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Does the EVO not have a trackball/trackpad of any kind?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by TxAggieMichael, Apr 18, 2010.

  1. TxAggieMichael

    TxAggieMichael Active Member
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    Just noticed that there doesn't appear to be any kind of optical trackpad on it. How will you be able to do things like move a cursor through text? Are they just relying on the bigger screen to enable more accurate touching?
     

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  2. Kelmar

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    There are arrows on the keyboard.
     
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  3. Eguy

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    I would like if it had some sort of movement, but it does have the arrow keys and we should be fine using those.
     
  4. Covert_Death

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    yea, i'm hoping the new version of sense that comes on it will have the magnifying glass or some equivilant like the iPhone, i must give props to that feature as it is very useful
     
  5. SprintFun

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    The new Sense DOES have a magnifying glass feature...not sure where I saw that though.
     
  6. dan330

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    yeah they think the bigger screen will do fine....
    but for games and apps that need a better way to move.. I wish they would have at least put on an optical mouse on there..
     
  7. Kelmar

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    This is why I won't be getting it. Personal preference I guess.
     
  8. cabbie

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    Being able to link a bluetooth mouse to the phone would be sweet. I carry a netbook and bluetooth mouse everywhere I go so it'd be something that I would do. Is that possible?
     
  9. effluent

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    Yeah the lack of an optical trackpad is the one thing that dampens my enthusiasm quite a bit about the EVO. I'll at least try it out to see if it's a dealbreaker. They claim it's not there because it won't be needed due to a larger screen to easier to click stuff with your finger. But IMO a bigger screen means a trackpad is needed more than a smaller screen. Without it one handed operation won't be possible and I want to be able to use one hand if needed. As for the magnifying glass thing, I saw it in operation on one of the CTIA Youtube videos.
     
  10. TxAggieMichael

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    So essentially, if I wanted to use Swype on the Evo, I'd be SOL?
     
  11. billobob

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    um, what? swype doesnt need a trackball/pad
     
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  12. Eguy

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    Inside your monitor.
    You can still use it.
     
  13. TxAggieMichael

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    Well, I use the trackball quite a bit with Swype now...
     
  14. nathanotis

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    None at all. Isn't it beautiful?
     
  15. jeffdlb

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    There's a gravity sensor on this phone, right? Which is sensitive enough to be used to play games like that marble maze game, correct? In that case, it should be possible to write an app that lets you control the cursor by slightly tilting the device in various directions. Of course, you'd need a way to have the cursor not move unless you wanted. Perhaps the cursor moves only when you hold your finger over the magnifying glass while tilting.

    Just speculating--not sure whether this would be feasible or usable.
     
  16. SprintFun

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    There's an accelerometer in it that detects when the phone is tiled, if thats what you mean. But there is no cursor on the phone.
     
  17. jeffdlb

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    By "cursor" I mean the on-screen indicator that marks where text is inserted, not the control unit that changes the location of the cursor (trackball, trackpad, arrow keys, etc).

    In other words, could someone write an app that moves the text insertion point left/right/up/down just by tilting the phone?
     
  18. TxAggieMichael

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    That's pretty clever actually, but I'm not sure it would be possible to do without making it an actual keyboard replacement app, meaning you'd have to implement the entire keyboard.

    So essentially, I don't think that'd work with Swype, unless Swype themselves added accelerometer cursing into their keyboard.
     
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