Sorry for the rant, but... why does it have to be so dang hard to answer and hang up the phone? Afterall... it is
a phone first and everything else second.
Here's a typical scenario:
The phone vibrates, then it starts to ring. I get it out of my jacket pocket and wait for the screen to wake up, but some how just when it does, I hit the search button and now something is covering the stupid-slider-thing. By the time I get the stupid-slider-thing explosed, the call has gone to voice mail.
Or this one...
I'm outside. The phone vibrates and rings. I manage to pull it out of my jacket pocket without hitting the wrong button and the stupid-slider-thing is exposed; but now I've got to get my glove off before I lose the call and without hitting the wrong button. (I've found it impossible to answer the phone with anything but a bare digit.)
Ditto on hanging up after a call. The screen goes dark, so I've got to get my glove off again, shake the phone, slide the keypad down (if I had to use it), and then hope I don't hit another button before I get a chance to slide to end the call. Grrrrr... sometimes I'm not sure I really hung up.
I've seen a couple of apps that replace the stupid-slider-thing with a stupid-onscreen-button (and heard these are glitchy) and also one that lets you "shake" the phone to answer it. Don't know if the shaking is a good alternative to the stupid-slider-thing.
I've used a lot of different cell phones and every single one of them had hardware buttons to answer and hang up the phone. This phone really only has one hardware button (besides the power, camera, and volume buttons). QUESTION: Could that
button (the "touch pad/ok key") be programmed to use to answer and hang up the phone?
I may be a little older than a lot of you, but I'm pretty tech savvy. This just seems to be a silly design. The interface is otherwise intuitive. Love my phone except for this one thing (well, and the battery-sucking).
Thanks for listening. Any help will be appreciated and thanked.
Victoria on the U.S. Cellular network
using a Samsung Acclaim (SCH-R880)
Eclair DF10, Firmware 2.1 update 1