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Subject: Sansa: thoughts on keybindings

Sansa: thoughts on keybindings

From: Arno Wald <>
Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2008 15:04:10 +0200


after using the cpchan distribution of rockbox, I today have tried the
original rockbox. I knew that there were changes in the keybindings and
wanted to try them, if they are better than the one before (that still
is used in the cpchan distribution).

My experience on the new bindings: On the first touch the Sansa became
unusable for me:

In the file browser when having selected a folder, I have tried all keys
on the sansa, even the rec key to insert the folder into the playlist.
Well, I did not find how to get to the context menu and had to read the
manual. This is a minus. The usage should be self explanary IMHO, or at
least you should be able to easily find out by trying around.

Ok, now I know that I have to do a _long_ press on select to make the
context menu show up. First I thought it to be stupid. But now, after
playing around with it, it does not feel bad. Navigating through the
folders and invoking the context menu is simple and fast. I do not know
which key bindings are better though. I think it does not really matter.

But I do have a problem with the power key that behaves different than
described in the manual: It should stop the music. (Is there a
difference between stop and pause? It does not seem so.) Ok, this works,
but also it jumps into the parent directory. The latter is really bad.
First I even thought that the stop function on the power key is silly
because I have a play/pause key for this. But while being in the file
browser, play/pause would only bring you to the WPS, where I need a
second press to pause playback. So power=stop is ok, but only without
the go-to-parent-folder function. Is this a bug?

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