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Old 07-26-2005, 10:23 AM   #41 (permalink)
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There was actually a real arcade game that reminds me of brick breaker. but I can't remember what it was called! Anyone remember?

I think it was BREAKOUT
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Old 07-26-2005, 10:25 AM   #42 (permalink)
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1) If I have a missed call and click on it under the first icon, the menu says open, rather than call. I rarely need to open a missed call. To call that person, I need look at the screen and scroll to Call xxx-xxx-xxxx. Bad news in a car.

2) If I click on the telephone icon, it only shows some of the calls I have made, not those recieved. It also will not allow me to launch into my phone directory unless I scroll to Call from Address book. Not good when in a car.

3) If I go to the address book and click on a name, it brings up view, not call. Again I have to scroll to the Call option on the menu.
1) When you miss a call you can scroll to the missed call, which is generally one down, and then hit the ENTER key. That will immediately place a call to that number. I know that seems cumbersome but it's not hard to one hand it once you get use to it. Also I use this in conjunction with Crank_It_Up's suggestion which was:

"I find if I hold my blackberry in front of me and above the dashboard while driving, right next to my normal line of sight, I can still see the road in my peripheral vision. Changing focus back and forth from the blackberry to the road is faster and easier."

Practice it, do it, don't do it any other way.

2) As somebody said earlier, I think it was Dawg, there is an option to change this so you can show all calls. As for going to the address book, if I know I haven't had a recent call from somebody I don't even go to the phone screen, I go directly to the address book. This is all made easier using the shortcuts. Make sure you have the option for dialing from the home screen turned off, that way you can use the letter shortcuts. I just hit "A", then the letter that starts the entry and then I scroll to where I need to be and click and select call. It's still a few extra steps but less than what you had. It also gets easier with practice.

3) This was pretty much covered in my answer for two but again, this gets easier with practice and also using the technique I mentioned in #1.


I love my 7520 and while it is cumbersome as a phone I manage to use it in the car just fine by taking my time, using safe methods and practice through repetition. It definately sounds like what you want isn't possible with what you have but if you are willing to compromise a bit I think it could all workout.
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Old 08-01-2005, 10:57 PM   #43 (permalink)
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1) When you miss a call you can scroll to the missed call, which is generally one down, and then hit the ENTER key. That will immediately place a call to that number. I know that seems cumbersome but it's not hard to one hand it once you get use to it. Also I use this in conjunction with Crank_It_Up's suggestion which was:

"I find if I hold my blackberry in front of me and above the dashboard while driving, right next to my normal line of sight, I can still see the road in my peripheral vision. Changing focus back and forth from the blackberry to the road is faster and easier."

Practice it, do it, don't do it any other way.

2) As somebody said earlier, I think it was Dawg, there is an option to change this so you can show all calls. As for going to the address book, if I know I haven't had a recent call from somebody I don't even go to the phone screen, I go directly to the address book. This is all made easier using the shortcuts. Make sure you have the option for dialing from the home screen turned off, that way you can use the letter shortcuts. I just hit "A", then the letter that starts the entry and then I scroll to where I need to be and click and select call. It's still a few extra steps but less than what you had. It also gets easier with practice.

3) This was pretty much covered in my answer for two but again, this gets easier with practice and also using the technique I mentioned in #1.


I love my 7520 and while it is cumbersome as a phone I manage to use it in the car just fine by taking my time, using safe methods and practice through repetition. It definately sounds like what you want isn't possible with what you have but if you are willing to compromise a bit I think it could all workout.

Thanks PingGuy!
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Old 08-02-2005, 03:46 PM   #46 (permalink)
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another helpful hint that I found while using the bb to make a phone call was to remember that pressing the SPACE key, it takes you right to the phone application. and if you memorize key locations, its not that hard to dial the number and hit enter all with one hand.
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Hey Hillbilly Hackferry,

My comment was that I find the cell phone is cumbersome and I never use email while I drive. The logic on the unit is backwards. But as backwards go, it must make perfect sense to you and your banjo loving family.

Leave the reading to those of us with opposing thumbs. And no, opposing thumbs has nothing to do with the world thumb wrestling federation.

Ha! you so funny! You misspelled my name! I would think it's a typo but you did it more than once, for double the laughter! And if that weren't enough, you did it to another poster also! (advice: don't give up the day job. You'll starve as a comic.)


While I may have got the impression from your post that you were emailing, a mistake that was all mine and for which I apologise, scrolling through address book lists falls under the general category of 'reading'. I know this because another member of my banjo-loving family read your post to me slowly so's I could understand it. If you find something dangerous to do, regardless of what it is, wouldn't the appropriate action to not be to continue to do it? Leaping off cliffs without a parachute is fine except when you take out the guys climbing *up* the cliff who don't expect to be blind-sided by some ignorant fool with his eyes and his thumbs on his cellphone.

Please tell me how your opposing thumbs assist with your reading (note: not scrolling; reading), and I'll be glad to invest in some. Who knows, they may help with my banjo playing.

Oh, I'd also like to apologise for my careless use of the word 'moron'. Having read your other posts, I can clearly see now that this was insulting to morons.
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in addition to holding my blackberry above the dash and right next to my normal line of sight, I forgot to mention to leave some extra space between you and the next vehicle in front of you. That will give you some extra time to change from your peripheral vision to focus and still have time to react accordingly

driving a vehicle with play in the steering can be especially dangerous, since the vehicle can drift without actually turning the wheel.

of course, some ppl are challenged by driving in general and should not attempt this no matter what
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Old 08-04-2005, 12:07 AM   #49 (permalink)
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All I am going to mention is that it takes a couple of seconds to look in an address book for a name, and also takes a couple seconds to look at a missed call. Will also mention that this should not be attempted unless checking your surroundings first i.e. traffic and pedestrians. I personally do make calls while driving, but also put myself away on my messenger clients while driving and do no answer emails. You are making it sound like all attention it put on the BB, which is not true since all of us here have enough common sense to watch the road at the same time (multi tasking).

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