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Really irritating design flaw...

by tech_ninja_81 / July 10, 2012 3:00 AM PDT

When trying to use the native messaging app on my Galaxy SII Skyrocket in landscape mode, it cuts off the send button!

It displays the attachment button above the send button, and in landscape, the send is cut off. Anyone have a fix for this? I have looked and can't seem to disable the attachment button.

Here is a screenshot of what I am talking about...

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And another reason why folk replace the stock apps.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 10, 2012 3:07 AM PDT

There is some thought that the maker should correct such flaws even though they didn't write the app or the OS.

Can you see why some write that Android is the new Windows?

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Not really helpful
by tech_ninja_81 / July 12, 2012 2:32 AM PDT

The problem isn't the platform, it is manufacturer execution. I tend to gravitate toward Samsung hardware because it is very durable. I left this phone on top of my car and took off (no case...) and it slid off @ 45 MPH and landed screen down on the pavement with only a couple minor scratches on the edges of the case. A friend of mine dropped his HTC Evo in a restaraunt and it spiderwebbed the screen. Their software tends to be their downfall. My first Samsung touch screen was not android based, and was just terrible. I believe it was the Flight. The software was unresponsive, sluggish, and dated. With the android platform, I am really impressed overall, but the devil is in the details.

As far as being compared to Windows, I disagree. It isn't Android's fault that phone manufacturers employ crappy programmers to implement the product where as Windows is born with it's flaws. Of course, they are both better than Apple's OSs in my opinion. Apple products are built and marketed for the technologically un-savvy.

I have replaced the factory app with Handcent, but I just don't like having extra crap on my phone. I would like to fix the native app, or at least remove it.

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Thanks for this response.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 12, 2012 2:37 AM PDT
In reply to: Not really helpful

I see you are slamming the makers for using the OS and it's supplied apps, warts and all.

Yes, it is the Windows story all over again. All those PC makers took Windows, and look at the mess. Here we go again! Not only that but YOU BOUGHT THIS (again!)

And as folk are used to the PC, they are not liking apps that are welded into the phone. Let me take the flip side to that argument. Let's say they did allow you free reign. And now you can't text. Will you pay them for the support to fix this? (you had uninstalled the stock app.)

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So let me ask this...
by tech_ninja_81 / July 12, 2012 4:09 AM PDT

...If Apple is so much better than Android & Windows, what are you doing in the Android forum? Just trying to pick fights and start flame wars? Honestly. I don't go into the iOS & Mac forums and try to answer questions with "Your problem is Apple" If you don't have an answer for a question, don't post. If the post was "Android is better because blah blah blah" then I can see how your statements are relevant.

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by tech_ninja_81 / July 12, 2012 4:12 AM PDT

...Android is not supplied with native apps, save for a few base processes. Those are developed by the company that manufactures the phone, in this case Samsung. That is why phone, messaging, phone book, and all these functions look different from one phone to another. And why they are all similar on phones from the same manufacturer. You would know this if you have ever held an Android based phone.

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Let me show you my hat.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 12, 2012 4:24 AM PDT
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I go to the developer conferences and there are base apps that come with Android.

I see you state these are developed by the company that manufactures the phone but as I see that same app from Google in the base kit, I have to disagree here.

They can skin the apps so that much does differ but do they rarely do much more than that.

Why did you bring up the iPhone?

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No instructions with Android phones on how to answer phone
by dorasm / November 27, 2015 9:59 AM PST

Is Android the new Windows because of it's difficult, counterintuitive design?

Seriously, in the main I love Android - until I had to answer a phone call. A big white phone receiver thing with stuff radiating from it comes up. Press it and nothing happens. Press the green blinking receiver off to the right and nothing happens. Press them BOTH and nothing happens. NOTHING answers the bloody phone.

User manual online says NOTHING about how to answer the phone - never mind the single portion of a sheet from Korea or wherever they make Alcatel phones.

Call to my sister, who tells me you have to "slide" the icon to the right. NOTHING else has to slide anywhere. If it ever did it must have been aeons ago.

Now, I have an Alcatel phone, and my sister and her husband have Motorolas, and they said that they couldn't figure out how to answer the phone either, and their manuals didn't explain that either. Where hte power button is? Yes. Though it's in one of the two standard locations. How to answer the phone when Einstein wouldn't have figured it out - no. And my sister and her husband aren't stupid. My sister is a high level project manager with IBM, and her husband is a software engineer and IT manager.

This is pure, unadulterated, idiocy. Android makers can't make the phone answering mechanism intuitive and can't be troubled to put how to answer the phone in the instructions that come with the phone. Don't tell me it's a manufacturer issue when NO cell phone comes with instructions on how to answer the phone! This is ANDROID idiocy pure and simple.

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