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  1. RHS

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    With my Storm, I could wake up my phone by pushing on the screen. Does the X do this, or do you need a special app for it? Touching the screen to wake it up is much easier than trying to push the small home button.
     

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    Not possible nor would you want to. It would be nice but more of a hassle having it turn on all the time. Press "Home" or the power button.
     
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    I'm an ex Storm owner as well. I agree, touching the screen was nice to turn it on, but remember, you actually had to push the screen down....."click" it........The droid doesnt have that same type of functionality, so touching the screen to turn it on would be no good, it'd be on all the time then when putting it in a pocket or something. The Storm had touch and push mind you, the droid is strickly touch
     
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    Isn't the Storm's touch screen "resistive"? That's probably why it had that option.
     
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    No, the Storm's screen was capacitive but it had a two stage "touch" - it had a capacitive touch, but the whole screen actually moved and "clicked."

    IMO, it was a horrendously bad mechanism but it did provide the ability to separate out the click from the capacitive touch... and hence the original poster's ability to wake the phone by "touching" it.
     
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    I'll be putting "horrendously bad mechanism" down as the understatement of the evening rofl jk
    Truth be told it was aweful, atleast on the storm1, I heard the 2 was slightly better
     
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    Cool! Thanks for clearing that up :)
     
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    It would seem that if you had the screen lock to activate when it went to sleep, then that would prevent waking it up if touched inadvertently. I have my screen to time out in 30 seconds, so it goes to sleep while I'm still holding it and I'd like to wake it with a touch, just like my old Storm. As long as I have the screen lock deactivated, why wouldn't that work?
     
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    The issue is that it'd be waking up every second in your pocket. The click of the storm prevents this. Every time your finger brushed the screen, touched your pocket, touched anything that could trigger the screen... You battery would be dead in a day.
     
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    Capacitive screens only respond to heat, e.g., your finger and not your pants (unless your pants were on fire).
     
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    Incorrect. Capacitive screens respond to disturbances in the electrical field over the screen.

    Here, try this: put your hand under your shirt and try to activate your touch screen. It works, right? Yes, it's a pain because it tends to skip around and not be reliable, but all you need is one brief moment of contact to "wake up" the screen if touch were to activate it. It doesn't have to be your finger, or even your body - many things are capable of forming the capacitive field necessary to activate the screen. Check out all of the "make your own capacitive stylus" sites that are out there.

    Better yet, set your phone on no lock, and put it in your pocket. Then go about your normal day - want to bet that you'll have an app open or something after a while? You'd do better if you put the screen facing out, but it's just not a great function for a pure capacitive screen like this. Plus, since it has no mechanical mechanism, the screen sensors would have to be active all the time.
     
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    what about something like a quick double tap to wake?
     
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    why not just hit the home key? It wakes the phone up as well. thats a quick tap.
     
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    For some reason I hate using the hard keys. I know it sounds odd, but especially when I am holding the phone with one hand hitting home is a reach for my hand (maybe I just need a growth spurt)
     
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    Well, anything is possible. But in order to do that, you still have to keep the screen "awake" (that is, the touch sensors awake) all of the time. The whole point of using hard buttons to wake the phone up is that it can truly sleep since the hard buttons don't require the device to be actively sensing at all times.

    I'm not saying it won't happen. I'm just saying don't hold your breath ;)

    Incidentally, you can hit the Home button to wake the screen up if you don't want to reach to the top. Frankly, I have my screen timeout set to 30 minutes because I just hit the sleep button when I stop using it anyway. The timeout is only there to prevent me from walking away and coming back to a dead phone.
     
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    ^ this! you think battery life is bad now. Keep the sensors on all day and your phone won't last 6 hours
     

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