Ah yes now I remember the Blackberry Storm. Seems like such a distant terrible memory.
And you're also right about relying on software because androids with no buttons freeze when apps crash and have to be rebooted.
The home button is a nice fail safe for now but I still think Apple will bid rid of it on an iOS device in the future.
Gruber got into it on one of his talk shows, how fundamental the home button is on iOS devices, and how frustrating the lack of one is on Android devices. Something about how a little kid will come to rely on it to get out of trouble, how it is a touchstone for the device in an important psychological way for all of us.
There's a reason why it's called the "Home" button. We need for there to be a place to always go to, and I suspect they've given a huge amount of thought to its feel, reliability, and its meaning as the node point where the software meets the hardware and our fingers. That little house icon on an Android phone causes an instant, strange rise of hostility in me. I don't think I can get past it, and so I'll never be a candidate for crossing over. What they've done, Android, is abstracted Home, and I don't think you should ever do that.
Edited by Flaneur - 1/16/13 at 1:48am