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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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post Dec 4 2012, 04:00
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If you do not use wireless/bluetooth headset I noticed the Samsung headset that came with my unit (model EHS44ASSBE) has a module on the cord. It contains the mic and one button. No documentation that I could find, but so far I discovered: one click= play/pause; two clicks= skip forward; hold= same as pushing the pwr button on the unit.

Not sure if these behaviors can be reassigned. I sort of miss the function of my old cell phone where the rocker button was vol +/- when clicked, and, skip fwd/back when pressed and held 1 second. Maybe there exists a headset with a rocker switch and/or other controls. (I am not on-top of cutting edge mobile tech, so maybe there exists a voice command app where all you need is something like my headset with just 1 button and a mic.)

Good luck!

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