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    Anyone else notice that the button on the grab handles to open the doors on the Alpha prototype is no longer in the same position on the release candidates. Any ideas on where they moved it? I assume it might be on top where your thumb might rest (in the shadow of the picture below).
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    I don't know but perhaps it's behind the handle...
     
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    Yeah, makes sense. I personally really like the look of the leather on the release candidate grab handles. When judging the quality of an interior, for me, the parts you touch frequently; the steering wheels, buttons, and handles have to "feel good".
     
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    I couldn't agree with you more. In fact, I love my Hyundai but the lack of quality materials is noticed at those touch points like you describe. All signs point to a much higher quality in the Tesla!
     
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    Oh and one more thing ... the door thud.

    I am hopeful that the Model 3 feels solid like a German car when you open and close the door.
     
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    I don't disagree but it occurred to me that I can't picture the grab handles in my current car. They simply "disappear" with use. A good feel probably contributes to that.
     
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    I just hope that the door buttons are visible and obvious to passengers. In my opinion quality design looks good but also is functionally straight forward. Things like door handles shouldn't need explanation to first time users. Tesla is obviously outstanding at design and the interior of the Model 3 is masterclass in visual simplicity. But sometimes I think designers can go for a "simple look" at the expense of simple function. I hope some of the details on this car like the HVAC, outside door handles, grab handles, screen, etc. are both simple in form and function.

    In my opinion the true beauty of the Model 3 interior will be appreciated once we all experience the elegance of its function.
     
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    There was some discussion about the interior door latch buttons in the Beta Watch thread around June 11th when the interior pix were taken at the observatory.
    here's a lightened up pix showing a different material at the top of the handle, expected to be the release button
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    I have mobility issues with both hands, that's why it takes me forever to keyboard a reply and why I use the voice function to text on my "smart" phone. (not seeking sympathy but just offering context for my following remarks) Door releases that are levers I can grab onto are easier for me to operate than buttons, both interior and exterior. I am curious to see how the interior release button and exterior push with thumb and then grab handle are going to work for me. I will know pretty soon. The self presenting exterior handles of the MS are a better solution for me. Yes, I know, those handles will not be available on the TM3.

    BTW, I love the white interior of that Alpha car including the white strip across the dash. Wrap it up, I'll take it home!
     
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    I had owned and driven my Cougar for probably a full year before I realized there was a manual door lock/unlock lever, in addition to the toggle button next to the window switches. Not that it impacted functionality, it was just odd that it was so well integrated and out of the way that I missed it for that long, and I thought I knew that car inside and out! ha
     
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    That ain't gonna happen. Here's why:

     
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    That's disappointing but perhaps only for a second. I have probably driven my dad's Model S 10 times now and the door thud was never on my mind.
     
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    Although I consider myself "able-bodied", I have to say that I agree with this sentiment. In fact, it's one of the reasons I'm not a big fan of the Model 3's exterior door handles. If I were the driver but my left hand (or at least thumb) were out of commission, it would be a very aggravating handle to use. Ditto if I were the passenger and had a problem with my right hand.
     
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