Originally Posted by JoshRead
Or you could always, you know, lock it yourself and then unlock it.
You don't need to wait for the lock screen or activate the lock screen to get the battery indicator. Just click the "multi-function" top left button and your battery indicator will be displayed.
As far as the clock goes, double clicking the top power/lock button will bring up the lock screen and show you the clock... I think there should be an option to display the clock when you click on the top left button.