S7 and S7 Edge Home Button Scratch Gate!

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Samsung finally decided to give us a premium built phone with the Galaxy S6 last year. The all metal and glass design appeased those who scoffed the plastic builds of years gone by. Glass also meant wireless charging was a possibility. Thankfully the design language continued with this years Galaxy line up.

While Glass and metal are great to look at they do have their cons. Firstly glass ensures greasy smudges will always grace your device. That problem is easily solved by slapping a wrap or a case on the phone which in turn covers up the beauty of the design. Besides smudges glass is also known to shatter when dropped. Once again easily fixed by rocking your favorite case. The one thing that most of us were not expecting on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge was the ease at which the Glass would scratch.

I picked up a deep nasty scratch on the front of my device within the first few days with no recollection of how it could have got there. Now several S7 users are noticing that a mere month later their home buttons are developing noticeable wear. Apparently the home button is especially prone to scratching.

My personal S7 has zero scratching on the home button. Who knows hopefully this issue is limited to a few devices. Last year a batch of Galaxy S6 Edge devices were shipped with hexagonal shaped scratching. My S6 Edge never had that particular issue. Be careful with that home button folks!

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Ghost Glass sells a home button glass button protector for my Note2 that's made from the same practically bomb proof material as their screen protectors. I wonder if it'll be available for the S7. It was like $2, maybe $3 .

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Ghost Glass sells a home button glass button protector for my Note2 that's made from the same practically bomb proof material as their screen protectors. I wonder if it'll be available for the S7. It was like $2, maybe $3 .

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Will the fingerprint reader still work properly with the button protector on?

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Will the fingerprint reader still work properly with the button protector on?

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Good question.. I think it should as glass shouldn't distort the scan...
 

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I've seen this for the S6, not S7. I wouldn't imagine it happening unless you have a steel thumb.
 

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Will the fingerprint reader still work properly with the button protector on?

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I use Supcase on my Note 5, it has a built in screen protector that also extends over the fingerprint reader. Never once have I had a problem with it reading my finger.
 

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I use Supcase on my Note 5, it has a built in screen protector that also extends over the fingerprint reader. Never once have I had a problem with it reading my finger.
Great information! Thanks.

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I've seen this for the S6, not S7. I wouldn't imagine it happening unless you have a steel thumb.
Having a steel thumb isn't all that unrealistic. Our fingers are very porous and also have ridges and valleys (fingerprints), which trap microscopic abrasive particles which we collect off of things we touch. These particles also stick to our skin due to the natural oils on our skin. It's these tiny abrasives that turn our fingertips into mini Emory boards and this in turn can scratch almost any surface. Do this hundreds of times on the same small area of a glass surface and you wind up with the scratching you see in the image above. This is not much different than the arcing scratches your windshield wipers impart on the front glass of your automobile from wiping minute abrasive particulates back and forth across the windshield.

It's also due to the fact that the button is raised rather than recessed, making it more susceptible to scratches. That in combination with the earpiece which is also raised actually helps keep the screen from getting scratched since together they keep the screen glass raised slightly if the phone is laid on its face.

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Here's the button on my newly acquired pre-owned S7.

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Hi FoxKat,

it is not clear visible in the picture. Do you have a lot of hairline cracks?
In my case, i have had al lot of hairline cracks in the center.
Now the surface chips off step by step

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Wow, I don't have that on mine. The AT&T S7 comes with a protector on the home button. It's obviously something Samsung knew about from the start

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Wow, it seems like the buttons on the S7 should be very much the same as the home button on the note. I wonder what they did differently on the S7? On my Note 5, I must touch or push the home button a hundred times a day (unlock, read my fingerprint, go back to home, etc). It still looks like new.

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Hi FoxKat,

it is not clear visible in the picture. Do you have a lot of hairline cracks?
In my case, i have had al lot of hairline cracks in the center.
Now the surface chips off step by step

BR.

No, they are not cracks, just scratches and scuffs of varying degrees.

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This is my home button after 3 month using it:
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Perhaps you can see the black lines? This are some of the bigger one of my hairline cracks. The others smalller one are not visible in the picture. I don't know why. In the picture they are black, in reality they are "milky" white.
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