ITLT: Power/Home Button Placement

Power button

Turning on a device should be easy and simple and shouldn’t take a lot of effort. Physical buttons are the best: giving you tactile and instant feedback.

Power Button - one finger vs the claw
Which would you rather?

Devices with physical home buttons (e.g. iPhone / Samsung S series) are the ideal IMO while Nexus devices (e.g. Nexus 4 pictured above) force you to use ‘the claw’.

ITLT: Headphone and USB port placement

Port Positions
How does one pocket this?

IMHO

  • both USB/charging port and headphone ports should be on the bottom
  • ensures pocketability when charging on the go with a USB battery pack while listening to music

Good

  • iPhone 5S
  • HTC One M8

Bad

  • Nexus 5
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Lumia 930

Other Notes

If you’re stuck on with a device with non optimal port placement, I suggest getting right angle connectors for your headphones as it at least allows the device to rest on the connector without straining anything too much (you could also get a right angled USB connector, but it is yet another thing to worry about if you care about USB charging speeds)

Right Angled Headphone Connector