12-08-2006, 03:26 PM
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Interestingly enough, the BES Policy set includes a set of settings for WiFi, including LEAP support. Not sure how this works in the real world, but there it is.
By the way, the trackballs are IMHO worse than the trackwheel. I suppose this partially depends on the way the ball actually 'tracks' - whether via small rollers (old school), optically, or via a laser...
On the wheeled devices, I could navigate quite easily since I didn't have to contort my hand between two positions (on the Pearl, one would be holding the phone with the thumb away from the buttons to prevent accidental pressing, the other with my thumb on the trackball). Also, trackballs collect dirt, finger oil, and everything else gooey that you may have had your hands on. Remember when laptops had trackballs?
While trackballs are a novelty (and I admit, pretty cool looking) on a pda/phone, they are filling niche in the interface market.
Now, would a touchpad-esque mechanism work on a BB? The only other alternative is a stylus...and now we are getting too close to the Palm!
I must say, I don't know how happy I would be without my trackwheel, and out of 320 users and two and a half years, I probably had less than 12 overall where the wheel control mechanism stopped working.
Come to think of it, I had more problems with the keypads going out than anything else...
Last edited by qc_metal : 12-08-2006 at 03:28 PM.