How to avoid the pesky HTC One (M8) lock key at the top, and use a simple swipe instead
0. phoneArena 10 Apr 2014, 06:21 posted on
We have to admit that the larger those phone screens get, the less enthusiastic we get about power/lock keysq that are situated on the top of the handset. They are much harder to get to without looking, requiring you to stretch your finger quite a bit to reach them up top, when operating the phone with one hand. That's why we were a bit miffed when we saw that in the new, taller HTC One (M8), the lock key is still placed at the top, asking for even more digit gymnastics...
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1. papss (unregistered)
Or you could tap again to turn off?
7. ScottSchneider (Posts: 324; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)
"Ok Google" Lock my screen... That must be the one on the "One"..
24. fireblade (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)
there are many apps for turning off the screen.
2. magnanimus (Posts: 411; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
Aren't you still reaching for the top of the phone Either case or am I Missing something?
3. papss (unregistered)
No you can double tab anywhere on the screen to go into lock mode... Not sure what this article is implying really.
10. papss (unregistered)
Maybe its my l1520 I'm thinking of. I'll try the m8 when I get home
6. papss (unregistered)
Battery life is excellent actually. I was apprehensive at first but its been great..
5. jellmoo (Posts: 849; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
So instead of hitting the button on the top of the screen, you have to swipe the notification area which is located at the top of the screen? And for this "convenience", all you have to do is void your warranty?
8. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Flar2 is a great Dev.
I wonder if he adds the power off key switching on it too, that is a nice option.
11. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
I mean to switch off the swipe to wake option.
To clarify about power button on/off abilities.
12. papss (unregistered)
Biggest issue for me IS the power button. Its flush and if you are feeling for it you can't really tell until you push.
13. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
I thought they(HTC) were including tap to wake?
14. papss (unregistered)
They do but not to shut off or to go to sleep unless you are in lock screen already. If it was just a hair higher it wouldn't be a problem
15. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
That kind of sucks that it was over looked.
Desk usage without having to pick up the phone is stellar to me, not sure about others.
17. papss (unregistered)
I agree... I use it on my 1520 and love it so when I heard about double tap on the m8 I was excited but its not quite as functional as I would like.. Great phone overall but some short comings too.. I don't mind the camera so much but its not great either
16. zachattack (Posts: 621; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)
Wouldn't root my phone for that.... but not being able to lock it while in the phone is annoying. I don't think I want the 5.5 inch G3
18. lallolu (Posts: 310; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)
I always use a widget to lock my screen. So much convenient.
19. Onami (Posts: 11; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)
How to avoid that: dont buy M8... HTC didn't learn to listen their user complaint, camera, bezel, and top power button @@ I hope they can exist until next and release M9 fixed all problem thay made in M7,M8 ...
20. papss (unregistered)
Other than camera none of those are deal breakers, unless of course you have baby hands
25. Taters (Posts: 4657; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
I disagree. I don't give a crap about the camera but everything else is a deal breaker. Especially the top button.
26. Onami (Posts: 11; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)
That is the way you and your HTC lose the battle... You think it's good enough and people will buy it, but that is your opinion, not me - a user.
21. Gothbeard (Posts: 51; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)
Dumb power button IS a deal breaker. HTC failed to listen.
22. Dadler22 (Posts: 161; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
Sounds good, except that "knock to on" or "swipe on" requires the touchscreen input to always be on and waiting, which uses moderate levels of battery life.
23. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 545; Member since: 20 May 2012)
The Note series don't suffer from this issue *hint, hint*