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Kickstand and portrait orientation

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by vblick, Jun 1, 2010.

  1. vblick

    vblick Member
    Thread Starter

    Looking at videos/pics of the kickstand, it almost looks like the kickstand supports the phone when in portrait orientation. Can anyone confirm this? Is landscape the only way the kickstand works with the phone?

  2. Bek

    Bek Android Expert

    Nope, not unless you jam something in between the kickstand and the phone itself. The kickstand collapses back in on itself, if you attempt to use it to prop the phone up in portrait fashion.
  3. The Wok

    The Wok Newbie

    It kind of bothers me that you can't landscape the home screen. I wanted to use the kickstand to prop it up and replace my alarm clock, haha.
  4. DougFunny

    DougFunny Member

    Can anyone say custom ROM?

    THEFORCE Android Enthusiast

    there is a desk clock app in 2.1 which works in landscape...it would be perfect for what u want to do
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  6. Bek

    Bek Android Expert

    You obviously don't abuse alarm clocks like I do... I'd break the kickstand off smashing the phone down!
  7. cesjr02

    cesjr02 Android Enthusiast

    From what I can tell handling the display Evo, the kickstand almost, "almost" could support the phone in portrait. It's definitely strong enough. The problem is the bump-out for the hdmi port and the usb. (It wobbles on the point and falls over.) If the back was completely flat I don't see a reason why it couldn't stand in portrait.

    Might be a minor over-sight but now I'm just nit-picking about an otherwise well engineered phone.
  8. Bek

    Bek Android Expert

    When in landscape, the weight of the phone "holds" the kickstand out in its open position. When in portrait, the weight of the phone "forces" the kickstand into its retracted position again. There is nothing in the kickstand mechanism that "locks" it in the open position. Hence why I stated that you'd have to jam something in between for it to remain standing.
  9. Thefoodman52

    Thefoodman52 Android Expert

    Then...then.... how does it stay closed? A locking mechanism? Magnets? How do magnets work, yo?
  10. Bek

    Bek Android Expert

    Okay, I should clarify. Whatever "locks" it into both positions isn't strong enough to offset the weight of the phone when in portrait mode.

    And I have no clue what mechanism is used - I don't think it's magnetic.
  11. mrk

    mrk Android Enthusiast



  12. ruskiyab

    ruskiyab Lurker

    A custom rom will not fix the fact that Sense does not support orientation changes. You could howeever use a different launcher such as the helix or adw which do support it.
  13. The Wok

    The Wok Newbie

    Awesome, I'll check it out.


    I'm hoping we'll see some sort of docking solution - perhaps I'll just get the HDMI dock - does anyone know if the screen goes blank once you plug it in (like it goes with the HDMI cable?)
  14. evoman2be913

    evoman2be913 Well-Known Member

    Is the kickstand built into the software meaning can an update make it automatically show the home screen once the kickstand is opened or no?
  15. mrk

    mrk Android Enthusiast

    Kickstand is hardware only, as far as anybody can tell.
    evoman2be913 likes this.

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The HTC EVO 4G release date was June 2010. Features and Specs include a 4.3" inch screen, 8MP camera, 512GB RAM, Snapdragon S1 processor, and 1500mAh battery.

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