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Old 06-15-2007, 06:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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OK , I know what most of you might think after reading this but its my experience with the Curve vs. the 8700c. So , after 3 days with the Curve I have to return to the 8700c ! I got an excellent deal on the Curve through Cingular's Premier site ( 58.00 ) shipped but I just can't get used to the Curve's trackball . I'm a trackwheel type man and the fact that I can do all with the trackwheel vs. the trackball and menu deal just isn't appealing to me . overall I must say the Curve is an excellent device and blackberry hit its mark with it. unfortunitely its mark isn't me.

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Old 06-15-2007, 06:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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OK , I know what most of you might think after reading this but its my experience with the Curve vs. the 8700c. So , after 3 days with the Curve I have to return to the 8700c ! I got an excellent deal on the Curve through Cingular's Premier site ( 58.00 ) shipped but I just can't get used to the Curve's trackball . I'm a trackwheel type man and the fact that I can do all with the trackwheel vs. the trackball and menu deal just isn't appealing to me . overall I must say the Curve is an excellent device and blackberry hit its mark with it. unfortunitely its mark isn't me.

I didn't think I would get used to/like the rollerball, but its actually quite nice in a couple spots, editing and correcting for sure.. was sort of natural for me..

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Old 06-15-2007, 06:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Total opposite for me. Love being able to go right, left, up, and down without having to use the alt key etc.

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Old 06-16-2007, 12:06 PM   #4 (permalink)
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are you kidding - the trackball is the way to go - all the control is right there on your thumb. Much quicker IMHO to navigate than the wheel.
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I think I had the same reservations around the ball vs. wheel issue.

Mainly, because when composing a letter, i need to move my thumb off the keyboard to scroll down from the To: to Subj: to body. Also for selecting items within the To: drop box as my addressbook gets filtered.

With the wheel, I could scroll with my index finger while typing with thumbs. Felt more efficient.

Also, i feel like the ball will "click" but not move sometimes. I figure this might be because I'm rolling diagonally - and so it isn't clear which way to scroll. So to get across the 5 icons in my homepage menu, it takes me two swipes across instead of the one swipe I'd like. Or wrap around might be nice.

Still, i wanted a phone with a camera (2 year old boy!) that was a blackberry with a full keyboard, so this is the situation I'll adapt too. 8700 with camera would be my preference, but I understand the need to satisfy more of the "consumer" market.
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Old 06-16-2007, 12:51 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm a huge click wheel fan. Once I got used to working with it on my first Blackberry (7230) nothing has come close since. I wish other smartphone manufacturers would use the click wheel. Put that on my Nokia E61i and I'd be in heaven.
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Old 06-16-2007, 05:03 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I understand this, actually, because the first day I had my Curve coming from a 7130 the trackball frustrated me immensely. Once I got the hang of it and how it works in tandem with the menu button, I like it now, but I can see how some people may just not be able to adapt. It's a pretty significant change and the scroll wheel likely just feels more intuitive for some folks.
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Old 06-16-2007, 05:19 PM   #8 (permalink)
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trackball all the way my friend. sooner or later you are going to have to get used to it because the trackwheel is obsolete my friend
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The thing that worried me most about going from my Treo 680 to my first BlackBerry (8300) was the trackball. I tried the Pearl for an overnight session a while back...and for some reason, I detested the trackball then (among other things). So...I bought the 8300 with some degree of hesitation.

But...I have grown to love the trackball, which is suprising since I was a die-hard 5-way/d-pad guy for a long time...although I have no experience with the trackwheel (except on the Samsung Blackjack...and I disliked it on that device). It is quick and easy to use, and has been super reliable to me. My paticular phones trackball clicks decidedly, and gives great feedback...and I really like that. Overall...I am a convert. Pure and simple.
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Old 06-16-2007, 08:23 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I love the trackball, became a fan of it when it was on the Sidekick 3 (first, i might add)
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Old 06-17-2007, 09:41 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I must say that I love the 8300 but I would love it even more if it had the track wheel. I have gotten used to the track ball but if given the choice I would go with the track ball on the right side of the device. It is about the location of it for me. I would take the directional track ball on the side if given the option.
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