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Position of volume and power buttons

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by phonefiend, Oct 20, 2010.

  1. phonefiend

    phonefiend Well-Known Member
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    Is anyone else annoyed by the fact that the volume and power buttons are positioned at the same level on opposite sides of the phone? When I try to hit the power button I usually hit the volume button as well because of the positioning so my ringer goes from vibrate to on or changes volume. The power button really should have been up top.
     

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  2. saps

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    Well we are stuck with it now. I hate to sound like Steve Jobs but "don't hold your phone that way then." :p:D. I dont think I've ever pressed the volume button when pushing the power button in
     
  3. omgu8myrice

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    It drives me insane! That and the fact that the power button is recessed, so it's difficult for me to find sometimes. Really poorly designed.
     
  4. MutantCheese

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    I much rather the power button on the side. I hated my iPhone 3G and HTC Incredible having it on top. The side is the perfect place IMO and falls right where I hold the phone making it easy to activate.
     
  5. omgu8myrice

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    The side is fine, but having it located directly across from the vol rockers was a poor choice.
     
  6. sho95

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    Side is good for me and never have had an issue pressing the volume at the same time. Could be the way I hold the phone, size of hands or my case type that prevents me from pressing both buttons.
     
  7. saps

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    Yeah they could not please everyone. Im cooling the buttons as is. I have more on an issue with the charger port on top, I'd like to see that on the bottom but yeah its a done deal now
     
  8. speedfreak

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    I kinda like it, I didn't like the button on top unless the phone was sitting in my cup holder which was seldom. but the side is nice just slide your finger (holding it in the left hand) down the side and it will find and press the button while your thumb is below the volume buttons. Just about perfect.

    And the charging port is great for my app. I have the phone laying on my dresser and the plug is on the wall side. Made just for me... Now if I could just have froyo tomorrow..
     
  9. tonytooth

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    Horrible. My wife and I both can't stand this. Bad design. Ooops!
     
  10. Thank you for having the nerve to post about a (small) issue that I was annoyed with. ;)

    I resolved it by experimenting with different grips and methods of using the buttons, settling on holding the device in my right hand in such a way that my thumb uses the power/sleep button easily, as my fingers wrap around the other side just below the volume rocker.

    A lot of two-handed efforts were compounding the problem.
     
  11. phonefiend

    phonefiend Well-Known Member
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    It's a pretty poor design choice, but not enough to turn me off from the great aspects of the Fascinate.
     
  12. nitsuj17

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    i guess im in the minority, but i really like the power button where it. I hold the phone in my left hand and its in the best spot for me to click.
     
  13. Cuda52774

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    Yeah, it's been a problem for me too but nitsuj17 makes a good point. Almost like they designed the phone to be held in the left hand so that when you go to press the power button with the fingers the thumb is below the volume rockers. Reverse it to your right and you have the thumb trying to press the power button while the fingers are trying to apply opposing pressure without toggling the volume rockers. Kinda sucks.

    Well at least my wife is happy. She's a south paw.

    Cuda
     
  14. jnewell

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    Bothered me for a couple of days - after I week I no longer had any problems at all. I agree with what you're saying in theory, but in practice humans are pretty adaptable. :D YMMV, I guess.
     
  15. saps

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    Well stated. I adapted. The SF is my first touch only phone and I was formerly addicted to a physical qwerty. But now not only do I touch only but I swype only
     
  16. Moonfire

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    Yeah, no kidding. I went from "I dunno..can I really do just a soft keyboard?" to using my iPod touch for a bit (it's mostly retired now) and thinking "Holy crap, you mean I have to individually tap EVERY key?!" I love swype.

    More on topic: I do still occasionally hit the volume buttons, but for the most part it's fine. At work when it's on my desk I just slide a finger down the side till I hit the power button.
     
  17. suXor

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    I like it. I don't like them on the top since I don't grab my phone that way.
     
  18. syborg

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    The button arrangement on the Vibrant is better. Teh power button is opposite the volume rocker, but it is not recessed and it is easier to use. On the Facinate I frequently change my volume when I press the power button - never had that problem during the 30 days that I had the Vibrant.
     
  19. Kabob

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    Same, it doesn't irk me at all. Then again, my old LG Dare had the volume and power buttons on opposite sides, just reversed. I actually like it this way (although I don't really think it'd bother me if the power was elsewhere either).
     
  20. Wolfedude88

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    Bothers me, only because I am use to it on top. I am sure once I get use to it I will have no problems. But currently I am always reaching to the top of the phone for the power. lol
     
  21. phonefiend

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    I really don't see how you can hold the phone naturally and not have your fingers hit the volume button when you are trying to press the power button. To avoid doing this you have to make a conscious effort to hold the phone in a way as to avoid hitting the volume button.
     
  22. DroidChickk

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    SOLUTION- get a case. x10 easier to find the button now that it is indented by the plastic. plus i thought the phone was just too skinny without one..it literally slid out of all my pockets.
     
  23. nitsuj17

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    great advice. Since ive had mine in a case since day 1, i tend not to hold the phone without one except during batt pulls and 3-button recovery (the root crowd knows all about that). I took it out the case to play with it and i did keep accidently hitting the volume buttons. :eek:

    Everyone has their case (or no case) preferences. I always use the gel-type cases for the sturdy grip on the phone they give. On my incredible, the notoriously loose power button on top sticks all the time unless using a case.
     
  24. trego

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    I have no problem with the button location but have to make a effort to avoid the volume rocker while holding the phone in landscape mode/.
     
  25. nitsuj17

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    really? landscape my fingers dont come anywhere near the either buttons
     

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