Hand in Glove App Allows You to Make/Answer Calls with Gloves On (No Special Gloves Required)
Dec 5, 2011 10:37 AM –
Hand in Glove is mind-numbingly brilliant idea, and perfect now that the weather is getting colder. In a nutshell, the app lets you control basic phone functions with the hardware buttons; i.e. volume control rocker. This is therefore ideal if you are wearing gloves and need to answer a call quickly.
Tested on: HTC Desire HD
Pros & Cons:
- Lets you make and receive calls on your phone easily, with gloves on with touch screen devices (no special gloves necessary)!
- Easy to enable/disable from notification panel!
- Could perhaps do with voice control options.
Sometimes ideas come along that are so incredibly simple you are surprised it hasn’t been thought of before. Around this time of year, the weather tends to grow colder (northern hemisphere at least) and out comes the gloves and scarves as we swaddle ourselves tightly against the chilly weather. The problem this creates when it comes to smart phones is that touch screens are not fond of being prodded by gloved fingers and becomes stubbornly unresponsive. The only solution is to wrestle your glove off and answer the phone as normal (or purchase special gloves that allow answering touch screen phones).
Hand in Glove however is a simple way to negate this annoying situation, but allowing you to answer, and even make calls using the hardware buttons on your phone. On my phone, the HTC Desire HD (bit similar to an Inspire 4G), I only have the volume keys on one side which are essentially hardware, as the remainder are touch screen buttons. This app now makes it easy to answer calls by easily pressing the volume up button to answer a call (or the volume down button to ignore).
The app also provides a custom lock screen. From this screen you can long press the volume buttons to access the most recently called contact, or your full contact list. It does take a little bit of practice to get it right, long press for too long and it gives you your default lock screen, which then needs to be re-navigated via the power button. It’s not perfect but it shows a lot of potential, and again, it’s a brilliant idea. It would perhaps be nice to see some sort of voice control, controlling even these basic functions with essentially two buttons (volume up and down) requires remembering which has to be pressed for what, hence the fact you might need some practice to get it right, or perhaps-on screen prompts during use.
Hand in Glove – Lockscreen
Hand in Glove – Recent call list
Hand in Glove – In-call controls
Hand in Glove – Advanced settings
Hand in Glove – Lockscreen timeout settings
Hand in Glove – Settings
It saves your hands from getting cold when answering the phone. It might even stop you missing calls as you wrestle with the removal of your glove. It just makes so much sense, especially this time of year!
Ease of Use:
I admit it does feel a little fiddly to start with, and remembering which volume button to press and for how long, to get a desired result isn’t particularly intuitive so requires a little practice. However, once you work out how it functions, it’s simple and very easy to use.
If you spend a lot of time out and wearing gloves, you might end up using this quite a lot. It’s just perfect for those moments when you do get a call and removing your gloves just to answer it (or ignore the call) is going to be a hassle.
The interface is very basic, and obviously limited to basic functions when the app is enabled. But, it’s simple and in the frantic occasions when you are retrieving your phone from your pocket or purse, it’s pretty ideal.