Here's another one, kinda neat!!
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If it helps, soft key buttons can kill the experience too. The Rezound, though overall a great phone, had a bleed over effect with the light from the soft keys. If you were looking at a pitch black background, you noticed a very distinct difference in "blackness" near the keys compared to the top. I use my phones kindle a lot, so it was really annoying reading late at night in the dark. This wasn't as noticeable on my Bionic, but I think it was because of the greatness of pentile and how they manipulate/power the pixels. Just another plus to consider for having a physical button instead of soft touch.
Edit: Also, good find Kat! That is a great solution to the OPs problem, or at least a very fair compromise. Great idea for an app too...
Last edited by k1ngr4t; 08-03-2012 at 09:09 PM.
i also think the giant home button is the biggest failure of this phone, and i don't remember it ever being mentioned in reviews....it was the first thing i noticed when i got the phone, intentionally leave my thumb nail longer than my other fingernails just so i can easily press the button....
sure it isn't droid x bad but its failure is exaggerated due to the other soft keys being so good.
i've completely de-activated the backlight on the softkeys..which is an awesome feature.
Out of curiosity, if you dislike the button so much, why get the phone? Not like it was a hidden secret or covered up, I think most reviewers didn't mention it because it's pretty obvious what you're getting into. I mean, I hope it's the first thing you noticed, otherwise I'd recommend a trip to the eye doctors.
Also thanks for pointing out another great feature of the S3, which blocks out that bleed over light. Hopefully it becomes the new standard.
However I too find myself having to readjust how i am holding the phone just to press the home key. It just doesn't fit the "experience."
Thanks to all who post worthwhile comments that progress the discussion.