Hotkey Goodness

10:59 pm PHT

I’ve owned my Nokia 6610 for almost a year now, but I only discovered two of its nice hotkey features only recently. You’re welcome to skip this post if you’re not interested in techie minutiae. (I’m a self-confessed geek. So sue me.)

Anyway, I knew way before back when I still had my 6150 that when you’re in the main screen, pressing “up” or “down” brings you to the phone’s address book. The same thing happens with the 6610 but there’s also a “left” and a “right” key this time. So I recently tried pressing “left” and lo and behold! To my utter amazement, the create new message screen came up. Amazing! How come I didn’t know this before? I’m quite sure I never read that in the manual. Before, I had to press a key four times to get to that screen. Now I can do it with 75% less effort. Yay for efficiency!

Pressing “right” brings up the Calendar. Cool. Now I can easily find out what day of the week my next date will be on. Except that I don’t have a date. (There goes its usefulness.) But at least the efficiency rating increased by 200%. Before I had to do a Menu-8–1 key combination (not to mention that I had to scroll down the menu before I internalized that key combination) to get to the Calendar.

I wonder if there’s a way to remap those hotkeys? I use the To do feature more often than I use the Calendar (which is to say, practically never). Maybe if I hack at the firmware? Hehehe.

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On 4:06 p.m., 25 Apr 2005, zee rocks wrote:

hehehe..pareho tyo. 2 yrs ko na phone yung 3530 ko, later ko lng nalaman na pde pala mag-scroll using ung # keys, tipong 2=up, 6=right,8=down,4=left hehe..


On 7:20 p.m., 9 Aug 2005, mobilemartha wrote:

knowing the hotkeys is one thing. the other thing is getting too familiar with the functions of your phone that you just won’t give it up. i currently use an ericcson T610. it has poor navigation design— web browsing, sms messaging, inc. it’s call features. the bluetooth is only the nice thing bec. i use it with my palm T3. the T3 enables me to conveniently send SMS.

i still have my siemens ME45—it’s not MMS enabled but GPRS ready allowing me to surf the net anytime; it doesn’t handle images that makes it faster. voice commands can also be set with that phone, i can sync my contacts with my pc with this phone, can search names in the phone book as you type each of the letters in the name (when you type J it jumps to J, then type E, it jumps to JE); shockproof & water proof; best of all, it’s durable even i have dropped it on several occasions.  :)

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