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All the time, i can't live without it 15 25.42%
Only when i take a picture 6 10.17%
Only when i need to move the cursor one letter to the left 28 47.46%
Well, i guess it lights up to let me know i have mail... 6 10.17%
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Old October 15th, 2009, 05:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Poll: Does anyone actually use the trackball?

I've had my hero for several weeks now, and i've barely used the trackball at all; once or twice for fine tuning the cursor position (functionality that could easily be replicated by a couple of cursor softkeys) and when using the camera (which is only because they *make* you use the trackball).
I wouldnt be surprised if we start to see android phones released in the near future without the trackball.

I wouldnt mind, but i searched the app store and i couldnt find a marble madness clone anywhere! Does anyone use the thing on a regular basis or find it indispensable in any other way? Any good apps or games that make use of it?

While i'm at it - i dont think i've EVER pressed the call button (furthest one on the left), always use the touchscreen instead. I just pressed it now for the first time to see what it would do, and accidentally dialled somebody, they just called me back to see what i wanted, because all they could hear was the clacking of keys as i typed this post.

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Old October 15th, 2009, 06:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I use mine a bit when I'm on the net and there's a few clickables close together, it helps highlight the one I want more accurately...although I do wish it worked more like a mouse and controlled an actual cursor instead of it just highlighting clickable links.

I also find it invaluable when it glows to say I've had a message
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Think its cute, use mine quite a bit, fine tuning, camera - although since cupcake I also use the screen to focus and take pickies, nice to have the choice. Also need it for certain games like Mystique which I love. Also what I really love about it is the fact it flashes for messages etc, great when I have phone on silence or just missed them.
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Love the option for "Only when i need to move the cursor one letter to the left." :-D

That's me.
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Thumbs up trackball - yes

I use mine a bit. I'd say about 30-40% of the time. I switch between the two (touch and trackball) on the fly without even thinking about it. This setup is so intuitive and natural.
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I mainly use the Trackball for taking photo's and Moving the line across text and every so often. I wish the HTC Magic like a camera button on the side though , that would be useful
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How do you enable the trackball notifications? Will it really do that?

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Good for glowing on notifications ! And xgalaga !
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Good for glowing on notifications ! And xgalaga !
How do you get your trackball to glow on notification??? Thanks
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Bloody hell had the phone for 2 months and didn't realise you could use it to scroll through a message or email. Been struggling for no reason. Use it mostly for games.
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Old October 15th, 2009, 04:38 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Thinking about it, I do use it to scroll webpages in landscape mode, because I'm left handed and if I use my left hand to scroll via the touchscreen it tends to cover the light sensor, making the screen darker.
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Never use it, except for moving one letter over to correct a text error.
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Old October 15th, 2009, 06:44 PM   #14 (permalink)
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With addition to using it for fine tuning cursor positions and clicking the right link, I also use it to scroll through menus when my finger would be in the way (like the Featured Apps in the app store).
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I only use it for moving a few characters around where I type. In general, it's pretty crappy right now as it takes ages to scroll through even a few characters. It should be a lot more accurate and pick up speed as you scroll more to be usable.
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