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Old 09-05-2008, 04:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all - just curious to see how many Bold users noticed that the trackball is a bit "scratchy" compared to Pearls or Curves?

Or is it just mine?

My old Pearl had a smooth fluid feel but the new Bold is certainly scratchy/rough and sort of loose feeling.

What are your own observations? Is this a return-to-sender sort of issue?
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There is no doubt that the Bold trackball is different. I do not think returning it will help as I think that RIM has simply changed the design. Lets hope it is for the better and it is more dependable. I have not ever had a problem with my trackball in my 8820 or Curve but others have so maybe they are listening and doing something about it.
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the biggest problem i had with 8800 and 8300 users is that the trackball became "greasy" and difficult to clean, it really had an annoying feeling after some months....
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the trackball feels and responds much better than my curve ,I like the changes.
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My worry is if something does get into the ball sensors. It does not look as easy to fix as the Curve where removing the ball is straight forward. The difficulty in getting the Bold ball out looks like it has increased!
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The trackball is not much different than my 8800, but if you need to clean it you can take a Q-tip with rubbing alcohol and run it over the trackball for a minute or two then run your finger over it blowing on it to dry it and the ball will look cleaner and run a little smoother....

Used to do it on my 8800 once a month!
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Need more cow bell?
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Rim changed to the scratchy ball with the curve already. The only devices that had the smooth ball were the original pearls and some 88xx's.
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There is no doubt that the Bold trackball is different. I do not think returning it will help as I think that RIM has simply changed the design. Lets hope it is for the better and it is more dependable. I have not ever had a problem with my trackball in my 8820 or Curve but others have so maybe they are listening and doing something about it.
The trackball unit for the Bold is EXACTLY THE SAME as the 81xx/88xx/83xx. The only difference is the chromed trim ring and how you access the ball to swap it out. The 81xx, 83xx, 88xx is so easy to access, you can swap it out with your fingernail. The Bold requires a complete disassembly.

Regarding the rough versus smooth rolling action. There are two generations of the trackball; the first with a smooth rolling action, the second with "teeth/gears" on the white plastic rollers that touch the ball and provides a more tactile feel and helps to prevent ball slippage.

What's funny is that this design is similar the old "ball" mouse design that has long been replaced by the more reliable LED/optical mouse. Imagine turning one of these old ball mice upside down, shrinking it then rolling the ball with your finger. The difference now is that instead of optically sensing slits on discs, it reads the polarity change of magnetic drums mounted on those plastic white rollers.
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The trackball unit for the Bold is EXACTLY THE SAME as the 81xx/88xx/83xx. The only difference is the chromed trim ring and how you access the ball to swap it out. The 81xx, 83xx, 88xx is so easy to access, you can swap it out with your fingernail. The Bold requires a complete disassembly.

Regarding the rough versus smooth rolling action. There are two generations of the trackball; the first with a smooth rolling action, the second with "teeth/gears" on the white plastic rollers that touch the ball and provides a more tactile feel and helps to prevent ball slippage.

What's funny is that this design is similar the old "ball" mouse design that has long been replaced by the more reliable LED/optical mouse. Imagine turning one of these old ball mice upside down, shrinking it then rolling the ball with your finger. The difference now is that instead of optically sensing slits on discs, it reads the polarity change of magnetic drums mounted on those plastic white rollers.
Well that explains it as both my Curves and my 8800 and 8820 must have the smoother balls. My Bold got the 2nd generation one.

Hey, I am not complaining about it, in fact the ball works nice. I read all of these people having all these Bold problems and I could not be more happy with my Bold. Youtube works just fine, I have had no dropped calls and 3G is very fast for me. Even the voice quality on calls is simply outstanding in comparison to my other RIM products.

This by far is my favorite Blackberry and you AT&T people are going to love it!
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My trakball (BB-8820)was not working to down direction. I clean it with carefully eith ishoproppilic alcohol (withput the batt) and now its working fine
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