One design flaw that's bothered me with the BlackBerry Storm is that the touch screen remains active during a phone call. CellAvant
has offered a solution to my frustrations with TalkLock™
While on a call, the BlackBerry Storm touch screen stays active and displays your number, your connected time, and as much information as is available with who you are contacted to. On the bottom half of the screen you also have 4 large buttons, one for speaker, one for mute, one for flash and one to add participant. Then at the very bottom there are 5 menu buttons. One to show keyboard, one to launch the notes application, one to navigate you to the home screen, one to show your calendar, and one to show your contacts.
All of these options are great and very useful in keeping everything at my fingertips that I might need during a call. The only problem is I've got big cheeks... Yeah I know it's an odd thing to say, but while talking or smiling, my cheeks constantly hit the mute button and I get mad at my phone because I'm talking and the person on the other end of the line can't hear me. I've resorted to holding the phone out and hovering during the calls.
Now... I imagine the phone was designed this way because RIM and Verizon assume that a good percentage of their clients are Bluetoothing. Everyone who lives off an earpiece would have no idea what I'm talking about and I can see how this current design works perfectly for them. I however hate walking around with an earpiece as I've said before
, and I know I'm not the only one.
Well, for the rest of us Stormies that are frustrated with accidental screen presses during a phone call, CellAvant is offering the free utility TalkLock™ (BETA), a touch screen lock for the BlackBerry Storm
Once downloaded, the utility automatically engages a few seconds after a call is connected. It locks your screen similar to the image shown in this entry. While you see this screen, all normal touch screen functions during the call are intercepted, preventing screen presses from launching functions or programs. If you need to access all those options you would normally have on a call, just slide the lock bar across, and you return to the normal Storm call screen. When the call ends, TalkLock™ automatically releases your phone and hides until the next call. The background image that you see during the call is also customizable (save a 360x480 PNG format image over TalkLock-Background.png
in the home/user
folder of Device Memory
and do a full reboot).
To install TalkLock™, register here
, providing an email address that delivers mail to your BlackBerry Storm. According to my device the download was 69.0KB for Version 1.01.