Why do we have 'Phone' button on the bottom of the screen?

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  1. joonbi98

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    Probably silly question, but just wonder...
    Why do we have 'Phone' button on the bottom of the screen while we have hardware button on the bottom left side?
    And why do we have '+' button?
     

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  2. tatonka_Hero

    tatonka_Hero Well-Known Member
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    have you tried hitting them? the phone button is the dialer, and the + button is for adding shortcuts to your screen.
     
  3. acp

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    Variety? I do know that it's the only one I use.
     
  4. joonbi98

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    of course I know what those buttons are...
    we have hard button, why do we need on-screen button?
    when you press and hold on empty spot on the screen, it brings the same menu as '+' button does... why do we need '+' button?
    I just wonder if the buttons have other purpose?
     
  5. tripwire's_hero

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    That's news to me!
     
  6. tatonka_Hero

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    Backup perhaps? Just in case the touchscreen doesn't work for whatever reason.
     
  7. SamuraiBigEd

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    Actually, I have wondered why there are hardware buttons other than power at all. I never touched the buttons on my Touch Pro other than to shut down, so why even bother when touch screen is much better.

    Plus, the buttons are not very well thought out, the call and end buttons are too small and poorly differentiated from the others.

    This brings up an even better question, why have touch screen and require use of a hardware back button? Why not, like a lot other phones, let you switch between screens with a swipe gesture?

    For all it's pluses, this phone falls short on many things. Not saying I don't like the phone, just wish it had been better thought out.
     
  8. tatonka_Hero

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    actually, I use those buttons a lot. well, except for the green call button, which i only use to answer a call every so often. the only problem I tend to have is when I hit the home button to bring it to the home screen, then quickly reach my thumb over to lock the phone, i very slightly move the trackball, which causes it to switch screens. Annoys the heck out of me lol
     
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    Yeah, but think of the screen real estate we could gain without them!
     
  10. tatonka_Hero

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    minimal really. Fresh's 1.1 already has the new bar at the bottom, and it's quite a bit smaller than the old one, and there's not a heck of a lot of space there, not even for another row of icons. Besides, the bar disappears when you use apps or the browser, so you're already gaining that "real estate" when necessary
     
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    1/2" is still an improvement, and that would still allow room for a trackball. If they squared off the bottom of the phone we could gain almost 1"...and if wishes were horses...
     
  12. tatonka_Hero

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    ohh, you meant by removing the hard buttons...i misunderstood. get an iphone if you want a single little button at the bottom and a bigger screen :p
     
  13. SamuraiBigEd

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    How rude...didn't your momma teach you any manners?:p:D
     
  14. tatonka_Hero

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    lol. well, if I ever want a bigger screen, I've only gotta wait until October, and assuming I have the money, upgrade...gotta love employee pricing/upgrading :p
     
  15. toomuchgame441

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    Well I use both the on screen and hardware buttons, I use the hardware keys to answer keys and unlock my phone, I use on screen to add widgets and place calls (love the smart dialer)
     
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