Phone: Swipe between Calls, Contacts, Dial pages

asked 2015-09-30 11:39:01 +0200

eskild gravatar image

updated 2015-10-28 10:26:06 +0200

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From within the Phone I can use the Pulley to get to Contacts. From Contacts I can swipe back to the call list.

Why can't I swipe into Contacts? Why does it have to be a pulley operation? It seems inconsistent.

Actually, I would probably like a third page for typing in number, also accessible via swiping. So we'd have three pages:

Call list <=> Contacts <=> Dial

From a usability perspective getting to Dial from Call is one more operation (two swipes compared to one pulley) -- but it requires far less tactile precision to swipe than to hit the right entry in the pulley.

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Oooooh, I second this so much! Even more, I think that Calls/Contacts/Messages should be merged into a single app. Amending on your pages proposal, I'd like to include Messaging, using Contacts to connect phone and text operations:

Call List <=> Dial <=> Contacts <=> Messages

Main entry point is "Contacts". The call history is situated "beyond" the Dialer, swiping left from Contacts. Swiping right, text conversations can be accessed.

t-lo ( 2015-09-30 11:43:56 +0200 )edit

I really like this idea, but IMHO it should be restricted to three screens:

PEOPLE <> PHONE (a.k.a Call log) <> DIAL

This would keep the App clean and nice, no reason to mix messages to it, if you want to write a new message, you can do it from People. Or if someone inists that the Messages App should be merged also, then I suggest the following:


The bold one being the starting point.

raketti ( 2015-09-30 12:16:16 +0200 )edit

My reasoning for having the People screen, then the Dialer first (instead of the "Phone" screen in your example) was that the "Phone" screen is just a call log, and the "People" screen already has a list of recently contacted people. My personal order of preference when placing a call would be

  1. Select from contacts (i.e. "People" app), either alphabetically, or recent
  2. dial a number
  3. select from call log

Is this different for you?

Also, from all the screens the "People" screen is the most versatile imho, so it should be the staring point. Amending on your suggestion, how about:

MESSAGES <=> PEOPLE (recent + aphabetical) <=> DIAL <=> CALL LOG ("PHONE")

t-lo ( 2015-09-30 12:25:56 +0200 )edit

Swiping between screens within an application sounds a lot like android/ios... this can grow into the phone having 10 potential screens and one going crazy flipping until one finds the correct screen. The pulley menu gives you quick access to -within reason- n screens, and then you can go back intuitively.

gabriel ( 2015-09-30 12:49:25 +0200 )edit

Two objections to that objection :-)

  1. the multi-page layout inside an app is a fundamental design in Sailfish.
  2. You can already swipe from Contacts back to Call list. Just not the other way.
eskild ( 2015-09-30 13:52:08 +0200 )edit