Since Samsung launched the Galaxy S range of smartphones they have slowly started to eat into Apple’s market share, and when the S3 version was leaked the iPhone stopped being the preferred choice, so much so that Samsung is now the biggest smartphone maker. However, the Galaxy range is not perfect and consumers and business users alike both hope that Samsung address these issues when they release the Samsung Galaxy S4, but would they prefer to have physical or virtual buttons?
We won’t have long to wait because if we are to follow the release cycle from last year then the Galaxy S4 should be released in May, although we hope to catch a glimpse of it during MWC next month. Having asked several S3 owners a majority of them have said they hope that Samsung do away with physical buttons so that the handset can take full advantage of Android 4.0+ features, which are software buttons, although this would work much better if the S4 has an edge-to-edge screen.
However, that’s not saying that there isn’t any love for a physical buttons because other S3 users believe that it is a unique feature (have they not seen the iPhone), and the fact that they hate the software buttons on the bottom of the phone. There seems to be a growing trend that our smartphones of the future will have no physical buttons at all, but a huge percentage of Galaxy S3 owners are not prepared to lose them altogether, because they love being able to feel a button when they are adjusting the volume.
If Google had their way they would do away with physical and soft buttons because the Jelly Bean update shows that there needs to be a uniformity and software buttons is their answer. If Google are to stick with this then there needs to be more real estate on the screen and maybe those rumors of a wraparound screen would also be a huge benefit, that way there could also be software buttons on the side of the handset as well to control volume and other features, although this is a long way off so will not be implemented on the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Going back to what we mentioned above about Samsung not showing off the S4 at CES, there was an Easter Egg hidden, which showed that the Samsung Galaxy S4 could come with a 1080p display and the good news is we don’t have that long to find out.