Galaxy Note II Gets Verizon-Branded Home Button; Are Carriers Going Too Far?
It’s difficult to think of anyone other than a cellular network executive who might think that carrier branding all over our nice, new smartphones is anything even remotely resembling a good thing. Most of us put up with it without making too much of a fuss, but at the same time, we’d likely choose an unadorned option if it was readily available. Just look at how excited we got when we heard rumors (ultimately proved false) that Nokia might not allow such badging on its new Lumia models. Sometimes, though, carriers try to push the boundaries of what we’ll permit them to get away with, and we’ve got a feeling that’s the case with the Samsung Galaxy Note II as it’s coming to Verizon.
We just showed you the T-Mobile version of the Note II, which has a tasteful T-Mobile logo around back; there’s nothing on the phone’s face but Samsung’s logo. Apparently that sort of discretion wasn’t what Verizon was interested in, as photos of the carrier’s Note II variant show a Verizon logo smack dab in the middle of the phone’s home button.
This may be the first time we’ve seen something like this, which might be partially due to how few hardware home buttons we get in the States. What do you think, is this the pinnacle of tackiness, or are we just making a bit stink over nothing?