Would you like Verizon home button branding with that Galaxy Note 2?

by: Bams SadewoOctober 25, 2012

Being the number one wireless carrier in the States may have given Verizon a slight upper hand from others when it comes to enforcing its branding across devices. The Samsung Galaxy S3 was spared from such ordeal, but it looks like Big Red will have its way with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

We saw a leaked picture of said Verizon variant of the enlarged smartphone last month, where the carrier’s logo can be seen stamped on the Note 2’s home button. Whatever hope there was that it’s nothing but a doctored image has vanished: The Verizon home button branding on the phablet is here to stay.

From ART to WHAT?

It may not be as bad of a botched job as the above example, but it still ruins the otherwise smooth design of the Galaxy Note 2 with unnecessary branding. Why Verizon?

We’ve been taught not to judge anything by its cover, unless it’s an adult magazine, but it’s hard not to notice that forced logo stamping on the small home button. But ultimately, it’s still a great device to have regardless of the exterior, and we’re sure folks will learn to live with it over time.

Does the logo placement bother you at all? Will it affect your buying decision? Are you plotting for ways to remove or mask the front branding? Let us know in the comments below.

  • Stefannie Tan

    Ugly. Why can’t they just stamp their name on the back of the phone instead? Thank god carriers in my country haven’t tried that crap yet.

    • Thing is, it’s ALSO stamped on the back. A huge Verizon 4G LTE branding.

      • Stefannie Tan

        overkill, then.

  • Lol glad mine does not have that on the home button, lol. Wow.

  • tomn1ce

    Samsung should’ve put their foot down on vzw and not allow them to put the vzw logo on the home button. I’m pretty sure that the average consumers won’t care that the vzw logo is on the home button. Other then my G-Nexus, I have always seen the carrier branding on the front of devices with the exception of the SGS3. People on here and in other Android blogs were up in arms when news broke out that the vzw G-Nexus would have the vzw logo on the back. I had no problem with this since I always put a cover on my phone. It would be hard to escape from the home button logo, unless some company decides to make some kind of custom sticker for the home button to cover up the logo. The question is how many people will buy such a thing other then the android fans who follow android blogs whom are not too happy by this?

  • T.H.

    I was thinking of switching from Sprint to Verizon but when I saw the Verizon Note 2 device I decided against the switch. The branding is a disgrace to such a beautiful device. According to the Sprint website there is no Sprint branding. If that is the case then I am for sure sticking with Sprint. If Sprint decides to brand the Note with their name as well then I will switch to Verizon and live with this brand trashed phone.

  • Cellphone Fiend

    i was going to pay full price $699 and get the Note2 but the logo botched the smooth design. Im going to just stick with my current phone.

  • cuekwe

    I’ve read that the reason for VZW’s launch delay on the Note 2 is due to
    delays in putting that hideous branding on the home screen button. This
    decision truly staggers the imagination–not only is the branding a bad
    idea, but VZW is *delaying sales* because of it! Honestly, whoever proposed this idea ought to be fired.

  • Jeff

    Yea I will not be buying because of their bull@&$@. I waited so long for this phone but I’m not goin to stare at Verizon’s name on my phone.

  • Spencer

    Any ideas how to remove it? I have one now and I’m using a temporar sticker tto coverit but it doesn’t play well with my flip cover