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Old August 19th, 2012, 02:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Navigation bars on small displays- bad

Dang that is a lot of space taken up. No way to hide it and use the space like HTC did with the X update? Usable space looks about .1" smaller than the Droid Razr, so only technically a bigger display.

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Old August 19th, 2012, 06:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Dang that is a lot of space taken up. No way to hide it and use the space like HTC did with the X update? Usable space looks about .1" smaller than the Droid Razr, so only technically a bigger display.

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Yep, probably. The Atrix HD at 4.5 is smaller than my Droid X at 4.3. Side by side, the Atrix shows less on the screen.
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Old August 20th, 2012, 09:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The nice thing about the on screen nav keys, to me anyway, is that they ca be moded. Maybe a dev will make the whole bar thinner with smaller keys.
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Old August 20th, 2012, 10:31 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The nice thing about the on screen nav keys, to me anyway, is that they ca be moded. Maybe a dev will make the whole bar thinner with smaller keys.
That "WOULD" be nice "IF" someone did that. There is no reason they need to be as big as they are now.
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That "WOULD" be nice "IF" someone did that. There is no reason they need to be as big as they are now.
And...no one has done that yet for the GN. If anyone was to do smaller keys, it probably would have been done already.
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Old August 21st, 2012, 12:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Still, IF you are a gamer, the keys will be too easy to press by accident. ASUS added an option to disable the nav bar when gaming via a nav bar lock. Sure, the sapce is still taken up, but no touch accidents. The TF300 has the feature, but doe not really need it, but 7" and smaller do need it. Especially less than 5".
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Still, IF you are a gamer, the keys will be too easy to press by accident. ASUS added an option to disable the nav bar when gaming via a nav bar lock. Sure, the sapce is still taken up, but no touch accidents. The TF300 has the feature, but doe not really need it, but 7" and smaller do need it. Especially less than 5".
yep, I'll miss the 4.8 S3 and no soft keys. The ultimate combo. I'm waiting to see the Note II though.
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And...no one has done that yet for the GN. If anyone was to do smaller keys, it probably would have been done already.
JBSourcery has an option to make the keys smaller. There are maybe 5 or 6 size options from normal size down to almost unusable. Its a great ROM with a ton of options for mods.
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Old August 23rd, 2012, 12:18 PM   #9 (permalink)
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JBSourcery has an option to make the keys smaller. There are maybe 5 or 6 size options from normal size down to almost unusable. Its a great ROM with a ton of options for mods.
That is excellent. Now, is that a ROM or an app? I.e. wouldn't be very good for the upcoming RHD IF its a ROM. I'm not a ROM'er myself, but if it is possible via Root, wow, I'd jump on that. I'd like little keys myself. Look how thin the hard clicky keys are on the Droid X.
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Oh wait, maybe I didn't understand correctly. When you said keys I thought you meant the soft keys or on screen buttons - do you mean actual onscreen keyboard?

Sorry if I threw you off there. JBSourcery is a ROM. One of the million different options in that ROM is to resize those on screen buttons so that the visible screen is bigger. I got excited and made them the minimum size until I realized they were so small I could barely get them to register when I hit them.
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Oh wait, maybe I didn't understand correctly. When you said keys I thought you meant the soft keys or on screen buttons - do you mean actual onscreen keyboard?

Sorry if I threw you off there. JBSourcery is a ROM. One of the million different options in that ROM is to resize those on screen buttons so that the visible screen is bigger. I got excited and made them the minimum size until I realized they were so small I could barely get them to register when I hit them.
The on screen buttons back, home, menu exactly as you described above. I wish I didn't have to install a rom though as I probably won't do that.
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yep, I'll miss the 4.8 S3 and no soft keys. The ultimate combo. I'm waiting to see the Note II though.
I won't as the more I read about the HD the less likely I am to get it. The 4.8" screen on the S3 is just about right. And now that the bootloader is unlocked it is a great phone for the DEV'S to develop for. It will be interesting to see if Motorola will keep their word about unlocked / unlockable phone.
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I had a G Nex...and I'm in the camp of dont like the on screen keys. I actually liked the hard keys on my Droid X the best.
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Old August 31st, 2012, 07:11 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I had a G Nex...and I'm in the camp of dont like the on screen keys. I actually liked the hard keys on my Droid X the best.
I like the dedicated hard keys also, but Im ready to ditch the clicky hard keys on my dx.
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On HoneyComb the soft keys often hide into three little circles that float above things. That would be a good solution.
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Honeycomb sadly only darkens the nav bar, so the space is still wasted.
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