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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Moogle, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. Moogle

    Moogle Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I had a moment of paranoia in the theatre recently. I turned phone off, couldn't remember if I'd turned the phone off, then realised the only way to check the phone was off was to press the button at the top, which if the phone was on would bring me to the screen unlock thing... but if it was off, would turn it on.

    Is there a way to check its 'offness' without turning it on?

  2. nacatomi

    nacatomi Android Enthusiast

    Not that I know of I'm afraid.
    And if there really is not then HTC slightly dropped the ball on this one and should have made it a long press to turn it on.
  3. spenspuma

    spenspuma Well-Known Member

    Yep, this is a major oversight by HTC.

    this issue has caught me out a numbe of times...mainly when its been taking so long to shut down....after a minute the screen times out and goes into standby, so the only way I can check if its turned off yet is to activate the screen with the 'on' button, but if the phone IS off, like u say, it switches it back on.

    Awfull design fault, really bad. (although not into the realms of 'death grip')
  4. AceMathias

    AceMathias Well-Known Member

    Since Froyo it now vibrates when it has turned off, but this obviously doesn't help if you just put your phone down and left it as it was shutting off or you just can't remember.
  5. Bonce34

    Bonce34 Newbie

    Don't switch it off. Use flight mode.

    Problem solved.

    LECTER Android Expert

  7. spenspuma

    spenspuma Well-Known Member

    How Is that problem solved??.....if you want to physically turn your phone off, sticking it in airplane mode isn't going to help is it.

    What if you want to take the battery out or change your sim?, how Is going into airplane mode going to help?

    LECTER Android Expert

    It will not ring when he is in the theater. ;)
  9. lekky

    lekky Lover

    it's always vibrated when turing off, thats how i tell. Thats what they use so that people know i guess, to cover so called design flaw
  10. Griff_LI

    Griff_LI Android Enthusiast

    There is one way - but it's not use in the theatre I suspect. You can plug into a charger. If it's on it'll light the screen-up, if not it just lights the LED.
  11. Bonce34

    Bonce34 Newbie

    If you've taken the battery or sim out in the theatre, you're gonna remember!
    No need to switch it off for any other reason.
  12. Baz8755

    Baz8755 Well-Known Member

    I had a Desire nightmare in the cinema a couple of weeks ago.

    I sat in the cinema and turned the phone to silent. Halfway through the film my wife informed me her phone was vibrating, as our intruder alarm is set to phone first me and then my wife I thought I'd better check my phone. Sure enough the LED was flashing, so I pressed the top button and checked the notification bar. Luckily it was a diary event so I popped it back in my pocket.

    A few minutes later (during a quiet part of the movie) the phone decided to play the diary notification sound. I can only assume that somehow I had turned off silent mode (not sure how), anyway I decided the quickest way to shut it up was to turn it off.

    As I put the phone back in my pocket I knocked the power button, you can guess the rest.

    I really wish HTC had made the power on a long press (as most other phones do)
  13. spenspuma

    spenspuma Well-Known Member

    .....and boy, how LOUD is that start up sound??....it really is ear piercing!
  14. Moogle

    Moogle Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Unless you're really scared that your phone might go off in the show your parents have taken you to... ;) Might be a calendar alarm or whatever. PANIC!

    Don't really want to remove battery in such situs, but guess that'll do...

    DAMN YOU HTC! The one thing there isn't 'there's an app to fix that'.
  15. Moogle

    Moogle Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I have silent boot, fortunately...
  16. edwardmlyte

    edwardmlyte Member

    I once checked to see if my phone was off and it already was, causing it to turn on. So I pressed the power button again, waited the extra 15 seconds and then lived happily ever after.
    I thought I'd share my mundane experiences with everyone stressing over this. The only time you're gonna turn the phone off is to do SD or battery stuff. And if you forget that you've turned it off, shame on you.
  17. Griff_LI

    Griff_LI Android Enthusiast

    The reason I know about the power-cable trick is that I had precisely this problem when doing the Battery-Doubling sequence this weekend. I switched the phone off and waited for it to do its thing. It took long enough to go into dim-screen mode, then went black. Now, how do you know if it went black because it's switched-off or because it's gone into sleep-mode ?

    I've just tested (for sanity's sake) mine does NOT vibrate when it powers-off.
  18. elwyn

    elwyn Newbie

    This is one thing i do miss from my iphone the fact the iphone had a home button and power button so you could use the home button to check if the phone was on or not, i noticed this last week then flying to and from my holiday

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