Originally Posted by shmn
I didn't like at first due to the same reason you state. But after a couple of days I saw the benefit of it. It allows you turn the screen on without using the on/off button. It's easier to press and access than the on/off button and saves the wear and tear on it.
I didn't even notice that you could turn off the screen with it. That is helpful. I agree it's easier to access than the power button on the side. I'm sure I'll get used to it eventually.