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The DROID's phone app ... NO landscape mode!

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by messenger13, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. messenger13

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    I love using my DROID in the OEM CarDock. I have it setup in landscape mode, but I'm seriously thinking of reconsidering this. More-or-less, because I have to. :(

    Every app seems to work great in landscape mode . . . all, except for one, that is. The phone app. What's up with that??? :thinking: Go ahead, try it! Open up the phone app (displaying the dialpad), and turn the DROID on it's side ... nuthin'! Now open the hardware keyboard. :eek: Isn't that a hoot? :rolleyes: I would love to know how you're supposed to dial a phone when there isn't any dialpad. :D Sweet!

    In my honest opinion, this is one of the biggest over-sights with the DROID ... and I have yet to hear anyone mention this issue on this forum, or any other forums.


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  2. I just popped mine into the desk charger...too funny! OK, it's not funny at all yet it is somehow amusing that A) no one has seemed to have noticed this and B) no one at Motorola (or Google, wherever) thought anyone would need to dial in landscape!
    I do use the voice dialer hf app when in the car so would never have noticed this little oversight.
     
  3. square

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    you use the number buttons on the physical keyboard.
     
  4. messenger13

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    Yes, I know that you "can" do that. But wouldn't a single row of buttons on the screen be even more effective? There's certainly room for them to be quite large.
     
  5. vincentp

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    Heh... I never think about these things until you post them. I wish there was time to develop everything this forum comes up with to improve the phone, it would be perfect.

    By the way, did you ever get a GVoice invite?
     
  6. square

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    i guess. this isn't something that bothers me. i use the phone app in portrait mode.
     
  7. JDW

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    You're assuming people are actually using this as a phone.... ;)
     
  8. tehshift

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    Biggest oversights? I disagree with that one. It seems like they did think of it. You would more than likely already be using the keyboard if you open the phone app in landscape, and they had the forethought to make sure the numbers took priority over letters. Putting another row of number right above the row of numbers you already have would just be redundant.
     
  9. JDW

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    Agreed.

    The REAL oversight is no Bluetooth voice dialing... WTF???
     
  10. messenger13

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    I guess we'll have to agree to disagree ... though I don't think your argument(s) hold much water. You wouldn't have to open the hardware keyboard in landscape mode if there were buttons on the screen. Please note the premise of my original post was that this is extremely noticeable when using the CarDock. (Otherwise, just dial in portrait.) BIG numbers on the screen sure would be a lot safer than using the hardware keyboard's much smaller numbers.

    And since when is redundancy a bad thing? :thinking: I would prefer to think of it as having more options. And who doesn't like that?
     
  11. square

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    are you sure you are using the real car dock and not just the car home app (they are different). i just put it in the car dock and landscape dialing does work. you tap the screen where the number goes and up pops a number pad.
     
  12. sublimnl

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    I noticed this the day I got my car dock...it sucks. though if you setup favorites then that is a semi-workaround, but if you need to actually dial a number not in your contacts then yeah, you're SOL and have to undock the phone. lame
     
  13. sublimnl

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    well, hell, i guess we stand corrected. it works.
     
  14. square

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    nevermind. haha
     
  15. Use Windows much? 23 ways to do the same damn thing.
     
  16. messenger13

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    :eek: :eek: :eek: YIKES!!! :eek: :eek: :eek:

    But it's not all my fault... ;)

    I removed the magnet out of my CarDock because I hate the CarDock app. But I see if you have the magnet IN the OEM CarDock, that tapping the screen does result in the soft keyboard coming up ... in NumPad mode.


    *** UPDATE ***

    The good news is since I started this thread, I found another app that allows me this functionality without the magnet (thus using the lame CarDock app) being in my OEM CarDock. The app is called "Dock Simulator". I can activate that app and I'll have landscape dialing functionality on screen. Woohoo!
     
  17. messenger13

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    Thanks buddy. ;)
     
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    Wow, thanks for that. I hate that physical keyboard. The simulator will actually come in handy for me.
     
  19. micp1480

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    What I hate is looking at my screen sideways, when it's in the car docking to see my contacts. Is there an alternative program for contacts that has no issues?

    MICP1480
     
  20. sublimnl

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    There is my sweeterhome skin...ideal for use in the car

    Picasa Mobile
     
  21. square

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    :thinking:

    again...are you using the real dock and using car mode initiated by the magnet? if so, contacts should rotate just fine. if you are just using the car home app, they will not.
     
  22. PearlMikeJam

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    What am I missing? I grabbed the app and can get my contacts in landscape, but I cannot figure out how to get the dial pad. How do I get the dial pad?
     
  23. sublimnl

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    tap the area where you would expect the numbers to show up when you dial them (looks just like the are above the dial pad in portrait mode). that will bring up a text entry screen with a T9 pad.
     
  24. rumdood

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    I just don't like the fact that while in landscape/dock mode that the contact/phone info in the call is in portrait.

    When I take a call with my phone in the dock it just looks sloppy to have the image of the person in portrait instead of landscape.

    Minor thing, but bugs me.
     
  25. DellsDontBounce

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    I was using DockRunner, but it only simulated the HomeDock. Thanks for Dock Simulator - saves me from having to buy the "official" Droid car dock.
     

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