Interesting and quite reasonable, but it would also move it away from the KISS principal, which for now I want to retain (considering I will probably have to rewrite once we know the details of the WinFon7 SDK!)
Thanks again for the great feedback.
the magnifiing glass ... ok you are thying to use the idea of holding the handle it seems...
IMHO lose the handle, it does not really add any value and takes up more room.
while i like a good visual methaphore that relates to the real world in this case i do not think it really works.
1) i can not "see" that i am holding the handle.
2) it blocks movement on part of the screen.
3) you have the cross hair in the center of the lens that says visually that it's my focal point.
so just make the focal point the cross hair and accept that not all real objects need to have identical models in virtual space.
also this will work better on a small screen where you would have issues with the lower right corner.
possibly the cross hair and or the rim can visually cue the user that they are active / clickable / selectable.