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Does anyone actually USE the optical trackball?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by bigstu22, Aug 8, 2010.

  1. bigstu22

    bigstu22 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Maybe I'm just impatient at learning new skills but it seems to me that the optical thingy is just far inferior to tapping/pinching etc. Maybe for text selection it would be better but it just seems so redundant to me. Is it just me? Am I the only optical trackball-phobe?

  2. Yenzehn

    Yenzehn Android Enthusiast

    I use it when I need to edit text since it can be hard to pinpoint an exact position, but that's about it.
  3. snowmobile

    snowmobile Android Enthusiast

    Yes same here. It's very useful for moving back along text to correct or add something.
  4. tiring_day

    tiring_day Member

    Same as the above, editing text only.

  5. man00va

    man00va Member

    Editing text only really, though I imagine there are many apps that make good use of it.
  6. bigstu22

    bigstu22 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Agreed, after playing around with text I can see that, for solely editing it's great. Pretty much useless for anything else but, for the reason stated, it's a definite big plus over other phones.
  7. adamkse

    adamkse Newbie

    i use it for text but it is also good for quickly scrolling to the end windows on the main htc sense screen
  8. wellibob

    wellibob Well-Known Member

    i forget its there tbh, although i do use it to edit text, when i suddenly remember i can use it for that !
  9. nemo1966

    nemo1966 Newbie

    Same here - it's that bad I use it only when I have to :( The blackberry version is a million miles ahead of it.
  10. DesireMe

    DesireMe Android Expert

    Editing text and moving across Sense tabs
  11. adam_hilluk

    adam_hilluk Well-Known Member

    seems like we all just use it in text editing... me too
  12. Its not a trackball, its an optical trackpad. Its also quite handy to scroll through links on a webpage if they are a bit tiny. I found it pretty useful, its pretty precise when scrolling homescreens too.
  13. Daisai

    Daisai Lurker

    Apart from the aforementioned editing text, i use it to highlight small objects on web pages or highlight menus that expand/drop down. Like you would if you use a mouse cursor that you cannot otherwise do with just hand gestures (at least to my knowledge).
  14. The Great One

    The Great One Member

    Whats your problem with the optical trackpad?
    I prefer this over blackberry's crappy trackballs.
    Dust often gets crammed in the slits around the trackballs on the BB ones.
    The optical trackpad is great, the fact that it's all flat and blends in well without sticking out. Its a touchscreen smartphone - the sole purpose for such a function is pretty much only used for text editing or for certain apps - it can also be used as a camera button rather than pressing the screen.

    I love the optical trackpad - I think the HTC is the only company which uses of such technology. I agree that you hardly use it but its better than nothing.
  15. adam_hilluk

    adam_hilluk Well-Known Member

    If you compare to the Blackberry Bold which has a trackpad not a ball... blackberry is much better imo. I think this was the point.
    I far prefer my brothers trackpad to min on desire. But overall Desire is far better :D
  16. Nathan Baxter

    Nathan Baxter Newbie

    I find it exceptionally useful for moving me from the screen I want to see by accident or flipping pages back in Aldiko ebook reader when I don't want to.

    I've used it on very rare occasions to flip screens on purpose, but I'd love to see an app that would disable it.
  17. sutton

    sutton Newbie

    Thanks for that. I've been wondering about a better way of editing texts. That must be it. The trackball is redundant otherwise. I use my fingers for moving around screens.
  18. matttye

    matttye Android Expert


    Also for taking pictures.
  19. mr.hachi

    mr.hachi Member

    Text editing.
  20. anoniemouse

    anoniemouse Android Expert

    Makes texting interesting if you don't pay attention, like moving the cursor between words & you carry on typing.
  21. greyhead79

    greyhead79 Newbie

    I find the trackpad only serves to annoy and confound!
  22. lol I had no idea to do that and got annoyed with not being able to easily edit text - thanks! :D
  23. czechplastik

    czechplastik Android Enthusiast

    Text editing only or flicking between links quickly without having to pinch zoom.

    It does a job.
  24. nx1977

    nx1977 Android Expert

    Another text editing only person here
  25. OFI

    OFI Android Enthusiast

    Yup that's about it.

    Sucks for almost every game.

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