it seems okay to me. Now with the Verizon Logo on the home button... I am not sure I could look at it. Some people don't care, but I think it doesn't go with the design of the phone.
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It all comes down to personal preference. Some people don't care about branding and some people do. No reason to bash those that don't want a logo on their $600 phone.
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Personally I just think it's such a TINY place to put your logo. Put a huge one on the back or whatnot, but when you need to do that "e-penis" kinda stuff lol
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FWIW, there is a review on the verizon wireless website for the GN2, I thought I would post it here, kinda funny, reads like this:

"This has to be the classiest phones out there because of the Verizon branded home button. Way to think outside the box verizon! I just wish they would put the verizon logo on the Iphone 5 home button, if they did I would buy it instead!"
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I am really excited about this phone, now having second thoughts about getting this from from freaking Verizon, I DON'T want to stare at their ugly logo all day when i play with my new phone!!!
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Good grief, stop complaining about the stupid Verizon logo on a button. People wrote articles whining about it months before this thing even was released on other carriers.
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You could also just buy some button covers although I don't know what you're going to do about that gigantic branding on the back.....get a case perhaps?
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$0.99 with free shipping from ebay -> Note II battery cover. That's exactly why Verizon put the logo on the button. Samsung made it too easy for people to just switch out the back cover. Even their own Flip case replace the back cover.

I just looked at the new pics, the logo actually doesn't look as bad as when I originally saw it first time. Originally the picture shows the Verizon logo with the red check and red 'z'. It looks really out of place on the titanium grey when everything is dark, you have some cherry red logo. Now I saw that the whole logo is dark grey.
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The Verizon button thing bothers people because it's another step in the direction of advertising saturation. People are sensitive because in all aspects of 1st World lifestyle, it's getting to be too much. This is the first time that I know of that a carrier has put their logo on the main functional button of the phone. And the brand that put the logo on there DIDN'T manufacture the phone. Add to that the fact that Verizon is the only carrier to do this.

Or we could just ignore it, not complain, and when everything we own looks like a NASCAR racecar, just live with it...
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Old November 29th, 2012, 07:57 AM   #35 (permalink)
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The Verizon button thing bothers people because it's another step in the direction of advertising saturation. People are sensitive because in all aspects of 1st World lifestyle, it's getting to be too much. This is the first time that I know of that a carrier has put their logo on the main functional button of the phone. And the brand that put the logo on there DIDN'T manufacture the phone. Add to that the fact that Verizon is the only carrier to do this.

Or we could just ignore it, not complain, and when everything we own looks like a NASCAR racecar, just live with it...
My DX had a MUCH bigger Verizon logo on the front. Didn't bother me in the slightest and I've NEVER gotten a comment about it.

As I said in the other thread....
First of all, if it's so hidious then you have choices to go to a provider that doesn't put a tiny logo on the button.

Second: I'm willing to bet that when I show my N2 to my friends, they'll ooohhh and aaahhhh over the amazing display and smooth operation and not recoil in horror over that tiny logo.
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Old November 29th, 2012, 08:02 AM   #36 (permalink)
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My DX had a MUCH bigger Verizon logo on the front. Didn't bother me in the slightest and I've NEVER gotten a comment about it.

As I said in the other thread....
First of all, if it's so hidious then you have choices to go to a provider that doesn't put a tiny logo on the button.

Second: I'm willing to bet that when I show my N2 to my friends, they'll ooohhh and aaahhhh over the amazing display and smooth operation and not recoil in horror over that tiny logo.
Your Droid X (as did mine) had the logo on the Bezel, not the actual home buttons. It's like if they crammed the VZW logo on the tiny sliver of a home button it had lol.
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Old November 29th, 2012, 08:07 AM   #37 (permalink)
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Your Droid X (as did mine) had the logo on the Bezel, not the actual home buttons. It's like if they crammed the VZW logo on the tiny sliver of a home button it had lol.
So now the complaint is that the Verizon logo isn't big enough?
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Old November 29th, 2012, 08:11 AM   #38 (permalink)
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Just sayin' when a company prides itself on service, quality and all that there isn't a reason to take away from the aesthetics of a phone. Like someone earlier mentioned you'd never see them put it on the iPhones button, so why treat Samsung differently?

The REAL sticking point is that no other carrier felt the need to do it...was it so people know you're using a VERIZON WIRELESS GALAXY NOTE 2?

What's next, a verbal announcement every time you unlock ;P
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Old November 29th, 2012, 08:34 AM   #39 (permalink)
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Just sayin' when a company prides itself on service, quality and all that there isn't a reason to take away from the aesthetics of a phone. Like someone earlier mentioned you'd never see them put it on the iPhones button, so why treat Samsung differently?

The REAL sticking point is that no other carrier felt the need to do it...was it so people know you're using a VERIZON WIRELESS GALAXY NOTE 2?

What's next, a verbal announcement every time you unlock ;P
Great, we're getting somewhere...get an Iphone!
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This must be a trendy 20 something or teen thing. I could care less if it has a logo on the button. I'm in it for the performance and capabilities of the phone. I guess I'm too old for this over obsession with branding. The guy at the hat store gave me the weirdest look when I immediately took the stupid sticker off my new era hat. People are making it out like its a heinous crime to have that there and that it completely ruins the phone.
I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels this way. Seriously, who cares. Do you honestly expect Verizon to sell you a phone that doesn't have their brand on it? Do you hate your laptop because it says Sony, or Toshiba or whatever?

Seems like much ado about nothing...
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I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels this way. Seriously, who cares. Do you honestly expect Verizon to sell you a phone that doesn't have their brand on it? Do you hate your laptop because it says Sony, or Toshiba or whatever?

Seems like much ado about nothing...
There are plenty of people who feel either way. It has nothing to do with being a trendy 20 something lol, they'd actually WANT the branding then.

The point is useless changes to a phone that probably pushed back release dates, which end up "punishing" loyal subscribers who could have had this phone a month ago. The only trendy people were AT&T & T-Mobile users
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Advertising Saturation? Really? I have yet to see how Verizon branding the home button on the Note 2 smacks of this. You realize that in a capitalist society, branding is an absolute necessity. Verizon branded my Droid RAZR in two places (one on the bezel, one on the back) and it never bugged me in the least.

You can't tell me you don't think that branding, one of the most important aspects of a product/service, is something companies shouldn't do? I look around my house and don't see branding gone amok on the things I've bought.

While I can't fault people for how they feel about this, I also have the freedom to wonder what in the world is wrong with those who do.
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There are plenty of people who feel either way. It has nothing to do with being a trendy 20 something lol, they'd actually WANT the branding then.

The point is useless changes to a phone that probably pushed back release dates, which end up "punishing" loyal subscribers who could have had this phone a month ago. The only trendy people were AT&T & T-Mobile users
Now I can perfectly understand people getting upset if some important features were disabled, but then again as with the tiny logo, if it buggs you that much, there are other companies that are perfectly willing to sell you that phone.

Verizon provides me with the best service, so I buy from them.
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As it's been stated earlier in this thread switching carriers is not an option for many people, especially those most apt to purchase this phone. (Grandfathered unlimited data users)

If I could have bought it from another carrier, I would have :P
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I'm a grandfathered unlimited data user and I can tell you that this branding wasn't even remotely worth consideration when I decided to purchase this phone. I really fail to see the "big deal" around Verizon branding the home button. It's not as if I'm going to experience perpetual angst every time I press the home button because of the branding - I guarantee that this becomes a non-issue among this vocal minority (and I stress minority) with days of folks getting their hands on the phone.

Now, being unable to remove bloatware that Verizon forces on the phone? That's something worth making a stink about. This? Not so much.

The bigger issue is the lack of real competition among the wireless carriers in the US. Technology companies like Samsung and others end up being beholden to the major carriers if they want the most reach. So they cave in on a lot of functionality that our international brethren routinely enjoy. This also adds to a real lack of competition on price because of the whole subsidized route we have here in the US. Imagine if carriers were more open? That would mean we'd finally be able to vote with our wallets because technology companies would have more incentive to compete on price - rather than rely on major carriers paying the larger share for these phones which they then keep us on the hook for with multi-year contracts.

But I digress and will hop off of my soapbox now...
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This has a lot to do with the "caving."

it's verizon forcing influence and control over manufacturers....making it more difficult for them to get their phone "featured" by verizon.

No reason this phone couldn't be a "Droid" line phone like the DNA right?
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@PetiePal - You'll get no argument from me on that point. This certainly could have been a phone in the DROID line, but that was a business decision they made since it wasn't exclusive to them. Which goes back to my rant, lol!

The funny thing about exclusives is that they really don't do much for the parent company. Plenty of studies in marketing science show that being the exclusive sponsor of something rarely registers any significant uptick in sales - in other words, it would either sell or generate awareness at the same level without the exclusivity.
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Well hopefully someone who doesn't want it can report back on how easy it is to remove lol.
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I would love to know if its able to be scratched off.
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I'm a grandfathered unlimited data user and I can tell you that this branding wasn't even remotely worth consideration when I decided to purchase this phone.
Were you able to get discount on the Note II AND kept the unlimited data plan? My coworker wanted to upgrade his Droid Bionic but was told by Verizon that he could either get discounted new phone or keep the unlimited data, but not both.
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