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Music phone/player with "blind" control
boomman
post Dec 3 2012, 23:13
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I'm looking for an mp3 player, or ideally, a (smart/dumb)phone to replace my Nokia 5130.
The main feature I can't seem to find anywhere is the ability to control music without taking the device out of the pocket. Side media buttons of 5130 can do Vol+/-, Fwd/Bkwd, and stop/play. All of these functions I can do without taking the device out my jeans pocket, easily pressing those side buttons right through the fabric.
In all devices I see at most volume control buttons, and, very rare, fwd button.
Technically, the phone satisfies me with its functionality (though it can be a bit slow at times), but I tried looking at the alternatives during the buying binge and couldn't find any mp3 player or a phone that would look like it would be able to pull off that freedom of control, other than nokia X2-00, that's almost disappeared from the shelves. I have a spare battery for 5130 and am ready to survive till WWIII, but I wonder if you happen to know of some product that I can upgrade to.
Hands-free/headsets won't work since it can be rather cold where I live and you can't really press a 5 mm button on your chest through puffer winter jacket.

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cpchan
post Dec 4 2012, 01:00
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QUOTE (boomman @ Dec 3 2012, 18:13) *
The main feature I can't seem to find anywhere is the ability to control music without taking the device out of the pocket. Side media buttons of 5130 can do Vol+/-, Fwd/Bkwd, and stop/play. All of these functions I can do without taking the device out my jeans pocket, easily pressing those side buttons right through the fabric.


Almost all Cowon products have hardware buttons (some more than others). It sound like a D3 might be what you are after- it has all the buttons you mentioned. You might also try a J3, if you can still find one.

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