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Old 07-16-2008, 04:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just got my 8830 from Verizon last week and have been through the user guide and also did a quick search of the forum for this, but I haven't found anything. Apologies if I've somehow missed this elsewhere...

Is there a quick way to turn off the screen? I've got it set to light for 90 seconds, which is usually about right--but occasionally, I'd like to just "turn it off" with a button click. My Treo screen used to go dark if I pressed the End Call key... is there a similar command on the BB?

Also... what's the deal with this holster? I don't wear my phone and, as such, don't really find a lot of use for the holster. However, I'm gathering that it has more functionality than just protection. (Such as the only way I've found to turn off the screen immediately! What else does it do?

Thanks in advance from a new user!
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Old 07-16-2008, 04:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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lisakil, yes, placing it in the holster is one quick way to turn off the screen, as well as locking the device.

It saves battery life and allows your profiles to be set correctly, dually, for both IN and OUT of holster settings.
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Old 07-16-2008, 04:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Lisaskil,

The holster also protects the trackball from picking up the lint from pockets. I've seen numerous posts here regarding trackball problems caused by pocket lint. Beware of pocket lint.

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Or press and hold the mute button on top. Does the same thing as Holster does (You will still get all of your alerts)

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I was not aware of placing the 8830 in stand by mode. Awesome. I can press any button on the keyboard and it won't come out of stand by until I depress the mute button.
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You can also press the power button, each press cycling through dim, bright, and off.

I find that when I unholster, my 8830 frequently comes up dim and I have to manually brighten it when I'm outside, even in bright sun.

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You can also press the power button, each press cycling through dim, bright, and off.

I find that when I unholster, my 8830 frequently comes up dim and I have to manually brighten it when I'm outside, even in bright sun.

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Finally! Now I know why the screen brightness changes when I press the power button - it was designed like that!!!! I hike and in the backcountry there are no signals and it wastes lots of battery power searching. So I would press the POWER button but rather than TURN OFF, the brightness would change. Now I know why.

Actually, while hiking, I, too, had to play with the brightness settings yesterday since I could not read the screen in the sunlight. I thought the 8830 had a light sensor to detect ambient light???
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Finally! Now I know why the screen brightness changes when I press the power button - it was designed like that!!!! I hike and in the backcountry there are no signals and it wastes lots of battery power searching. So I would press the POWER button but rather than TURN OFF, the brightness would change. Now I know why.

Actually, while hiking, I, too, had to play with the brightness settings yesterday since I could not read the screen in the sunlight. I thought the 8830 had a light sensor to detect ambient light???
I have no idea why it doesn't set the brightness properly coming out of the holster. My guess is that as it comes out, it's still close to the holster and not in full light. After unholstering, if I lock then unlock it, or put it in standby and come back out, it goes to the proper brightness.

Or I press the power button.

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Hi:

It does. Options > Screen/Keyboard > Automatically Dim Backlight > Select Yes or No.

As I understand it, in bright light using the automatic setting actually brightens beyond 100%. That is my experience too.

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I thought the 8830 had a light sensor to detect ambient light???
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My setting is YES but I don't see any change. The sensor is located where the LED is, correct?
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Correct...

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