Yesterday we linked to information about Apple getting a patent on technology that allows for discrete and/or capacitive buttons on the bezel of a device. We’ve heard in the past about Apple and others exploring technology to allow touch on both front and back sides of devices. In my admittedly limited experiences with Android devices, all of them have had capacitive buttons. Again, my experience is limited but those buttons are more of a problem than a benefit because on tablets they are right where I want to hold the button and it is very easy for my fumble fingers to inadvertently press them On smartphones the issue isn’t as prevalent in my case, but I do find that inadvertent touches have caused some unwanted actions.
So in the context of a potential magical and revolutionary bezel with places to touch and manipulate actions, (or as rumors have been circulating, a capacitive home button on the next iPhone) I’m curious and would like some advice and feedback from Android users. Is it just me or do you have problems with inadvertent button presses on these devices? Do you get used to it eventually and find that motor memory kicks in?
I ask this sincerely seeking what those who have more experience think about this. Call me naive, call me unfairly and prematurely skeptical, but unless there is engineering to prevent inadvertent button pressing I see this kind of complexity leading to more trouble than it is worth. Again, my experience with Android devices is limited but in the times I’ve worked or tested an Android Tablet the capacitive buttons have been more problematic than beneficial.
So, let me know your thoughts. Please share them in the comments. below.