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    The flick to answer is really annoying and unsafe. However,It is much much worse to talk to a person in the car next to you* than it ever is using a cell phone. yet they haven't outlawed that have they?
    Here is how I make it safer:
    1- I don't make outgoing calls because the droids voice dialing sucks. You have to look at the screen and make a selection instead of the Droid giving you audio feedback (like all my other phones did)
    2- I have my Droid plugged in to my stereo so I can hear the caller clearly. I just talk normally and the Droid picks up my voice (It doesn't need to be in speaker phone mode)
    3- I listen to music or audiobooks in the car but the droid automatically pauses the music and restarts after the call is done.

    It works great except for trying to answer a call. I flicked one call last night 9 times and it goofed up every time I finally missed the call and was majorly distracted. If nothing else, there should be an option of how you want to answer the call. Button press , camera button remap etc.

    * When people are in a cell phone conversation they are looking at the road in front of them. When they are talking to a person in the car or kids in the back seat, studies have show they are cutting the eyes over to them or checking out reactions in the rear view mirror several times a minute . (usually without being aware that they are doing so)

    Except when they are looking down to dial a call (which is why voice dial is sooo important) I would much rather be behind a cell phone talker than a driver gabbing with his friends in the car
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    Can't see whats so hard...The position of the slider never changes.
    it's not like you have to look at it to answer the phone....
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    Quote Originally Posted by kevinjanet View Post
    The flick to answer is really annoying and unsafe. However,It is much much worse to talk to a person in the car next to you* than it ever is using a cell phone.
    No, it's not. Read the studies. A person in the car with you can point out hazards, and stop talking if road conditions suddenly change.

    The only safe way to use your phone in the car is not at all (or, as a navigation device).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Backnblack View Post
    Can't see whats so hard...The position of the slider never changes.
    it's not like you have to look at it to answer the phone....
    I am beginning to think there is a defect in my phone. I typically try 3-4 times to get the slider to work. I touch it with my thumb, move it across to the other side and at some point in the process it jumps back to the left hand side again. sometimes I get it half way across sometimes a quarter of the way etc. I thought everybody's phone acted like this but maybe not!
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    .[/quote]No, it's not. Read the studies. A person in the car with you can point out hazards, and stop talking if road conditions suddenly change.

    The only safe way to use your phone in the car is not at all (or, as a navigation device).[/QUOTE]

    You should have read my whole post. The studies do point out the greater danger of talking in the car. I recently completed a professional, 2 day driving course where they stressed how it's much more distracting to have an in-car conversation because you have been conditioned your whole life to glance at the person you are talking to. A short glance away from the road and you could be traveling hundreds of feet at freeway speeds.
    The experts at the class also stressed how in-car navigation is NOT safe! If it was just a voice system with no screen to look at it wouldn't be so bad, but the reality is people keep glancing at the map screen and once again there eyes are off the road.

    While it is nice that a passenger can help point out road hazards it is much better to be focusing on the road yourself and not looking at the passenger in the first place.

    Reminds me of the old sayin'
    " When I die, I want to go like my Grandpa. Peacefully in my sleep not yelling and screaming like the passengers in his car"

    Bottom line the message from the class was this:
    If you feel you absolutely must have a conversation in a car then a voice activated cell phone conversation is the way to go but you shouldn't be having any conversations if you can help it. (and that goes for adjusting the radio, eating in the car, fiddling with your navigation system etc etc.)
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    When you unlock the phone be sure it vibrates before sliding it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thelion View Post
    This drives me nuts. You complain about the safety hazard and yet you talk on your phone while driving which is a KNOWN safety hazard.

    The only thing my Droid gets used for while driving is navigation. Everything else can wait and if it cannot, I will pull over.
    I agree 100% but outside of using it in a car it is a pain in the ass to need to use the slider to answer a call and there is no good reason for it.

    Sometime the thing won't swipe and you loose your call, i feel down the road they will see this and finaly rethink it.
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    just drove across the US, NY to Cali, so I had plenty of time to mess with the droid as a multifunction device over 5 days in the car. And yes, doing anything with your phone while driving is less safe than ignoring it. That said, this trip would have been more difficult and less fun without the droid.

    - navigation was extremely helpful when trying to stay on a particular freeway while navigating around a strange city. Most of the time though it was more like, turn left, drive 600 miles.
    - only time I lost navigation/gps was in part of Nevada (took i50, so absolutely nothing out there but frozen ice and desert). Overall impressed with network coverage for 3g.
    - spent quite a bit of time in the snow/fog/ice in unfamiliar territory. Being able to see where the road was going to turn in advance was really useful.
    - making calls sucks and I don't think it's safe, needs to be fixed but has been covered to death.
    - receiving calls, np with a BT headset.
    - music was on shuffle or pandora, so again, no touchy touchy needed.
    - found that any indicator light (email, txt, missed call) was really irritating. 10 minutes, np, 12 hours, water torture. Obviously this can be turned off. I just turned off sync.
    - even at dimmest setting screen is too bright at night, so i tended to turn off unless absolutely necessary.
    - Latitude was regularly just wrong. Find it curious that various apps using GPS give different results.
    Side NOTE: California law requires gps attached to a windshield to be within 5" of the left or 7" of the right side. I put my droid on the left to get used to it. This has to be the least safe place to stick something you plan on referring to while driving (other than your lap or the ceiling). Looking to the left and down pulls your eyes significantly off trajectory, while looking center and down is relatively benign.

    Just for giggles, here's what i50 looks like in winter, and for most of this i had gps. kids, don't take photo's with your droid when your doing 60 on ice unless your a trained professional.
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    For me the solution was simple. Forward my calls from my cell to my On-Star system.
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    Don't worry when Droids begin to navigate and drive cars automatically we will not have to worry...until then stop worrying about the "dangers."

    Changing the volume or station can distract you just as much even if its on the steering wheel. What's next...are we going to say we should have automatic respirators hooked up to our bodies just incase we take a deep breath and get distracted on the road..

    I do understand wanting an aspect of the phone that can automatically answer the phone with a press of the button to bypass the unlocking aspect, but I'm speaking in general not because of the danger in the car.
    Last edited by LordKastle; 12-18-2009 at 01:27 PM.
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