I wouldn’t have gone with the current arrangement, especially in light of having worked with the ingenious e200 series power / menu combination button. This arrangement is the one characteristic of the previous Sansas that should have been kept.
It works, and it works very well.
The flat baton of the Fuze power switch is, well, designed to encourage me to take a deep breath, and have a therapeutic long sigh of resignation every time I power up the device. Ah, if it had only been done this way…
That wee flush mounted baton is designed for arthropods, not humans. Try the power / lock switch on the Sansa Clip. Much better. Heck, pick up the Sansa View, and see that it’s power switch is a breath of fresh air in terms of physical tactabilities, after the aggravation of manhandling that microscopic…thing…on the side of the Fuze.
Call me silly, but if you can figure out why hiding the power switch in such a fashion won as the piece de resistance for the top of the line device, I’ll come over there with a manicurist to repair your fingernails. I mean, the objective is to turn the happy wee beastie ON, and let everybody see how nice and happy it is to work with such a marvelous little player. Having to borrow a bobby pin, PDA stylus, toothpick, pencil tip, paperclip, leather awl, screwdriver, icicle, used bicycle spoke, centerpunch, X-acto knife, uncooked spaghetti noodle, tinkertoy stick, chopstick, the tip of your eyeglass temple, knitting needle, oscilloscope probe, test lead, thermocouple tip, pipette, syringe, soldering iron, poker chip, edge of a Dorito, or whatever, in hopes of prompting your happy Fuze to life, there’s something wrong, folks.
The current Fuze is limited, if I understand correctly, as the start interrupts are limited to one dedicated line, meaning that the e200v2 has its start line hardwired to the menu button, and the Fuze has the line configred to, well, that funny thing on the side. I am not talking “apples and oranges” here, as the AS3525 processor controls both machines. I don’t think redirecting the start key to the Home button is possible via a firmware change, if we’d like the Fuze to have acceptable battery life while in standby.
The solution? What works for me is a good sense of humor, honed from years of riding the tailboard. Oh, and at least one improperly trimmed fingernail helps.
In the future, a proper switch baton or slider would be most thoughtful. I have made some from ABS plastic that rest atop the current one, giving a 0.7mm raised surface that is operated with ease.