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Comments on Hardware Buttons

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by OranL, Aug 7, 2010.


Do you like the hardware keys on the Droid X better than soft keys?

Poll closed Nov 6, 2010.
  1. Yes

    56 vote(s)
  2. No

    21 vote(s)
  1. OranL

    OranL Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Is anyone else just hating the hardware buttons for Menu, Home, Back, and Search? I can barely one-hand with the touch screen as it is, but the hardware buttons are making me change my whole hand position to press them. Plus, the cover I have on it comes right up next to them, making them even more difficult to press.

    I kind of wish they were Droid-esque touch buttons instead.

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  2. lilcal70

    lilcal70 Member

    i love that hardware keys. they i'm really used to them now it was weird coming from the incredible but you'll probably end up liking them sooner or later :)
  3. esn

    esn Android Enthusiast

    No issues here I just have to use it in my left hand so that I can reach the first three buttons with my thumb. I never use the search button at all.
  4. tbAF

    tbAF Newbie

    Many times, when I press the back button, I get a search window instead as if I pressed the search button. I've also noticed that the buttons have a different feel/click to them depending on where you press, on the left of the button or the right. Use your fingernail to go across them all at different points and on mine, the right most portion of the back button has hardly any click at all. I'm wondering if my back button is defective?
  5. deekum1627

    deekum1627 Android Enthusiast

    i like the hard keys you dont know how many time i hit the button my accident on the droid. now i dont have that problem
  6. raduray

    raduray Member

    The hard buttons is one reason I upgraded from the Incredible. I kept hitting those soft buttons by mistake and backing out of whatever I was doing. I have no problem with the DroidX implementation.
  7. bemaitea

    bemaitea Member

    My complaints about the buttons are quite different, actually.

    While I agree that Moto did most all deisgn elements correctly, their implementation of the hardware buttons were...not very well thought out.

    I love the hardware buttons and agree that they are superior to the touch buttons on many droid phones. However, whenever you put a tactile element like buttons on a phone, care must be taken to ensure the hardware is stable and the hardware is flush. None of these exist for the DX buttons.

    If you look closely, you'll see that the phone actually has 2 large buttons partitioned into 4 quadrants. Ideally, these 2 large buttons should have NO gaps between them and the phone surface. The DX buttons have relatively huge gaps. Now, this may not seem like a big deal, but wait until 3 months down the line when you've put your phone in your pocket alot and you'll start to notice the lint build up in there. I can already see lint building up in mine and I've only put it in my pocket a few times. Notes can be taken from how Apple crafts it's home button on the iphone. Flush, no gaps. In my opinion, this needs to be addressed.

    Secondly the stability of the buttons is questionable. I've pressed the home/menu button many times and already feel it wiggling when I rest my thumb on it. Again, 3 months down the line I can see these sort of buttons coming off or losing functionality. Easily fixed by making a single button unit rather than the keyboard style button where you have a button mechanism with a "cap" attached to it. Again, notes from Apple or even RIMM would have been advised.

    Hardware buttons >> Touch buttons, but the DX needs another go to perfect it on the phone.

    But to be honest, this is nitpicking. The phone is easily a 10/10, but to say anything is perfect would be lying.
  8. curtisdr

    curtisdr Well-Known Member

    The four buttons are in fact two rocker buttons, so pressing on the outside -- on the left side of the back button and on the right side of the search button, yield the best results -- at least for me.
  9. ericnail

    ericnail Android Enthusiast

    Hardware buttons are one if my favorite things about this phone.
  10. ucla2042

    ucla2042 Newbie

    I love them...I have fat hands and always accidentally push the capacitive kind
  11. Jayphog

    Jayphog Lurker

    I hated the touch buttons on my Eris so I think the physical buttons on the X are great!
  12. evo678

    evo678 Well-Known Member

    Does anyone else have the menu/home button that wiggle? My original dx and my replacement dx both have Menu/Home button that does this. I don't know if it's going to affect longevity of them but does bother me. I've read that others have menu/home button that wiggle as well while the back/search button seems solid.
  13. tbAF

    tbAF Newbie

    Thanks, I think I've been doing that more recently and it does help. :)
  14. tbAF

    tbAF Newbie

    Same here, the left is a little looser, the right more solid.
  15. alnova1

    alnova1 Android Enthusiast

    The thing I hate is that the button positions are different. The home button on the Droid was the third one but now its the second on the X and I'm trying to get use to it. Sorry if someone else has already stated this...I had a bad day playing golf and its 7:20 pm EST and im already drunk...cheers :D
  16. Sek0n

    Sek0n Well-Known Member

    Not sure that I would say I like them more than soft keys, but I do like them, and have had no problems with em.

    So ya.. didn't vote. :p
  17. supervrossi

    supervrossi Lurker

    So far, the hard buttons are the only thing I really have an issue with. Not the build quality, just functionality wise. If only there were touch keys in the top left and right for going forward and back (and for other application specific functions) I suppose I'm just too use to the Ipod touch interface when it comes to navigating between menus, apps etc.

    I don't have the biggest hands in the world, so having to move my thumb all the way to the bottom of the device is awkward to say the least. Same thing applies to the volume rocker. Are there any music apps out there that have a touch screen volume slider? I'd kill for that. Kind of bummed that I still have to carry around my Ipod, as none of the music apps I've tried (and I've tried a bunch) suit me. Oh well, can't have everything.
  18. Steven58


    you get used to them after awhile and they feel "right".. Mind do!
  19. BigBruDa3rd

    BigBruDa3rd Well-Known Member

    I had a HTC Imagio b4 my X and it had hard buttons too. Used that phone for over a year and never had any problems with the buttons. The Imagio is nowhere near the quaility of the X and I mashed the hell out of the Imagio buttons. Matter of fact the Imagio buttons have 2 times the gap between them I just blow out the lint when I would clean my phone. I think its by design that they have a little play in them.

    BTW... Did I mention I love My X and its buttons, Go Saints!

    Also if u check ur computer keyboard all the buttons wiggle a little and how long have u had those buttons.
  20. Android_LIFE

    Android_LIFE Android Enthusiast

    I love the hardware buttons on the X.
    Helps prevent accidental presses.
  21. Stealthman

    Stealthman Android Enthusiast

    I like the buttons........a lot, I feel it's one of the strong points on this phone
  22. &roid

    &roid Well-Known Member

    I've got no problem using the hard keys, I especially like that in the dark I can brush the keys and they light up, and I also like that I can hit the home key to wake up the screen in addition to using the power button.
  23. rjoudrey

    rjoudrey Android Expert

  24. myxomat0sis

    myxomat0sis Newbie

    Eh. Its a toss up. With a case on I have to admit I've fumbled a bit hitting keys. I usually find its best to use the edge of my fingernail so I can really push it down - otherwise I find myself just kind of mashing in the general area until I get a key press. I also wonder how loose its going to continue to get (think of a well used nintendo 64 controller stick...), but maybe thats not even possible with these buttons.

    At least its better than the iphone with only 1 freaking button.
  25. OranL

    OranL Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Still not liking the four hardware buttons...
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