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    Hey guys, just upgraded to the Droid today and I was wondering if anyone knows of a better way to unlock the screen than having to use the button on the top? It's really irritating and inconvenient to have to reach to the top of the phone EVERY time I want to use it. i was hoping there may be some app or workaround that could make the camera button act as the "lock/power" button instead of the camera button, thus allowing me to easily hit it with a finger (I don't really need a dedicated hardware button for the camera as much as I need a more convenient lock/unlock button). Let me know what you guys think, thanks!

    UPDATE:
    OKAY! Found my solution: an app called ScreenModeWidget
    It's a little widget that toggles between three modes:
    Sleep Auto: Normal screen action, only power/lock button locks/unlocks phone, still slide
    Awake Stay: Power/lock button, camera button, or volume buttons wake and unlock the screen, no need to slide (sliding is unnecessary IMO, never hit the button accidentally). Also great because if you just slide the keyboard out it's already unlocked!
    Screen Stay: Screen never locks, just stays awake unless you lock it with the lock button

    I LOVE this app, it's so amazing, whenever I have the phone sitting on my desk and get a text, just tap the camera button (not even all the way, just the half-way depression), and there's my screen ready to go. I also really like being able to slide open the keyboard and just start doing stuff, the sliding seems like an unnecessary step to me. Anyways, hope this helps anyone frustrated with having to hit the power button and then slide the lock screen!
    Last edited by ThirstyTurtle; 11-16-2009 at 01:11 PM.
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    Yeah... I agree. I hate having to hit that button.
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    It was annoying at first but now it's second nature to me.
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    Got used to it already.
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    Really dude? Well if its that much trouble for you to reach all the way up there, there's an app called lock 2.0 that has a homescreen icon u can use to lock the phone. Its an iPhone like slider lock with customizable skins and password protected if u like.
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    I agree in a day or two it will become second nature. Better that than running the battery down if the screen gets bumped.
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    Its really not really that big of a deal. I personally like that there is steps to unlocking the phone. However it doesn't sound farfetched that it would bother some. Maybe an app all make it possible to use your camera button instead of the top button. Atleast this seems to be the bigger complaint. I think we have a good one folks.
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    Like any new device it will take a few days to get used to it. I was the same way with my iPhone at first with the power button on top and the slide to unlock. Not really a major issue IMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JFSikora View Post
    Like any new device it will take a few days to get used to it. I was the same way with my iPhone at first with the power button on top and the slide to unlock. Not really a major issue IMHO.
    Exactly it takes a few days to get used to the change.
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    I think you guys are misunderstanding. On the iPhone it's a COMPLETELY different story.
    To unlock you just pickup the phone, hit the "home" button right at the bottom, then slide, all with your thumb.
    On the Droid you have to pick it up, reach awkwardly around the back with your pointer finger and push the top button, then re-position it and slide with your thumb.

    I'm not complaining about locking it with the top button, that doesn't annoy me because you just push the button and you're done, it's the two completely separate motions required to unlock it that irritate me. Does that make sense?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThirstyTurtle View Post
    I think you guys are misunderstanding. On the iPhone it's a COMPLETELY different story.
    To unlock you just pickup the phone, hit the "home" button right at the bottom, then slide, all with your thumb.
    On the Droid you have to pick it up, reach awkwardly around the back with your pointer finger and push the top button, then re-position it and slide with your thumb.

    I'm not complaining about locking it with the top button, that doesn't annoy me because you just push the button and you're done, it's the two completely separate motions required to unlock it that irritate me. Does that make sense?
    It makes sense and was a little annoying at first. Although "you'll get used to it" is never a favorite answer for anyone....I think you will. As a couple of others have said it just becomes second nature.
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    Im wishing you could just touch the screen and have it go to the slider, or lock pad... but im already used to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThirstyTurtle View Post
    I think you guys are misunderstanding. On the iPhone it's a COMPLETELY different story.
    To unlock you just pickup the phone, hit the "home" button right at the bottom, then slide, all with your thumb.
    On the Droid you have to pick it up, reach awkwardly around the back with your pointer finger and push the top button, then re-position it and slide with your thumb.

    I'm not complaining about locking it with the top button, that doesn't annoy me because you just push the button and you're done, it's the two completely separate motions required to unlock it that irritate me. Does that make sense?
    Not really.

    It became second nature after a day or two.

    Not to mention I don't know why you have to "reach awkwardly around the back with your pointer finger and push the top button." When I pick up the phone, my index finger hits that button and the screen is on and ready to go by the time I look at it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottsdaleHokie View Post
    Not really.

    It became second nature after a day or two.

    Not to mention I don't know why you have to "reach awkwardly around the back with your pointer finger and push the top button." When I pick up the phone, my index finger hits that button and the screen is on and ready to go by the time I look at it.
    Yup. Awkwardly would be folding your finger backwards.
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    I hated it for the first couple of days now I don't even think about it, actual I think its in a great spot.
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    Was thinking about the same thing this morning. If you want to use the phone with one hand, let's say your right hand - when you pick up the phone, it's in the palm of your hand, it is a bit awkward to get your index finger on the power button. If you're in a position to use two hands, much easier to pick up with the left hand as your index finger falls right on the power button. I've had this almost a week now, and yes I got used to it, but it's still annoying sometimes. No biggie though.
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    This thread makes me smile. I'm sorry for anyone that it is really bothering....

    BUT if this is the worst that you can find to complain about.....
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    I'm just waiting for the holster that it recognizes so it'll sleep when it's in it and awaken and unlock when you pull it out, just like a blackberry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snaz View Post
    This thread makes me smile. I'm sorry for anyone that it is really bothering....

    BUT if this is the worst that you can find to complain about.....
    Same thing I was thinking. But everyone has their little thing so no biggie. The reason, I believe, they decided to do that is so that you don't accidentally unlock it with it being a touch screen and all. Just trying to help you look at the positives. =)
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    I'm pretty sure that someone is working on an app that will allow us to simply look at our Droids and they'll spring to life.

    Seriously, I've wondered if it would be possible to create an app that would allow the user to activate the phone by tapping each of the four corners of the screen, something unlikely to happen by accident. I'm guessing the OS doesn't allow it.
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    I gotta agree that this has annoyed me too. With my storm, while at the office, I would just reach over and tap the screen to wake it up. When I was on the go, I would just push the lock button to lock it, so I wouldn't have to worry about it pocket dialing or activating the screen. Now with the droid on my desk, instead of just tapping the screen, I have to pick it up, hit the button, and slide my finger to see what notification just came in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wwwdeveloper View Post
    Now with the droid on my desk, instead of just tapping the screen, I have to pick it up, hit the button, and slide my finger to see what notification just came in.
    This is something I find frustrating as well. Especially considering how often I use text messaging.
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    I've gotten used to the lock button on top of the phone. I've switched from the slide ark unlock to the "connect 4 dots security screen". It just looks cooler IMHO.
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    Unlock button does take a minute to get used to, but once you have it down pat it is surely a breeze. Also, i like when people look at my phone and when they slide their finger across the arc, they say "that was tight!!!" hahahahahah
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    Anyone tried Lock 2.0?
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