Why is the off button on the top right?

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TH55

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It makes absolutely no sense, the index finger naturally reaches the top left when holding the iPhone much easier than the top right which is awkward and uncomfortable to reach. My first gen iPod Touch has it on the top left. Why did they do this? What's worse, when you go for the off button you naturally press the toggle buttons for the volume on the left side w/ your middle finger to get leverage. Anyone else aggravated by this?
 

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It makes absolutely no sense, the index finger naturally reaches the top left when holding the iPhone much easier than the top right which is awkward and uncomfortable to reach. My first gen iPod Touch has it on the top left. Why did they do this? What's worse, when you go for the off button you naturally press the toggle buttons for the volume on the left side w/ your middle finger to get leverage. Anyone else aggravated by this?
No it all works out. Helps to be ambidextrous & not really think about what you're doing. I can lock with ease with either hand.
 

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It makes absolutely no sense, the index finger naturally reaches the top left when holding the iPhone much easier than the top right which is awkward and uncomfortable to reach. My first gen iPod Touch has it on the top left. Why did they do this? What's worse, when you go for the off button you naturally press the toggle buttons for the volume on the left side w/ your middle finger to get leverage. Anyone else aggravated by this?
Use you're left hand... It'll fix everything, I promise.
 

Europa

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I've never accidentally pressed the volume buttons when turning the phone off. I can easily get to it one-handedly with my right index finger. I guess they put it on the right side because they wanted/needed the headphone jack near the mute switch and volume buttons. I've never been bothered by the power button's position. What bothered me was the lack of a rotation lock for three years.
 

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What gets me is they made it in ISO 5.0 that you now can use a volume button to take a picture. This is a great idea. No more holding the phone just to make it move when you take a hand off to touch the screen. The only problem is that if you hold it like a camera, with the button on the top right, the camera is upside down. You will not notice any problems on the phone, but if you transfer to a windows computer it is upside down.
 

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What gets me is they made it in ISO 5.0 that you now can use a volume button to take a picture. This is a great idea. No more holding the phone just to make it move when you take a hand off to touch the screen. The only problem is that if you hold it like a camera, with the button on the top right, the camera is upside down. You will not notice any problems on the phone, but if you transfer to a windows computer it is upside down.
Then hold it and use your left thumb to hit the volume button.
 

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What gets me is they made it in ISO 5.0 that you now can use a volume button to take a picture. This is a great idea. No more holding the phone just to make it move when you take a hand off to touch the screen. The only problem is that if you hold it like a camera, with the button on the top right, the camera is upside down. You will not notice any problems on the phone, but if you transfer to a windows computer it is upside down.
I agree that they should have adjusted the software to be right-side up when rotated 90 to the right and the volume/camera button is to the top right. Apple's suppose to be known for their attention to detail or at least their choice in shades of yellow.


What bothered me was the lack of a rotation lock for three years.
Is that shortcut to an orientation lock in iOS5 or the 4S?

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Europa

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No, I was just saying that we didn't have a stock rotation lock until 4.0 and I was surprised that it took so long.
 
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I agree that they should have adjusted the software to be right-side up when rotated 90 to the right and the volume/camera button is to the top right.
Agree. The buttons being on the top and the camera on the bottom is a bit of a bother.

I am with the OP...I hit the volume buttons every once in a while when hitting the top button. It's a leverage thing.
 

Europa

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Agree. The buttons being on the top and the camera on the bottom is a bit of a bother.

I am with the OP...I hit the volume buttons every once in a while when hitting the top button. It's a leverage thing.
So they should have redesigned the entire phone so the volume button, which now doubles as a shutter button, would be in the most optimal spot to take a picture with the volume button? You guys are just looking for things to complain about, aren't ya? :p
 

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So they should have redesigned the entire phone so the volume button, which now doubles as a shutter button, would be in the most optimal spot to take a picture with the volume button? You guys are just looking for things to complain about, aren't ya? :p
That will be an option on the iPhone 5 / next phone. <snicker>
 

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So they should have redesigned the entire phone so the volume button, which now doubles as a shutter button, would be in the most optimal spot to take a picture with the volume button? You guys are just looking for things to complain about, aren't ya? :p
Not really, my suggestion was to have the camera software calibrated for a 90 degree to the right landscape position to be right side up versus the current upside down.

Yes, asking for a hardware change is just whining, a simple software fix on the other hand would be chalked up to the attention to detail that Apple was known for .

Maybe defending Apple's become a knee-jerk thing for you and my posts? :p
 

Europa

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Not really, my suggestion was to have the camera software calibrated for a 90 degree to the right landscape position to be right side up versus the current upside down.

Yes, asking for a hardware change is just whining, a simple software fix on the other hand would be chalked up to the attention to detail that Apple was known for .

Maybe defending Apple's become a knee-jerk thing for you and my posts? :p
Nope. My post was for muddy and the OP and had nothing to do with software.