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[HOW-TO] Stop using the on/off switch and volume rocker

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13th September 2012, 07:10 PM   |  #1  
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My power and volume buttons feel pretty rickety, but given the product return horror stories documented here, I did not want to play roulette for what I would consider a minor concern. Outside of buying a dock, which I don't really want, I could not find a reliable "one size fits all" app solution to provide similar functionality, but with the combined efforts of these three free apps, I have captured the full functionality of the hard buttons, with little or no battery cost. If you have a better app selection, please suggest it below. I have no ties to the developers of the apps listed below, and none of these apps require root or an unlocked bootloader.

Turn off the Lights - I wanted to be able to shut off the screen quickly, and without a fuss. Most of the automatic solutions rely on the light sensor, but I could not find one with that worked well in low light. Since I use my tablet to read in bed, I had to forego the use of the light sensor, and rely simply on a soft button. It works, 'nuff said.

Volume Control Widget - This is a basic app that allows you to create volume slider widgets to control notification, alarm, and media volumes. I really only need control over media volume on a regular basis, so a basic slider widget fit the bill nicely.

Awesome On Off - Of all the solutions, I would consider this the weak link in this list. I like the app, but it relies on the gyro to give the order to turn the screen on. As you can imagine, carrying the tablet can lead to false "ons". For this reason, I set the set the "turn on angle" to require a pretty good movement from horizontal to turn on, and I did not have the app bypass the lock screen, which I have set to turn off very quickly if no unlock slide is made. In this way, the batter drain from false "ons" is somewhat mitigated.
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14th September 2012, 01:02 AM   |  #2  
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Wave Control https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...nk.WaveControl
Pretty neat app. alot more configurable if u buy for a dollar. But for the basic controls its free. Thought u might want to explore this option on the on/off switching. cheers

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14th September 2012, 03:43 AM   |  #3  
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My power and volume buttons feel pretty rickety, but given the product return horror stories documented here, I did not want to play roulette for what I would consider a minor concern. Outside of buying a dock, which I don't really want, I could not find a reliable "one size fits all" app solution to provide similar functionality, but with the combined efforts of these three free apps, I have captured the full functionality of the hard buttons, with little or no battery cost. If you have a better app selection, please suggest it below. I have no ties to the developers of the apps listed below, and none of these apps require root or an unlocked bootloader.

Turn off the Lights - I wanted to be able to shut off the screen quickly, and without a fuss. Most of the automatic solutions rely on the light sensor, but I could not find one with that worked well in low light. Since I use my tablet to read in bed, I had to forego the use of the light sensor, and rely simply on a soft button. It works, 'nuff said.

Volume Control Widget - This is a basic app that allows you to create volume slider widgets to control notification, alarm, and media volumes. I really only need control over media volume on a regular basis, so a basic slider widget fit the bill nicely.

Awesome On Off - Of all the solutions, I would consider this the weak link in this list. I like the app, but it relies on the gyro to give the order to turn the screen on. As you can imagine, carrying the tablet can lead to false "ons". For this reason, I set the set the "turn on angle" to require a pretty good movement from horizontal to turn on, and I did not have the app bypass the lock screen, which I have set to turn off very quickly if no unlock slide is made. In this way, the batter drain from false "ons" is somewhat mitigated.

I exchanged my Prime for the TF700 in BB last month , I started feeling my power switch extremely rickety . Took it to BB but denied Exchange or return saying that nothing is wrong , Power switch is exactly like that even in the brand new TF700. Eventhough i was within my 60 days return window ( Silver Pre member) they denied me the return .

Coming back to the topic , I am using Screen Off to switch off the screen and Awesome On off to switch back on . Only problem is Awesome On/Off keep preventing the tablet from going into deep sleep. Need to play around with settings ...
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14th September 2012, 04:01 AM   |  #4  
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First off, screw Best Buy, and second, it is interesting that a rickety volume switch is not cause for return. That's a real bummer for the money that we all have paid. Generally speaking, I am very happy with the hardware, but when I hit buttons/volume on my wife's ipad 3, they have a more secure feel, like they will still work after 10,000 presses. I don't get that same fuzzy feeling with our tablet, but I guess that's life. How are you monitoring your CPU use...CPU Spy or something else?
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14th September 2012, 04:14 AM   |  #5  
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for volume control when you're using the tablet i recommend this app, it works awesomely and has options to configure.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...2x1bWVQbHVzIl0.
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I exchanged my Prime for the TF700 in BB last month , I started feeling my power switch extremely rickety . Took it to BB but denied Exchange or return saying that nothing is wrong , Power switch is exactly like that even in the brand new TF700. Eventhough i was within my 60 days return window ( Silver Pre member) they denied me the return .

If they wouldn't allow you to return it for the power button, I would have just said 'Ok, then I'm just not happy with the product, and want to return it'. Then, just buy another one... Last time I checked, you really don't need a "reason" to return something - you can return it simply because you don't like it, for example...

I found it pretty strange when returning a tablet to Best Buy once for a hardware defect - they seem to go out of their way to actually make sure the device turns on before accepting the return - why do they do that?? What would they do if it wouldn't turn on?? If it's defective, it's defective - who cares if it actually turns on or not? If it *doesn't* turn on, then that's even more of a reason to return it! Am I missing something here?!?

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14th September 2012, 01:28 PM   |  #7  
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First off, screw Best Buy, and second, it is interesting that a rickety volume switch is not cause for return. That's a real bummer for the money that we all have paid. Generally speaking, I am very happy with the hardware, but when I hit buttons/volume on my wife's ipad 3, they have a more secure feel, like they will still work after 10,000 presses. I don't get that same fuzzy feeling with our tablet, but I guess that's life. How are you monitoring your CPU use...CPU Spy or something else?

Yes I am using CPU spy to monitor . In BB their argument was , even if i exchange for a new TF700 the volume buttons are going to be same .. strange . I did not want to argue too much sine the manager lady was too rude . I just took my tablet and came out.

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If they wouldn't allow you to return it for the power button, I would have just said 'Ok, then I'm just not happy with the product, and want to return it'. Then, just buy another one... Last time I checked, you really don't need a "reason" to return something - you can return it simply because you don't like it, for example...

I found it pretty strange when returning a tablet to Best Buy once for a hardware defect - they seem to go out of their way to actually make sure the device turns on before accepting the return - why do they do that?? What would they do if it wouldn't turn on?? If it's defective, it's defective - who cares if it actually turns on or not? If it *doesn't* turn on, then that's even more of a reason to return it! Am I missing something here?!?

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Yes i tried also, I told then i am returning this and pick a Samsung Note 10.1 , The manager lady told she won't allow me to exchange since this is my second return in 2 months , i don't know , if there is a rule like that. she was pretty rude , i was tired of explaining to Customer service / Geek Squad / manager , Just took my Infinity and walked out .

They always switch on and check , don't know why.
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14th September 2012, 03:19 PM   |  #8  
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Wave Control https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...nk.WaveControl
Pretty neat app. alot more configurable if u buy for a dollar. But for the basic controls its free. Thought u might want to explore this option on the on/off switching. cheers

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Regarding the Wave Control app suggested above, I could not get this to work. Am I mistaken, or is there no proximity sensor in the Infinity? If mine does not respond as it should, I want to return it. If not, how does this app detect a wave?
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Yes i tried also, I told then i am returning this and pick a Samsung Note 10.1 , The manager lady told she won't allow me to exchange since this is my second return in 2 months , i don't know , if there is a rule like that. she was pretty rude , i was tired of explaining to Customer service / Geek Squad / manager , Just took my Infinity and walked out .

They always switch on and check , don't know why.

That's BS - I would definitely go to a different Best Buy from now on! If still in your return period, just go to a different location - that lady was feeding you BS... You should have no problem returning it as long as you are within the return period and have a receipt.

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14th September 2012, 03:49 PM   |  #10  
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That's BS - I would definitely go to a different Best Buy from now on! If still in your return period, just go to a different location - that lady was feeding you BS... You should have no problem returning it as long as you are within the return period and have a receipt.

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Yes , thought about it. Then thought of giving one more chance to Infinity , except the Power swich little loose , my infinity is perfect. JB update should be around the corner , so just waiting for JB update .

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