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Old 10-15-2007, 11:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Any former scroll wheel people have an opinion on the track pad the 8300's use? I haven't had a chance to play with a new one but I have to admit, Im a pretty big fan of the scroll wheel.

Any regrets?
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Old 10-15-2007, 11:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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By track pad I believe you mean the trackball?

i was a big fan of the trackwheel, also. After using an 8100 a couple of weeks, I was not convinced the trackball was better. Well it is. Having the bidirectional movement of the trackball is much more dimensional that the one way only movement of the trackwheel.

You'd get used to it as well.
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There was a Poll on this a little while ago that you might want to read:

http://www.blackberryforums.com/gene...humbwheel.html

I myself love the trackball, whenever I have to use and older device with a trackwheel my thumb gets confused.

I've seen features of trackball that we dont have yet and it just keeps getting better.
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I'm new to BB but have two, a curve that I use daily and an 8707 that is 'spare' - the curve has the trackball and it's very easy to use and multi-directional ... the 8707 has a thumbwheel and I don't find it so good at all.
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I had two prior models with the track wheel. This is my first device with the trackball.
I like the trackball because I like its placement as it corresponds to the esc and menu keys.
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I also like the trackball since it keeps my thumb closer to the qwerty keyboard (so i can quickly - with one hand - use keyboard shortcuts and navaigate using the trackball).

It's different and both have their plusses and minuses.
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Nope

I love the track wheel but the trackball is awesome
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It took about 3 days before my allegiance switched from wheel to the track ball. Now I can't imagine life without it.
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Prior to owning an 8830, I only had experience with the older 7520's and 7250's (and 957's...I think that was the model number..) and the scrollwheel. Although the scrollwheel was a good idea in it's time and definitely served it's purpose, the trackball is far superior. It will only take a short while before you think how you ever got along without it!!
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Thumbs up Love the Track Ball

I had the 8700 with the scroll wheel and really like the trackball better. Rather than having to hit the alt key to change directions, you can just scroll where you want it to go.
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Cool, sounds like a winner to me :D
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I'm a thumbwheel guy. That was my favorite imput device ever for the Blackberry. I've gotten used to the trackball on my Curve and 8800 but I'd trade 'em in a heartbeat for the trusty old thumbwheel. Maybe the users that go fast and furious with emails all day get "numbthumb" from the wheel, but I'm not a power user so it never happened to me. Perhaps I'd feel different if it did happen to me.
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