In the web application we're developing we have lists of items in which items can be clicked to access an item-details page. The list disappears, the browser navigates to a separate url that displays the item-details page.
My product manager thinks it's a good idea to have a [X] ("close") button in this item-details page, even if its main function is "go to previous page", which is a duplicate of the browser's "Back" button. His main argument is that dummy users won't know about the browser's "Back" button and will simply get stuck in the item-details page.
Another colleague states that, since users don't use the browser's "Back" button when using web applications (in opposition to "classic" websites, I guess) it's important to provide that functionality right into the page.
My opinion is that the button is useless and in the wrong context.
I think that close buttons apply to modals, dialogs and popups that actually need to be closed, but I'm not sure I'm right.
What is your opinion on this subject?