I've had my droid for almost two months now and I absolutely love it. It really DOES do everything. >__>
However, there's one small thing that's been bugging me about it lately. With my blackberry I had the option of setting two separate timeouts: a screen timeout and a lock timeout. After the screen timeout elapsed the screen would turn off, but the phone would remain unlocked, so if I pressed a key the screen would turn back on and I wouldn't have to retype my password. The blackberry would only lock itself after the lock timeout elapsed, which I usually set to around 15 minutes. This was really useful, especially while texting or while using the web browser to quickly look multiple things up.
With my Droid, it's a little irritating to have to unlock the phone every time I want to turn the screen back on. Plus, another benefit is that I could set the screen timeout on my berry to 15 seconds, greatly improving battery life (something I DESPERATELY need on the Droid) since I rarely remember to turn the screen off on my own. If I set the backlight timer that low on my Droid I'd kill myself from having to enter the pattern so often.
So ultimately my question is are there any apps I can use to make the screen shut off independently of the lock timeout? I've searched a bit and I haven't found anything, but before I start coding my own app to do this I'd like to make sure there isn't something already available. If not, well, I'm going to see if I can make one.
(Longest thing I've ever typed on a virtual keyboard... o_O By the way if you haven't tried smartkeyboard, a multitouch keyboard app, check it out!)