The new BlackBerry 10 OS has a feature that starts off seeming pretty cool, but it turns out it’s actually a pretty terrible design flaw. When we first saw BB10, it was really cool to see the device get woken up with a gesture swipe. The OS even does this fun thing where it wakes the device up right at your finger tip, revealing the homescreen in a gradient fashion. But after using BB10 for over 7 months and having the most pocket dials in my entire life, I can tell you it’s definitely a design flaw.
With gesture unlock, there’s 2 main ways that you end up pocket dialing. First, if you don’t have a password on your device, you’re in for some serious trouble. The device will not only pocket dial, but pocket email, upload, pic snap, video record and more. If you’re device is password protected, it still manages to make Emergency Calls (911) and take pictures and video.
To prevent all of this, you have 2 options. You can opt to buy a case that protects your phone from accidental gesture wake ups, or you can turn off gesture wake up entirely.
To turn off gesture wake up, go to Settings > Display > Allow Gestures when Locked > Off.
This is all too bad because I personally love gesture wake up.