Samsung this year has taken an important step in the evolution of the design of its terminals to delete from root physical button that had been one of the Holy and sign of their phones always.
Galaxy S8 and S8 + we have seen Finally, on the day of today, as it has dispensed with the home that physical button It’s been one virtual. This change comes just at the moment in which one of its rivals, Huawei with its P10, has put the button on the front to implement even gestures in the same. We then ask which is the best choice, if you continue with the physical button on the front? or follow the current trend of S8?
This positive move from the physical home to the virtual
The biggest advantage of dispense with the physical home button is the space that wins the panel or screen to provide an aspect ratio of 18, 5:9, allowing you to be on par of what has been achieved by LG with its G6; This has vanagloriado to offer another type of format that gets better with an enhanced experience of user for all kinds of multimedia content.
On a practical level, is more than striking improvement in this sense for have a longer smartphone and which is not that of previous years in which, as you will spend inch screen, needed one pocket rather than wide to carry him without being uncomfortable.
The other point that wins many integers, by eliminating the physical home button, is the gain in visual aesthetic to be able to offer a front of a phone that it distances itself from the design of previous phones, based on this alternative “edge” which was the “standard” always almost.
Samsung wins again in that”every two years there is to innovate in the design lines a terminal”, as well that after the S6 and S7, centered on the”edge”as the main argument for the change, now brings us a S8 that, thanks to the reduced space used on upper, and lower frames offers a visual style that is different from what we have seen from the high end of the company.
Mobile takes a more curved look and We could even say that “ahuevado” If we focus the gaze in the curves of the upper corners, and own own panel or screen that also they are curved, as did LG G6.
So delete the physical home button almost could say that the Korean company has killed two birds with one stone, on the one hand in the aesthetic and on the other hand, the offer a better ratio screenshot – front, although if Samsung would have been capable of integrating the fingerprint sensor on the screen, we could be talking of killing three, with the resulting leap in quality on several fronts.
The negative of the disappearance of the physical button
Surely that Samsung executives ate a little fingernails waiting for technology able to integrate fingerprint sensor in the front It had been available in his time, but was not as well as we know a rumor, and finally had to improvise to place it on the back.
The sensor of footprints in a new place is possibly one of the worst consequences of the decision dispense with the physical button on the front of the phone home. Users will now have to get used to using the sensor located at the rear, when in the previous models of the S line were already made to carry out the action from the button on the front, and forget to unlock it when you’re at a table with just the finger.
This brings us to the next hue, and is quite curious movements by presenting some of the direct competitors. The P10 of Huawei is the first Chinese company that the reader has led to the front, which It positions itself as an alternative for that customer that has become accustomed to using it in that space and does not want to move to the rear.
If over have the option of the P10 offering gestures on the physical button to mimic what has been achieved with the Pixel and some Nexus, the Chinese brand will have more value in your mobile phone, which still Samsung may not be added until in Note 8 or S9 Galaxy, as we know from a rumor, incorporate the sensor technology of fingerprints on screen that finally did not arrive in time; even known Note 8 could include a sensitive virtual home pressure button.
The truth that would have been a good round smartphone if the fingerprint sensor were implemented on the screen, since this change in moving from physical to virtual, would have been perfect to have the ability to unlock the phone on the front and do not force the user to go memorise the exact location of the sensor when he has to pose their fingers and do no wrong with what would be the lens; by the way, will need to be cleaned more than two or three times a day.
The decision to take a path or other
As well as the subject of batteries, where there is a discussion quite peak to produce thinner phones, but that they continue a great capacity in autonomy, phones without bevels are getting that those brands that are considering launching a high range, as it could be the current case of Google with your 2 Pixel, and more after watching as Andy Rubin has a mobile with almost no frames on the front have it more difficult, since it seems an obligation to offer to the user of all these advantages those with a mobile phone with 18, 5:9, without almost Bezels and use the virtual buttons.
We will have to see What will be the position of Apple with regard to this button, since you will also find in the situation of moving from one of the elements that have always been linked to the design of their phones and software that gives way to the interaction with them.
At the moment, we are left with that they are more the advantages that are obtained to dispense with the physical home button, but to do this it must be almost mandatory incorporating fingerprints on screen sensor, and here is where is half way Samsung with its Galaxy S8.