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Is the decline button in the wrong place?

Posted March 2, 2009 12:44 PM by Chris Seibold
Categories: Opinions 

If you look hard enough you can find a lot of annoyances with the iPhone, why we just posted a story earlier about 8 iPhone annoyances. Of course there are obvious annoyances and not so obvious annoyances. For an example of not so obvious annoyances consider the decline button. You know, the button you use to send people straight to voicemail. Now contemplate if the button is in the right place. Shawn Blanc has done just that. From the article:

There is one thing that I still have not gotten used to: the location of the ‘Decline’ and ‘Answer’ buttons when there’s an incoming call and the phone’s screen is not locked. This throws me off every single time.

That is just the tip of the iceberg. Shawn spends several paragraphs of careful argumentation on the topic. The post (iPhone’s Misplaced Decline Button?) is well reasoned, well written and well worth reading. The only downside of Shawn’s xcellent observation is after reading it the decline button, which most of us never gave a second thought to, will now bug you all the time.


  1. I find it quite convenient, as on every other phone I’ve had, the option to send straight to VM has been a soft-key which had to be viewed before activating it.

    Still, it may start to bother me now…................

    Posted by Steven on March 2, 2009 1:12 PM
  2. YES!!
    I thought it was just me.
    I have hung up on my husband several times and he doesn’t really understand. He gets kind of ticked off.

    Posted by marge on March 2, 2009 4:42 PM

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