Poll: Does anyone actually use the trackball?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by daveybaby, Oct 15, 2009.

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Ever use the trackball?

  1. All the time, i can't live without it

    15 vote(s)
    25.4%
  2. Only when i take a picture

    6 vote(s)
    10.2%
  3. Only when i need to move the cursor one letter to the left

    28 vote(s)
    47.5%
  4. Well, i guess it lights up to let me know i have mail...

    6 vote(s)
    10.2%
  5. There's a trackball?

    4 vote(s)
    6.8%
  1. daveybaby

    daveybaby Well-Known Member
    93

    Sep 21, 2009
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    Software engineer
    UK
    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. :D
     

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  2. spenspuma

    spenspuma Well-Known Member
    38

    Sep 24, 2009
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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
     
  3. Ziani

    Ziani Well-Known Member
    88

    Sep 20, 2009
    836
    92
    88
    Norfolk, UK
    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.
     
  4. itsmoirob

    itsmoirob Well-Known Member
    36

    Love the option for "Only when i need to move the cursor one letter to the left." :-D

    That's me.
     
  5. qdigga

    qdigga Member
    16

    Oct 15, 2009
    10
    1
    16
    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.
     
  6. Carl C

    Carl C Well-Known Member
    128

    Sep 11, 2009
    6,062
    38
    128
    Student
    London
    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 :D
     
  7. darrinaltman

    darrinaltman Well-Known Member
    36

    Oct 11, 2009
    139
    3
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    How do you enable the trackball notifications? Will it really do that?

    Thanks in advance.

    Darrin
     
  8. malbon

    malbon Well-Known Member
    15

    Sep 7, 2009
    56
    0
    15
    Good for glowing on notifications ! And xgalaga !
     
  9. qdigga

    qdigga Member
    16

    Oct 15, 2009
    10
    1
    16
    How do you get your trackball to glow on notification??? Thanks
     
  10. malbon

    malbon Well-Known Member
    15

    Sep 7, 2009
    56
    0
    15
    See other thread on this page
     
  11. t3monkey boy

    t3monkey boy Member
    25

    Sep 3, 2009
    22
    0
    25
    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.
     
  12. CitizenErazed

    CitizenErazed Well-Known Member
    15

    Sep 24, 2009
    66
    0
    15
    London, UK
    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.
     
  13. joeyscar

    joeyscar New Member
    5

    Oct 15, 2009
    2
    0
    5
    Never use it, except for moving one letter over to correct a text error.
     
  14. quantumrand

    quantumrand Well-Known Member
    143

    Sep 2, 2009
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    198
    143
    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).
     
  15. Archon810

    Archon810 Well-Known Member
    53

    Oct 16, 2009
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    53
    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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