Originally Posted by Snipe315
Sorry about your pet peeve.
But the design of cell phones are that way for GOOD reasons. Sorry that YOU either don't know, use, or understand those reasons.
Separate ANSWER and END buttons enables several options & features. Like the ability to SCREEN a call using the Accept (Answer) or Reject (End) buttons. You couldn't do that with a single button.
These designs have grown & matured over the years. They do this with input from thousands if not millions of users. Sounds like YOU are in the minority in this regard.
Of course, I've only been in the High Tech Communication industry for 2 or 3 decades. So what do I know.
As someone who owned a giant cell phone with a rubber duck antenna in 1988, I'm familiar with the history.
What you outline could be done in many other ways, including the use of the # or * keys.
Further, you're forgetting the original car phones were essentially regular phones with radio transmitters - with a cradle and handset and everything. You picked up to pick up and set it back down to hang up.
One button ease in answering or hanging up should have been the priority purely based on safety when driving. Instead, they used two different buttons - and it really was just to be different because that's the way cell phones always were, right down to those crappy spiral antennas for installed car phones.
Cell phones did not evolve the way you say with user feedback. The very first and only handheld mobile phone already possessed those characteristics and there was only one, so the users didn't have a say in it. It differed completely from previous installed car phones that were based off military radio phones.
Home phones, which were based on many years of research and user feedback, have a single connect and disconnect button (with a speakerphone button replacing the hangup button when not picking up the receiver). That should have been the model.
One of the few smart things cell phones did was to include the long press auto dial for memory slot 1, which was pre-programmed for emergency calls.