Thanks for the info – I tried that but no variation of swiping right, left, up or down pressing any of the four buttons helps. Pressing the TR button pops up the keyboard and pressing it again removes it. I also tried it with the home button, which pops up an info window that says “no recent applications”.
It sounds like newer versions of the Simple Touch (BNRV300) go straight to the “welcome” screen. I reckon I must be doing something wrong!