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why doesn't the iPhone or Touch simply have virtual buttons only?

01-01-2010, 12:24 PM
#1
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why doesn't the iPhone or Touch simply have virtual buttons only?

ive come to think about this recently- if all the volume controls and home button were simply virtual, it would make for a much smoother and sleeker device and silhouette, IMO. What do you guys think? Is there a particular reason these controls are not virtual????
01-01-2010, 12:29 PM
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Erm well you need to use the home button to wake up your iPod (or at least I do), but if it were virtual then you'd need to have your iPod's screen on in the first place to use it. Also, if you are in the middle of a game and needed to exit, how would that be possible?

The volume can be controlled virtually but it is much more convenient to have volume control capabilities using real buttons because you are able to adjust the volume while your iPod screen is off. It would be a pain to be forced to have your iPod's screen on at all times just to adjust volume.

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01-01-2010, 12:30 PM
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a virtual volume button?! i think a real volume button is needed. and home screen...then accidentally brushing the "button" will exit the app. plus i think it would also be more expensive to make.

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01-01-2010, 12:32 PM
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what if your device crashes completely. how would you reset it. shaking?
01-01-2010, 12:41 PM
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what if your device crashes completely. how would you reset it. shaking?
yes

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01-01-2010, 12:50 PM
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*taps virtual volume button, sound shoots way up. apparently, finger was apparently a millimeter too high*
01-01-2010, 12:51 PM
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01-01-2010, 03:29 PM
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Steve isn't that much of a button hater...
01-02-2010, 03:03 AM
#9
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Life would be hell if I didn't have those buttons, I'm all for touch but damn, you're taking it too far lol.
01-02-2010, 03:22 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Aspargusman View Post
ive come to think about this recently- if all the volume controls and home button were simply virtual, it would make for a much smoother and sleeker device and silhouette, IMO. What do you guys think? Is there a particular reason these controls are not virtual????
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rachel View Post
Erm well you need to use the home button to wake up your iPod (or at least I do), but if it were virtual then you'd need to have your iPod's screen on in the first place to use it. Also, if you are in the middle of a game and needed to exit, how would that be possible?

The volume can be controlled virtually but it is much more convenient to have volume control capabilities using real buttons because you are able to adjust the volume while your iPod screen is off. It would be a pain to be forced to have your iPod's screen on at all times just to adjust volume.
Win.