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locking the keypad


Oct 31, 2006, 6:29 PM
it is possible to lock the keypad without going into the apps. just hold down the star key. this review did not pick up on that.
Rich Brome

Nov 2, 2006, 2:22 AM
That's because it's totally a hidden feature.

We try to approach each phone review from the point of view of the average user. Most users don't read the manual cover-to-cover.

With many phones, there is no need to read manual, because the phone has an intuitive, discoverable UI that can be learned easily just by using it.

Since we know that easy-to-use UIs are possible, and obviously a good thing, we consider that to be the standard by which all phones should be measured.

Therefore we review each phone the way any typical user would - by picking it up and simply using it.

I don't know if the * key key lock shortcut is mentioned in the user manual, but it doesn't really matter. When other manufacturers make a phone with ...

Nov 18, 2006, 2:45 PM
In response to your key lock remarks, not that many phones have a key with a little icon of a lock on it. Its basically a known thing that you would use the * key to lock your keypad, or a combination of the * key and then menu button or some other kind of combination.

The people who are going to buy this phone are most likely not the type to just pick it up and go. If people are going to spend their money on a device like this or want to use a device like this, they probably are not too ignorant that they can't pick up the manual and look at a list of quick keys/shortcuts.

Nov 2, 2006, 2:22 AM
With the keypad locked can you still answer a call or do you have to unlock it before you can answer?

Nov 7, 2006, 11:37 PM
You can definiely still answer a call when the keypad is locked. Also , once the call ends the keypad will stay locked. Pretty cool feature.

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