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Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Calidude, Sep 7, 2012.

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Shouldn't a front LED Notification light be a standard feature on every smartphone?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  1. Calidude macrumors 68000

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    I know there's people out there who think an LED on their phone is stupid simply because Apple doesn't put it on the iPhone, but really, this simple LED is more useful than anything else that can be added to the iPhone, hardware-wise.

    After using my Galaxy Nexus, I thought: "...man I spent so much wasted time checking my phone to see what notifications I have!"

    Why the hell doesn't Apple just make that home button light up so people can stop checking their iPhone so often?
     
  2. G51989, Sep 7, 2012
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    G51989 macrumors 68030

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    I agree. The LED notification light is a great idea. its only a matter of time before apple copies it, then sues.
     
  3. Catdogchicken macrumors regular

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    It was the only thing I missed from owning a Blackberry.
     
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    Ironically, yesterday I saw an LED light blinking on my friend's Motorola phone and asked him what it was. I had never heard of it before but now that I know about it, I think it's a nifty idea and if Apple could incorporate it into the iPhone I would welcome it.
     
  5. Calidude thread starter macrumors 68000

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    This all the way. Blackberry did that and BBM right, thats for sure. I had been without my BB for 3 years during my iPhone period and I couldn't believe I lasted that long.
     
  6. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    I would like one as well, but it isn't a huge deal for me.
     
  7. onthecouchagain macrumors 604

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    It's not a deal breaker, but it really is awesome.
     
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    Vegastouch macrumors 603

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    I like it but i still would of bought the S3 without it.

    I use the Light Flow app to make it even better with more colors to use but i noticed it uses more battery life than you would think than without it and using the native LED.
    There just isnt enough colors is the problem.
    Even if Apple makes the home button light up, you wont know what the notification is for without looking. It needs colors. It would be easy enough to do.
     
  9. thinkinblue613 macrumors 6502

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    I find it very useful. I tend to reply and call back a lot faster than I did with the iPhone.
     
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    My HTC HD2 had it. I would say 'no' - just to prolong battery life

    But would say 'DEFINITELY yes' if the feature is optional and you can switch it off.
     
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    We joke about the bullsh&* patents Apple applies for, but I think this one is very specific and 'feels' like it has Steve Jobs attention to detail and foresight in it. While it is not a new idea, it is evolutionary on what RIM had at the time.

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    If you think one tiny led bulb is the cause of any significant battery drain, you're living in denial.
     
  16. Nabooly macrumors 6502a

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    This is something that I can't believe all phones don't have yet. I fell in love with the green and red led from my bb pearl. That little light is extremely useful, hopefully the iphone5 will have it.
     
  17. onthecouchagain macrumors 604

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    It drains more batteries to turn on the entire screen to check for calls/messages than it does to have a tiny light flashing once in a while to alert you.
     
  18. flameproof macrumors 6502a

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    No, it saves power as long as just the LED comes up and not the screen.
     
  19. Calidude thread starter macrumors 68000

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    It would of course always be optional, as it is on every phone.

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    I gotta admit that's pretty nice, but the naysayers will throw even more of a tantrum that it will use more power than even an LED.

    I wonder how informative that will be though. You can be pretty creative with a single multicolored LED, so I dunno what more they could show with a second backlight unless text was involved too.

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    This actually saves you power from not having to turn the screen on to check your phone.
     
  20. TheMacBookPro macrumors 68020

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    I'm surprised at the number of people [mainly on the iPhone forum, not so much on this dramatically more neutral subforum] saying that it's useless and they don't ever want to see it on the iPhone.
    I mean, it's obvious that they're fanboys who'd claim it's revolutionary and totally a reason to upgrade to the S model, but still- I can kinda understand the whole 'I don't want a better camera/LED flash/higher resolution screen/3G/GPS/etc' BS they were all spewing several years ago since it might lead to a price increase, but this is a tiny $0.05 bulb that would only benefit the user (and if you really think that it's distracting, there will likely be a toggle switch in Settings to turn it off), and yet they still say it's useless? Sigh. We'd still be on the original iPhone if Apple listened to them saying 'it's perfect as it is and no changes should ever be made' .

    LEDs draw an extremely low amount of power, nowhere near as much as turning on your phone's screen (even if it's only for a few seconds) just to see whether or not you've got a new notification.
     
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    Some people have complained about it because it's annoying when you are unable to get to the phone, or you know what's come and are ignoring it. Probably a small amount of people, but it is a valid argument. I didn't check the link about what Apple had patented, but if they were to make the home button do the same sort of fading blink their MacBooks do, that would be very nice to have as an alternative.
     
  22. LSUtigers03 macrumors 68020

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    I love the notification led on my s3. Anyone who says its useless will be the same person that will praise it the day Apple announces an iPhone with led notifications.
     
  23. Dunbar macrumors 6502

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    One of the more useful features ever on a smartphone. Saves me from missing an unexpected work e-mail on the weekend which happened several times with my iPhone.
     
  24. TheMacBookPro, Sep 7, 2012
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    TheMacBookPro macrumors 68020

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    What do you mean? I don't really follow.
     
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