View Poll Results: Trackball or Trackpad?

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  • Trackball

    58 22.92%
  • Trackpad

    188 74.31%
  • Trackwheel (old school)

    7 2.77%
01-27-11 07:54 AM
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  1. kunichiwax3's Avatar
    I'm in love with the trackpad . It doesn't hurt my thumbs like the trackball used to. Its pretty amazing.

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    11-02-09 06:27 AM
  2. TLD1's Avatar
    No more dirty and/or worn unresponsive trackballs.
    How about worn out and faulty trackpads?
    11-02-09 08:00 AM
  3. dargis49's Avatar
    How about worn out and faulty trackpads?
    I guess time will tell.

    I hope the trackpad will be more durable than the trackball. Everyone I know with a BB has had to replace there trackballs more than once.

    Also, does anyone know what kind of trackpad the 8520 uses? If it's an electrostatic, conductive, or something else?
    Last edited by dargis49; 11-02-09 at 08:59 AM.
    11-02-09 08:35 AM
  4. Prosa's Avatar
    Played with the 8520's trackpad for a bit. Idk but it just doesn't feel that right. Could be something you'd get used to though. For now i'm still happy with the trackball but when I get my hands on a 9700 it's trackpad all the way

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    11-02-09 11:14 AM
  5. fidelius's Avatar
    I use a 8520 now much easier than the trackball and also the sensitivity is just right for the small dimension of the trackpad on the 8520 - works great for both browsing as well as menu
    11-15-09 03:33 AM
  6. eastbke's Avatar
    I have the curve 8530 with a trackpad and it is awesome. It is very consistent and precise. It can also be adjusted to different sensitivity levels both vertically and horizontally. It never needs to be cleaned or replaced unlike the track ball.
    12-06-09 10:02 AM
  7. Snazy's Avatar
    Trackpad convert here.
    Precise, easier to use and operates and moves in a smooth manner.

    When I switch back to the 8900 or 8320 for anything, it drives me mad! lol
    12-06-09 10:34 AM
  8. elezdi's Avatar
    im not trying to be mean or anything, but this is the stupidest question ever.
    Tpad hands down.
    12-06-09 11:03 AM
  9. rosalesj's Avatar
    Trackpad, soft smooth and silent, mmmmmm soo good

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    12-06-09 11:10 AM
  10. hpdrifter's Avatar
    I like the trackpad better. I had an 8530 for a day before swapping it for a Tour, and losing the trackpad was the thing I hated most about the swap. The trackball on my old 8830 worked without a hitch the entire time I had it and I've had no problems with the Tour's trackball yet, but I still prefer the trackpad.
    12-06-09 11:27 AM
  11. bluz's Avatar
    i presume the trackpad is better but i haven't had any problem with the trackball of my curve.
    12-06-09 11:33 AM
  12. Snazy's Avatar
    i presume the trackpad is better but i haven't had any problem with the trackball of my curve.
    Yeah, I would not knock the trackball. Its worked for BB for a while now. But they are just a pain when it gets dirty or sticky. The experience of the pad just feels smoother and more natural.

    I can still happily use my 8320, just a bit wierd lol
    12-06-09 12:21 PM
  13. jennamcdowell's Avatar
    Trackpad. I have the trackball, and although it has never given me problems, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the trackpad.
    12-06-09 10:21 PM
  14. bluz's Avatar
    +1 for the trackpad although I still use my Curve.
    12-06-09 11:10 PM
  15. howl078's Avatar
    Loving the trackpad.
    12-07-09 01:01 AM
  16. Raven Valkyrie's Avatar
    Definitely Trackpad.. it's much better
    12-07-09 01:03 AM
  17. BerryBone's Avatar
    I played around with a trackpad on a Bold2 and it is amazing. I can't wait for the Essex to be released so I can savor the optical goodness....
    Last edited by BerryBone; 12-07-09 at 01:57 AM. Reason: Added more to my post.
    12-07-09 01:56 AM
  18. Duvi's Avatar
    Trackpad for sure... I haven't had a sore thumb in a very long time.
    12-07-09 02:52 AM
  19. cspec's Avatar
    I guess I'm weird, I actually like the trackball more. Maybe I've just used older BB's so much that I've just grown accustomed to the trackball, But then I felt that way when I moved away from the trackwheel, LOL...
    12-07-09 03:15 AM
  20. phonejunky's Avatar
    Im going to go with the trackpad on this one. the ball felt so much more comfortable and gave you a better sense of control but the trackpad feels a lot more efficient, and slicker then the ball ever was.
    12-07-09 03:20 AM
  21. grittyman's Avatar
    I think the trackball is easier for clicking on small links...the trackpad reminded me of navigation on a website with an optical mouse.
    12-08-09 12:24 AM
  22. phonejunky's Avatar
    Some downfalls to the track ball for me that I have recently noticed, is one the appearance of the trackpad does not look as professional as the trackpad. The trackpad isn't always usable like the trackball was for instance when your hands get wet, you were still able to roll your trackball with no issues. Now apparently the trackball had some major issues the trackpad won't which is the reason why they changed it, but I was one of the lucky ones who never experience them which is why I still miss my trackball.

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    12-08-09 09:26 AM
  23. rainsoldier's Avatar
    The trackpad is smooth and sensitive, and far easier to maneuver than the trackball. In comparison the trackball is almost clumsy. You can alter the sensitivity of the trackpad to suit your preferences, but I haven't changed mine from its factory setting of "70" (on a scale through 100), because I find it very sensitive already at that setting. Using the trackpad gives almost the sense of an "iTouch" type phone, especially when scrolling. Any slight movement of the thumb will move the cursor. It's great.
    12-11-09 07:14 PM
  24. johnling's Avatar
    Trackpad. Much for durable. No moving parts, consistency in movement. It's like moving from a rubber balled mouse to an optical or laser mouse. Same concept, but it's just a lot better.
    What he said!
    12-11-09 07:21 PM
  25. zx7rou812's Avatar
    Awwww...Come on now!

    If RIM gets rid of the trackball completely from the BlackBerry line, you KNOW we'll all miss answering the "Why doesn't my trakball scrawl anymore" threads.

    Yep, I played with my bud's Berry (with a trackpad) for about 20 minutes. I was going to throw my Curve into a dumpster, but I have neither insurance nor an upgrade available yet. Oh, my dearest March 1st. Please come quickly so that delicious little 9700 may fall upon my hands...
    Trackpad all DAY.

    12-11-09 10:53 PM
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