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I'm going to keep this short and sweet: Pressy is the worst product I've ever reviewed. I generally find some redeeming quality about even the worst products, but Pressy doesn't have one. It is, without question, complete garbage and a waste of money.

Four members of the Android Police team, myself included, backed Pressy on Kickstarter. Out of the four of us, roughly zero percent likes or uses it. In fact, in a recent poll conducted in the Android Police team chat, 100% of those who backed this project regret doing so. I imagine the other 28,818 people who gave Pressy their money feel the same way, on at least some level.

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When we first received our units and concluded that it's a terrible product that shouldn't exist, I decided to order one of those cheap knockoffs. I went for Klick, which is quite literally less than a twentieth of the price of Pressy. Spoiler: it sucks just as badly. But really, that's OK. I'm out a dollar on that deal. Pressy is an entirely different story, especially considering all the hassle backers had to deal with because of delays and such.

Here's a quick rundown of what makes it so terrible:

  • Doesn't appear to work on Motorola devices (tested on Moto X and Droid Maxx).
  • Setup is a nightmare on Samsung Galaxy devices because of conflicts with Touchwiz.
  • If there's a music app running in the background, a single-click will just unpause the track and do nothing else most of the time.
  • Incredibly laggy. Sometimes it takes upwards of 10 seconds to execute the command.
  • The app states that you must insert Pressy without pushing the button, which is basically impossible.
  • Doesn't even do some of the things highlighted on Kickstarter, like take a screenshot.
  • The app generally sucks, which could be a big part of the awful response time.
  • Single button presses aren't always registered, or are registered incorrectly. Oftentimes, a single press would change the ringer/notification volume instead of executing the programmed action. The best part? You never know which way the volume is going to go – sometimes it goes up, other times down. Fun!

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In short, we all believe that the Pressy team overpromised and underdelivered, which is unfortunately becoming the norm with crowdfunded projects as of late. There's no possible way these units would've sold had Pressy gone directly to the retail market, and I believe they knew that. So Kickstarter was the way to go, because a bunch of unsuspecting saps would readily throw money at the project's promises, all of which sounded incredible at the time.

And really, that's the problem with selling hardware on Kickstarter in the first place. The creators make it seem like an amazing product, which gets people excited. In turn, users continuously throw money at the project, which presents an entirely new issue: stretch goals. These essentially push product creators to continue making promises, many of which are just outlandish and improbable. And in the end, we get crap products like Pressy.

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If you want a headphone jack button trigger item thing to play with, get a cheap one (this makes the disappointment far more bearable). Just stay away from Pressy.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

    You could totally make a rad set of earrings out of two of them though.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      But Pressy just falls through my ear holes :(

      • NexusKoolaid

        Did you press the button while inserting them?

      • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

        Even in a job as simple as being a pair of earrings, pressy still disappoints.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Which holes specifically? You seem to have more than one per ear.

        • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

          If you don't possess more than one ear hole on your person you should consult a doctor.

          • KojiroAK

            Well, without holes it's damn hard to get this earrings on to your ears.

          • captain oblivious

            Or... to hear.

          • h4rr4r

            He said per ear.

      • cn

        Wrong hole.

  • sssgadget

    Ouch.. sucks for the backers

    • Jean-Francois Messier

      Yes this review it does. I'm one backer, and I happen to be satisfied of what I ordered. I guess my expectations were not as high as other may have, and I was used in delays in shipping. This is a starter. And we have to give them a chance. They are not perfect. But they can progress and get better............. if we give them a chance !

      • Adil Tajgeer

        no, when a company gets VC to fund over 600K to make an app and a stupid button, they better deliver on the first attempt. compounded with crappy updating of backers and delays. i would expect the first one out of the gate to at least work properly.

  • Not A Guest

    Wonder if Xiaomi's version is any better

    • Mustafa Selçuk Öztürk

      Nope. Got one, there are a lot of apps to control it, but they all suck. At least I spend it 0.39 dollars so worth!

      • Guest

        0.39 is a fake mikey real one is about 2.5$

        • makapav

          None of these ideas work because they should really be enabled at the OS level.

          Any hardware function that requires an unofficial service to continuously run to operate wake, asleep states is going to flail without OS level support.

          Case in point: Lightflow. It was always buggy until notification access was officially built in the OS. In fact, the color management part of it is still buggy because Android is not doing a good enough job underneath enabling it.

          My 2c

          • archercc

            ?

            Even when it was being set as administrator I still had no troubles with it, and since its been one of those things you set and forget. like seriously, since i have backups for when I flash I kind of forget its even an app on my phone.

        • Mustafa Selçuk Öztürk

          Got both, didnt notice any diffrence

      • Fred

        Got the same deal and totally agree with you. That thing is just too unreliable and the worst part is that it fails more than successes. The idea is amazing but it just doesn't work.

        • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

          I have the klick one and it is the same. It also disabled the voice input system wide. I could no longer issue commands to Google Now or anything. Plus all the things AP mentioned in the article. Threw it in garbage.

    • Jakub Švec

      It is good enough for the money. I have one for like 2 $ and official app is better than I thought. No problems.

    • Henrique Persechini

      I have a xiaomi knockoff, it works exactly as pressy is described to work ie. as useless as pressy (I don't have one thou) and I risk evaluating the knockoff app I used (I think it was called klick) worked with way less issues than the official app according to the review

  • http://www.kovdev.com/ kover

    I haven't even taken mine out of the box since receiving it.

    • http://usamaisawake.wordpress.com usamaisawake

      Then I guess you've enjoyed it more than the fine people who have tried to utilize it. For you, it has potential still.

  • Donhu Rickerby

    I bought one, tried to set it up, failed... I don't know where it is now.

  • hldc1

    I second everything you said here. I tried using it for about 2 days. Finally just gave up and came to terms with the fact that it would have been a much better use of my time if I had just burned $20 instead. Pressy is absolutely terrible.

    • Eternal Optimist

      But inhaling the fumes from the burnt $20 might've given you cancer!

      Think about it - Pressy saved you from getting cancer! And all it cost was 20 bucks! Now where else could you find a deal like that? Apart from kickstarter, I mean.

      MONEY WELL SPENT, I SAY!

      • hp420

        Ok, then maybe buying a $20 bag of weed would be better...since it reverses cancer ells and all ;)

        • StonersLie

          Stop that BS. You just like being stoned. Damn stoners could get it legalized if they just went. "we want to be stoned". That's it. No BS.

          • Barrett Jasper

            We did in WA state ;-0

          • hp420

            awww, that's cute....you think you can call WA's abomination of laws legalization. WA managed to screw up everything they possibly could. Smoke a joint and drive the next day. If you get a MJ field sobriety test, it's highly likely you will fail even though you are clearly not still stoned 24 hours later.

          • Barrett Jasper

            not at all how it works but ok.

          • hp420

            Yes it is...the acceptable levels for MJ related DUI are so low that a vast majority of people who use MJ regularly will still fail 24 hours later. Maybe some more research is needed on your end. Washington's "legalization laws" are the worst set of laws I could have possibly imagined. It's an absolute abomination of the legal system.

          • Barrett Jasper

            They haven't even set laws in place for "dui" detect ability yet. they can't use a urine test because it could stay up to 30-90 days depending so how will they decide on who's stoned too much to drive or that it affected their driving while being stoned? Has that even been determined yet? I don't think it has as of late.

          • Barrett Jasper

            Also, cannot play video without installing some third party player. Have another link to it?

          • hp420
          • http://dribbble.com/nickchamberlin Nick Chamberlin

            Yeah and the homeless percentage skyrocketed.

          • Barrett Jasper

            no it didn't. LOL

          • hp420

            two statistics occurring simultaneously does not prove a link between them. That's like saying "well it rained the day the president was shot, so the rain must have been the cause"

          • mldi

            That's the whole "recreational use" angle of it. Nobody's pretending unless they have to (so, in 49 states).

          • hp420

            who's pretending??? What I said is 100% true, and even the US government publicly admits it.....
            http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabis/healthprofessional/page4

          • Spoony IV

            woah!!! the government admits it? well it must be true then!

          • hp420

            You've quite obviously not done your research.....
            http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabis/healthprofessional/page4

          • Iz3man

            I don't smoke it now, but I did and I really think they need to legalize it, market it like you do beer and liquor..

            I've yet to meet a guy or girl high on weed be anything but lazy and in a good mood...

          • Adam

            What you are saying is completely irrelevant to what hp420 said. Someone enjoying "being stoned" has nothing to do with the cancer fighting effects of THC and related cannabinoids.

            How is what he said BS? Hp420 made no mention of legalization whatsoever and especially made no argument for it. I hope your post was just trolling - if you are for real then good lord I am saddened you exist.

          • St

            "Damn stoners could get it legalized if they just went. "we want to be stoned". That's it."

            Really, all we have to do its ask politely and the world will see reason? Wow! Why didnt we think of it before?

            I like keeping my head in the clouds, but you clearly prefer having it lodged up your ass.

          • http://www.rebelwithoutaclue.com/ Rebel without a Clue

            And you need to get your facts straight. I don't smoke weed (and I'm Dutch) and I know that it helps with cancer. Even the National Cancer Institute knows that, as hp420 mentioned

          • http://dribbble.com/nickchamberlin Nick Chamberlin

            Lol I thought you guys were kidding about it helping with cancer. Lol. Its given to cancer patience to help them with their appetite mainly, pain secondarily. Haha I can't believe people are stupid enough to believe weed reverses cancer omg bahaha.

        • Franco Rossel

          What a bunch of BS. Burnt cannabis is more oncogenic than tobbaco. If you really believe that reverses cancer, I would love to see the scientific paper backing your posture.

          • hp420

            What is bullshit is that you've formed an opinion without proper research
            http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabis/healthprofessional/page4
            read the antitumor paragraph and you'll see....straight off a US government website

          • Franco Rossel

            Well, I have here publications from real medical journals, indexed on PubMed, not just the internet.

            http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/25012035/?i=2&from=cannabis%20cancer
            http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/24579346/?i=14&from=cannabis%20cancer

            I have loads of articles from Ebscohost, since recently I did a little homework about it for Med school, but since it's a paid service only subscribers can see them. Oh well.

          • hp420

            ....and here, on the exact same website you linked, i have a laundry list of papers and articles supporting cannabis as an apoptotic treatment. So yes, as in every single smoked plant material in the world, carcinogens are inhaled, but it can also be argued that: 1- the benefits (and there are thousands) far outweigh the harm from exposure to carcinogens, and 2- there are no carcinogens in vaporized or edible forms of cannbis.

          • me

            damn he got sonned, lol

          • vfn

            You dont have to burn your weed to get high.

          • TrogdorTheMagnificent

            Most stoners who care about their lung condition usually use a vaporizer. I personally don't know any weed-only smokers, they're all also cigarette smokers. Vapor doesn't damage lungs, it can even possibly make them more cancer resistant.

          • hp420

            I am...I quit smoking cigarettes almost 7 years ago

        • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

          Hey everyone check out this overdrawn debate on marijuana legislation on an article about a failed mobile device peripheral.

        • Manute

          Ouch, Pressy is so bad that people would rather comment on pot legislation then Pressy...!

    • Underyx

      Burning US money is illegal, though.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

        THEN PRESSY SHOULD GO TO JAIL

        • Barrett Jasper

          They aren't burning it, they're hand over fisting it at our cost.

    • JMB98115

      I'm less patient than you, I only tried for 30 minutes to get it to do what I wanted it to before giving up.

  • muhkuhap

    I only got a china clone für under a $ with shipping.. glad i didnt buy a real one..

  • Frank Urbanski

    Yeah, it's really the only horrible thing I ever backed on Kickstarter :(

    • Eric J. Peterson

      Same here. And I agree with the review.

  • bobchadwick

    I never even got mine. I moved earlier this year and because they asked for address confirmation so long before actually shipping, I'm assuming it was shipped to my old address and not forwarded for some reason. To their credit, they did issue me a refund.

  • fallofmankind

    Still cannot believe 28,818 people would sponsor such a stupid thing as a button to plug into your headphone port. And it's just just Pressy. Kickstarter is filled with complete crap, yet somehow people still sponsor many of these projects.

    • RyanWhitwam

      It's not that the idea was stupid. It's just that the functionality promised either isn't possible or wasn't correctly implemented in this product.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

        That whole "promise -> reality" part is a real stickler.

        • Colin Whiteside

          I've made this useful diagram for Kickstarter backers:

          • ari_free

            Wrong. There should be nothing inside the head.

      • ari_free

        Yes, the idea was stupid. Buttons need to be designed right into the device.

  • Steven Clarke

    Completely agree, a mate of mine got some free Klick ones and half the features don't work (really wanted google now voice commands to work). I also agree that it is way to slow, I really wanted it as a quick short cut to opening the camera app but it is so slow that I can unlock my phone and open the camera app myself quicker, also it seems to crash half the time when trying to open the camera app.

    The idea was good, even the design is good but the app just does not work well enough and there is not enough options of things that can be set. I thought it was the Klick app and the pressy one would be better but from this review I guess not.

  • Jephri

    Ouch. Not the review they were probably hoping for. Thanks for telling us straight. I'm glad I didnt back this.

    • Henrique Persechini

      that ligatures

    • Barrett Jasper

      the kerning....my eyes!!

      • Jephri

        Sorry man, not sure why pixlr xpress does the with lower res pictures. Didn't notice it until after I posted, now those o's are burned into my retinas.

        • Barrett Jasper

          LOL, as a Graphic Designer who has to follow corporate branding guidelines, I notice these things lol. +1

  • roberthenderson

    Got it, installed it, and the commands I choose worked. Unfortunately, my speakerphone wouldn't work at all. Haven't touched it since and I am very skeptical of ever baking anything again on kuckstarter.

  • Jean-Francois Messier

    I was one of the backers of the Pressy. I thought this was a smart way to provide one more button to a device which is limited in physical buttons. I guess one of the reasons I did not complain so much about Pressy (and use it) is that first the software gives me functionality that I would not have otherwise. I can have multiple purposes for my single-button earphones. One of the reasons that I did not experience the incompatibilities that others did is that I use a Nexus 5 phone and a Nexus 7 tablet, both of which come with no crapware that get in the way of Pressy. They are PURE Android devices. When I received my Pressies ( I ordered 3 ), I had an issue that was quickly documented by others, which was the Pressy hardware or software was draining my battery very quickly. But the problem seems to have been fixed now, as it works fine. And Pressy is more than just the button that plugs in the jack. It is also the software which is useful even when the Pressy is not in the jack.

    I agree, there may be improvements that can be done. Perhaps more hardware-specific issues. But for me, it does that it is described to do. And it works well. for me. I want Pressy toi know that although this article is negative, there are happy users out there.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      Worth noting, I tried Pressy with multiple devices, as did everybody on the AP team. I used it in a Nexus 5 almost as much as I did with the HTC One (and to a lesser extent on a couple of tablets), and it was highly unreliable and buggy for me on every device.

      • Jean-Francois Messier

        It seems to work fine on mine. I also have a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (first generation) that runs CyanogenMod 10.2 and it works well there too.

      • Josh Rahn

        I got 2 pressys. One for me and one for the other half. We both have stock nexus 5s and in both cases just said forget it. I had issues with volumes and notifications. I was late to work a couple days as my alarm didn't go off. I backed this purely for the ability to take pictures with the click of a button and It's really hard to plan a shot 10-15 seconds in advance. It's quicker to manually open the app from the app drawer. lol. Also, you can set it to execute the command if your screen was off. If you even tried this it would hose up the camera and you would have to reboot. The build is nice, the app is nice. The execution sucks. Why is the lag so insanely bad? anyone have any ideas?

        • Josh Rahn

          Also would like to add, i didn't have issues with it registering the wrong commands. I really want to use this thing, but it needs some drastic improvements.

        • Dane

          They probably have a service listening for microphone events and either send intents to other Apps or implement the function in their App. Intents aren't meant to be speedy. They are also asynchronous, which means if the App screws up reading it the Pressy App will never know and it's gone forever.

          For the camera, for them to take a picture at a resonable time they need to implement thier own camera app that listens to the mic (which isn't so bad to do). You could probably take the AOSP camera App and add a service that listens to the mic and takes a picture pretty easily.

          "Also, you can set it to execute the command if your screen was off. If
          you even tried this it would hose up the camera and you would have to
          reboot. "

          For you to take a picture when the screen is off, you need to do it in the service and doing that from a service is tricker. Most manufacterers don't test for the use case of using a camera from the service and the camera ends up being locked. Newer phones (4.4.3 or higher) don't have this problem (mostly). Motorola phones lock very easily when trying to use the camera in the service. Samsung phones with 4.2 locked like crazy until the 4.3 or higher firmware. Basically it is an unsupported and untested way to use a camera and might not be Pressy's fault. (Source: GammaPix developer which uses camera to detect radiation)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      The problem is that they promised a retail product. It's the problem with many Kickstarter and IGG campaigns. If you paid $20 to participate in a limited beta (let's be real, alpha) test, this review wouldn't be as sensible.

      Yet every Kickstarter promises backers (either implicitly or through a series of promises that it will function as described) a product that works and is ready to go. Because no one wants to pay for something that might not work, and it ends up just being angry, embittered customers versus a company that now is bleeding money to "do the right thing" or that just cuts and runs and screws their backers.

      What's wrong with Kickstarter and IGG is what's wrong with the entire startup tech industry: unchecked and unrealistic optimism resulting in a belief that anything is possible if you can render it and get two other people on the innovation circlejerk to help you out. The problem with Kickstarter and IGG is that instead of rich investors simply putting money on the odds of a return (with so many investments, only one or two need to really pay off big time), it's consumers expecting that a promise will be fulfilled even though IGG and Kickstarter are inherently about risking your money.

      The notions of "pre-order" versus "risky, unsecured payment for non-existent product" have become so conflated by crowdfunding that many people just don't understand or want to understand the difference anymore. Until crowdfunding is regulated or people suddenly realize that crowdfunding carries the same (if not greater) risks as investing, this is going to continue to be a problem.

      • Cory S

        I have a Nexus 5, and I can't use it simply because Audible always intercepts the commands for Play/Pause. The screen off commands were 20% effective at best too.

    • impulse101

      I can hardly tell you are one of the pressy devs

      • nick_XIII

        Cynical much? I'm not a dev and I love(maybe a strong word) my Pressy. I even have it working on my GS5, albeit without long-press functionality, but I never used that anyway.

        • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

          Sorry but "without long-press functionality" means it isn't working. It's broken. Even if some functions are working, if the product as a whole isn't doing what it is advertised to do then it's not working.

          • nick_XIII

            I could have long press, but I chose to use s-voice instead, not a pressy issue but a samsung/TouchWiz issue.

      • Jean-Francois Messier

        I am not a Pressy developer, although I would like to be one, I do not have the time or knowledge to one.

      • flibblesan

        People that paid money for Pressy don't want to admit that they got ripped off and will do anything to defend the product.

        • Alucard291

          Stockholm syndrome to the max.

    • techmec

      +1 re battery vampire. usually get 3-4 days per charge on my Note 3. with Pressy it's less than a day. not happening! Pressy went into the junk jar. :rolleyes:

  • Adil Tajgeer

    i've been saying this ever since the first buzz started spreading. the device itself makes no sense when app icons and action shortcuts exist. everyone i tried to get an explanation from as to why they felt they needed it fell very short of persuading me that it's even remotely useful.

    and now it's a buggy piece of junk. serves you weird backers right! ;)

  • Guest

    the xiaomi mikey is better and have a better app

  • Zaatour36

    mine doesn't even work on my LG G3!

    :(

  • remister

    Not imPRESSive enough it seems.

    • Alan Judson

      That's so dePRESSing!

      • Lexster

        People are certainly exPRESSing their disappointment on this one.

        • http://www.lgmobilescience.wordpress.com/ Patrik Carlsson

          It's better than surPressing their emotions.

          • Lexster

            Well, I'm be hard-PRESSed to come up with a reason to buy one at this point, so I can relate to the frustration.

          • Eisenhorn1976

            I think you meant to write "supPRESSing their emotions."

          • http://www.lgmobilescience.wordpress.com/ Patrik Carlsson

            Pressycely!

          • jesuguru

            Look everyone, a Press conference!

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

          PRESS

          did I do it right?

          • Lexster

            Uh...no. Try putting a cold comPRESS on your head and give it another go. Or maybe try drinking an esPRESSo first.

    • erudite

      You were really PRESSed for a pun there, weren't you?

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    • Serge Cebrian

      they will succumb to the PRESSure and fix the app??

      because a simple button should be used easily, right, right!!!??

  • http://google.com/+derekross Derek Ross

    I find it hard to believe something could be worse than the NFC Ring.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      BUT DEREK, NFC IS THE FUTURE!

    • CalvinGoetz

      Literally the only 2 crowdfunded projects I've ever actually gone in for. Received both, and used for probably less than a week combined. Confidence level: zero.

      • Alucard291

        These days I only go for comic books and stuff like that. And even that only if I feel like I have money to throw :)

      • Mattie

        Cant wait for my Coin! /sarcasm

    • Daniel

      I bailed on the NFC ring. I got major sh*t off the creator for it trying to guilt trip me. I backed for the set of rings and it was delay after delay after delay. In hindsight that was a blessing as I'd picked out the rings that would ship plumb last I got to see the feedback. A bullet dodged.

      • Dlr

        So much agreed. I backed both this projects which turned out to be a bunch of useless crap. It's sad to because on the paper they were both interesting ideas.

    • mldi

      No way. I backed both these projects. I threw Pressy out after 1 day. I still wear and use my NFC ring to this day.

  • Raphael Barreiros

    Someone managed to make it work with Tasker?

    • Manu Krishnan

      Yes, and although it's slow sometimes, it works fine. I use it with my Lockitron to unlock and lock doors.

      • Raphael Barreiros

        Tasker manage it stock or you need a plugin? Can you provide more info, please?

        • Manu Krishnan

          No plugin required except Tasker

          After you create the Task, install pressy app and select "Run App" - > "Connected Apps" - > Select Tasker -> Select the task you created - > Done

          • Raphael Barreiros

            Thanks a lot!

  • http://plus.ly/zsolt prwnd

    I love my $1 copy from China, works great. Fast, stable, do what it should. No problem with music, no lag, etc.

  • Gian Luca Furger

    How would spent $30 on this? Rather buy Xiaomi's device for $2: http://www.dx.com/p/xiaomi-dustproof-3-5mm-plug-one-click-shortcut-key-white-324450#.U_zMCPC4yuY

  • rpitera

    I was an original backer and I love my Pressy. I use it all the time and have never had any issues. The campaign was handled well, they kept us informed, it was packaged beautifully and they constantly update the app with new features. Hard to believe it's the same product you reviewed but then again, your site *did* hype the hell out of the Kreyos Meteor; a well known piece of crap, a fact which AP only discovered after reading everyone else's posts about it on social media.

    • Mix

      Just posted above but I too don't mind my Pressy and it works for me just fine!

    • ncs

      Ok, either you are Nimrod Black himself (the creator of the thing) or you are talking about a different kickstarter campaign. The pressy team was *really* horrible in keeping the backers informed. Huge delays and no updates for up to 6 weeks at a time. I don't know what your standards are, but this definitely isn't keeping your backers well informed.
      They do update their app though, even though it still feels kinda slow to respond in your commands. Overall, I'm also disappointed and rarely (never) use it.

      • rpitera

        There are 6 pages of updates on Kickstarter which represent what was also sent to backers. I felt like I was sufficiently informed and I didn't think the delays were huge either. I don't know what your standards are, but I had no complaints on how the campaign was handled. I'm still trying to find that period of 6 weeks between updates but I can't seem to find it on Kickstarter.

        • ncs

          Ok, let's present the facts then.

          The campaign has 23 updates in total. The funding ended on October 14, estimated shipping was March.
          First update after funding was #10 on October 23, announcing the next update in about 2 weeks where we would be getting a survey.
          Update #11 came on November 14
          Update #12 came on December 12
          Update #13 came on January 1st for the survey that was announced in #10 and expected in #11
          Update #14 came on January 7th
          Update #15 came on February 10, announcing that delivery date will be mid April instead of March
          Update #16 came on February 15, announcing that Viber will be their partner for the feature 'Pressy to talk' (which never happened)
          Update #17 came on April 13, announcing that the delivery date will be the 28th of April and that the Keychain is changed to a new design (without informing us beforehand).
          Update #18 came on May 15 with an excuse about the new delay and new shipping date in "less than two weeks"
          Update #19 came on June 7, announcing that shipping will be done in "2-3 days at most"
          Update #20 came on June 17 announcing that half of the orders were shipped the day before and the other half should be done by the next day
          Update #21 came on July 9, announcing that the shipping finished two weeks ago.

          I would expect that if you want to keep your backers well informed, you let them know when the estimated delivery date changes ASAP and not weeks passed the date... Also, when you see the first couple of estimates being incorrect, be more careful in the next one..

    • impulse101

      How do you like taking 5 seconds for a picture to take after pressing it?

      • rpitera

        I never used it for that, but I just tried it now and it didn't take me 5 seconds for an instant picture. I'm on a VZW S4 rooted with CM11, latest nightly. Not sure what you're talking about. Sorry, but it works fine for me.

  • nemo

    Without in any way defending this product, the original G1 phone had a button on its headphones which, depending on whether you single clicked, double clicked or long clicked, did various things including pausing and resuming the music, jumping to the next track, answering the phone etc.

    At least it was supposed to. What actually happened is that you’d click and nothing would happen – it wouldn’t pause, or would skip to next track instead, or put it into party shuffle mode (with no way back) or there’d be a delay.

    And when I say “delay”, I mean in some cases HALF AN HOUR. You could click NOW to answer the phone, fail, so operate the touchscreen instead... half an hour later in the middle of a meeting, music would suddenly start playing.

    So although it appears this product is absolutely dreadful, it may not be entirely their fault... because the original reference Android implementation was absolutely dreadful too.

  • blacksheep1982

    I've only backed 5 or 6 Kickstarters and all delivered but Pressy, it is my lone epic failure. I fully agree, it is one of the worst products ever. I can't get half the click types to work on my HTC phone, basically one short, and two short clicks are all that register...sometimes (long press registers when it feels like it at random), and none of the other types work. The two that do work regularly have the laggiest response time.

    One of the intended uses I had was getting the flashlight working quickly in the dark for getting my key in the front door at night/my car in poorly lit areas. Sometimes the short click doesn't work, other times the light takes 30 seconds to a minute to come on. The problem with that is I have no idea if the click worked or not and have to wait, if I click again I will either send an off command or a double click command. Other times I press it and a random thing occurs, voice recorder appears, a photo is taken, music starts playing! Ugh, what a disaster. I even retried it after multiple app updates, same problems.

  • Mix

    I backed Pressy and use it with my Nexus 5 and it works just fine for me.

    1 short press = takes a picture, this works from the lock screen which is nice.
    1 long press = Dims my screen with a filter app I downloaded.
    2 short press = capture video.

    Yeah it was $16 or whatever and a bit expensive but it has not messed up on me yet.

    • nxtiak

      "Take Instant Photo". I press it, takes 5 seconds before it takes a photo.... Nexus 5, stock.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

        I can open the camera and take the picture myself faster than Pressy can get an "instant" picture.

      • Mix

        I guess that is true, I should try it on a clock to see when it actually 'captures' the image.

        • impulse101

          SO if that is true Pressy is a complete piece of shit

          • nick_XIII

            Because one feature doesn't work as you want it to? I realize they promised a retail product, but they are still working on it, coming out with almost weekly updates that make things run smoother and faster.

          • Alucard291

            What features actually DO work then?

            Face it. Its a piece of shit.

          • nick_XIII

            Just about every other feature? I use my pressy all the time, to open apps, change settings, and even go to my home screen for good measure. Just because you see no use for it doesn't make it shit.

          • Alucard291

            Its ok. We understand you're either a shill or the Stockholm Syndrome sufferer. One earns you money (so all is good on that front) and the other fades with time. So you'll be fine either way.

            P.S. What makes it shit isn't the fact that it has no real practical use cases - people buy android wear watches and they have no use cases either, but the wear watches aren't actually shit per se. There are other very real reasons why its shit. Some (just some) of them are listed in the article above. Which you clearly didn't read by the way.

      • dogbowl

        Same here. I bought it to use as a external button for the camera. Stock Nexus and it takes 5 seconds before the shutter "clicks"

  • Mayoo

    I was thinking of getting one only to block dust from entering the jack.

    • nxtiak

      There are much cheaper Chinese knockoff ones.
      Also you can buy a mini stylus, they usually come with a plastic headphone jack to hold it, and just use that part.

  • nxtiak

    I agree, Pressy is a piece of junk. At least I got a free extra one they gave me because I wasn't able to add-on the holder.

  • Gunnar Jones

    I got a klick and I don't think it is quite so horrible, although I wish it would turn the screen on when I pressed it instead of launching the app and then I have to turn screen on manually. I did have the volume issue, but not often. I stopped using it because of the app continuing to ask what I had in, headphones or the klick. Of course, my positive note was it cost .39 for one and a second one was a dollar or so more plus shipping. Makes it easier to not use it all the time...or at all.

  • Manu Krishnan

    It's not so bad now, I use it daily and although it's slow sometimes, it gets the job done. It was a nightmare in the initial days, and was way too overpriced for sure

    • Fadakar

      Yeah, I don't have any of the problems with music apps continuing play after a press, or the volume ever fluctuating with a press.

      Honestly, works fine for me, it's just slow, which is why I don't use it.

      The only real glitch I have is in Nova I have the persistent search bar, and every time I hit the mic icon it launches my single-long-press pressy action, every time. Drives me fucking nuts because I keep forgetting.

      • Steven Clarke

        I have the same problem with Nova and the search voice function, it doesn't work, need to tap to search by text then press the mic to search by voice

  • Elvis

    If you are running Xposed you can install PBMC (Physical Button Music Control) which makes it work reliably (for me anyway). That said, it is of limited use since PBMC only offers a subset of what Pressy claims. I was a early backer and also got the klick. The Pressy works on my Nexus 5 but not on my touchpad. The klicks don't work reliably on anything.
    I just wanted a way to start and stop audio while I drive without having to turn on or look at the screen. With PBMC I can do what I originally wanted, but the price is too high and the compatibility and reliability too low.

  • frafri

    695,138,pledged of $40,000 goal

    and they made such a shitty product?

    with 695,000 you can do a lot more. One would think !!

  • http://mekakiwi.blogspot.com.br/ ED-Zが現れた!

    If this is an overpriced useless product they can just sell to Apple fans. Problem Solved!

  • MarkG54321

    Breaking news, kicker stater projects fail to deliver. This is nothing new. LIFX is a similar situation, overpriced, under-delivering.

  • ChainsawCharlie

    Dang that sounds bad. Think I dodged a bullet with this one.

  • SVem26

    This and the Geckotag made me lose my faith on crowdfunded hardware projects. Out a 40$ ,but lesson learnt..

    • sneaky

      i too backed GeckoTag, which arrived couple of weeks ago this, not quite as crap as Pressy but close. Keeps disconnecting from the phone, which is really annoying especially late in the evening and the gesture control is truly awful. Will never croudfund again

  • rslh

    I also bought a Pressy and received it about a month ago. Tried it with my OPO and it worked, but all the actions lag like heck. If it output was instantaneous, the it would've been a joy to use. This is just one of those inventions that it sounded good -- at the time, but when you actually use it, it falls flat and under delivered. Good idea, poor execution. Gotta give credit to whoever made the promo video though. That darn bear sold me!

  • Abhishek Gupta

    Pressy works perfectly for me. Maybe because I use it with my Samsung Galaxy S4, which is a popular phone. I am sure Pressy devs tests the hardware and software on this phone and so it works perfect on this phone. Ok, I had to disable S Voice on the phone to make it work. Who uses S Voice any way. *long presses the button to deactivate Vibrate mode*

    • Manu Krishnan

      I also have an S4 and it works fine for me.. I agree with your conclusion, the authors here mentioned Moto X and Nexus 5 whicha re popular too...so I am confused

  • Daniel

    I backed Pressy at the lowest tier available and my impressions of it are fairly neutral. I won't say it's totally useless to me as it isn't. I'm a cyclist and quite often I need my phone to communicate with my Garmin bike computer. It's really nice that I can reach behind into my jersey pocket and double press for Bluetooth on and sync without needing to handle the phone or turn on the screen.

    Beyond that I pretty much no use for it. Pressy seems to have fixed a problem that never existed. Do I regret my decision to back it? No, it was worth a punt.

    Perhaps the funniest thing of all is that I recently ordered up a set of Xiaomi Piston earphones and they are throwing in a free MiKey! I'm assuming because I have access to the Pressy software then the MiKey will work fine on my other device of choice.

    • Adil Tajgeer

      why wouldn't you just leave bluetooth on? or at least just turn it on before you start your ride? legitimate question, not trying to troll. i leave bt on all my phones ever since like 2012 and i have little to no battery drain issues when it's in standby...

      • Daniel

        It's a fair question. I normally ride quite long distances and use the GPS as a back up function for my Garmin quite often to get altitude corrections. This normally involves me going through the whole "turn off everything to maximise battery" routine and Bluetooth often get's shut down or simply not turned on. I only need Bluetooth to pull in weather information on my rides from my phone so I tend not to keep it on. You could well be correct that I'd see hardly any drain, in which case my only reason to own a Pressy is totally invalid.

  • Cory S

    I regret backing this one, but it was just 12 bucks. I suppose it's possible it may get better with updates. The only expensive kickstarter I've backed is SmartThings and that was an incredible bargain.

  • Steve Freeman

    This is one of my main issues with crowdfunding... Once it's funded, and you're charged, there's very little chance you can get your money back if the items turns out to be crap.

    The second issue is...in the real world, when a company goes searching for financial backing, the backers don't get a T-shirt when the final product is done. They get a part of the profits. They're not in it to just break even, they're in it to make money. But with Kickstarted, Indiegogo, etc, you're literally paying for the product before there IS a product (or you're just giving them a flat out donation, which'll get you a thank you on their website or something else equally as useful), with no guarantee the product is going to be anything more than a steaming pile of shit.

    I've backed ONE campaign on Kickstarter, and that was only because it created by a well respected developer (Jane Jensen, of the old Gabriel Knight adventure game series). I work hard for my money (well, some days), and I don't want to throw it away on stupid crap that could easily turn out to be the next best thing to vaporware.

  • Tony Byatt

    Well damn, another review started and finished in the headline...

  • vidoardes

    I backed pressy, I tried it with a nexus 5 and it's horrible. Most of the time I get a call, the audio doesn't work cause my phone thinks a headset is plugged in. Getting it to recognise anything other than a single long press is a nightmare.

    Good idea, very poorly executed. Stay well away.

  • Omkar Dani

    you mean the app suks not the hardware ?

  • Henrique Persechini

    I got a knockoff button and installed a knockoff app. Used for a day while it was a fun novelty, and it's been collecting dust ever since

  • GJV

    After the Coin debacle, I'm done with crowdfunding. Even Pebble was a bigger pain in the rear than it should have been (it was about 6 months later than promised), but at least that product lived up to the promises, for the most part.

  • Ian Healy

    Mine didn't work with my Xperia Z2, conflicted with the Smart Connect app. It's been in the box since. Incredibly disappointing.

  • kickbacker

    I don't get all the hate. Pressy did everything I hoped it would, and then some.

    My damn MIL's cat died after choking on it, and it's made her a nervous wreck so she has finally stopped coming over and complaining to the wife about me. Best $20 I ever spent.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      This is the best Pressy testimonial of all time.

      • Dave

        Prestimonial

    • vbn

      You know, there are several cheaper choking hazards available, right?

      • punchbeginner

        But how many of them can I say I backed on Kickstarter?

    • pseudozach

      can't...stop...laughing...

    • http://dribbble.com/nickchamberlin Nick Chamberlin

      Did you get it back?

  • Kashmieer

    I bought 5 Xiaomi MiKey for $2.5 in total. Yeah.

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    The fact that Bluetooth music keeps playing after I turn off my engine was enough to get me to remove it from my device, at which point I promptly forgot about it. The other problems are mostly valid, save one:

    Inserting it is very, very easy. No problem with this whatsoever. The only issue is if you press the button immediately AFTER inserting it. If you push down on it in the process of inserting it there is absolutely no issue. And as that's the most obvious, natural, easy way to insert it, it's perfectly fine.

    It's too bad about a lot of the stuff that comes after that.

  • Brandon Miller

    The review is not exaggerating. This product is absolutely terrible. I tried, guys. I really did. To start, it kept saying I was pushing the button when inserting it when I WAS NOT PUSHING THE DAMN BUTTON WHEN INSERTING IT. Next, the phone I was using it with is the Moto X. As this review says, it just doesn't work with it. The app wanted me to turn off Touchless Controls in order for the Pressy to work. That crap ain't happening bro.

    Finally I decided that this product sucks so F it. I then tried putting my headphones into my Moto X and the music wouldn't f'n play through the headphones. The Pressy app would pop up asking me if what I plugged in was headphones or pressy. I'd click headphones. The Pressy app essentially said FU and acted like it was a pressy plugged in anyway.

    Long story short, this thing is absolute trash. Was one of my 1st kickstarters I backed. Really made me step back and realize that I need to be more careful and thoughtful before backing any kickstarters in the future.

  • Jason Hamilton

    I didn't feel as bad about it as the review states, but I don't use it.

    I have a G2 and when I was trying the pressy I was running CM. I think CM/Nexus has been better for people than TouchWiz/Sense, etc.

    Example: I had short click set for flashlight. Generally it worked, although often with delay, but it got pressed in my pocket all the time, killing the battery. Also I couldn't do voice commands, and if my phone was connected to a bluetooth device I couldn't even select to talk on the handset.

  • Oddlad

    I couldn't agree more with this review. I backed Pressy two phones ago - that's how long it took this turd to ship - and not only did my Moto X include several of the features I would have used Pressy to provide (quick access to the camera, for one example), Pressy either didn't work at all or disabled all of those features including voice commands. The App is worse than useless, the thing sticks out of the phone more than it should, and as noted in the review, you need tweezers and a lot of patience to even get into the headphone jack without pushing the button. Just worthless. I have lost some faith in crowdfunding.

  • Pierre Gardin

    USB Audio is a good idea after all.

  • Mr Glass

    I know the clone I purchased from China for $1.63 was just ok - not surprised to hear - I think the app seemed to be the issue, but perhaps not... I could use 1 click and long click, but nothing in between seemed to register... So I could start Bluetooth and launch Poweramp for example, but only two actions....

  • JMB98115

    Now I'm looking for a bluetooth button device.

    • TheFirstUniverseKing

      You mean a Dual Shock controller?

  • clonecone

    The AutomateIt plug-in never worked as advertised either. AutomateIt claims the custom recording function was just for development and was never intended to be released to the public. Pressy's updates never presented it that way and they have not responded to dozens of help tickets about it.

  • Gabriel

    I have klick the Chinese pressy. Same exact results. At least 32 cents was my cost.

  • hp420

    oh wow. total crash and burn. thanks fkr the heads-up man!!

  • Rita

    I am also a kickstarter backer. I tried using it for weeks and gave up days before this review. Unfortunately my experience has been the same. Pressy is basically unusable.

  • Samuel Hart

    Ouch. Well put, but ouch.

  • Spasillium

    Looking at the good side, it looks as if it'll at least make a decent headphone jack cover. I'm getting the cheap one just for that since I use a pair of Bluebuds X now.

  • leroybrute

    I read as kick starter as bad as a whole from this post. I don't see this as fair.
    No different than stocks. You get bad with the good. It sucks that people have to damage the institute because of one or two bad investments. Instead of looking stupid to yourself, you look stupid to everyone that invest.
    What's worse is you're making everyone that invest in kick start projects look and feel stupid, ignorant etc!
    Stupid article!.

  • http://friskychatter.com/ _jsw_

    I keep mine on my keychain as a constant reminder that essentially *everything* worthwhile that's hardware-related on Kickstarter becomes available publicly shortly after backers get it, usually for about the same price, and so there's almost never a reason to buy hardware there. Whenever I'm tempted to back hardware on Kickstarter, I remove the Pressy from my keychain and stab myself in the eye with it until I decide against it. That little $20-something bastard has saved me hundreds.

    • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

      @j_s_w:disqus I couldn't agree more and this is my fundamental complaint about Kickstarter. You're basically playing the role of an investor without any of the benefits or safeguards an investor would typically receive.

      If a product is truly worthwhile, let them find genuine investors for it and then buy it after the reviews confirm that it's worth buying. Don't be a fool and buy something that literally doesn't even exist based on the promises of people you have never even met.

      • HoboJerk

        Consider it a donation, with a bonus in the end if it pans out.

  • DirkBelig

    What This Article Tells Readers:
    • That Pressy sucks.
    • That Pressy knockoffs suck.
    • That no one likes it/uses it/is glad they bought it.

    What This Article Does Not Tell Readers:
    • What Pressy was supposed to do, assuming that everyone is well-aware of the product and its promises.

    I'm guessing that this was some sort of doodad that was to add a user-definable button to your device that could trigger something based on different button press patterns. Guessing, because it's not explained anywhere. Making readers Google what an article is referring to is lousy writing.

    • hoosiercub88

      If you or anyone will look back.. there are plenty of articles on AP/DL/AC and other tech sites about what Pressy was all about when they were pitching their kickstarter.

      • DirkBelig

        So you are in favor of lazy writers expecting readers to Google other stories or just assume they've been reading all along rather than risk breaking a nail typing a couple of dozen words explaining what this terrible product was supposed to do and fails at doing. Noted. Way to enable hackery.

        • hoosiercub88

          If you are part of the online Android news community, and don't know what Pressy is, you're a goddamn moron.

          Between explaining how it does or doesn't work well with devices it may or may not work with at all, even including screenshots. It's pretty obvious what Pressy is. So if that's "lazy writers" for you, then yes I fully support them trollololol.

          • DirkBelig

            Is there anything you are unaware of? If so, are you a "goddamn moron" about that? It's clear that you're a fucking asshole who vomits his neckbeard rage at anyone who has had sex with girls without paying for it, but that's no reason to be a dick about it.

          • hoosiercub88

            Look who's bringing sexism, sexuality, and childhood name calling into a disqus comment thread. Neckbeard, really?

            There are tons of things I'm unaware of, and if I come across one of those things, I use this magical tool to learn, call the internet. It feels many curiosities and queries. It might surprise you.

          • DirkBelig

            Let's see if you can understand it explained this way: Not everyone who discovers this site has been a longtime Android user. There are people freeing themselves of the ravages of drinking the Cupertino Kool-Aid and leaving their puny iPhones behind to join the Glorious Android Master Race (can't wait for the outrage on that one!) and they'll be looking for information.

            So what are they do with stories where the hacks are so lazy that can't be arsed to mention what the hell they're writing about? You seem to think it's perfectly acceptable to leave out basic information because, "People can just Google it," but you are WRONG! What good is a "news" site that you have to hunt around to get basic information from?

            According to their Kickstarter page, Pressy, "successfully funded on October 14, 2013." That's 10 looooooooong months ago. How many people have bought their first Android devices in that time, you arrogant jerk? 10 million perhaps? Are all of them "goddamn morons" because they haven't been keeping up or don't feel they should have to Google what lazy hack writers can't be arsed to include?

            You should be embarrassed for yourself, troll. You are actually demanding sloppier, lazier, LESS-INFORMATIVE writing just so you can maintain your trollish opposition to standards and quality. You'd rather have ignorance than admit I'm right and this article was substandard. Yay you. Time for your Proactiv yet?

          • Alan

            ...Shut up and go to a different site if the content here offends you on such a deep level. Every new post you make here is exposing you to ads on this site, which is making Android Police money. So, you are in fact helping the people you seem so contemptuous of.

            And you're calling him a troll...

          • deano

            chill

        • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

          Given the amount of time you've spent venting your autistic rage, I don't think you're the kind of person who should be bothered by time wasted Googling "Pressy".

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      The bottom of the article has auto-generated links to a bunch of other Pressy-related articles, the tags link you to other Pressy-related articles, it was exceptionally well-publicized for the last year, and yes, it's easy enough to understand that you accurately guessed exactly what it does. I don't think they need to re-explain what Pressy does in every. single. article. they write about it (which has been very many).

      • hoosiercub88

        He can't really read, he struggled through this story by images only.

        • DirkBelig

          >He can't really read, he struggled through this STORY by images only.

          FTFY, troll apologist for lazy hacks.

      • DirkBelig

        I only "guessed" because someone in the comments referred to what it does. NONE of the four "related stories" links has anything to do with the alleged functionality of the product. I'm stunned at how happy people are for lazy hacky writing. The lazy hacky writers may enjoy it, but it's just more degradation of "journalistic" standards.

        How effing onerous would it have been for the author to spend 5 seconds in the middle of repeatedly typing "IT SUX!!!" to mention, "Pressy, which was sold as a way to add another physical button to your smartphone with the ability to assign multiple functions to it..."? Why are you excusing - hell, APPLAUDING - laziness other than you're a troll who just pounces on legitimate complaints because it makes your nub tingly?

        • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

          Wait, MY behavior is the trolling? At this point I don't even need to disassemble everything you inaccurately accused me of in that comment, your misplaced expectations, or your overall nasty attitude. The fact that you think I'M the troll in this exchange is all the entertainment I need.

  • supergrover1337

    Am I the only one who wonders what happened to Pressy-to-talk?

  • Humberto Hernandez

    I knew it since the kickstarter days... i mean, +20$ for THAT?

    Pufsss, just for people with money to waste. Sorry the app sucks, but hey! The "devs" now have money! That's what they wanted since the beggining. What if some backers are sad or not glad about it? They won't care, they now have your money =/

    It sucks, but that's how it is.

  • Michael De Giovanni

    What about Xiaomi's cheap version?Anyone tried it out?

  • Jahfry

    Honest review appreciated. Thank you.

  • pressy baller

    Would the $1k backer please stand up? You know who you are. :p

  • TedPhillips

    too much variation in headset button standards, could account for some of the unreliability?

    i'm having flashbacks of CTIA vs OMTP all over again.

  • le10017

    Being a Pressy owner, oddly, the review and comments on this page made feel less pissed about my terrible decision to buy one. I feel like this is a great thread to express our lost $20 and disdain towards this sh1tty product, and more importantly, ward off anyone considering picking one up.

  • Brian Wrest

    I wasn't too imPRESSYed for the first couple of weeks either. I believe the last software alert may have addressed some issues on my Sprint HTC One. I found myself changing to simpler tasks though: 1)Open and run Google Voice 2) Open Camera 3)..hell...I forgot what three is! Did I overpay? Likely. Was I disappointed, nope. Did I want more, nope.

  • Android Developer

    Too bad there's no video of all the problems.
    Anyway, about taking a screenshot, I'm quite sure it's not a part of the official SDK. Only a hack/workaround (which might not work on some devices) or a root access can achieve it (or a manufacturer-specific SDK, if available).
    There reason is probably privacy.
    Maybe they do it by mimicking the clicking on a combination of keys, which will probably work only on specific devices, as the combination is different sometimes. But even for this I highly doubt it's possible.

  • Omar Al Matar

    lmao i bought a pressy knockoff online for 0.99$, better :3

  • nvillaco

    I agree with the review. I was a backer and wanted so bad for this device to be awesome as it's such a cool idea. In Pressy's defense, it really depends on your device... I have a Moto X and Pressy is completely unusable on it. But I also have a Nexus 7 2013 that Pressy works absolutely beautifully with. Short presses, long, combinations all work responsively. So it's at least usable there. But yes, this device-specific crapshoot is obviously not acceptable.

  • Mark Washington

    Hahahah! Gosh!

  • b0b

    How can there be some much interest for... a f.....g button ?

    I know that pushing a button all day long can be for itself a great goal in life, but still...

    What do people use their Pressy for that commands such passionate love and debate making everything else pale in comparison ?

    Personnaly, if I had a Pressy, I would love it so much that I would stare at it 24/24 in total awe at such beautiful tech. Because Pressy has become so important in every human's life.

    Presssssssy, pressy, .....pressy!!!!
    Shityyy, ...shitttyyyy
    Fucky, Fuckyyyyyy....

    Buttons are so cool in 2014! And smartwatches. For at least 6 months.

  • Barrett Jasper

    AND the fact that after you set it up and register the app etc. you have to re-scan the bar code from the packaging if you ever lose the info. It doesn't remember that you're a registered user already. there's an email field and a QR scan code section. Who the hell ISN'T going to lose their barcode?? It's garbage. I've spent 20.00 in other ways but never this worse. DON'T buy it....it's trash

  • Zimmerman

    I'd like to know ONE kickstarter success product. I am talking about something that actually works, high quality, and is very popular.

    • Defenestratus

      Airdock.

      I think it was indiegogo though.

      • Barrett Jasper

        keyword...."Kickstarter"

    • Tony

      If you're into photography you can check out the Peak Design campaigns. I've backed one or two and have been very satisfied with my perks/pre-order. I think their campaigns have earned at least over $1M so I would say they're "popular" as well.

  • Defenestratus

    I feel lucky that the only hardware crowdfunded product actually delivered and I love it to death. (Airdock)

  • hoosiercub88

    I love this personally.. because of the people rushing to their aide whenever Xiaomi made their cheap Asian market version of this device for like $.99 and everyone was all butthurt because Pressy was going to be so much better, here's to you suckers.

  • VegasDude73

    I have no clue why anyone would have backed this in the first place. I read the kickstarter when it first came out and was laughing so hard I almost fell on the floor.

    Dude, any device that can be replaced by a button or app is really quite pointless.

    Yes I get the original reason for it but it was for iOS mostly. Pressy was stupid to begin with and I honestly don't understand why so many people backed it.

  • NubCake

    I bought the "Xiaomi MiKey", which was like 1€ on dealextreme and i'm not very happy with it eather :D it can't take photos while in camera app, which is kinda bad and most of the commands don't work (i assume it's made for Xiaomi phone).

    But i wanted to get Pressy app, but that damn activation that is required when you lunch the app >_> I wish i could get a cracked (activated) Pressy app.

  • mldi

    I backed it. Wish I never did. I tried it on day 1 when I finally received the damn thing and when it couldn't get past the setup on my Moto X, I threw it in a junk drawer that gets thrown out every 6 months if we haven't used it in that whole time. What a piece of junk.

  • Wes

    I have the Xiaomi Mikey and it's a good product for what I was expecting. It works and I haven't experienced any lag. It could be better if it could start Tasker tasks or something like that but so far I like it.

  • http://bitshift.tumblr.com/ esjay

    I never understood why Pressy could tell when I pressed its button, but failed to distinguish between a headset and itself. If the button was pressed while inserted, it's a Pressy. Easy.

    • Tony

      some headsets also have buttons to control playback (Pressy "high-jacks" this functionality). So the app would need to know if it should ignore those clicks or if an actual Pressy was being used.

      • http://bitshift.tumblr.com/ esjay

        My point was more that the act of inserting the Pressy with the button depressed itself is so certain as to have already answered the question of whether or not it is the Pressy.

      • http://bitshift.tumblr.com/ esjay

        I think I've managed to depress the button every time I inserted Pressy. Contrasted with my headset, whose button I have depressed zero times during insertion. Usage statistics like that should make the designers reconsider why they are asking if it's Pressy or not, versus assuming it's Pressy upon a depressed insertion (heh) and just handle the depressed state properly instead of requesting a reinsertion.

        I feel dirty, now.

  • Daniele Cattaneo

    I got my Xiaomi MiKey gifted with the Mi3.
    And u can buy a MiKey for like 1$

    • http://mobers.org/ psydex

      Original Xiaomi MiKey mi key quick button is $25

  • duncanator

    I too was a kickstarter backer and thought it would be cool. While I'm not as harsh in my view of it, I simply stopped using it after a few days. You're right about the delay, but I found that it didn't do anything for me that needed fixing. Until this review, I forgot that I had it.

  • tdizzel

    I'm guessing you're just holding it wrong. Put a bumper case on it and it will work just fine.

  • sbeachx75

    This makes me relieved my payment didn't go through and I neglected to re-contribute.

  • Justme

    My wife and I both got them and they work as advertised. They are perfect. You guys are just a bunch of complainers.

  • Joel

    I actually like my Pressy. It works well on my Nexus 5 and launches Tasker tasks just fine. Combined with IFTTT, I can turn my Wemo lights off. I've also used it for the torch and taking pictures without a problem. Haven't had any issues with Google Now or Autovoice. So I don't get the hate.

  • bevardimusg

    I wasn't aware it was such an issue getting Pressy to work on Moto devices, but I'm not surprised given my experience with Pressy so far. I actually have some positive remarks, which I'll list before my negative ones. This is a long post, but I have a lot of experience with Pressy now and figured I could add value to this conversation.

    POSITIVE:
    -My Nexus 4 has no issues with button presses, multiple patterns, etc. (UNLESS a music app is running)
    -The fact that Pressy can launch a Tasker Task is what got me to back the product. When it does launch my Tasks, it's a damn treat and it makes me happy as a pig in shit.
    -My Nexus 4's main power button has become faulty. Sometimes I have to push it multiple times, or extremely hard, in order to get my display to turn on. Pressy, in conjunction with Tasker, has actually turned into my secondary (and much more reliable) power button. This functionality alone is worth the price I paid to back the Kickstarter campaign, because it will keep my phone in a usable state while I await either the Nexus 6 or Moto X+1.
    -The Pressy app itself is actually very polished and user friendly. Setting up actions is easy and intuitive. And the app has built-in torch functionality, which is appreciated (no need to download separate flashlight app)

    NEGATIVES:
    -My number one complaint was the author's number 3 complaint: "If there's a music app running in the background, a single-click will just unpause the track and do nothing else most of the time." This is INFURIATING. I want my Pressy to be consistent in its actions, and I use Google Play Music a LOT. This negative aspect alone will nominate my Pressy for a trip to a landfill if it isn't fixed by the devs by the time I replace my Nexus 4.
    -Sometimes the lag between button presses and actions is, indeed, atrocious. And the inconsistency of this lag makes it even more frustrating.
    -Multiple presses work sometimes, and then don't work other times even though I use the same rhythm with my presses. Again, inconsistency kills it.
    -Of all the numerous combinations of patterns possible with Pressy (between multiple short and long presses) there is only ONE that is reliable on my phone. That is a single long press.
    -Pressy was overpriced by about 1000%
    -The devs are vocal, but have the vibe of a used car salesman (tons of promising talk, but only bullshit when it comes time to walk)
    -The button itself sticks out MUCH further than I was led to believe by pics during the campaign. It's ugly as fuck.

    Well that's it for now. In the end, I'm absolutely disappointed by this purchase, and am turned sour on Kickstarter hardware for the future.

  • Iz3man

    I was going to back it but forgot.. Glad I did.

    I did however buy the ikey and just like press, requires the button be untouched when installed.. Friggin hard I'll tell you, I have to use a pen or a coin.

    The app is horrible, I have it set for 1 press camera, 2 presses torch. This part happens all the time, the tor have would come on in my pocket.. After a few hours of it lighting up my pants my Note would be dead. There is an option to disable it when screen is off..

    Overall this thing was a gimmick and is now collecting dust in my desk drawer..

  • Stanley C.

    You guys really thought that this stupid useless thing would work?

    U guys are really juveniles...=-O

  • gizhola

    If this is the worst product you've ever reviewed, you obviously didn't back Kreyos Smart Watch. It is the worse product I've ever backed. Does not deliver on any of it's promised functionality.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    So it seems that it is absolutely no good for anything.... Reminds me of Yamcha a bit

  • Guy

    Luckily i got the xiaomi mikey which is much more cheaper than Pressy. Been using it for a week and it works perfectly fine. it can register up to 10 clicks but i mostly use 3 only. The down side of mikey is that the app is in chinese and if your clicks is too slow then it might not open the right apps which you have set to open.

    • http://www.keithwoo.com/ Keith Woo

      They have an english translated version of that app. And yes, it is a knockoff, but probably a better one at a fraction of the price. Heh.

  • Haemophilic

    Check this out. Creator of pressy rating on competitors and it's own. On play store

  • Haemophilic

    Check this out. Creator of pressy rating on competitors and it's own on play store.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      That's pathetic.

      • http://dribbble.com/nickchamberlin Nick Chamberlin

        His name is nimrod....

  • Dave Courtemanche

    I stopped using Pressy immediately.
    Not only did it take forever to get it set up properly, it didn't work, didn't do the functions I wanted, and blocked all sound.
    Also, I got my smart watch the following week which does everything I wanted, and more.

  • Hobie Helbich

    Yup, i feel the same here.... a complete waste of money. On a moto x (what i have) to get it to work you have to disable the touchless control completely (makes sense, but not something im willing to do), and then it still doesn't work properly. I could only ever get it to register the single click properly, even if it only worked about half the time. I wanted to use it to toggle the torch while the phone was off, but it wouldn't work at all. I had to turn the screen on, and unlock it to use it. Pointless. Also, the app sucks. Seriously. Now it is just a tiny little hunk of plastic and metal that sits in my desk drawer.

    Don't waste your money on this.

  • http://about.me/BenRogersWPG Ben Rogers

    I bought Galaxy Note 3 a Pressy Button and mine is working perfectly. Granted, a tiny tiny bit laggy, but all the buttons perform the correct functions each time.

  • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

    This is why I don't back Kickstarter projects.

  • Paweł Gładysz

    Try out the chinise fake ones: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.helloklick.android&hl=pl
    Works for Moto G, Nexus 5, Galaxy Nexus.
    Does not work when running on G2 mini, Ace2

  • Mohamed AlRefai

    I think that with Pressy their promise was feasible and made sense, they didn't say "we are going to build transporter" that's why people throw money at them, their project was and still made sense.
    Now not doing a good job at it that's another story, you can't blame people for supporting a reasonable project just because someone screwed up, that is so discouraging and not fair to other projects that are going to be amazing and waiting everyone's handout so they can deliver.

    I still believe someone else can pick-up Pressy and make it better (or at least useful), you shouldn't loose faith that easy in human race cause after all:
    how many of those stupid flying devices it took to made a plane? totally worth it!

  • Ger PG

    I use my Pressy knock-off combined with AutoInput, Tasker and the XPosed Additions module and it works 95% of the time. Does absolutely everything I want to. The review is too harsh in my opinion.

    • Ger PG

      A few remarks:

      - Trouble with your music app playing songs when you press it? Disable its response to buttons and manage the playback via Tasker by sending intents (with the native Tasker feature or AutoShare, for instance).
      - Inserting Pressy will mute your phone because it thinks it is a headset? Bypass it with SoundAbout (this function is included in the free version and has a very handy widget to toggle this function).

      Also, for those who use Tasker, take a look at AutoMediaButtons by in joaoapps.com.

      Took me a few days of research, but this Pressy thing is really useful once it is set up properly. I laugh at all those that state irrefutably that an extra hardware button is of no use like if they knew everything in the world.

  • fd

    What? OMG! You're saying that stupid clicky thing is completely worthless? Who would have thought? Except everyone.

  • Tobbbe

    I use it to keep dust out of my headphone jack, it works amazingly good! :)

  • http://droidek.pl/ Maciej

    You can still buy that shit on Aliexpress for 1$ with free shipping worldwide

  • Colin Richardson

    When I backed it on KickStarter, I really needed it. Then a month or two.. or more went past, and I had no use for it... Then it arrived.. But I hadn't used it except "Yep, it works". Now I don't even know where it is, and really dont care. Waste of money but oh well.

  • Danny Holyoake

    To call this a review is stupid. I don't even know what Pressy is/does, and your 'review' didn't answer that question at all.

    • kingdazy

      Guess you had to be there.

      Or, you know, be awake. For the last year. 'Cause then you might have already known what Pressy was. Like everyone else reading this piece. And everyone else following this blog, in general. Or anyone who's read any android blog at all in the last year...

      But hey, I guess you got to say your little bit, huh? I'm sure the AP staff will be looking out to make sure they don't offend your very informed opinion in the future.

    • file35765

      How you feel about this review is how I feel about the Pressy. The review is spot on. It dosen't include much about the use of the Pressy because the Pressy does nothing but pause your music on the speaker. Really it does nothing else. Try as you might, it is as useless as a fart.
      If you have the misfortune to get a Pressy you would apologize for calling this review stupid. That's just how bad the impression of the Pressy is

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      I guess I got a little carried away with how much I hate it to remind myself to write a formal review. That and, as stated by others, I assumed everyone already knew what Pressy is at this point, considering everyone had talked about for the last lots of months.

      Either way, the point is the same: it doesn't matter what it does, because it sucks at it.

  • Paul Pistore

    I backed and bought two. After the interminable waiting and many, many vapid emails each explaining why it wasn't here and how much less cool it'd be when it did... One arrived. Nice package. Stupid looking key fob.
    With excitement, I installed the software, attempted to plug it into my Note 2 without pushing the button. Failed, but finally got it set and programmed for the woefully sparse number of features it could perform, er supposedly perform. Utter and complete letdown.
    In a couple of weeks, a second and oddly, a third showed up... almost like an apology.
    Being an optimist, I gave one to my girlfriend. She used it for maybe 3 minutes and gave it back. (she'd seen my experience and lacked my dogged determination)
    I upgraded my phone to an LG G3. Guess what? The stupid thing doesn't even fit into the headphone jack, much less do anything.
    Now they sit in a corner of my drawer, a testament to my gullibility. I look at them, any time I'm tempted to back a piece of 'cool tech' on kickstarter... Then I close my browser.

  • UniBroW

    I got one of the knock off ones on ebay, not really expecting it to work that well (expectations were pretty low), and it's worked fine for me along with an app from the play store called Headset button controller. I only use it though to skip tracks while streaming bluetooth in the car while I have maps open. Other than that, I don't really use it

  • charlie_CA

    I've used Pressy since it started being delivered in the US on both a Nexus 5 and a OnePlus One and I LOVE IT. It does everything I expected it to do and more, and I've found it to be quite reliable in reading my button presses. I use it many times every day for the four different functions I programmed into it. I personally like the app...easy to use and does the job. I would buy another immediately if I lost mine.

  • Darnell

    I've found it works best when using only the short press codes and not making any long press codes. Also, it does not work well when the Xsposed Framework Module "GravityBox" is installed and active. But even at its best, it only works about 80% of the time. Although I still use my Pressy and I'm fine with having backed it. I would not accept "80%" from my phone's stock hardware buttons. So I'd be leery to recommend Pressy to others at this point.

    I'm using an HTC One M7 GE. I think the devices with non-vanilla Android never work as well with many apps.

  • mike921

    I bought a knock off for $2 and it sucks also. Maybe just too much variation on the phone side of the equation.

  • Falafelhead

    Love to see this kind of honesty and have to say I thought this product looked novelty from the get go.
    While we're being honest, my review of the Pebble smart watch would look very similar to this.

  • Canadian Paki

    Sad to hear...had high hopes for this product and possible a multifunction key built in future phones.

  • Mike Loomis

    I have one and am generally fine with it with my nexus 4. It even fits perfectly fine in the N4 bumper case, which was a concern of mine before it arrived. It is basically a one-use button to turn the flashlight on and off, but I can certainly use it for other things. I find that it is hard to do the short presses so I program with long presses only. I agree the app isn't as fully featured as I had hoped, but it does the main thing I want it to, which is be a flashlight button. Yes, there are much cheaper options out there, but there weren't at the time of the Kickstarter campaign and I doubt the cheaper options would have showed up without the original Pressy kickstarting things (see what I did there?).

  • Brandon Watkins

    I competently agree, its so damn expensive too! Waste of time and money.
    I lost my press for, I'm assuming a week. The only reason I noticed it missing was because I noticed my flashlight app hadn't turned on in my pocket in quite some time, so I checked the button to make sure it was there. It wasn't, I found it a week later in my car. I just decided to throw it away.

  • Chris Shim

    So for me the reality is that it's generally reliable knowing it's limitations, but the times that it's not reliable are enough to drive me crazy. I DO NOT have any triggers that start with a long press when the screen is off, they simply don't work, it always triggers a short press. I also do not have any built in features in use, I use it exclusively to trigger tasker tasks. In the end I can definitely do without it, causing the same things to happen by turning on the screen unlocking it and triggering the tasker task from a shortcut on my homescreen, but I like to keep my screen relatively clean and this allows me to trigger tasks without looking at my phone, which does work most of the time. The few times I've had it not respond properly are infuriating though, as I might as well trigger the task manually if I have to fight with it to get it to happen.

  • http://casual-dev.com Adam Outler

    Seriously guys, what did you expect? I saw this being garbage from a mile away and people kept telling me I should join the kickstarter. It's garbage.

  • ajay

    Completely..absolutely...1000% agree with this article....my worst kickstarter purchase ever. never used it once the day after I got it.

  • uopjo6

    Waiting for Ferrari pics from the Pressy creators.

  • Mick

    Best review I've read in a long time 😂

  • YoMero

    Ja!... To be honest I always thought that this Pressy producy was (and, is still) a very stupid idea..

  • bugwan

    I went with Klick for $1 a pop. It turns on my flashlight when the screen is locked and keeps it on. I'm not complaining. For $1 anyway.

  • Garrett Bridges

    Literally the only thing I wanted it to do was be a physical camera button for my Note 3. It will not do that, so it has sat inside it's adorable keychain holster on my desk. I am sad.

  • cwjuhl

    I concur. In fact, having followed the Pressy project very closely from inception (and originally a backer) I've concluded that the Pressy is actually just a knockoff of a similar Chinese crowdsourced project - of which the Klick is one iteration. I have a Klick and a Pressy. They are identical with the exception of the button cap. The klick is actually less prone to failure. The original Pressy app and the Klick app were also nearly identical - the differences primarily being the shapes of the icons on the UI.

    The Pressy project was a lesson in how to rip off unsuspecting buyers.

  • CPA01

    Seems a bit harsh. Pressy's core problem is that it's incredibly slow. That of course makes no not use it, but if that was addressed (along with the issues with Samsung and Moto phones) it wouldn't be that bad. Still faster for me to do things as I did before than rely on Pressy.

  • Alon Pini

    I was thinking that I'm the only one who had those issues, but looks like that everyone thinks so.
    Just if I could read this review before ordering this shitty product...

  • ddh819

    i bought a cheap knockoff version, it didn't work on the razr m and it kinda works on my old droid charge, but not consistently. I stopped using it because putting it in would stop audio going to my bluetooth. there are some other apps in the play store that can do functions with headset volume buttons which also work with these, so they may work better than the official app