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Trackball nostalgia

12th April 2012, 07:30 AM |#1  
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Despite the fact that it's been roughly 3 years ago we were gifted by the miracle we know as android, there has been a major paradigm shift in design among phone manufacturers; gone are the days of the once mandatory, perpetually useful, but seemingly redundant trackball.

My first smartphone was an HTC Droid Eris; although I have a much better, faster phone now, I miss the convenience of having the trackball for scrolling through web pages, photo albums, and long lists of contacts or Facebook friends.

This is a tribute to the trackball, and a call to those who design our future lifelines: offer a high quality phone with a trackball again - it is a convenient feature that takes up next to no physical space.

Please contribute to this discussion in whatever way you see fit, hopefully there are others who miss the trackball...

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12th April 2012, 11:14 AM |#2  
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I miss the trackball sometimes.

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12th April 2012, 11:24 AM |#3  
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The trackball is a tool that I think you a lot more streamlined.
For some, however, does not like, depends on the tastes!
.... I like it!
12th April 2012, 11:36 AM |#4  
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I still have one... Unfortunately I can only dream of a fancy new android so am stuck with the very old HTC hero.

Still runs alright though with an OC and villainrom.

Gonna save my pennies for the HTC One S

Anyway back on topic. I don't use the trackball often but it is useful every once and a while. Great for stopping in the right spot in an e-mail to modify an error or add some text.
12th April 2012, 03:02 PM |#5  
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Its nice having the trackball to be able to pinpoint exaxt locations in text boxes or select links in webpages with very small text. Both of the smartphones that I have owned have had trackballs (G1 and Nexus One). I'm looking for something a bit newer (leaning towards an Atrix at the moment) and it looks like I will be hard-pressed to find another with a trackball.
13th April 2012, 02:52 AM |#6  
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My first track ball was on a Blackberry Pearl, and it was great, especially since I could change the LED's and make the thing light up different colors...

But yes, I miss the trackball, mostly for when I'm trying to correct text. It's a big pain in the ass when I have to tap my screen like a moron to get at my sentence.

I also miss a hardware keyboard too.... oh G1, come back to me...
13th April 2012, 03:01 AM |#7  
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Larger touch screens and improved response took away the need of the trackball completely.

I think the implementation was rather poor on the G1. It was not made for speedy selection so much as for precision.

Not really missing it much...
13th April 2012, 05:45 AM |#8  
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Well they brought the S-Pen (aka advance stylus) back in my GNote, maybe you'll see the trackball again someday.
13th April 2012, 05:54 AM |#9  
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remember when we thought all Google phones would have a track ball and the forward hump?

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13th April 2012, 12:13 PM |#10  
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Ahhh... The track ball....

Had it on G1 and I liked it. My first Android phone and the first one with track ball. I remember that it was weird at first but after some time, you get used to it.

G1 really was something else at the time.
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