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Support HTC Aria Optical Trackball Problems

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by spazbam, May 5, 2011.

  1. spazbam

    spazbam New Member
    Thread Starter

    May 5, 2011
    I was hoping someone could help me out with a question i have about my HTC arias optical. I just got the phone and i am unfamiliar with the abilities of the optical trackball. It seems that it swipes left to right, but not up and down. I had contacte HTC and ATT but no one really seemed to know much about the phone. Long story short, they sent me a new phone. This one doesn;t go up or down, and in text messaging it doesn't "select" the send button (toggles over to it, but the ability ends there). COuld someone please just tell me the purpose and scope of it's capabilities?
    Thank you


  2. mmiller2002

    mmiller2002 Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2010
    I agree that it is a little odd/awkward. Some apps may also use it for their own purposes.

    But, i have found that I use it most to move the cursor within blocks of text in messages, notes, etc. for editing.
  3. markbc

    markbc Active Member

    Feb 24, 2011
    Pacific Grove, CA
    The optical touch pad works and goes in all directions.
    I have the Aria and I use the optical pad/ball often in text writing.
    For example, when I notice I have to make an insertion or change a letter or two in a word that has already been typed, then I use the optical touch pad and move the cursor there. The touch gesture or movement is not uniformly easy to make, or as responsive to me in all directions.
    I use my left hand to touch and the optical pad is most responsive to a right swipe.
    Second most responsive to an up swipe and then a left swipe and then a down swipe. (In other words, the optical pad reacts most quickly and easily to a left-to-right motion and is slowest or least responsive to an up-to-down motion for me.)

    It took me a while to get used to how to make the optical touch pad do what I want --now, after almost three months, it is almost second nature and not a big deal.

    Spazbam, if you fiddle with the gestures in a text window (IM, email or note program) and can't get it to move in one direction no matter what -then you might have a mechanical problem, but I think the more common issue is figuring out the way to make your "swipes" or gestures match the optical pad in the most responsive manner -don't forget it is a v. small pad!

    Oh and for the buttons to send messages --- touch the screen directly with your finger --I don't think that the optical pad can be a button to press a select motion, anyway I haven't done that with the Aria.

    The Aria is a pretty reliable little phone and I find it really dependable!

    good luck!

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