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Kindle Fire Power Button terrible location - I keep pushing by mistake


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Initial post: Nov 15, 2011 4:39:50 PM PST
USN Retired says:
Anyone else having trouble with the power button while using the Kindle Fire? I put a finger underneath it for support and it keeps hitting the button and wanting to turn it off. Power button should be at the top.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2011 4:43:05 PM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
I hold my devices from the sides.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2011 4:44:15 PM PST
 nospin  says:
Turn it around so the button is at the top. Your bottom becomes the top.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2011 4:52:51 PM PST
USN Retired says:
Is it that easy, does that affect any applications since the unit is now actually upside down? I'll try it but the word Kindle on the back is upside down so I know it is 'supposed' to be the bottom.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2011 5:03:25 PM PST
 nospin  says:
Doesn't affect anything.
Would be nice if the speakers weren't now at the bottom but it can be lived with.

Posted on Nov 15, 2011 5:43:25 PM PST
Patti says:
The two things that I've seen that don't auto-flip with the unit turned upside-down are the lock screen (no big deal) and the "USB plugged in" screen.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2011 6:17:58 PM PST
fillipol says:
Agree - it's a stupid design... I keep pushing the off button accidentially... turning upside down does not work for many apps... is there a way to disable the off button?

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 11:00:15 AM PST
Mr. Peepers says:
This is a big problem - since a hardware fix is not possible, they need to implement a software fix where ALL apps flip when the unit is upside-down. If I put the fire on a stand at work (one that holds docs up while I type), it goes off immediately. Not acceptable.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2011 11:14:12 AM PST
I quickly figured out to hold it upside down after I kept hitting the power button over and over. So far, the only app I've used that won't recognize what orientation we are holding the Fire is Accuweather. All the rest will reorient themselves.. so far.

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 1:09:33 PM PST
Monkeyfarmer says:
It is amazing something like that made it through design reviews. Needs to be recessed or at least flush with the case.

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 1:17:00 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 17, 2011 1:49:51 PM PST
mdholm says:
IMO, its the Fire's biggest flaw. I hit that button all the time. I just turned it upside down and put it in the case that way. Everything seems fine, except the slider is upside down. But once its on you won't know that. And, if its in a case you won't see the word KINDLE upside down on the back!

Edited to correct typos.

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 1:26:34 PM PST
sdickinson says:
I agree that the power button is in the wrong place and really a design such as the slider on the Kindle Keyboard would be much better in future versions of the product line.

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 2:04:15 PM PST
Joe Cool says:
it's an amazingly poor design decision. wonder if they tested it at all. if they had they'd have found out this is dumb in about 5 minutes. rotating the device 180 "solves" the problem, but since the bezel is thinner on the top you now wind up covering part of the screen (and frequently activating the touch response) when you do this.
lack of volume rocker switch is another amazingly bad decision. depending on where you are in can take 3-4 taps to change the volume, then another couple to get back to what you were doing. whenever i change the volume in netflix is pauses the video. stupid.

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 2:19:35 PM PST
I have the same problem. However, if you turn it upside down, the wifi antenna is then at the bottom and I noticed a weaker signal.

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 2:26:51 PM PST
John H says:
I can't understand all this. The first few times I hit the power button by mistake. After that I have not accidentally hit it once. Simply stop pressing the power button. I think the design is incredibly elegant and the device is amazingly useful for what it was designed to do.

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 2:38:04 PM PST
M. SOLANO says:
Keeping it in case also makes it a bit harder to accidentally hit the power button.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2011 8:48:04 PM PST
R. Eames says:
I have yet to have a session where I haven't hit it while holding it one handed. I use my fingers along the bottom to keep balance. However, the bigger problem is setting it on something like my leg or a table and watching it power off. It's a very odd location for the button.

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 1:11:41 PM PST
J. M. says:
They could easily address this with a software update. All they need to do is add a power off slider on the home page (similar to the unlock slider on the lock page when you start it up). This should be the only way to turn the device off. The button on the bottom should only work to turn the device ON, not off. Simple. Of course this could be an optional setting in case there is anyone (doubt it) who actually likes using the button to power it off. If you like my suggestion for the fix, then click YES. Maybe the responses will get Amazon's attention to address this. ;-)

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 4:50:50 PM PST
J.B. says:
One of those head-scratching flaws that makes you wonder how much the device was tested before launch. Amazon absolutely needs to release a software fix for this, it's absurd how poorly thought through the button placement was.

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 7:03:17 PM PST
NG says:
Buy a Marware cover. No problem. I was a little surprised at your problem, but looking down the cover protects the button.

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 8:47:15 AM PST
Jason says:
This one aspect more than any other is likely to make me return the device. It's a great little tablet and an incredible price, but the power button is driving me nuts. First off, rotating it is only a partial solution since my finger also brushes the absurdly sensitive switch in the landscape position. Not only that but my preferred case is a slipcase (the Wenger Legacy that I used to use for my Sony e-reader). But putting it in the case first ALSO turns first turns on the device then, when the button is pressed for 20 seconds, shuts it down completely. Half the time when I pull it from the case it's not in the sleep mode I left it in but rather in full shutdown and takes a long press then 30 seconds to reboot. Defeats the whole purpose of a tablet for me. Sad.

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 10:10:17 AM PST
maxnik says:
I had the same problem, but eventually got a hang of holding the Kindle that I don't hit the button anymore. But yes not the best design.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2011 10:12:13 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 27, 2011 10:13:27 AM PST
Bjeans says:
R. Eames, turn the Fire upside down, so the power button is on the top.

I'm not saying the design is ideal, but doing this works.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2011 10:48:35 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 27, 2011 10:48:44 AM PST
Jason says:
Still doesn't help with landscape mode, which is how I mostly use it . . . Also doesn't help with the growing number of apps I'm finding that don't auto-rotate. Set up an email account today and found out that the setup of the email app does not rotate.

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 10:51:11 AM PST
Jason says:
As much as I dislike the iPad, I will say that their power button at least has to be proactively "pressed" to actuate it. The Fire power button is unlike any I've seen -- it doesn't depress as far as I can tell but it's also not quite like a touch-sensitive button. But it's so sensitive that the side of a finger pressed against it triggers it. As others have said, I can't imagine this device was ever tested by users without that function being noticed.
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