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    Default Optical trackpad in BRIGHT sunlight

    Been using the 8520 for six weeks now and love it. Personally, the optical trackpad is soo nice to use I'd go for the 8520 over any other current/upcoming trackball device (until they make something with higher specs) simply because I love the trackpad sooo much.

    That said, I've used the trackpad in pretty much every normal/everyday condition so far without issue, though today it finally tripped me up.

    Was heading out to lake in gf's car... She was driving and had the top down. Found that in BRIGHT direct sunlight (like sun beaming on it) that the input became a bit messed up - either not responding or only moving one "click" per bigger swipe. As soon as I shaded it just a tiny bit with my other hand it was fine again.

    So could be a bit of a limitation to the tech here.... After using the trackpad so long I don't like the trackball as much, and this one situation hiccup wouldn't turn me off it, but I guess this is one setting where some would prefer the trackball over trackpad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Michaluk View Post
    Been using the 8520 for six weeks now and love it. Personally, the optical trackpad is soo nice to use I'd go for the 8520 over any other current/upcoming trackball device (until they make something with higher specs) simply because I love the trackpad sooo much.

    That said, I've used the trackpad in pretty much every normal/everyday condition so far without issue, though today it finally tripped me up.

    Was heading out to lake in gf's car... She was driving and had the top down. Found that in BRIGHT direct sunlight (like sun beaming on it) that the input became a bit messed up - either not responding or only moving one "click" per bigger swipe. As soon as I shaded it just a tiny bit with my other hand it was fine again.

    So could be a bit of a limitation to the tech here.... After using the trackpad so long I don't like the trackball as much, and this one situation hiccup wouldn't turn me off it, but I guess this is one setting where some would prefer the trackball over trackpad.

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    I really like the sound of the trackpad. As you said only one glitch so far and that seems like a minor one. I know I've had the trackball on my phone stick a few times and have to tap it or even take it right out for a speck of dust. The pad just seems so much cleaner and maintenance free. Hopefully is does become the norm on the BB's to come like it seems to be (like the bold style keyboard being on most of the new release phones).
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    I'm interested in the trackpad and excited to try it. But the "ball" aint bad.

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    I like the trackball on my devices but the trackpad does sound nicer and easier to use. Im wondering if the same trackpad tech used in laptops could be applied to the next generation BB's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Michaluk View Post
    Been using the 8520 for six weeks now and love it. Personally, the optical trackpad is soo nice to use I'd go for the 8520 over any other current/upcoming trackball device (until they make something with higher specs) simply because I love the trackpad sooo much.

    That said, I've used the trackpad in pretty much every normal/everyday condition so far without issue, though today it finally tripped me up.

    Was heading out to lake in gf's car... She was driving and had the top down. Found that in BRIGHT direct sunlight (like sun beaming on it) that the input became a bit messed up - either not responding or only moving one "click" per bigger swipe. As soon as I shaded it just a tiny bit with my other hand it was fine again.

    So could be a bit of a limitation to the tech here.... After using the trackpad so long I don't like the trackball as much, and this one situation hiccup wouldn't turn me off it, but I guess this is one setting where some would prefer the trackball over trackpad.

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    Ok so let me get this straight.

    1- you have the 8520 / that we can't have for now
    2- Then you or your gf has a convertible / which I don't have now
    3- You're right in the sun / It's raining at my place!

    And your complaining about an optical tracpad? I knew I was good at being sarcastic, but I've gotta bown down your tha man!


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    did he also mention he was where its really warm and close to cuba? unless he already went back home..
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    Trackpad worked just fine in Florida...
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    Quote Originally Posted by moosc View Post
    did he also mention he was where its really warm and close to cuba? unless he already went back home..
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    I wanna see the trackpad in action for myself. It sounds like it is easy to use...
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    Although I've not owned either one, I have 'played with the 8330 and th Samsung Saga at a local VZW store. We all know the 8330 is a track ball, but the Samsung Saga has a track pad. It is smooth and quick, and I can see that with one less moving part, less parts to wear out & no more changing out the track ball. And it is like a laptop pad.
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    Looks like Kevin is starting to find those hidden secrets with new handsets ala me... I trust you've obviously reported this finding/issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Michaluk View Post
    Been using the 8520 for six weeks now and love it. Personally, the optical trackpad is soo nice to use I'd go for the 8520 over any other current/upcoming trackball device (until they make something with higher specs) simply because I love the trackpad sooo much.

    That said, I've used the trackpad in pretty much every normal/everyday condition so far without issue, though today it finally tripped me up.

    Was heading out to lake in gf's car... She was driving and had the top down. Found that in BRIGHT direct sunlight (like sun beaming on it) that the input became a bit messed up - either not responding or only moving one "click" per bigger swipe. As soon as I shaded it just a tiny bit with my other hand it was fine again.

    So could be a bit of a limitation to the tech here.... After using the trackpad so long I don't like the trackball as much, and this one situation hiccup wouldn't turn me off it, but I guess this is one setting where some would prefer the trackball over trackpad.

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    with that being said I think that its a bit different then the tech on a laptop then..

    I have never researched a phone trackpad technology but that doesn't happen on laptop trackpads..

    I would be curious to see exactly the differences..

    I am happy to hear that you say it works well though.. Not to mention that any phone in direct sunlight isn't the best anyway the screen usually isn't the greatest..

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    Well since its an optical pad I can see how it would wash out in very bright sunlight. A laser pointer aimed at the trackpad might do the same thing.

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    good, I'll not change track every 3 mounts
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    Hmm...that could be a problem for some people. What would you rather have? A trackball that sticks every now and then (though, the black trackballs might not do that anymore, I am not sure) or a trackpad that might not work in direct sunlight? Hmmm...

    Either way, I still like the way the trackball looks, I have to get used to the trackpad design.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stang68 View Post
    Hmm...that could be a problem for some people. What would you rather have? A trackball that sticks every now and then (though, the black trackballs might not do that anymore, I am not sure) or a trackpad that might not work in direct sunlight? Hmmm...

    Either way, I still like the way the trackball looks, I have to get used to the trackpad design.
    The black ones get stuck too. Well they do when you put one on the Curve 83** anyway.
    I don't know about the Bold or 8900. I have a friend that has the 8900 but she is a very light (not even light to moderate) user and she says she has never had an issue all though that isn't saying much.
    I am a bit jealous as to how smooth it is though compared to my 8330 Curve.

    I do love the trackball and the way t looks but I am very open to BlackBerry going to Trackpads if that were to happen for all models eventually.
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    yeah, i've used the trackpad many, many times outside... no issues at all (even in what i considered prior to be very direct/bright sunlight). but just yesterday..for whatever reason, maybe the brightness, lack of smog, angle of the sun hitting it... it tripped it up just a bit. maybe there'll be a max lumen threshhold or something on the spec sheet.. lol. nah, but seriously, don't think it will really be an issue at all for most, but i guess something to be aware of. still loving trackpad over trackball.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Michaluk View Post
    yeah, i've used the trackpad many, many times outside... no issues at all (even in what i considered prior to be very direct/bright sunlight). but just yesterday..for whatever reason, maybe the brightness, lack of smog, angle of the sun hitting it... it tripped it up just a bit. maybe there'll be a max lumen threshhold or something on the spec sheet.. lol. nah, but seriously, don't think it will really be an issue at all for most, but i guess something to be aware of. still loving trackpad over trackball.
    I was also thinking maybe a combo of light and heat.
    I left my Storm in my Jeep for a couple hours one day and it was in direct sunlight for at least 30 minutes if not a litte more. It was a little laggy (as well as hot enough to make me almost drop it) when I picked it up to use it. It was fine after less than a minute though.

    Anyhoo...Something like that definitely wouldn't scare me away from a big bad trackpad either.
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    Hmmmm... I. Think Kevin is a liberal blackberry user lol
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    wouldnt rolling your hand over it cover the light??
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    I'm loving the trackpad and hating the keypad, maybe I'm too used to my Javelin. Somehow the keypad feels very stiif and needs some pressing down when typing and my thumb is really sore

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    any video of the trackpad in action?
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    yeah, video of it in action in my first review....

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    haven't done a video of it in bright sunlight. if it gets really bright outside i'll put one together.
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