- CrackBerry Master
12-27-12, 01:42 PM #79
- 1,234 Posts
Re: Status of the Trackpad
I also use the physical keyboard (and trackpad) extensively during meetings to unobtrusively touch-type under the table. This not anywhere near as easy with a touchscreen keyboard.
- CrackBerry Genius
12-28-12, 04:30 PM #80
- 3,640 Posts
As far as the physical keyboard, for some people it will simply be faster to type on and people will go for it due to that reason, but fundamentally it will still remain a touch device unlike the 9900 which was a device that happened to have a touch screen.
- 12-28-12, 04:48 PM #81
Bell no longer carries the 9810. If there's no trackpad or the "replacement" for the trackpad is not suitable, then I'll likely get a 9900.
Not two minutes ago sending a BBM I just used the trackpad to put an apostrophe in a word that the autocorrect didn't correct. It's a nightmare trying to tap between two letters with a touchscreen.
- 12-29-12, 10:51 AM #82
Full touch will inherit the world I'm sure, but not until my generation dies off.
Just my $.02.
- 12-29-12, 10:59 AM #83
- 12-29-12, 08:56 PM #87
I'm feeling pretty sceptical about the precision and ease of use of the X10 hardware QWERTY + touchscreen/gestures compared to the BBOS hardware QWERTY + trackpad. I'm thinking that within a year RIM is going to have to bring back the trackpad if they're going to satisfy the people that haven't gone with the full screen Z10.
- CrackBerry User
12-29-12, 09:58 PM #88
- 21 Posts
- 12-30-12, 09:52 PM #90
- 12-30-12, 10:32 PM #93
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- 01-01-13, 07:49 PM #95
I can sort of understand "SMS shorthand" when used with SMS as there are character limitations. Twitter is funny because people such as journalists who normally write really well are forced to use SMS shorthand thanks to character limitations and end up writing like a 16 year old school girl asking her friend how drunk she got last night.
My big worry is the BlackBerry users who are still with the brand simply due to the ease of text editing. Face it, most work-issued Curve models are boring phones. If the trackpad makes text editing easy and your job requires lots of text editing, then the BB is the best choice. Losing this just makes the platform less appealing.
I have a Torch. I can use the keyboard when it's cold out and I'm wearing gloves. I can use the trackpad when I'm wearing gloves. I don't have to tap the screen to use the phone. Business users dressed in a nice business suit aren't going to ditch their leather gloves for capacitive friendly gloves.
BB10: One thumb... one thumb!! (Unless you're wearing gloves).
RIM is too focused on touch vs. QWERTY as an INPUT method, but I think they're losing sight of how the text EDITING capabilities are significantly enhanced by the trackpad.
On-screen trackpad? Meh, that just wastes space on the screen and still requires bare fingers.
- 01-02-13, 11:10 AM #98
I've actually had to give up getting the Qwerty blackberry because of the fact that it doesnt have a trackpad.
I think the trackpad was probably one of the most important parts of the qwerty BB's when it came to typing. Most people wonder how I am able to type so quickly with my 9930(when I had it) because i was able to copy and paste things so freaking fast.
- 01-02-13, 12:55 PM #100
Granted, I'm not one who used the track pad too much, if at all when I had my Torch, but it was good to know that the option was there; there was an added dimension to BB devices with the track pad that helped make it aesthetically pleasing to the eye, as well as convenient for times when it was necessary. This is why I feel like RIM has begun to abandon us as its products loyal user base, in an effort to try and play catch up by trying to sway customers on the other 2 platforms. Well, I fear that it isn't going to work, because Apple people are loyal to the iPhone, and invested in the whole ecosystem, while Android people will not give up on the big and getting bigger screens, the spec-rich phones, and the overall openness of the Android OS, with the very easy integration that they offer. It is pretty convenient, knowing that all you have to do is sign in to your Google account, and you're basically all set.
But what Android folks fail to realize is that just because it's easy, doesn't necessarily mean it's good. And just because they boast having so many free apps in the Google Play store (a lot of which are cheap rip-offs of apps on iPhone), doesn't mean that they're good, when they're developed in a half-assed manner. And most of the apps that come on Android pre-installed on the phones, as well as any carrier bloatware, are hardly ever used.
It is for this reason that I decided to come back to BB and the QWERTY keyboard, because it actually fits a NEED for me. But it doesn't feel good to think that RIM has done a half-assed job on their QWERTY device, trying to appeal to the "masses" with their own full touch phone. Will I be getting one? Sure. But the option of getting a Bold 9900 is still out there.
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