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August 25th 2014 12:52 pm

What's the smallest UI design flaw that bothers you most?

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I think I have found mine. I've been using Windows Phone 8.1 for 2 weeks now to give it a trial run (side note: I'm liking it for the most part!)

However, I think whoever designed the messaging UI must have not tested it very well. The thing that is absolutely infuriating me is that the 'send' button is pretty well right on top of the software back key. It is brutal! I frequently either:

1. Hit back when trying to send a message, closing the keyboard
2. Hit send when trying to hit 'back' to exit out of an app when trying to multitask.

To make things even worse... it happens in EVERY. SINGLE. APP.

Messaging? Email? BBM? Facebook? Twitter? All have that send button there.

Do you have something like this that drives you up the wall, even though its so minor?

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Jaredhc

Simular thing on the S5, but not as brutal. Its when I hit the back button when in a message.. I want to go back to the inbox when i hit the back button, instead, it takes me to the home screen. THEN I have to go back into messages to get the list of messages in the inbox. At least im not sending uncompleted texts like you.
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frankspin

The back button on Android is a blessing and a curse. When I was using Android I noticed everyone operated the button differently.
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matthew86

I used WP8 (and then 8.1) for about a year. While I agree that the placement of certain controls (like the send button in the messaging app) is atrocious, it could be so much worse--not having a clearly-marked send button at all.

BlackBerry OS 7 (does anyone remember that? I use it on a Bold 9900 at the moment) lacks such a button. Instead, you're either supposed to click the touchpad or hit the return key to send a message. And if you need to access options for anything, you hit the stylized "BB" button for the contextual menu (options, switch apps, help, etc). Now that can be frustrating. It took me Googling the question to figure out how to edit the name of my device under Bluetooth, which of course took using the BB button.
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TgD

Oooh I do remember that. The return key wasn't bad, but clicking the touchpad was a little unintuitive
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Nerdish

The search button!

I've been using Windows Phone for 2 years now. The search button is truly obnoxious! I'd love the option to disable search--or at the very least press and hold to activate search. As-is I'm constantly hitting it with my thumb while trying to perform the most basic of tasks.
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joelhamill

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Google moved their "voice input" microphone icon to the upper right side of their keyboard and now I hit that every once in awhile when trying to hit letter 'p'. It is a minor annoyance. I liked that input better when it was next to the space bar.
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TgD

You can turn that off in Settings -> Language and Input! Just uncheck Google Voice Typing.

Unless you use voice typing that is.
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joelhamill

I don't use voice typing normally but, we I do use it I don't want to have to enable it first. And therein lies the rub, as they say.
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groovechicken

I don't use iOS myself aside from the occasional test of our website on an iPod Touch, so the lack of a dedicated Back button when people bring me their iOS devices for support makes me want to drive to Cupertino and start punching people. :D Seriously, half of the amount of time I spend supporting our iOS users goes to trying to figure out what to click to navigate around. Some people complain about the Android Back button and its quirks, but it is better than not having one.
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joelhamill

I think the Android back button is one of the most discussed buttons in software. I like that I can follow a link from one app (twitter) to another app (instagram) and hit the back button and be back in the first app. That functionality is sorely missing on iOS, hopefully extensions will help.
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johndandison

I've used lots of windows phones for a long time. I've never had this problem, but I've yet to use one with software buttons instead of hardware. Those extra few millimeters must really count. Definitely seems like something they should figure out - either more space (prob not going to happen, with the bar's height pretty fixed in relation to the hardware) or an option to space them differently. The HTC One has some fancy swipe to show/hide the buttons, perhaps we'll see that more widespread.
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matthew86

Is that what that tiny little down arrow is on the "M8 for Windows Phone"? I've wondered what the hell was up with that.
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johndandison

Supposedly there are two options - use the arrow to hide/show or swipe up/down. You can set it up in settings.
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schefferd

I have to say the lack of a useful keyboard in iOS. I have an Android phone for personal use, but I just had my company blackberry replaced by an iPhone. How is one supposed to send a professional correspondence with a keyboard that doesn't have numbers or punctuation?

Yes, I know I can access a secondary menu to get punctuation, but that is a waste of time. The iPhone keyboard seems designed for 9-year-olds who generally don't craft complex messages, not actual professional correspondence. How any corporate IT team could approve such a device for use in the workplace is beyond me.
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TgD

A keyboard for 9 year olds would be made entirely of emoji ;)

Haha in all reality I hear you. I like physical keyboards too!
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cgeisert

I absolutely LOVED windows 8, but i HATE windows 8.1. no more comma... the games takes forever to load now and now you have to look for the games your were playing. you have to be logged into the stupid windows live ID to use your phone now....and the english prediction now sucks. I used to tell everybody how great the phone was... now i just complain about it. i want my money back for buying this stupid phone... anyone want to start a class action suit ....
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