We decided to go with an actuated button for our iPhone 5/5S case and iPhone 4/4s case instead of a cut-out like on the older iPhone 4 case, because we at Grove are constantly pushing to make our products better.
1) Due to the iPhone 5 being so much thinner, and the camera being closer to the edge a cutout would create an extremely thin bridge between the power button cutout and camera hole. Such a thin bridge wouldn’t look the best, and it would create a weak-point in the case. If we tried to make the button cutout smaller, you would have to have the nimble fingers of a flamenco guitarist to reach the button.
2) The actual iPhone 5 button can be finicky, and sometimes only works if you press it right in the middle. Our button always contacts the phone’s power button in the center. Moreover, our button is recessed into a pocket on our case, making it barely raised from the surface of the case. Mmmm, we love good design!
3) The actuated button offers a far superior user experience. Since we all use our power buttons so frequently, we need them to not be frustrating to reach. We think our bamboo button makes the phone’s power button easier to use. Instead of digging your finger into a hole to press the power button, it’s easy to push. Sometimes after hours of sanding and production work, our hands just need a break - and I’m sure many can relate. Even Homer Simpson’s big cartoon thumbs could use this button with ease.
Truly, this button is very satisfying to press - you’ll see. You can even still feel the pleasant, faint click of the button working. We can’t stop playing with the buttons on our cases!
>Can I get the case without the button? Sorry you cannot. Because we're a small company, we're not able to expand our production to make two differently designed cases. Also, without the actuated button, you would have to stick your fingernail into the cutout to activate the power button on the phone.
>Will the button break over time? What is it rated to? The bamboo button will most likely outlast your iPhone 5 power button. It is not "rated" like an electrical switch would be. We use the natural strength and flexibility of bamboo to its full advantage. After prototyping, we have refined the design to be both flexible and strong.
>Is the button hard to push? Nope. It is very easy to use, and feels great!
>The button in the picture on Facebook looks really thin - isn't it too thin? Yes it is, that was an old prototype that got accidentally posted. Our real button is 1/8" thick (twice as thick).